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“Fast paced, the characters are enduring, believable, and will steal your heart…” —April R, for MyBookAddiction

“There are folks out there that treat their series like a child, raising them up from nothing to be powerful enough to stand on their own. Alesia and Michael Matson treat their child like she’s the future queen.” —Tellest (

“If you want to get absorbed in a story about class in a fantasy world, you can't do much better than The Raven and the Iris.” —Dr W, online review

Metaphor Publications, Inc. is proud to present the first book in “The Raven & The Iris” trilogy - our first urban romance series that takes place in the fantasy setting of Menelon! While the classic paper and ink (and PDF) version contains Vincent's and Angelique's entire story, we've taken the ebook version to the next level of "reader immersion" with active links to Menelon’s online and ever-expanding wiki. In it, we give our readers exclusive, inside access to maps, background information, cut scenes, and more, all fleshing out the glamour and the intrigues of Fernwall, the compelling characters from the stories, and the rest of the world of Menelon, too. (Amazon & epub versions only.)

It's a terrific way to immerse yourself in the great estate houses, the glittering society balls, and the dark, dangerous alleys inhabited by the “living…” “breathing…” “believable…” characters whom so many fantasy readers - and gamers - have grown to love.

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Raven’s Tears (ebook) — 2 Comments

  1. (The following review has been copied from our old cart service, with its original posting date and attribution.)

    Post by Adam Smith – November 29, 2015:

    When I first dug into this book, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It seemed suited for the stereotypical audience for romance novels. I was a little confused, and maybe a little turned off. My genre of preference is something closer to the Riddick movies (“You keep what you kill!”). A bit past the beginning, though, and the book’s tone started to change. It became something more like a dark, dark, very dark romance book. This isn’t your typical love story. Not by a long shot. The characters are deeper, and terribly flawed. These are people who can’t stop hurting their lover, but also can’t stop hurting themselves. They’re horrible people at times, and that’s okay, because you’ll come to love them. Angelique can be heinous in her quest for survival, and Raven is certainly no wilting sweetheart suitor. You watch their train wreck lives collide in a huge climax at the end. And the best part is that it’s believable. Maybe the most believable love story I’ve experienced in a long time.

    This book is not an action story, let’s set that straight right away. There is perhaps one light combat scene in the whole book. The sequel, Dead Man’s Trigger, has far more action to it. But this book is far from boring. The tension builds partway through the beginning and runs high through the entire thing. By the end, you’ll be reaching for the next book, which thankfully picks up right away where this one leaves off.

    This book starts as a typical romance and becomes something much more, and builds straight into the amazing sequel. If you’re bored of flat characters, gender stereotypes, gender counter-stereotypes, modern political statements buried in fantasy, and any of the other stuff cluttering up the genre these days, this book will be a breath of fresh air. Stick with it and it will treat you right. Then grab the sequel and hang on for a wild ride.

  2. (The following review has been copied from our old cart service, with its original posting date and attribution.)

    Post by Lucylicious Reads – November 28, 2015:

    This the first installment in the Raven And the Iris Series.
    Fantasy romance is a genre I’ve only read a little bit of and I was delighted when the author gave me a copy to read in consideration for an honest review.

    This is the publisher’s blurb:

    A con turned cop. And urchin turned lady.
    Two webs of lies. An epic love.

    Sir Vincent Sultaire is the Raven, rakehell, playboy, con, serving a term of indenture for the crimes of burglary and extortion. His lover, Lady Angelique Blakesly, seems to be a wealthy, widowed baronness and devout member of the conservative Guardian Paladin church. But Angel’s careful poise and reserve conceal the Iris, one of Fernwall’s most successful high-stakes burglars; and beneath the collar of Raven’s indenture, he’s playing the cops and the cons for fun and profit.

    Their deceptions intersect explosively after the brilliantly executed theft of the priceless Magun-Zak. Sir Vincent is put in charge of the investigation, a thief set up to catch a thief. Angelique, beholden to forces beyond her control, is desperate to stop him.

    Will Raven discover the truth? And will it be enough to set Angel free before their lies destroy them both?

    This story has an almost Tolkien feel to it. The authors have constructed a world that has it’s own societal structures, cultural norms and complex class system. We have regions who inhabitants boast distinct accents and manners. And the book has an interactive wiki feature that allows you to explore the world while you read – talk about bang for your buck!

    This story is about Raven (aka Vincent Sultaire) and Iris (aka Barroness Angelique Blakely of Carlisle, aka Angel ). They are both master pretenders. In public Angelique pretends to be noble and pious member of Fernwall’s ruling class. Vincent’s [edited by permission] public face is that of a reforming and humbled scapegrace who is serving out his indenture and seeking readmission to the society he was born into and turned his back on as a youth.
    In private, they are lovers whose passion burns so hot that it overwhelms them both. Yet, even their most intimate moments, Iris’ secrets and lies create a barrier that Raven is not aware of. And the oaths that they take as a way to bind themselves together for life are no match for the bonds constructed of deceit, obligation and fear that hold Iris in thrall to another.

    The reader knows Iris’ secrets before Raven does and as we watch him get closer to the truth, the tension and foreboding is palpable.
    And was when Raven finally learns the truth, his devastation is keen. Raven struggles with feelings of betrayal,disappointment that are tempered by the guilt of not letting Iris know that she could trust him to carry her burdens. It is a sad state of affairs and the story ends in a cliffhanger that will have you rushing to start book two Dead Man’s Trigger. There are some difficult themes that are explored in this story (view spoiler) and the characters are both deeply flawed individuals that are both to blame for the predicament that they find themselves in.

    If you read a lot of fantasy add this to your TBR. If it’s genre that is new to you, this is a great place to start. It is extremely well written, well plotted and full of passion and intrigue. It is erotic and dark at times. It packs a tremendous punch in its 332 pages!
    This gets 4 fantastic stars and I will be reviewing Deadman’s Trigger shortly!