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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
A two-way betrayal. The merging of past and present. Consequences, revenge, and restitutions. This story begins in the West African Dahomey Kingdom of the 1600s when Idia and her warrior women (Ravenisha) held the fort. Greed and the quest for absolute power made Idia trick her best friends and warriors, Ceola, Matilda, and Elizabeth, into slavery. Idia planned with the trio to infiltrate and set up the American Ravenisha branch. Unfortunately, she worked behind their backs with the slave masters to subjugate and use them for experiments. Four hundred years later, a new generation of Ravenisha arose, led by the neurotic Theodora (Teddy). Teddy and her gang were out to avenge and free the first generation of Ravenisha. Will they succeed? Find out in Rise of the Ravenisha by P. Grace Lawson.
Rise of the Ravenisha by P. Grace Lawson is a mix of action, humor, romance, and mystery. This paranormal novel was spellbinding from the storyline to the plot and development. A special shout-out goes to Grace because writing is her calling. The word usage, synergistic dialogue, and nuances per scene and situation that she employed throughout the book afforded me a smooth read. I love female heroines, and they brought their A-games to this story! Dr. Vasquez, Leona, Lizzy, Tildy, Ceola, and even Fredi all have places in my heart. However, most of my focus was on Teddy, who always went off without listening. Strategic thinking trumps physical size, strength, and skills any day. Sometimes we must listen to those who went before us for they know better. I anticipate a second installment that features the lost generation. Great job, Grace!