ONCE AGAIN, I’m thinking of rereading this series this year 😆😆 AM I? PROBABLY because I really want to read about the Foxes again. But let’s get to this!
I tried keeping this as much spoiler-free as possible, but it is a sequel, so there’s only so much I can do.
Title: The Raven King
Author: Nora Sakavic
Series: #2 in All for The Game series (#1)
Year Published: 2013
Cover Art/Designer: Sakavic’s sister
Genre: New Adult ~ Contemporary ~ Sports ~ Romance ~ Mental Health
Links: Goodreads || The Storygraph
Copy: Ebook (owned)
CW/TW: (Taken from The Storgraph)
The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.
Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.
Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.
Disclaimer: I own this book and wanted to read it. The summary is taken from Goodreads. The image header is my own. All opinions expressed are my own. This is dark book with a lot of mature themes so please, please research the series and all the warnings available on several trigger warning sites if you want to double-check.
Thank you Nora for adding Exy terms and rules in the back. Just another reason for passionate fans to create teams😆 If you’re looking for a defensive player, I might be able to play for like 5 or 10 minutes. Or just be on the sidelines, please, and be moral support. I have a very loud voice and would love to shout at the other team.
I think in the first book we don’t get much of Andrew’s personality because we’re getting so much of Neil (and also Andrew is trying to act like he’s all cool) but this is the book where we get to know him more, and what he is… is a massive dork and I love him for that.
He also shows more of his personality as we read on and his sense of humour – which I absolutely love. It’s my type of humour – both that I love to see in characters and also that it fits my sense of humour. I’d love it if we were friends so we could just be super snarky all the time. But I don’t think he’d want to be friends with me…
And with showing more of his personality, you also get how absolutely amazing and what a natural talent he is at Exy. I love that. I love how Neil encourages him to be more passionate about it – true, that’s mostly because Neil is an Exy fiend and wants to talk about Exy 100% of the time – and although Andrew doesn’t really become passionate about the sport, he puts enough effort into it. And I think that he does truly like the game and maybe in the future when he’s had a lot of therapy and time to work out his feelings, he’ll be able to say it fully.
The amount of sass that Neil shows throughout the series proves that he’s the perfect partner for Andrew. And also the fact that Andrew likes it when Neil goes off on someone just makes it even better because it proves that Andrew listens to Neil and focuses on what he does.
There’s just so many good quotes and a lot of them I love to look at are just further examples of Neil’s mastery of sass and also the fact that, much like me, he sometimes does not have a filter. Which probably makes me love him more.
The found family aspect starts build itself more and more in this book and there’s sweet moments between different characters, there’s heartfelt moments, and there’s definitely tense moments, because this series loves to be tense.
This is a series I will always hold up as a great example as a found family (trope) series. But I will also add that it’s dark and that’s ok because books are allowed to be dark. And the found family aspect in this book is very messy. And that’s totally fine because what type of perfect family dynamic do you know of and what is it like to live that life?
I do think that by the time I publish my review for the third book I’ll be ready to re-read the series 😆 Forgetting, of course, all the other books I need to get to. But we won’t talk about them because I swear they can smell fear.
Are you a fan of trilogies or duologies? I’m more for 3 or more books 😄 Have you read this series before? Are you also a major sass user? Chat to me down below!