I devoured Mark of the Raven in a day, so of course I was on pins and needles for the next book! Flight of the Raven picks up exactly where the first book ended and sets us forth on a quest of self-discovery.
It was really beautiful to see Selene open her guarded heart to the possibilities of happiness and hope she thought was completely barred from her. As she and Damien carefully explored their new and unexpected relationship, I both cheered and cringed because they are so awkward and adorable. There was ONE major communication issue that was used as a plot device, so while I both understand why it happened, I also thought it was a little out of character.
I felt the settings and kingdoms were even more vividly depicted! Especially the ocean...ah, one can easily see why Selene falls in love with it. And the Christmas-like festival!
Although this book is more focused on character than plot, I didn't get bored, because it was all interesting. It is more of a romance than an epic fantasy, but the pieces are all set up for an intense final book! And the scenes with the Dark Lady were suspeeeeeeeeeeenseful, gosh, gee.
I was mostly okay with the ending...although I don't like character death, this one turned out better than I predicted, although I am not certain it really HAD to happen other than removing the character from complicating the future stories...and I would have RATHER seen that character's future. Especially since the reason for the character's death could have been solved by another less fatalistic method.
Selene uses a fantasy curse word often.
Mainly, one should realize that this book is about two people who had to enter an unexpected marriage and are now figuring out what to do with it--leave it as a title only or actually come to love one another? Damien is trying to be respectful and Selene is insecure, so this leads to them both dancing around one another for the majority of the book before finally deciding to share a bedroom, leaving a small fade to black and waking up in the morning. Nothing is at all explicit, but the subject is a strong focus of the book, so it may not be suitable for some younger readers.
In conclusion--I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book!!! :D
Flight of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
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.
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.
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