You get the picture.
Here are 13 points to ponder about the raven:
- Ravens are familiar in myth and lore in civilizations from the Vikings to the Native Americans. The superstitions around the bird are various and worldwide--from the belief that the raven created the world, to the superstition that the raven foretells death. Lots of mystery and fantasy around this avian.
- The Tower of London has its own myth, that the tower/monarchy will fall if the ravens leave their roost there. As symbols of a tower known for executions, it's no surprise that the imagery of ravens in a Gothic tower came about.
- That master of the Gothic himself, Edgar Allan Poe penned the famous "The Raven" with the chilling and well known phrase: Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
- Ravens are frequently included on covers of Gothic Romance novels. That hint of gothicness sets a tone and mood immediately.
- Ravens have a complex societal structure, their flock is called an unkindness, and they are known to be monogamous and mate for life (well... as far as any animals mate for life.)
- Ravens maintain strong familial relationships. They are intelligent and playful. They collect shiny/new objects as juveniles but as they get older, they avoid new things. Sounds sort of human, doesn't it?
- A shifter who flies, hunts, mates for life, has a fantasy-like myth/lore background, and is dark and dangerous. Who can resist?
Here are six stories featuring raven shifters:
- The Forbidden Chamber by Ella Drake. Available now from Samhain Publishing as an ebook, in print August 2010.
- Last of the Ravens by Linda Winstead Jones. Just finished this enjoyable read with the unique concept of a man who can shift into a flock of ravens.
- Kiss Me Deadly by Shannon Stacey.
- Raven by Alison Paige
- “Heart of the Raven” by J.C. Wilder in the two-book anthology Paradox I (ebook) / Sacrifice (print)
- Grounded: a Hayle Raven Story by Ella Drake. This is a followup short story for The Forbidden Chamber.
Grounded is a freebie, available at the Samhellion, here.
What comes to mind when you think of ravens? Do you know of any other raven shifter romances?