Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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.

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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.


3 thoughts on “Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

  1. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo,…

    I’ve been travelling through my WP Reader seeking out readers for the Ravenwood Saga as honestly this is one of my latest bookish hangovers I just am not fully ready to ‘let go’ of yet!! I’ve been enjoying discussing the plot and the characters with my fellow book bloggers whilst also seeing it through their own readerly perspectives! This is something I’ve missed doing in recent years and hope I can keep doing now.. migraines were partially at fault for tucking like a turtle on my own blog but gosh… this series just makes you want to be chatty about it, doesn’t it?

    I am quite particular about the kind of Fantasy stories I will read – this is why I love co-hosting #WyrdAndWonder – as a month long fest of celebrating the genre but also expanding on seeking the authors who are giving me the kind of reads I desire most to find in the genre too!

    It even took me a bit to realise this was an entry for not just High Fantasy but for Dark Fantasy – as well, as you know — Lady Ravenwood really took this to a level of darkness even I hadn’t suspected it would go! She really embraced her Dark Lady roots and origins and conceptionally it was interesting to see how that coroded the rest of the souls of her daughters because of her influence but also because of how unbending she was in those influences.

    I was truly invested in the path Selene had to walk – it is as you said – she was between a rock and a hard place – she had to make choices that would benefit everyone and place her own affairs on hold. When we shift into Damien’s POV I nearly balked at that idea as I was so dearly emotionally tethered to Selene but without the shift I think we might have lost the other layers where we needed to shift off the Dark Lady’s influences and re-align with the alliances within the Light of this world. On that level, this world has a lot of depth and breadth!

    I know a lot of readers felt this story dragged in pacing but for me it just felt like the pacing was working well for me. I didn’t notice that to be the case in other words. Now I’m off to see if you’ve read FLIGHT and what your thoughts were for the sequel!

    PS: I hope you’ll visit with me and see if we shared or felt things in common as we were reading the stories…

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