Raven's End

Raven's End

A Tale From the Canadian Rockies

Book - 2001
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Spiritual, philosophical, political, and beautifully written, Raven's End is an exciting novel about the lives of ravens. Over the course of four seasons in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, Raven's End follows the adventures of Colin, a young raven who arrives unexpectedly to join the Raven's End flock. His newfound friends include Greta, the wise elder; lifelong nestmates Molly and Zack; spunky teenagers, Sarah and Brendan; and the two scoundrels, Dolus and Garth. Among them, Colin learns what it takes to survive: how to fight cold, evade hunters' guns, fly in hailstorms, and scavenge from wolf kills. Colin participates in the daily ritual of morning Flaps, in which the flock, led by Main Raven, exchanges news about food sources, weather, births, and deaths. After supper the ravens all join in the evening Flight, honing their flying skills with daredevil spins and dives and revelling in the sheer joy of performing their graceful aerial ballet. In between they have adventures involving mountain animals, like bears, wolves, and lynx -- including the two-legged upright creatures who always leave them tasty morsels. In the course of the novel we find out that Colin is a raven of exceptional talents and intelligence, who contemplates his mortality, and has the gift of second sight. When he finds himself in a life-or-death struggle against evil, his bravery and leadership save the day. But will he, in his spiritual quest, learn the truth about his origins? Only the spirit of the Great Raven, who visits Colin in disguise, can answer these questions… Written with graceful prose and a passion for the natural world, Raven's End will delight readers from ages 9 to 95.
Publisher: Toronto : M&S, c2001.
ISBN: 9780771032516
077103251X
Branch Call Number: GADD
Characteristics: 347 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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CHoeppner
Jul 19, 2015

Not a huge fan of animal fiction, but definitely a fan of the rocky mountains and learning new things about them.

Having met the author as our interpretive guide on a hike to Grassi Lakes, I figured I'd give his novel a read.

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numa
Dec 23, 2011

A pleasant tale set in our own Rockies - you can see Raven's End as you approach the mountains on Highway #1 from the east. Ben Gadd is a formidable naturalist, and the story has roots in his vast knowledge. If you can accept the ploy of talking ravens, pikas, and the like, you will find this an interesting and enjoyable read.

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sixtyfive
May 25, 2011

This is a very interesting book about the natural history of ravens told in fictional form. While at times the conversations are a bit juvenile, that can be readily overlooked as the information the book contains is fascinating when sorted from the fictional embelishment. I liked it!

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Oct 25, 2017

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Jul 19, 2015

CHoeppner thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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CHoeppner
Jul 12, 2015

After a nearly fatal accident, Raven, Colin, awakens without his memories. He is taken in by the Mount Yamnuska Raven flock and begins his journey to re-experience the Rocky Mountains and and remember where he came from.

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Jul 12, 2015

"...there is at least one good reason to keep on living, [...] To be part of all this."

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