The Ravens of Falkenau

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The Ravens of Falkenau

By Jo Graham


Pages: 182

The world is a numinous place, for those who have eyes to see it.

Welcome to the Numinous World, where gods and angels intervene in the lives of mortals, and a band of eternal companions unite and reunite over the centuries, striving to make the world a better place despite wars and dark ages, hatred and cruelty.

Here are stories from the very beginning of our history, when the Lady of Cats entered the life of a young woman and changed her forever, long ago when farmers first scraped a living from the soil. Here too are stories of the ancient world — of Dion, the peerless scientist of Alexandria, of Lucia, a Roman waif, of a Persian princess and her Jewish sister in law, of Lydias of Miletus who is once and always Ptolemy’s man, and of a Nubian girl who begins a long journey toward a strange destiny.

There are stories of the Dark Ages, of a last Roman outpost on the shores of Britain and of an Arab warrior who at last comes home to a white city on the sea, of a Scottish witch who serves the Storm Queen and fears no other magic, and a Knight Templar enslaved by the beauty of the world. Others follow — a messenger boy dragged into the Great Story and a desperate ride dogged by the Wild Hunt, and a mercenary captain of the Thirty Years War who finds his destiny in a remote corner of the Bohemian mountains.

Here too are more modern tales of the Age of Revolution, when Dion, Emrys, Sigismund and Charmian reunite in Napoleonic Paris, and at last we roll into the twentieth century with a young American girl with extraordinary oracular powers. Of course there is also Michael, Mik-el, Mikhael, who watches over his charges as best he may, though the world may change around them.

These are tiny windows into a miraculous world, glimpses through a glass and darkly of all that might be — for those with eyes to see.

Table of Contents

The Ravens of Falkenau 1614 AD
Dion Ex Machina 4 BC
Cold Frontier 505 AD
Small Victories 1800 AD
How the Lady of Cats Came to Nagada 8000 BC
Prince Over the Water 1040 AD
Horus Indwelling 285 BC
Paradise 641 AD
Slave of the World 1203 AD
Little Cat 1012 BC
Vesuvius 79 AD
Unfinished Business 22 BC
The Messenger’s Tale 1553 AD
Morning Star 469 BC
Templar Treasure 1188 AD
Winter’s Child 1821 AD
Brunnhilde in the Fire 1901 AD

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs

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1 review for The Ravens of Falkenau

  1. Darren Pulsford

    A dazzling collection of epoch spanning tales that encapsulate a wealth of history and imagination.
    Passion, endeavour, ingenuity, compassion and the endless quest for survival are all writ large in this set of stories.

    Whilst about half of the tales are excerpts from other novels in the author’s catalogue, and leave you demanding more, some others are complete ideas in their own right.
    The eponymous opener, at a third of the length of this collection, is a consummately scripted tale of ambition, duty and honour that pulls a young boy through a turbulent military career to a delicate position as a Bohemian Count, with all the attending clashes of desires and expedience that the political framework of the time displays.

    I’ve read some of Jo’s work already (the excellent Lost Things with Mel Scott), and will definitely be looking for more by the colourful characters I’ve read here.

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