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,
From the back cover:
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?