Although it took me a while to read Raybearer, I had a lot of fun with this debut fantasy novel! I started out reading Raybearer as an audiobook (thank you, NetGalley) and I immediately fell in love with the narration. I think the narrator truly added to the experience of reading this book as she captured the protagonist’s voice perfectly.
I finished off Raybearer as a physical book, and I have to say I do think my reading experience was enhanced by listening to the audiobook first, because I kept hearing the narrator’s voice in my head!
Raybearer is a fast paced fantasy novel, and while it is a bit longer than your average YA book, I found that the time flew by and I enjoyed every second of the book.
The main point I want to press that truly makes this book stand out from the rest is the relationships between the characters. As I grow older, I find myself more and more drawn to books with solid relationships between friends and partners. Raybear was more than solid, with excellent platonic friendships between people who truly cared about each other, and a romance that wasn’t exactly what was expected.
I’d highly recommend picking up this unique fantasy debut that explores friendship in such a complex and fantastical way. I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel, although I’m definitely going to have to recap this one first!