The Raven and the Rush: A Standalone Forbidden Love Fantasy Romance

· The Book of All Things Book 1 · Storyville Press
4 reviews

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One raven. One boy. One destiny.


Escape into this story of fractured duty and forbidden love weaving together a fate bigger than man, bigger than magic.


Evrathedyn Blackrook whiles his days away at university, blissfully oblivious to the horrors afflicting his homeland. He escapes into dusty books, content as a second son.

Rhosynora Ravenwood spends her sleepless nights fantasizing of ways to escape her icy, suffocating dynasty. To flee her birthright is to invite a traitor’s penance. To stay is another kind of death.

But time and fate have a way of mending all mistakes.

Evra soon finds himself the new Lord Blackrook. His inheritance is a plague-ridden land, the pyres from his late father’s campaign against magic still smoldering.

His realm’s future in the balance, he travels beyond his borders to a remote northern hamlet, where he meets Rhosyn. The spark between them is immediate; the suspicion even stronger. In Rhosyn, Evra sees her rare magic as the perfect answer to his troubles. In Evra, Rhosyn sees everything wrong with the depraved world of men.

But Evra is out of options. And Rhosyn is out of time. 

As they resist the undeniable, forbidden bond growing between them, Evra’s dawning horror of Rhosyn’s fate brings him to an impossible choice.

His home, or her?



The Book of All Things is a series of standalone fantasy romance tales set in the vibrant, epic world first introduced by USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah M. Cradit in the Kingdom of the White Sea trilogy.

The Raven and the Rush is the first story in the Blackwood Cycle of The Book of All Things.


The Blackwood Cycle:

Forbidden love, second chances, found family, and the Rise of House Blackwood (low heat)

The Raven and the Rush

The Priestess and the Paladin

And more

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4 reviews
julie petitbon
December 4, 2021
From the moment I saw this stunning cover and read the synopsis, I was super curious about The Raven and the Rush, which is the first book in The Book of All Things series. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to receive an advanced copy of the book. The story follows Rhosynora Ravenwood, a young woman about to become the High Priestess of her kingdom, and Evrathedyn Blackrook, a second son forced to return home and fulfill a destiny he never wanted. Rhosyn’s story is complicated, disturbing, and a bit heartbreaking. Bound by duty to her family and kingdom, Rhosyn feels helpless in escaping her future. Rhosyn doesn’t have much autonomy in her life, and her future as High Priestess is bleak. She knows that her life is in jeopardy, and she realizes how horrific it will be when she gains this role. I like how Rhosyn finds solace and peace during her visits with the Frost family, which is also where she meets Evra. It feels like with the Frosts’, Rhosyn can be herself and let her guard down, which she doesn’t get to do when she is home. The Frost’s treat her more like family than her own family does, and their love, warmth, and caring stand in sharp contrast to Rhosyn’s mother and malicious brother. Evra’s journey is also pretty amazing. A young man who wants to be a scholar, Evra is unwillingly thrust into the role of leader. Not prepared to rule his kingdom, which is plagued and in upheaval, Evra travels to find a Raven to aid him. Evra makes a couple of really big, seemingly unforgivable mistakes, but everything he does is out of love and a desperate need to help and protect. I like how Evra realizes that sometimes strength lies in allowing others to make their own decisions, and sometimes it is important to fight beside someone and not for someone. Evra is tested so much throughout the story, and he shows such growth and astuteness. He also, unlike many men in his kingdom, places women in high esteem, which I loved. Women have been so influential in his life, and he treats them like the equals they should be. It’s a huge change in his world and something he is judged for, but Evra proves strong in his convictions. Evra and Rhosyn have a complicated romance filled with so many obstacles. Obligations to their kingdoms, personal choices, lies, betrayal, malicious antagonists, and more get in the way of their blossoming relationship, but their feelings for each other are not fleeting. Both characters go on a personal journey and have to figure out who they are, what they stand for, and who they want standing with them. Overall, I thought this was a strong start to the series, and I’m pretty sure each book in the series is a standalone. I’m curious to read the next book and find out more about this unique, fantastical world and the beings who inhabit it. I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy darker NA fantasy and would recommend you check out the content warnings before reading it. There are some elements that could be triggers for some readers. Thanks so much to the author for giving me a copy of the book.
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Elise Meyer
December 23, 2021
Evrathedyn is the handsome, bookish second son of Lord Blackrook, and would rather live the celibate life of a scholar than face his cruel father and the war the Lord wages on magic. Rhosynora is second in line to become the high priestess of a race of magical beings that can shape shift into Ravens. She knows her older sister will soon fail at her role as high priestess and dreams of running away rather than facing her cruel brother whom she will be forced to marry. Their paths cross when Evrathedyn suddenly finds himself Lord Blackrook and journeys north to find magic that will hopefully save his sister and the rest of his rush from falling to illnesses that only magic can cure. The Raven and the Rush reads like a classic, epic fantasy! The writing style is intelligent and descriptive without being over the top. There is enough action to keep the book exciting without drowning in it and the spark between Evra and Rhosyn is palpable. I really enjoyed this book, even though the familial structures are broken, Evra and Rhosyn are well on their way to breaking that cycle in the end. There are brief mentions of intimate moments, but nothing super explicit, for those who keep track of that type of content.
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Ashley Cavazos
December 14, 2021
A sweet coming of age love story. You follow along with 2 characters who are unexpectedly thrown into roles they never were prepared for, trying to find out who they want to be and how they want to change their world's all while fighting for the only thing that makes sense. Love. You get to see them grow during their journey and help not only them but those around you. Very fast paced and intriguing read.
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About the author

Sarah is the USA Today and International Bestselling Author of over forty contemporary and epic fantasy stories, and the creator of the Kingdom of the White Sea and Saga of Crimson & Clover universes.

Born a geek, Sarah spends her time crafting rich and multilayered worlds, obsessing over history, playing her retribution paladin (and sometimes destruction warlock), and settling provocative Tolkien debates, such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, she’s been to over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration, and is always planning her next adventure.

Sarah and her husband live in a beautiful corner of SE Pennsylvania with their three tiny benevolent pug dictators.

Connect with Sarah:

Instagram: @sarahmcradit

Facebook: @sarahmcradit

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