I met Morgan L. Busse a couple years ago, and though her steampunk series has me intrigued, I just haven’t been able to fit them into my reading schedule. So, of course, when the opportunity to read the first book in her new series, The Ravenwood Saga, I agreed and I can’t wait to see where she takes this series next!
About the Book
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?
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In My Opinion
This is book number one in Morgan L. Busse’s newest fantasy series, but don’t let the category deter you—this book will appeal to a variety of readers. Action, mystery, and the possible beginnings of romance are included in this read.
Selene is a dreamwalker—she can enter people’s dreams and discover their secrets and fears. Her mother wants Selene to use her power to manipulate others to the will of their house, but Selene fights it—or tries to—by telling herself not to feel.
All of houses in the land (each lord or lady of said houses has their own power) come to Rook Castle to discuss a treaty. Getting to know the players in this story through there houses adds great layers to Mark of the Raven.
Lord Damien is intrigued by Selene. She is a fighter and there’s a coldness to her but not quite like what he sees in her mother and sister.
While the setup of the book (and series) takes a little while, once readers meet Damien, the story progresses. With twists, turns, a moral dilemma for Selene, house secrets, and unexplained deaths, Busse gives readers intrigue, action, and depth.
And the ending? Oh, this ending will have you clamoring for book two.
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