Monday, June 3, 2019

Flight of the Raven — Morgan L. Busse // Blog Tour, Book Review, & Giveaway


HULLO, BEAUTIFUL SPIRITS! Today, I'm OVER. THE. MOON. to share about Morgan L. Busse's newest release, Flight of the Raven! This is the second volume in The Ravenwood Saga; I read Volume 1 earlier this year and LOVED IT. So of course I was SUPER pumped to learn about this blog tour (which is hosted by the lovely Prism Book Tours)!

Without further ado, here's my review of Flight of the Raven...


Book Review


"It only takes on person to change the future."
Morgan L. Busse, Flight of the Raven

★★★★☆

The moment I finished Mark of the Raven, I knew I had to read its sequel! Remarkable characters and a thorough storyworld, all wrapped up in a tale of sin, hurt, regret -- and redemption... with a dash of political intrigue for good measure. ALSO assassins and dreamwalkers? Um, YES. So when the opportunity to review Flight of the Raven came, I pounced.

Beware! Mark of the Raven spoilers abound in this review. If you've read Mark of the Raven but /not/ Flight of the Raven, you're safe.

Flight of the Raven opens where Mark of the Raven closed: Damien and Selene are married and traveling to Nor Esen. Immediately, I was swept back into the world of the Great Houses. The worldbuilding had changed from Mark of the Raven -- it was clearer, sharper -- which was exactly what I'd hoped for.

The waters were crisper. The hearths were warmer. The lights were brighter. The cold was stronger.

Flight of the Raven's start was absolutely enchanting.

The tension between Selene and Damien's guards was good, especially combined with Damien's kindness and Selene's remorse.

The romance was slow and steady.

But, as Flight of the Raven progressed, I felt as if it lost a part of its potency: a chunk of the politics was replaced with romance. Now, don't get me wrong! I enjoyed the romance in this story, but I missed the friction between the Great Houses. I missed witnessing the power sway and alliances fold and break.

Still, I adored Flight of the Raven, even if not as much as its predecessor. Its worldbuilding calls back to the Stengl era. Its characters breathe new life into the Christian fantasy genre.

I can't wait for Cry of the Raven -- Volume 3 in The Ravenwood Saga -- to release!

NOTE: I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


About the Book



Volume 2 of The Ravenwood Saga


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.


Mark of the Raven (Volume 1 of The Ravenwood Saga):




About the Author



MORGAN L. BUSSE is a writer by day and a mother by night. She's the author of the epic fantasy Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Mark of the Raven is her latest fantasy novel from Bethany House. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.


Giveaway



  • 1 winner will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven, Flight of the Raven, and a $20 Amazon gift card
  • 2 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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I'm so excited Flight of the Raven is finally out in the world! *cheers*

Have YOU read Mark of the Raven? What did you think of Flight of the Raven?


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