To Fly the Raven

The Dead Dreamer Series Book 4

Young Adult - Paranormal
420 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2022
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Brenna has become trapped inside her body, and Maura is not collecting souls to increase her power. Damon, Aeria, and Aiden are desperately searching for her to prevent more bloodshed. When Aiden disappears and nobody can find him, the group wonders if he has fallen victim as well. Lara, Leon, and Orrick are asked to help find Maura and Aiden. As bodies and news reports begin emerging with a mysterious disfigured woman present, the race is on to end the serial killings before humans catch on there is something more powerful than they could ever imagine. When Lara finds Maura and Aiden, she strikes a deal with the psychopathic woman. Aiden knows that Lara’s sinister intentions will cost Brenna’s life as well as unleash a mass murderer. Aiden has vowed to protect Brenna, regardless of the cost. In To Fly The Raven, Sarah Lampkin creates a dark world that needs to be brought back into the light.

To Fly The Raven is the fourth novel in Sarah Lampkin’s The Dead Dreamer series. The prologue of the book gave a good understanding of the symbiotic relationship between Brenna and Maura. Brenna was the spirit and Maura was the soul of the body. Somehow, Maura was able to gain control of Brenna’s body and bind her spirit. Unfortunately, this causes Maura to require souls to continue existing. I could understand how Maura felt she had been given an unfair existence since nobody acknowledged her existence. Curiosity had me wondering why Maura drew the line at not hurting children, especially when every time she stole a soul, it caused the faces of the victims to show abject terror. It was obvious that Aiden loved Brenna, and I found it horrible that she rejected him. The end of the book brought forth conflicting feelings for me. I hated Brenna’s lack of empathy for people who had lost loved ones. Brenna’s coldness mirrored Maura’s bloodlust, and evidently, she wasn’t as innocent as her friends felt she was. I would recommend reading the entire series to fully understand the roles that each character filled. This is a very dark fantasy that can be appreciated by young adults who enjoy stories where the heroine is not always a good person.

Rabia Tanveer

To Fly the Raven is the fourth book in The Dead Dreamer Series by Sarah Lampkin. Brenna made it to the end of her junior year by the skin of her teeth, and she was highly grateful for that. However, things were not going well for Brenna. Her friends think that Brenna died along with Ashley and Bridget, but that was far from the truth. Brenna was trapped as she helplessly watched Maura wreak havoc on anyone and anything that came her way. However, what neither of them was ready for was the fate of the Fade. Everything was in shambles, and it looked like no one with a soul would survive if the Fade was destroyed. What could Brenna do? Brenna had to take control of her life, face her past, and win this battle of wills with Maura. However, would she be able to do that?

The story of Brenna and company comes to a conclusion with a bang! Author Sarah Lampkin created an environment and atmosphere for readers to make sure they will stay until the end. I loved how complex the story was. I had fun peeling off layer after layer of plot and being fully immersed in it. Brenna’s growth was incredible. Brenna was slowly coming to terms with her past, and she knew she could only take control of herself back this way. For some reason, I felt sorry for Maura and didn’t feel any anger toward her. And that was all because of how the author portrayed her characters. Each character was undeniably human (even Maura), and that was why it was hard for me to hate any of them. The plot was fantastically planned to make the reading experience exceptional. The pace was fast, the descriptions were great, and the overall feel of To Fly the Raven was remarkable. What a great way to end a series!