Author: Peter J. Plasse
Publisher: Lightening Source Inc.
Published: March 12, 2011
Paperback, 496 pages
Returning home from another grueling shift of E.R. work, Dr. Blake Lee Strong comes across a downed motorcyclist and stops to help, but little does he know that his world and that of his family will soon be turned upside down. Duped into being transported to another planet called Inam'Ra, Dr. Strong and his family are thrust into a medieval world populated by Trolls, Gnomes, Elves, Dwarves, Humans and other alien beings. An epic odyssey begins as the Strong family fights for not only their own survival, but also for the continued existence of the citizens of Ravenwild.
Ravenwild is a kind of fish-out-of-water type story in which a family from our world is transported across dimensions to the planet Inam’Ra. It is similar to our Medieval ages, except it is also populated with many fantasy characters such as Trolls, Dwarves, Elves, and Gnomes as well as humans. The Strong family is thrust into a situation that is not of their doing, and they are all separated. Thus the story really begins with their desperate search to reunite with each other.
I liked this story. The characters were fairly well developed, and the world creating aspect was pretty good. It followed most of the conventions of the fantasy genre. Trolls are brutes; Gnomes are subjects to the bullying of the Trolls; the Humans, Elves and Dwarves are allied against the Trolls and seeking freedom from oppression. I also liked how magic and technology were joined together and made like one force. There were a couple of characters that I really liked, Daria (at Troll) and Ubri (a Gnome). They are both in positions that could have them being cruel and unforgiving but both at different times show compassion and care for those from their enemies because it is the right thing to do.
Overall this is an entertaining read and I would recommend it to most any fantasy reader. It's not up their with the top fantasy books but it is a good read. I would like to see something of the future adventures of the Strong family.