Sooo today I want to show a little gratitude to an author that has quickly become a top favorite. You may have heard of her ~ Morgan L. Busse.
She has impressed me with her ability to craft real characters and show instead of tell. I had been hearing–reading–so many amazing reviews of her new trilogy Mark Of The Raven. The cover, synopsis, and amazing reviews got me all hyped up so I bought it and the sequel Flight Of The Raven.
The hype is real you guys. It’s real.
My Review ~
What is this?? The last page?!
I’m am not okay.
For the record Mark of the Raven redeemed itself in my eyes. It became everything I was hoping. The beginning was slow, and I was kinda thinking we would jump right into the action, so when we didn’t I was highly disappointed. But let me tell ya folks, Mark of the Raven has everything a good Fantasy needs.
And that ending . . . .
It was pure imagination and I wasn’t expecting it.
All the hearts for Busse.
Yes, my review is rather short. Mainly because at the time I was far to shocked to try to get my thoughts out. My mind was a swirling storm of fangirl foggy mess. Normally I overlook all my wild hype and write the stinkin’ review anyways, but as you can see I didn’t get very far. *grimaces*
I didn’t think I could do Busse justice with the emotions she caused to storm inside of me. So, nearly a year after reading it I’m gonna try to do a bit better. ^.^
Meet Selene Ravenwood, a young lady who doesn’t understand the reason behind all the secrets. Who desires for the secrets to stop, and the darkness to leave her alone. She’s been fighting the darkness most of her life, ignorant of anything beyond her shadows. She knows she becoming a monster, the Lady of Ice her servants say, but she doesn’t know how to stop. All she understands is that she must continue down this dark path if she wants save her people, her sisters, and her house.
Meet Damien Maris, a young lord who battles grief and guilt. He’s wants change to come to these lands, and he is prepared to do everything he must to bring the Great Houses together. The Dominia Empire is coming for them all, yet few see the threat coming for them, and he is desperate to make them see. What more must he do to bring the Light into these lands, and stop the darkness from enveloping the other houses?
The side characters are so beautifully flushed out, and crafted as well. I was happily surprised to discover I loved them nearly as much as the MC’s. That’s not normal for me. lol
Synopsis for Mark of the Raven ~
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?
Doesn’t it sound epic? O.O
Good. Now you can add it to your TBR and read it, soon. This is one of the few Amazing, Clean, Christian, Fantasy books out there. It’s not a waste of time or money. Now, that may be me speaking biasedly, because Morgan Busse is one of my top favorite authors, however, I bought the book based off the hype and wasn’t disappointed. ^.^
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 award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
** Note ** All Pictures taken from Morgan L. Busse’s Pinterest board. =)