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 an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
She heard a whisper inside her mind. Soft, yet powerful…
A dreamer has been born.
Then it was done.
As heir to the House of Ravenwood, Lady Selene receives the power to dreamwalk: to enter and alter a person’s dreams while they sleep. But Selene soon learns of the dark, even murderous, family agenda that comes along with dreamwalking. She must find out the true reason behind her gift—or her curse?—in Mark of the Raven by author Morgan L. Busse.
First off, while I do enjoy high fantasy from time to time, I’m no fantasy buff. And given that I’m not the fastest reader around, I scheduled to have this novel finished in three to four days.
I finished it in less than a day.
The novel’s themes just got to me. The idea of a heroine who, for the sake of her younger siblings, accepts a role she hates, and she has to shut off her emotions to do it. The idea of controlling others through manipulation, by playing on their fears. The idea that in order for Selene to protect and provide for her people, she has to…oppress them?
Light, Maker of Worlds, help us all.
Now, sometimes Selene’s inner questions are redundant or a bit simplistic, and the narration sometimes states the obvious or repeats explanations or details the reader already knows. But I like that the story doesn’t unfold with nothing but unexplained alternate-world-riddles for half the book or anything like that. It wasn’t long before I got a good grip on what was going on.
An amazing read about leadership, courage, conscience, compassion, and sacrifice. The only downside is that I have to wait a while for the next book in The Ravenwood Saga.
Light, Maker of Worlds, grant me patience…
Here’s my review of Book Two in the Ravenwood Saga, Flight of the Raven.