Mark of the Raven

Mark of the Raven

by Morgan L. Busse

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Overview

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764232220
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Ravenwood Saga Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 281,299
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the new steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. She and her family live in Bloomington, Illinois. Visit her online at www.morganlbusse.com.

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Mark of the Raven 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very original and unusual storyline.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
This book was superb! The world-building, the lore-crafting, the character creation were all expertly executed, topped by a great plot. The large cast of characters and shifting points of view transitioned seamlessly throughout the story, never losing or breaking the reader’s attention. And now I’m hooked. There are so many unanswered questions, so many narratives crossing each other – I’m eagerly awaiting the next in the series. I feel like the author brought us to the edge of this sweeping lake, and next book is going to push us off to plunge into everything this tale wants to tell. This was pure enjoyment to read. You should definitely get a copy! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley
FyreHorse More than 1 year ago
This is my first book that I have read by Morgan Busse, and I know it will not be my last! This book was amazing with word pictures that drew you into the world of Salene and Damien and all the intrigue of Seven Kingdoms blessed by gifts that where meant to protect from the Empire. Through betrayal and hurt the gift of the house of Ravenwood was thought to be lost forever. Instead, they have been hidden away and what was once meant to protect the kingdoms is now being used to cause fear and even death all in the silence of dreams and leaving a trail of mysterious deaths in seemingly healthy people. Raised to only know the dark side of the Ravenwood gift, Salene struggles with questions as her heart seeks for more than just a tool to gain power and exact revenge. She her heart not only seeks to protect her siblings from the darkness of this gift but also her people and find another way, but how when all she knows is what she is being taught? Damien was thrust into the role of leader of his house at a very young age, but not before his father taught him of the light and how to use his power over water to protect his kingdom. But with great power often comes great costs and Damien must grapple with the consequences of protecting his people as he also faces the threat of invasion by the Empire and he must convince a divided seven houses to believe that the threat of invasion is real from an Empire threat that is the thing of centuries past legends. Salene and Damien are thrown together when the houses meet at Ravenwood and Salene is ordered to kill Damien as a threat to the House of Ravenwood. In the secrets of dreams fates are decided for not just two souls but a kingdom on the brink of war. This is an amazing and dramatically energetic tale of intrigue and suspense all wrapped up in fantasy complete with wyverns! It is a must read and I look forward eagerly to the next in the series that is in the works.
summer_no9 3 months ago
This book was amazing writing and compelling to read with that also had a great, beautiful fantasy story, full of imagination that will drawing us to discovery and go beyond an adventure with the character also had a super power as a dreamwalker, to control and manipulate fears or desires their mind. Lady Selene, She know that special gift she had cost to come to used and to fight for family and to protect House Ravenwood even will risky her life and everything. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”.
LoraineN 6 months ago
I was expecting generic high fantasy with wizards and dwarfs, but I was pleasantly surprised that this fantasy wasn’t like that. I liked how there was a level of darkness but it warmed up throughout. The author trusted young adult readers with adult matters in a well done manner. Adult things were addressed but descriptions were not explicit. I didn’t care for Selene. She was too willing to comply to the wishes of others. I liked Damian, who was more willing to usurp the status quo. The descriptions really made me feel like I was there. Full review is at my website. I received these books complimentary as a participant of the Prism book tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
amybooksy 6 months ago
Mark of the Raven begins The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan L Busse. As heir to the House of Ravenwood, Lady Selene, also, has a gift that is the power of dreamwalking. As she she is learning her gift, she finds out the past secrets of her family’s legacy. She finds that in order to keep that legacy alive, she must kill a man. A man that is seen as a man peace to the nations. Selene sees she has to make some difficult choices. Mark of the Raven is a different type of read that I normally enjoy. However, this is proof why I should go outside of my comfort zone. I found this to be unique and refreshing. I liked Selene, but loved Damien so much more. This is one of those books that takes me a quarter of the way through to figure out what’s going on and then suddenly, I can not put it down. I give Mark of the Raven four stars. I look forward to book 2 from The Ravenwood Saga. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
BethErin 7 months ago
My teenaged daughter and I each read and relished this book. My daughter was captivated by Selene’s conflicted journey and the author’s vivid worldbuilding. We both appreciated Selene’s big sister ferocity and sacrifice and Damien’s protective nature and devotion to the Light completely won us over. Despite this book being outside of my genre comfort zone, the medieval-ish environment and natural vibe of supernatural elements made me feel right at home. By the middle of the book, I was hooked and at this story’s conclusion, I immediately dove into the second book of The Ravenwood Saga series, Flight of the Raven. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
j2starshine 8 months ago
Mark of the Raven is a story about a young woman struggling with who she is and her family's secrets. Morgan L. Busse weaves an enchanting tale. It's dark, but not overwhelmingly so. We are dealing with dreamwalking assassins here. It didn't take me long to get swept up within its pages as the story unfolded. The characters and their plight haunted me and wouldn't let me sleep. I am very curious to see the true power and original intention of Selene's gift. And that ending! Oh my goodness. I can't wait to dive into the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it+held+my+attention+and+that%27s+saying+something+for+most+books+these+days.
