Flight of the Raven Review and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Flight of the Raven blog tour hosted by Prism Book Tours! I’m not sure how I missed reading book one when it first came out, so I was happy to receive both books so I could catch up. All I have to say is this…..do I have to wait until 2020 for book three? That’s just so far away 😉

About the Book

Flight of the Raven(The Ravenwood Saga #2) By Morgan L. Busse

Christian Fantasy

Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages

April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

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.

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Other Books in the Series

Mark of the Raven(The Ravenwood Saga #1)

By Morgan L. Busse

Christian FantasyPaperback & ebook, 352 Pages

November 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

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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My Perspective

Flight of the Raven really digs deeper into the Light, and shows a little bit more of what it is all about. The fight of good versus evil is more evident in this installment, and it brought me everything I wanted out of the story and more. I found myself reading at every free moment, and allowed Selene and Damien to overtake my world for awhile.

Busse does such a wonderful job at bringing the story to the forefront. I think Christians will see this automatically, but I also think that for those that are not, it is evidenced enough to make them ask questions. At the same time, it is not in your face. The story is still a story, the characters are still intriguing, and the scenes are still surreal, fun and exciting. I think sometimes when I read a fantasy book, I purposefully seek out the story to see if it’s presented in a way I can easily see it. I also enjoy how different authors present it in a different way. I have to be honest, right now Busse is the top of list for me!

Let’s talk about Selene and Damien. You really see their relationship blossom and grow here. It’s subtle, and sometimes painstakingly slow yet necessary. Here are two individuals that really saw a different future, but are bound together by circumstance. Yes, there are some trust issues. Yes, it seems like their families have two different purposes. And yes, you saw sparks in book one that continue here. But it is so much more than that. It’s honest, raw, emotional, and has readers on the edge of their seats.

As if this isn’t reason enough to read, there were not one, but TWO surprises that came my way in this story. One of them I kind of assumed (I can’t say more or it’ll spoil it!), but looking back to things in book one and things earlier in this book, it really put certain things into perspective. The second surprise, well honestly, I wasn’t expecting it at all. And after I read that scene, I had to just sit there for a bit. It literally took my breath away. Part of me wonders what this means for book three, and part of me is still in shock over it happening in the first place! Good or bad, I love it when an author throws something at me I didn’t see coming.

This series, it’s pretty amazing. The only downfall to reading book two now, is that I cannot wait for 2020 when book three comes out. I’m not sure I can make it that long! But the plus side is, I may just have to reread book one and two as a refresher. Selene and Damien’s story is something I could find myself enjoying over and over again, so I don’t think that’ll be a problem!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and won the Carol Award in 2018 for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

Tour Giveaway

– 1 winner will receive print copies of Mark of the RavenFlight of the Raven, and a $20 Amazon gift card
– 2 winner winners will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven and Flight of the Raven
– US only
– Ends June 7, 2019

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6 thoughts on “Flight of the Raven Review and Giveaway!

  1. I’m really intrigued by this one because I keep hearing so much about it from readers who might not have read fantasy! Thanks ladies!

    1. Debra, I don’t typically read a lot of fantasy unless I’ve heard great things about it, or I’m in the mood for something different. This series really sparked an interest to check out others for me!

  2. Hallo, Hallo,….

    I am so happy so many book bloggers and reviewers have been discussing the Ravenwood Saga – not just for this lovely blog tour I enjoyed being a part of myself but overall as I’ve been routed through my WP Reader, too! Ooh what a happy day — we both were given the blessing of receiving both books for review on the tour! I was hoping someone else who hadn’t had the joy of reading Ravenwood like me could get them, too!! How wickedly delightful knowing you were one of them!! I am so thankful when a publisher can do that for us — give us a chance to fully experience and explore a series from the first story into the sequel in order to see the fuller extent of how the world is being built and how much growth the characters have undertaken! This is definitely one of those series you need to experience from the beginning due to how much is happening in the background!!

    I took a different approach — I actually was thankful this was an alternative view on spirituality and when the 4th wall was broached a bit in the sequel, I wished it hadn’t been as honestly for me this wasn’t a story about Christianity as much as it was about an alternative spiritual heritage anchoured through this world’s concept of having the Dark Lady and the Light at war with each other for control in these people’s lives. It was how this series was breaking the traditional concepts I loved most but I can see how readers might perceive it as traditional as like I said she broached our world’s reality into the sequel moreso than in the first novel.

    The slow burning romance between Selene and Damien was my favourite to see explored! They truly had so much conflicting them it was nice to see how two people could unite together for a common purpose. It was also how I felt the series best explored grace, mercy and redemption which I felt was at the heart of the central core of the series.

    Hmm… I was trying to pick up on what you were referencing in regards to the surprise reveals but I think you left out a bit too much for me to speculate. If you PM me, I’d love to know! However, I will say I am on pins awaiting CRY because I think I won’t be ready to let go of this series — I had hoped we’d get more stories after it but mostly I am seeing readers talking about how this is a trilogy which was half depressing in of itself! 🙁 Its the youngest sister I am hoping is the focus of the third installment as Selene had the first, Amara was the second and now it is her turn to shine too!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope you’ll want to visit with me to see mine in return.

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