Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1) by Morgan L. Busse

Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)

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 he...

Details Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)

TitleMark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreFantasy, Christian Fiction

Reviews Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, #1)

  • Bryn
    Some books are amazing, others spellbinding and just a rare few are perfect. Mark of the Raven is all those things and more. In a fast paced plot, Busse tells a story of gifted nobles houses, treacherous plots, family secrets and murders at midnight. I love dual POVs and Selene and Damien became instant favorites (I mean, it takes talent to make me cheer and ship a twosome who might become a onesome if one party follows through with their mission...
  • Shantelle
    Fantasy readers, be of good cheer! Another phenomenal fantasy novel has hit the Christian fiction market! Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse was an engrossing read that kept me turning pages. I've been captured by this world and these characters, and am dying to see how this intriguing story continues! Book Two in THE RAVENWOOD SAGA can't come soon enough.Morgan L. Busse does an exceptional job with world-building in this new series of hers. I ...
  • Deborah O'Carroll
    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 ...
  • Tricia Mingerink
    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 cr...
  • Emileigh Latham
    After just finishing this incredible book, here are the reasons why you must read Mark of the Raven: 1. AssassinsWho doesn't like a good assassins story? Darkly clad individuals quietly moving through the shadows to do stabby things. YES!Well get this.Selene has inherited the family ability to enter people's dreams and kill them, making people believe they die in their sleep. 😱 WHAT?! Such a dark and twisted way to kill someone. Dreams are su...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    Ridiculously delicious! I’m not a regular reader of this particular genre but am eagerly anticipating the sequel. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
  • Ralene Burke
    In Morgan Busse's latest fantasy novel, she explores the life of a woman, a dreamwalker, as she learns about her new gifts and it's purpose in a world that is on the brink of war, both internally and from the outside. Filled with political intrigue, subterfuge, and betrayal, this tale drags the reader along for a unique experience. Although there were some spots throughout the book that were a little slow for my tastes, the story continued to pic...
  • Laura A. Grace
    3.5/4 starsWow! What a compelling ending! I have to admit that I thought the beginning was rather slow and just couldn’t seem 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 experien...
  • Phillip Cole
    Selene is heir to her family's gift of dreamwalking, and is being trained by her mother to learn all the skills, including killing. But there is something that tugs at Selene, and she wonders if the glory her mother seeks is really her destiny. After walking in Lord Damien's dreams, she finds out that there may be something better.Mark of the Raven is a great story in several ways. First, the characters are well developed and relatable. Morgan L....
  • Hannah
    I wish the second book was out. I finished it before I went to bed, and let's just say my mind was all abuzz when I was trying to fall asleep. I had a lot of weird dreams which I'm pretty sure was all the book's fault. ;) A few themes really stood out to me. Selene often asked why and sought to find the reasons behind what was expected of her. She didn't spimply accept her destiny, but examined the motivations behind it. I loved the light battlin...
  • Katelyn Bolds
    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 a...
  • Kara
    3.5 starsI love a good book cover and when the cover matches the story perfectly, I am one satisfied reader. Mark of the Raven starts out really creepy, Selene is in a dark church next to her mom and sister with their people going through a ritual and that kind of sets the tone of the story for half of the book although thank goodness there are no more scenes like that one.There is also one part where it is implied that two women are raped after ...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    5 Stars!I'm not a big fantasy reader, but the description of this one sounded so intriguing that I just had to try it! I loved this book, it was such a great read! I immediately liked the main character, Selene, and immensely enjoyed this first part of her journey from the darkness to the Light! I loved the author's writing style, and I loved that the pace of the novel was a bit on the faster side, I love stories that have a faster pace and that ...
  • Gray Cox
    I wish this book had been out when I was twelve because I was going through my fantasy loving stage back then and this book would have been a favorite along with The Warrior of the Son series by Samuel Schiller.This book is so raw, even though it's fantasy it doesn't hold back from bringing up so many great questions about humanity and how we may be misusing the skills we have been given.Full review is up here: https://graymariewrites.blogspot.c...
  • Heather Gilbert