Lyssa Armstrong More than 1 year ago
This is a stretch from the genres I usually frequent- fantasy with a gothic feel and religious themes. I enjoyed the story, though I wouldn't recommend reading it before bed. Initially I thought, I don't know why she's beating herself up; they're only nightmares, it's not like she's actually doing the things in the dreams. Then I thought about some nightmares I've had that caused lingering anguish and the fact that the damage from emotional and mental abuse can oftentimes last longer than physical abuse. And that's what is repeatedly happening in these dreams- mental and emotional abuse. So now I get it. I enjoyed the world that was built and am intrigued by the mystery. And I like what I've read so far about the religious themes, good vs evil, etc. I'm invested. I want to uncover the history, see this world put back together, families and friendships restored, and I want to see the gifts working the way they were intended. It felt like Selene and Amara needn't have the animosity between them if Selene made an effort to reach out or show affection, etc. And I wish that Selene was a bit more determined to find a new way rather than give in to feeling trapped and just go along with things. But I think she has potential. Looking forward to the next book!
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy book about good versus evil - light versus darkness. It's a book that kept me wondering for a long time and the mystery of it all, drew me in. I love books like this! Lady Selena has the mark of the raven on her back, and like her mother, and the women in the family before her, she has the gift of dream-walking. I really like Selena as you can tell she has a kind heart and wants to do the right thing. There are seven houses in this kingdom, each with it's own gift. For the House of Ravenwood, they have their dream-walking but those in the kingdom believe their gift has diminished. This is an important part of this story as they are able to use their gift without others realizing it. When Selena finds out that she is to use her gift, not for good, but for the benefit of those who would do evil, she is appalled. Her mother is not one to trifle with, however. In fact, her mother is quite frightening and no one really crosses her. The book starts out setting up the information we need to understand the dream-walking and the people of the kingdom. About half-way through, we start seeing some action and it's all very intriguing! I really enjoy a good fantasy story and this book definitely is that. Since this is the first book of the series, it does end on a cliff-hanger. I know some don't care for this, however, the book was so well done, it didn't bother me and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! I really enjoyed this story and loved how Serena's heart was trying to do the right thing. I can highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Can I just say Book Love? Mark of the Raven The Ravenwood Saga #1 By Morgan L. Busse Oh my, I've found another series to add to my can't wait for what comes next list. What is it about this book that has brought me to this conclusion? Well, the characters are engaging as their situations draw in the reader. First, we have Lady Selen Ravenwood the heir to the House of Ravenwood. The House of Ravenwood is a house with a carefully guarded secret, one that they have been hiding for hundreds of years ever since House of Ravenwood was sacrificed to the Dominia Empire by the other Great Houses. And the House of Ravenwood is about to task Selen with her role as heir become an assassin taking down the Houses that betrayed them years ago. There is just one problem with this plan - Selen's heart. Then we have the House of Maris being led by Damien Maris who came into the role of Grand Lord upon the death of the rest family. Not ready to take on the burden of leadership Damien has taken his father's place as both leader and protector of his people. Determined to see his father's dream of the Great Houses uniting together Damien calls for an assembly hoping that the Houses will see the threat that the Dominia once again poses and agree to come together. An assembly is the perfect opportunity