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, Fiction, Christian, Christian Fantasy

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

  • Serethiel ☽ ✨
    5 stars// m a r k . o f . t h e . r a v e nAAAAAAH. DUDE. Okay. I'm cool, I'm cool.THIS. WAS. FANTASTIC. Mark of the Raven is such a pure, heartfilled, action-oriented story. AND I LOVED IT.This falls into the same vein as Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Heartless and Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass (the latter of which I've never read, but girl assassins, tho). It's a story of hurt, sin, regret... and it's perhaps one of the most powerful redemption tal...
  • 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 ...
  • Emily
    So, when is the next book going to be published? This one wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but it definitely left me longing to read #2!
  • 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...
  • Addy S.
    I am struggling for words right now. I'm serious. This book was F I R E. In all of its burning brilliance. Content:-Language: n/a-Romance: a male and female seemed to be 'drawn' to each other and couldn't stop thinking about each other, but this was not in a romantic way. You'll see when you read it. ;)-Violence: please use caution if you are a sensitive reader. This book features something called 'dreamkilling'. A dreamwalker enters someone's dr...
  • R.F. Gammon
    As I mentioned in my updates: This felt very, very much like Strange the Dreamer! However, I felt that Strange was better executed. As a result of that, and the fact that I had a few quibbles and inconveniences, I'm docking a star from this one. However! the plot was twisty and turny, the story did things I was NOT expecting, and the characters, while nothing particularly unique, still grew in very enjoyable ways to watch. The ending knocked my s...
  • 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...
  • H.S.J. Williams
    Loved it as much as I hoped I would! The plot was great, the characters compelling, and the worldbuilding pretty easy to follow. I can't wait for the next book!Okay, so don't read the next bit if you haven't read the book.(view spoiler)[ Okay, so I loved Selene and Damien, but the character who REALLY took my interest was Selene's dad. I mean, WHAT. The quiet, unloved, unappreciated consort husband to a powerful and evil queen....but even though ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jaime Jo Wright
    Ridiculously delicious! I’m not a regular reader of this particular genre but am eagerly anticipating the sequel. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    Fun fact, I actually got to meet Morgan at the Christy Awards. She is the sweetest soul, and she's a blast to talk to!Anywho. On to what you're actually here for...the review. 😉The first book in a fantasy series is normally really focused on WORLD BUILDING. This book was no exception. From the first page until about the last hundred pages was a lot of world building. The author works to draw you into this world of dream assassins and evil plot...
  • 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....
  • 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 ....
  • Kav
    Whoa! I'm not quite sure how to write a review for this one! A bit of a departure from my usual reading material because, though I love fantasy, I'm rather picky about which books I choose. A speculative fiction story either grabs me or it doesn't and I'm not sure I can even tell you what the yay or nay factors are but I can tell you that Mark of the Raven not only grabbed me, it swallowed me whole and refused to regurgitate me until the very end...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Claire Banschbach
    Okay I loved this so much!! It started off a tad bit slow, but then I just devoured it! Selene was such an interesting character and I loved seeing her struggles and growth. She's searching for a way out, but has herself convinced that the only way forward is to keep going down the darkest path. It was a very powerful struggle and so different from most other characters in this genre. Damien is just
  • 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...
  • Clara
    I. Am. Impressed.The Mark of The Raven is hands down one of the most solid novels I’ve ever read.I’m not much a fan of fantasy, but I was hooked from page one. Descriptive writing has you immersed in the world of powerful Houses, intrigue and the beginning of the discovery of true self and gift. I need the second book urgently!!"She has a searching heart" - and therefore she holds a threat, unbeknownst to many.Selene Ravenwood feels like her ...
  • Sabrina
    Solid 3 stars. Lady Selene is a Dreamwalker and heir to House Ravenwood, one of the 7 Great Houses that were bestowed with magic in order to protect their people from the lurking threat of the Empire. The raw potential contained in that single sentence summary is overwhelming. Sadly, the actual novel is fairly underwhelming.This novel had everything going for it: badass ladies, twin swords, family drama, Great Houses, magical abilities, an outsid...
  • Bethany Fehr
    While some aspects of the writing and storytelling don't quite meet my picky standards, there are a couple things this story does amazingly well and that I as a writer can learn from. Things I really appreciated:Damien is such a lovely character. His compassion is so inspiring, and his integrity and willingness to step up and take on heavy responsibilities as a young person just refreshed my soul and blessed my little socks off. I've met very few...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    ***4.5 stars***Wow!!!! Seven houses were given gifts to protect their lands from common enemies and to bring peace and prosperity to their people. One house fell, betrayed by the other houses and the gift was thought to be lost.Now the houses are threatened by the Dominia Empire. An assembly has been called to strengthen political ties. The problem is that not all houses think that the Empire is an enemy.I said it at the beginning, but, Wow! Ther...
  • Suzie Waltner
    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...