Encountering the Muse


In The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters, seventeen year-old Edgar Allan Poe is a young poet in the 1800’s. He is abused by his foster father and he thinks that all hope is lost until he encounters his muse Lenore. A few weeks after that, Edgar is sent to college by his hateful father and his muse follows him. Can Edgar survive college and rise to stand up to his father, or will he perish from lack of money for firewood and food?

The details in The Raven’s Tale paint an image in your mind so well that you feel like you are watching every scene. Poe’s poems sometimes get strangely grotesque, but he is able to make them beautiful as well. While Winters depicts Edgar hand-drawing his muse, she describes Lenore as the woman of nightmares, but also as the woman of love; you cannot help but think Edgar’s illusion is a real person.

When someone brings up silencing your muse, it means giving up on your art. Some people, such as Edgar’s foster father, might think that silencing your muse is a good thing. This novel, however, is an inspirational story about someone who refuses to give up on his passion. Edgar Allan Poe is a very famous prolific poet and the poem he is most famous for is The Raven. Cat Winters has the raven hiding inside the novel and, if you are patient, she will reveal who the raven is.

Winters is a phenomenal writer, capable of creating a story that conveys the message that even when a lot of people are telling you to silence your muse, you should not. This book is extremely sad and emotional, but its central message is one of hope and perseverance. For minor language and a little bit of adult conversation I would recommend this book for ages 12+. Overall, The Raven’s Tale is a good book and I would rate it eight out of ten for some violent parts, but this book is still definitely worth a read.