to work out long-held differences and it is the perfect opportunity for Selen to become whom she is meant to be - the killer her mother has trained her to be. Selen's victim is Damien and to kill him she must enter his dreamscape and learn his weakness. Damien is unlike anyone Selen has ever met. He is burdened by his gift just as she is but he possesses a light that she is drawn to. Could this light that fills his soul free her from the darkness that is taking her slowly day-by-day as she does her mother's bidding? This book is well-written with characters that can bring out one's sympathy and compassion while others bring a shiver of dread when they enter a scene. And the conclusion leaves one in anticipation of the next book. Where will Selen's "gift" of Dreamwalking take her? Will the approaching danger destroy the Great Houses or will an alliance be formed against the Dominia? Fans Patrick Carr, Jill Williamson, S.D. Grimm, Thomas Locke, or Nadine Brandes will find much to love about this book. Get ready to enter a new world of fantasy and be intrigued! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Is she a killer or will she discover the Light? There are two kinds of fantasy novels out there; charmingly captivating, and deliciously dark. Mark Of The Raven is one of the latter. I don't know what it was that caught my attention, I haven't read any of Morgan L. Busse's previous books. Maybe it was the gorgeous eerily mysterious cover, which is much like the heroine herself, or maybe because I was just in the mood for a fantasy novel that promised to be a shadowy tale of danger and intrigue. Oh, I got just that and more! This dark and absorbing tale will have you, as it did me, immersed in the battle between The Light and the Dark Lady played out in the sinister halls of the ancestral home of the Ravenwoods and also in the dreams of the powerful and the powerless. While aimed more at the YA market Mark Of The Raven is just as appealing to adults. There was something about Selene's struggle with upholding family expectations and her natural bent to protect those weaker that will capture the attention of readers both YA and adults alike. Fantasy fans are in for a real treat with Morgan L. Busse's new book and will quickly find themselves, like me, impatiently awaiting the next release in the Ravenwood Saga series. Seriously, I HAVE to know what happens! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Mark of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse creates a new world full of gifts and realms. She does a wonderful job of taking the reader on a journey, far from the real world. Whilst I love fantasy novels, I get impatient for the action to start. It takes to about halfway through the novel for the story really takes off. I found the dreams traumatic but understood highlighting the evil was the purpose. Lady Selene is easy to like and her divided loyalty easy to understand. She is trapped trying to fulfill her mother’s wishes and staying true to herself. Christianity appears through the Great Light working against dark evil and it’s beautifully done. The ending is a cliffhanger, a set up for the next novel. The scene is set and the characters formed. I’m looking forward to seeing where this one goes. Four out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale, if you like fantasy this one is for you,
Madis Musings More than 1 year ago
Positive Elements: Selene’s family cares for their people; a character mentors another; Selene is determined to protect her sisters. Negative Elements: None. Spiritual Elements: Character pray to the Dark Lady; a priest falls into a trance; characters pray to the Light; characters question the existence and knowledge of the Dark Lady. Violence: A character suffers when coming into her gift; it is mentioned someone murdered their parents; a man is attacked by a wolf; a caravan is attacked, and people are killed; people are forced to relive their worst fears; people are killed on the sea; someone’s mind is shattered; people are assassinated. Other: It is implied that a woman is raped (there is nothing explicit, nor does it go into details). Rating: 5 Stars Epilogue: I’ve read all of Morgan Busse’s books, and while I enjoyed them, Mark of the Raven is by far my favorite and the best. Action-packed, full of angst and danger, and brimming with decisions that mold Selene and Damien into relatable characters, Mark of the Raven is a book that will keep you up until you’ve finished it, and is a must read. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
