Review of The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (physical arc)




The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters


Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”




I need to first mention this cover.  It’s gorgeous and fits the book so well.


Edgar Poe lives with the Allan family.  His parents are dead and they took him in.  John Allan is not nice to Edgar.  Edgar writes poems and the arts are basically a sin.  The bishop preaches that the town was punished by fire and death because of the theater there.  Those people followed their muses and muses are evil.  They even built the church over the bones and destruction from the theater fire.  Edgar is in love with Elmira and wants to marry her.  But he is going off to school and they promise to write each other.


Lenore is Edgar’s muse.  She finally appears to him and others.  Most are terrified when they see her, but Edgar is torn.  She helps him write of death and dark topics that aren’t allowed.  Lenore wants Edgar to pledge himself to her, but he hasn’t yet.  She follows him to school where he meets another muse, Garland.  Garland helps Edgar with satire to entertain the other boys at school.


Edgar is doing well at school, but he is also struggling.  John never paid all his fees and Edgar finds himself in great debt.  He starts gambling.  Some of the boys are intrigued by Lenore and want to see her.  But Garland wants Lenore gone.


Throughout the book, we really see Edgar’s internal struggles.  Should he do what John wants?  Should he find a way to finish school?  Should he follow Garland or Lenore?  Should he keep writing and telling tales?  The book alternates between Edgar and Lenore’s perspectives.   We see Lenore living in the shadows, hiding, but also wanting to be seen.  We see her transforming.  She gets feathers and will be a raven when Edgar pledges to her.  She wants everyone to listen to Edgar (and her) and tries everything she can to keep him close.


I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars.  Thank you to Amulet Books for sending me a physical copy for review.


I also highly recommend reading the author’s note in the back of the book.  It has a lot of the historical facts surrounding the book.


Warnings for slavery, abuse, and death.


Have you read The Raven’s Tale?  Do you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe?










Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

13 thoughts on “Review of The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (physical arc)”

      1. Yeah I agree with the word “almost” especially. I do think that we didn’t get to really see any decisions that he made? I feel like he just jumped into things and we didn’t see any internal monologue of why he chose to do the things he did.

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