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.
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Publisher: Bethany House
Goodreads Rating: 4.52 Stars
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Why I Chose This Book:
When I first heard about this tour I knew I had to join. I absolutely loved the first book in the series and definitely wanted to read the next one in the series.
First Initial Thoughts:
This book picks right off from the previous book in the series, Mark of the Raven. Therefore, if you haven’t read the first one, I would definitely read that one first.
Selene is now banished from her home and is on the run with Damien. In the first part of the series she was growing cold due to her dreamwalking gift. I think not for Damien her heart would have grown just as dark as her mother’s. She was able to escape her home and use her powers for the purpose it was intended for. I won’t say what her powers were used for previously - no spoilers!
We were just introduced to Damien half way through the previous book and I liked that we got to learn more about him and his home in this one. I really liked Damien. He is very loyal to those that he knows yet he was still coming into his own and becoming more confident as a leader.
The setting where Damien’s castle is at really reminded me of Dragonstone in Game of Thrones. It was right on the cliff and overlooked the ocean. It also had carvings - just like Dragonstone in Game of Thrones. I found it kind of interesting that there were 7 kingdoms in the Ravenwood Saga much like Game of Thrones. I could definitely see the influence from the show in this story. Maybe it’s just me - but I could see it.
I felt that this book was a little slower than the first one. It didn’t have as much action (except for some parts). I always feel that the second book in a series (if there is more than 2) that it’s a builder book. It’s leading up to what will happen in the rest of the series. And i could definitely feel that with this book.
I also really liked how Selene and Damien’s relationship grew from the first book. They were rushed in a marriage they probably both didn’t want. But there love for each other grew in this book, and it was sweet and adorable.
Also, I did want to mention that since this was fantasy there was magic in this series. Such as powers that each of the houses are given. So some may be wary of that but it didn’t really bother me- as that was the main aspect of this series. Christian themes were subtly put in and I liked how Morgan included them. It wasn’t obvious and I liked that.
I have to say that this was probably my first Christian Fantasy series that I really liked besides Chronicles of Narnia. It flowed really well and it progressed quickly. Overall, I really enjoyed the second book in the series. I am excited for the next one in the series to find out what happens next for Selene and Damien.
Would I Recommend?
Yes! if you love fantasy then you need to check out this series!
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.
- 1 winner will receive print copies of Mark of the Raven, Flight 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
Note: I am part of the Prism Book Tour for this book. I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.