CelticForestDweller More than 1 year ago
Aaah, that was so cool! Now where’s the next book? I love a good epic fantasy and this one was awesome! The world was so rich and the characters were fantastic. The plot was a slow-burn kind of one, full of mystery and politics but enough spice of danger and adventure to keep you on the edge of your seat—the rest of it did that actually as well! I love anything involving dreams in fiction so I was really excited to try this one. Like Inception in a fantasy world. :P The Dreamwalking was a cool aspect to the book. I particularly liked the soul aspect of it. I think I thought there would me more time spent in the actual dreamscapes, but at the same time I don’t really mind because the rest of the book was so cool too! I was so intrigued by this setting and loved the world-building. The idea of the seven nations and the Great Houses and their secrets and gifts was so intriguing. The political intrigue aspect of it was interesting instead of boring. It made me think a little of Jill Williamson’s fantasy, which is high praise from me. ;) I was pulled into this story and loved visiting these mountains, castles, secret passages, and seaside—and the different Houses were really neat. Everything had a distinct feeling and vibrant color to it and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I can’t wait to return to this world and find out what happens next, as well as learn more about the gifts—and spend more time with these characters. The characters were all well-drawn and I loved them. ^_^ Selene was an interesting heroine and I felt bad for her and was always curious what she’d do next. I can’t wait to see where her story goes from here. No spoilers but... it should be interesting! ;) Damien was my absolute favorite! I loved how the story alternated between his point of view and Selene’s. It was so neat getting to see each of them from the other’s perspective. But yes, Damien was a high point of the book—I loved his passion for helping people and how he had such a good heart and tried so hard and... he was just awesome. :D I loved many of the side characters, too! Selene’s father was so great. Taegis, Damien’s mentor, who I also loved. Lady Bryren! Man, I LOVED her and the other wyvern riders and hope we’ll see more of them! (And I don’t love them, but the villains stood out too. Lady Ragna was sooo chilling.) The atmosphere of the book was just really neat—with the rich colors, the harsh beauty of the mountains, the shadows and mysteries of Rook Castle, the autumnal feel, the meetings and gala and dances, the passages and secrets, and all shot through with so many questions and interesting thoughts, a thread of faith in a unique way, and the many varied people and cultures inhabiting this world. It took me a little while to get invested in the story (maybe until meeting Damien?) but once I got into it, I lived and breathed it, and now I’m sad it’s over. There were some pretty neat twists at the end which make me super curious to read the next book! I NEED IT. MARK OF THE RAVEN was gorgeous and a little ominous and I was so intrigued the whole time, and I’m attached to these characters. It’s a touch scary a few times but is a basically clean read which I think older teens and adults alike would enjoy, and I highly recommend it to fantasy fans! :) My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of MARK OF THE RAVEN. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are very few stories that come around that are as original as this one. I loved how the plot was so unexpected, and kept waiting to find out what would happen next... such in-depth characters! This is a must read for anyone that loves fantasy, as there were a few familiar elements but Morgan has done an amazing job making this world her own. The ending was quite surprising, in a good way, and I cannot wait for the next book!