    I was able to read this one during an ice storm, and what a fantastic read it was! I was really impressed by this and I know it’ll be something I will recommend to lots of readers of all ages. The worldbuilding was excellent, but the plotline surprised me (hard to do for a mystery author!). I enjoyed that there wasn’t an over-emphasis on romance and that it dealt more with ethical dilemmas relating to Serena’s gift. I can’t wait to get to...
  • Suzie
    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—o...
  • Dawn
    This book intrigued me. I enjoy fantasy and wanted to try this one. I'll admit, I was hooked. Hooked to the point that I stayed up late many nights. Selene and Damien are interesting characters. I want to know more. I liked them both, but I really want more. I want to know more about the different gifts that the houses have. I want to find out what will happen next.I guess that you can say I'm anxious for the next book.I received a copy from the ...
  • Rebecca
    4.5 stars"There were no choices . . . . . . . her future was dark and bleak." As heir apparent to the House of Ravenwood, Selene has just been gifted; she's now a dreamwalker, and according to her mother, a surprisingly powerful one. Curious about an ability that the other six regions of her kingdom thought was destroyed, she listens as Grand Lady Ragna describes the seriousness of honing her skills, for she is to be the savior of her people by ....
  • Nay Denise
    Sent a copy from the publisher for review.Finished this book 20 mins before it's release day and all I can say is oh my...this was absolutely fantastic! This is an awesome read for fans of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I went into this book with no real expectations. I just knew that the synopsis sounded amazing and it's a Christian fantasy so I was intrigued by that. This surprisingly blew me away. This is my first read from Morgan Busse ...
  • Maegen
    Kind-hearted Selene inherits the family gift to see the dreams and soul of another and the heavy burden of using it to advance her family at any cost. Her gift seems more like a curse as her mother trains her to use her gift to harm others. But if she doesn’t do it, the task will eventually fall to one of her younger sisters. Selene decides she must protect her sisters even if she has to learn to turn her heart to stone to fulfil her destiny as...
  • Erin
    "The Mark of the Raven" is the first in a brand new fantasy series from Morgan L. Busse. This was my first time reading this author, but as I thoroughly enjoyed my recent reread of Sharon Hinck's Sword of Lyric series, I decided to take a leap of faith that this might be up my alley, too.Lady Selene is the heir to House Ravenwood, one of the seven Great Houses in this realm. Our story opens as Selene receives her gift - a secret ability that has ...
  • Rachael
    It's a mark of a good story when upon finishing, you want to begin reading it all over again (that is, if book 2 isn't readily available to read instead). Which leads me to the point, by far the worst thing about this book is that book 2 isn't available RIGHT NOW. Not that it's a cliffhanger per say, but that ending! I really, really want to know what happens next!I have to admit, I've had a hard time finding new fantasy novels that meet my [prob...
  • C.O. Bonham
    Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse, is a gripping fantasy tale, with detailed characters and deep world building. The main setting of Castle Rook has a very Gothic feel to it, it's as though the entire building is shrouded in shadows and haunted by mystery. Completely consumed by the hate leeched off of its past inhabitants. The world building is astounding, seven great houses rule seven nation states. To help the seven houses each was given a ...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    I have heard a number of good things about Morgan Busse's writings, but I haven't gotten around to reading any of her novels yet. Mark of the Raven was my first attempt at her fantasy novel. I enjoy Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter, so fantasy can be handled well and enjoyed. Mark of the Raven had a hint of Potter with the seven houses and the word Raven, but the similarities end there. Busse goes into a completely different direction....
  • Becky
    Mark of the Raven is an intriguing beginning to The Ravenwood Saga. It began a little slowly for me, and I really wasn't sure I'd like it at first ... in fact, I actually flipped to the end and read the final few pages when I was around the 50-page mark just to be sure I'd be OK with the ending! (Growing up, I always read the final few pages first; it's a habit I broke sometime during high school, but every so often, I still have to check out the...
  • Andi
    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 immers...
  • Hayden
    All right, so I meant to only read the first couple of chapters of this last night...and ended up staying up way past my bedtime so I could finish it. (We did get an extra hour of sleep last night, so I tried to make excuses to myself ;) ) I honestly can't remember the last time I did that! Since I've begun college it's been very difficult for me to read a book in one sitting the way I used to, so the fact that I did that here means that I litera...
  • A.C. Williams
    This is the kind of fantasy novel I've been waiting for. Hands down, this is Morgan Busse's best novel yet. Just enough darkness to truly represent how cruel humanity can be with a strong (but not heavy-handed) comparison to the Light of hope every Believer understands. It has all the intrigue and world building skill of Game of Thrones with an inspiring and uplifting storyline that keeps you turning pages until you completely lose track of time....