By P. Grace lawson
Rise of the Ravenisha
This story tells the tale of an ancient tribe of Dahomey warrior women who, having made a deal with the dark spirit La Panthère Noire, developed the ability to shapeshift into black panthers. They and their queen, Idia, lived in the mountains among the Fon for centuries until Idia betrayed her closest friends, selling them to America as slaves under false pretenses and ulterior motives. The story picks up in the present-day southern United States, where the women, now known as Old Generation Ravenisha, have decided the time has come for them to rise up and free themselves from the bondage of their past.
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Rise of the Ravenisha is a mix of action, humor, romance, and mystery. This paranormal novel was spellbinding from the storyline to the plot and development. A special shout-out goes to Grace because writing is her calling. The word usage, synergistic dialogue, and nuances per scene and situation that she employed throughout the book aﬀorded me a smooth read. I love female heroines, and they brought their A-games to this story! Dr. Vasquez, Leona, Lizzy, Tildy, Ceola, and even Fredi all have places in my heart. However, most of my focus was on Teddy, who always went oﬀ without listening. Strategic thinking trumps physical size, strength, and skills any day. Sometimes we must listen to those who went before us for they know better. I anticipate a second installment that features the lost generation. Great job, Grace!
Rise of the Ravenisha is a fantastic novel about strong powerful Black women. Teddy is a no-nonsense kind of individual who is destined to lead the pack, but underneath her gruff exterior is someone with a heart of gold and extremely protective of her family. The old Ravenisha (Celeste, Naima, and Matilda) are the grandmothers we wish we had- kind, loving, and fierce warriors. What is intriguing about this story is that the old Ravenisha are products of continental Africa and slavery. It’s this convergence of these two experiences that help craft and color the story for the better because by this diasporic convergence we see just how similar we all are. I know fans of strong and powerful women will enjoy this novel.
Everything about this book was lovely. There was nothing negative to note apart from one error. The characters seemed intentionally picked. There was action, science, demons, romance, and laughter crowned with fantastic storytelling. I couldn’t help thinking how the book would be an excellent fit for Marvel
productions; who wouldn’t love a movie about warrior women?
The book ends with a cliffhanger; I anticipate the sequel. I recom-mend Rise of the Ravenisha to all science fiction lovers. If you enjoy superwomen stories, it will make a great read. Finally, I rate this book four out
of four stars.