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
3.5/4 stars Wow! What a compelling ending! I have to admit that I thought the beginning was rather slow and just couldn’t seemed to get hooked. *hides* I’m not sure if it’s because I was fairly sick when I started or not, but I also found some repetitive places that I began to found irksome. However, regardless of how I felt in the beginning and my unsureness if I would come to really like Selene, the dream walking was a unique reading experience. I haven’t read anything about dreamwalking and was very very engaged during Selene’s discovery of her new gift. Her Mother makes an interesting teacher and one that leaves you just as on edge as Selene. Damien on the other hand is a character I very strongly related to! Though I liked Selene, he was the one who really pulled my heart strings something fierce. I loved his dedication and his heart for others and just felt a strong connection with his struggles. I’m definitely intrigued to see what happens next. Selene has more discovering to do and really want to see Damien’s mission fulfilled. Hoping that good things are in store for them as well as the Seven Great Houses! Recommended to fantasy readers who want a clean read with solid characters and fascinating gifts. *(Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me an ARC. I was not required to write a review or positive one. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*
A_N More than 1 year ago
I'm not what you'd call a fantasy fan. I read it, but I'm very picky about who I read. Mainly because the world building and language has to be comprehensible for me. I read the back cover copy to this book and I was immediately drawn to it. Morgan Busse is a new author for me, I haven't read any of her work before and I am now a huge fan. I loved this book and the story! Ms. Busse creates a world that can not only be understood, you become immersed in it and don't want to leave. Selene is a heroine you cheer for. She's trying to not only understand the heritage of dreamwalking but figure out why they use the information gathered to harm instead of help. Overall, this is a great fantasy read one that draws you into the story makes you feel like you have not only entered the world but feel as though you are dreamwalking with Selene. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers as a member of their blogger review program. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
Wow! I really didn't want to put this book down, but I've been so busy with work and other things that I had to... Frustrating! It's an "edge of your seat" kind of story. I love this story!! I love the characters -there is such a variety of people (especially in the 2nd half). This series, and I can hardly wait for the next book!, is going to be an epic battle between the Dark and the Light. For a while I was wondering exactly what was going to happen -what would Selene's decision be? -how would the Light prevail? I'm very happy to say that it ended well, even if it does leave you hanging! But what are series for, right? I kept thinking as I was reading that this book would make a great movie! I'd love to see it on the big screen. There is some violence in it, but not anything graphic. Still, I may not recommend it for younger readers...under 13 or so. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next book! Thanks Morgan!!
katelynsbolds More than 1 year ago
Morgan Busse weaves a dark story about the heir to the House of Ravenwood who has just learned her family's secret; her mother and the Ravenwood women before her use their gift of dreamwalking to gather information and assassinate their enemies. Now Lady Selene is stuck in a web of political intrigue, lies and betrayal while the Seven Houses ready for war with the Domina Empire. Another reviewer mentioned that it reminded her of Game of Thrones and Assassin's Creed, which I agree with completely. The only thing that this book has that those stories do not is a thread of hope that lies within the Light. Overall, I would highly recommend this book for readers of YA and adult fantasy adventures. I might recommend pre-reading it if you have younger readers who might be put off by some non-graphic but violent content, as the book does contain assassins, war, etc. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.*
MaryJeanAdams More than 1 year ago
Review: Mark of the Raven Genre: Fantasy Subgenre: Young adult, clean As part of my personal writing/reading journey, I’ve been branching out a bit and trying to read more novels outside of the romance genre. That said, I am first and foremost a historical romance writer/reader, so I have a tendency to look at books through that lens. I’m certain this comes through in my review of Mark of the Raven. Now for the required disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of Mark of the Raven from Bethany House. I am giving Mark of the Raven three stars. I really wanted to like it more, but it had a couple of drawbacks that kept me from raising it to four stars. To be completely fair, I’m going to start with the things I liked – and there were many – before sharing what I didn’t. I should be able to avoid any plot spoilers. Story background: Lady Selene is heir to the House of Ravenwood, one of seven great houses, each endowed with a special gift. Ravenwood’s gift is the ability to walk in another’s dream; however, the other six houses all believe Ravenwood’s gift died out when the Dominian Empire razed the land hundreds of years prior. Unbeknownst to them, there was a survivor who passed on the ability to the female heir for hundreds of years. Whereas once Ravenwood women used their gift to help others, now they are hired as spies and assassins. This aspect of their secret is kept from Lady Selene until she awakens to her abilities. One of her first assignments is to slay the young heir of another great house: the one who may hold the key to uniting the great houses and protecting their land from new ruler of the Dominian Empire. Selene is torn between her alliance to her people and the good that dwells within her. What I liked: It really is a compelling