“Dark. So dark. Selene shivered and pulled her cloak and hood closer around her shoulders.”First line of Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse
As with many good fantasy series, the story hits it’s stride in the second book as the beautiful world created is known to the reader and the author can focus on the action. Such is the case with Flight of the Raven, I thoroughly enjoyed the first but the second book by Morgan L. Busse is even better. Similarly, in these sorts of series, the end comes too quickly and the next is eagerly anticipated!
To share more without spoiling the journey is tricky, but, I can safely remark the inclusion of Christianity, in a wholly created world, is brilliant. I loved the truths tucked in and Serene’s discovery of the Great Light. The perceptions shared around the gifts given to each of the leaders of the house is beautifully handled and great reminder of our responsibility to use our own gifts wisely. Romance is kept at a minimum in the storytelling despite our two leads being newly weds but love weaves gently throughout in a subtle way. It is action packed, fast paced and I read it straight through! The characters are well-developed and easy to relate to, I particularly connected with Serene.
This novel ends on the precipice of a great war between good and evil and the reader is left with bated breath awaiting the next episode!
If you are fond of fantasy, I highly recommend this one. It is a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale!
From the back cover
Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family’s destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill.
While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.
With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady’s offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.