What if you could enter someone’s dreams? Inside their dreamworld you would discover their greatest fears. You could use their darkest secrets against them.
This darkness you found now wielded as a weapon to kill.
In Morgan L. Busse‘s Mark of the Raven, Lady Selene has been gifted as a dreamwalker. The eldest daughter in the House of Ravenwood, she has inherited what generations of women in her family before her have also known. All seven Great Houses of the realms have differing giftings, but her mother teaches Selene the purpose of hers.
She is to become an assassin for hire and serve the dark schemes of her mother.
I have read many books where the Light and Darkness face off. Usually the characters are either-or: Either bad, or good. In Raven, we see Lady Selene struggle with what is apparently her fate. She believes she has no choice. It’s not clear, even when faced with the Light, if she will, or can, veer off the path she was born into. Morgan Busse tells Selene’s story of struggle with the depth that will resonate with people in the real world. And that’s what makes fiction like this a powerful force:
Among the fantastic, truth is revealed. Reality in the midst of fantasy.
Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I had just finished Lacey Sturm’s telling of her real-life story in The Reason. Surrounded by the Darkness she nearly gave in, but she to encountered the Light and had to make a choice. Lady Selene’s world may be fiction, but it is a story many find themselves in.
In Mark of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse has crafted an absorbing tale, where the reader will viscerally experience the struggle of Lady Selene, and be propelled to a breathless ending.
Travelling the book blogosphere seeking out the bloggers who have been discussing the Ravenwood Saga as I recently read them for a blog tour and found that I wanted to carry the discussion forward whilst hoping to inspire a few bloggers to visit with me in return. The beauty of the way Busse writes is the fact she INSPIRES us to talk about her narratives and the concepts she explores within them.
I liked how Busse really encouraged you to see past those typical stereotypes of where someone had to be either light or dark but not conflicted or confused betwixt and between the two… I felt each of the characters in this evolving series (wells, with the exception of Lady Ravenwood!) were on a marked destiny of self-identity and self-insurrection because they were oppresively influenced by a force which was working against their innate natures.
It was the journey towards grace, mercy and redemption I appreciated the most plus the elemental concepts within this world which Busse explored so dearly well.
I hope you’ll visit me and see if something I’ve revealled on my reviews resonated with you whilst I see if you’ve reviewed FLIGHT to see your takeaways on the sequel! Have a bookish delightful weekend!
I just started reading Flight and hope to finish it this week. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.