story, and although I’m only giving Mark of the Raven a three star, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. The characters are all believable and likeable. The villains are compelling and not altogether unlikeable either. The author does a great job of making them vivid characters. In fact, I could easily see Mark of the Raven having been produced as a graphic novel. Also, being a romance reader, I appreciated the relationship between the two main characters. There was a chemistry that appealed, even if it didn’t rise to the level of a romance. (I am really hoping this gets played up in the sequel.) I also really liked the cover! What I didn’t like: The story started out a bit slow. It was interesting enough, but it wasn’t until chapter 9 that we meet the male lead – Damien. I would have loved to have seen more of him earlier, maybe his backstory interspersed with Lady Selene’s. You could argue that he’s a secondary character, but once he makes his debut, he doesn’t feel like one. In fact, he somewhat steals the show. I also thought the story ended too abruptly. Maybe this is how all fantasy stories end these days, but I felt like we had just reached the climax of the story, when suddenly, I’m reading back of the book material. I flipped back to see if I had accidentally missed a chapter or even a page or two. I don’t want to give away too much, but at the very least, I felt like it should have wrapped up with more of the main characters’ stories. Even just one or two chapters that gave us an idea of what was going on with them and the battles they would need to fight in the next book would have done it for me.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Flight of the Raven! Lady Selene was born with two things, a large mark on her back in the shape of a raven, and a home in a castle. Living in this castle is not bright and beautiful. Just the opposite, in fact, all is not well in the House of Ravenwood. Ancient treachery by the other houses towards Ravenwood has caused her mother, Lady Ragna, a cold unfeeling woman, to be bitter. She justifies things Selene doesn’t feel good about. According to her mother, the raven shaped mark means Selene has a secret power. One the rest of the houses believe died out long ago—because of their past betrayal. Only recently has Selene discovered what a life-changing effect that power will have on her. Despite her mother’s claims of good for the people of Ravenwood, the power along with the changes she has had to make in her life does not feel right. Reluctantly, however, Selene has been obeying her mother. Now a common enemy has caused representatives of all the Houses to meet. In fact, their discussions will be held in Selene’s castle. Her mother, Lady Ragna, will be the representative for Ravenwood. The young Lord Damien desperately wants all the houses to unite. Damien believes the strength of a united bond could not be broken by the threat coming their way. Secretly, Lady Ragna is doing all she can to sabotage the uniting of the houses. Selene finds herself with the dilemma of either following her mother’s instructions, or going against them. Can she be bold enough to refuse what her mother wants? Or should she continue doing her mother’s will despite the toll it is taking on her life? Is it true that Selene’s power is the only thing that is helping the people of her land survive? Intrigue, violence, and possible expulsion or death will follow. The future might even hold love for Selene. This book is part of the Ravenwood Saga, and the story stands alone. However, this tale will leave you wanting more adventures, and I look forward to a future installment. I am not a reader of fantasy books. Other than the famous works by J. R. R. Tolkien, I never pick up a book in that genre…until now. Once I started reading this tale, though, I couldn’t put it down. This book is clean, and done from a Christian point of view. God is mentioned throughout this story, but He goes by another name in this tale of fantasy. I highly recommend this 5-star book to readers of fantasy and well-written fiction. Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Mark of the Raven, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was approved to read an advanced e-copy of Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. The cover and description is what drew me in but the plot and writing kept me glued. This book was so good that I read 80% of it in one day. Mark of the Ravens is filled with Assassins, murder, and twisted families. The main character, Lady Selene, is relatable as she struggles to not lose herself when the ones close to her ask for more. It also has multiple POVs which adds to any book and makes the development of the characters even better as you get to see their side. This book will leave you wanting more and I can’t wait for this series to continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Of course, I knew it would be since I've adored every single novel this author has ever written! This one started off slow. But the sort of slow where the plot and worldbuilding are unfolding like a flower, one petal at a time. Just at the moment when I wasn't sure where this was going, stuff started happening, deceptions upon deceptions and betrayals and plots and planned assassinations, and everything just got tense and crazy. The worldbuilding is well done. Each of the Houses had their own personalities, and the author does a great job of writing clearly during the scenes where multiple houses are together and a great number of characters are introduced so that even someone like me who struggles with names didn't get confused. Damien was my favorite character from the moment he stepped on the page. His introduction in this book is simply epic. Gave me chills. I still think one scene with him early on is my favorite in the whole book for how spine-chillingly awesome it is. Selene was also a really, well-done character. It would've been too easy for her to feel whiny or too passive, but the author does a great job of making the reader root for her. This is a great start to this new series, and now I am even more eager for book two!