Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.
Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Exiled from her former home, where she held the position of heir to House Ravenwood, Lady Selene Ravenwood hopes to find the real reason for her powerful gift of dreamwalking. But she’s now bound in a marriage of convenience with one Grand Lord Damien who isn’t sure about his new wife’s gift, war is on the horizon, and the Dark Lady is out to take advantage of Selene’s increasing power in Flight of the Raven by author Morgan L. Busse.
After reading Book One in the Ravenwood Saga, Mark of the Raven, I anticipated this sequel more than I’ve anticipated any sequel in quite a while. The themes of power and purpose, and the purpose of one’s power, have intrigued me throughout this series so far.
Admittedly, already being familiar with this world, Book Two wasn’t as gripping for me. I found several of the scenes to be pretty slow and redundant, including where the main characters’ inner questions are concerned. It seems they go around some of the same contemplative and emotional circles a number of times, and the many strings of questions are excessive, with the characters constantly asking themselves around two to six questions in a row.
Aspects of the romance also became redundant and a little too predictable to me, and the romance didn’t fully click for me overall. It may be partly because I didn’t fully click with Selene here, and although her feeling lost is a vital part of the plot, it’s hard for me to find so lost, downhearted, and retiring a heroine to be a compelling romantic one.
Still, when Selene comes alive in physical combat, she’s incredible, and her dreamwalking is truly something else. The batch of chapters in this novel’s home stretch took me from amazement to rather intense heartbreak to amazement again—a great setup for the next book in the series.
Here’s my review of Book One in the Ravenwood Saga, Mark of the Raven.