Review: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

December 20, 2018

Title: Mark of the Raven
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780764232220
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018

About the Book:
Dreamwalker. Nightwatcher. Lady of Ravenwood. 
Lady Selene Has Come into Her Family's Power.
But Has She Inherited a Gift or a Curse?
Lady Selene is heir to the 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. Soon after the gifting, however, Selene discovers that the Ravenwood women have been secretly using their gift to gather information or to assassinate those responsible for the fall of House Ravenwood to the Dominia Empire hundreds of years ago.

As she becomes more entrenched in Ravenwood's dark past, Selene longs to find out the true reason behind her family's gift, believing that its original intent could not have been for such evil purposes, but she is torn about upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people. Selene's dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations--but who is also prophesied to 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 likely death. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

My Thoughts:
I really like well written fantasy. I'm very picky over it. I will admit, but when I find a book, I'm beyond thrilled!

Mark of the Raven is a story that starts off strong! I brings you right in to Selene's world and keeps building on it.

I love the opening of the book. I love the dark and a little ominous undertones of the start. The depth and background of Selene and her family and rich and vivid and bring you further into the story. The rivalry that Selene's sister feels for her you can understand. You can see where she is coming from, but you also don't want her to feel that way. The writing allows you to see all sides of the story. The history that is presented of Selene's family and that of the other families surrounding is phenomenal! So much detail.

When we are introduced to Nighwalking and what it does, it starts of very exciting. The training that Selene has go through with her mother....who is very intense, is one that is exhausting for her, but enlightening for the reader.

I loved how this story had two POV. it opened up the story so much more. It was smooth going between Selene and Damien. They were very different people, but each had so much to add to the story. And then the ending! Oh, the ending!

I went between reading this book and listening to the audio. The audio was fantastic! The narrator's performance was great and kept the flow of the story going and her voice fit, it enhanced the story.

If you're looking for a great adventure with superb writing, Mark of the Raven is a book that will be perfect for you. And....the best thing is, there isn't much of a wait for book 2, Flight of the Raven.

This is a story not only for fantasy lovers, but really for anyone. I think this is book great for young and old.

5 out of 5

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.

Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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