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    Fascinating and satisfying novel

    I’ve heard it said that when a good book opens up, the reader falls in; I fell into Mark of the Raven within the first few sentences, and thoroughly enjoyed my stay within its pages. The characters are compelling and genuine; the world of the book is haunting and beautiful; and the plot full of intrigue. Author Morgan L. Busse crafts a beautiful narrative with clear descriptions and an occasional foray into the lyrical, following the coming-of-age story and moral dilemma of protagonist Lady Selene. Escalating throughout the book, Busse reveals the benefits of following the Light, and illustrates the prison that worshippers of the Dark Lady find themselves ensnared within. The book weaves themes of light and darkness, hopelessness and rescue, and the power of individual choice to determine the caliber of life for the chooser and those around him. The conclusion of the book leaves a clear expectation for sequel(s) which is good because Busse has created a world I long to revisit. Mark of the Raven rates five bright stars from me.
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    An in-depth fantasy that sweeps you quickly into

    I am not quite finished, but I couldn't wait to get a review made. You will absolutely love this book! 'Mark of The Raven' is first in a new series by Morgan L Busse. I fell in love with her books 4-5 years ago and this one will definitely join them on my bookshelves. An in-depth fantasy that sweeps you quickly into Selene's world. Morgan's characters are rich and full of life. Immediately, I was enthralled with the story. It moves quickly yet is descriptive and deep; so you don't feel like you are missing anything. The characters emotions come through without effort and are realistic. Selene's despairing of her gift, and her yearning for something more shows so vividly. Here's a short quote to show you what I mean: “I want to know,” Selene whispered and took another step toward his soulsphere. “I want what you have. I’ve experienced pain and grief and fear, same as you. Yet you live with a burning hope inside of you, and I…” A tear formed in the corner of her eye as she continued toward orb. “I live in darkness. And I can’t find a way to escape... " Will she find light in the dark world she lives in? Will she find peace as she follows Lord Damien and continues to move ever closer to his soulsphere? You need to read this book! I can't wait for book two and I am not even finished with book one! A very good read. I received this book free of charge from the publishing house, but it did not influence my review
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    Excellent book

    This is a great book that pulls you into the story from the beginning and has you wanting more when you reach the last page (don't worry the next of the series is in the works already!) The problems that the characters struggle with are ones for which there are no easy answers... do you use great power that protects even when it comes at a great cost? All in the setting of intrigue and suspense that build along the way as the Characters of Salene and Damien find who they are in a play for power within their kingdom. The twists and turns of the plot as the reveal both surprises and betrayals that find you turning the next page just to see what happens next. The character development is both rich and consistent to form, making them believable and easy to relate to or want to reach through the pages and defend alongside. Salene finds herself getting the family gift of dream walking. Because of a horrible betrayal in the past, this gift not only has been kept secret from other royal households but the use of this gift has switched drastically so that now it is used in revenge and for hire to support Salene's family and kingdom. She struggles with thoughts that is this all there is to this gift and because all she has known is how it is used to cause harm is it really a gift or more of a curse? And even amidst intense sibling rivalry she wishes to protect from this fate, but how since this is the "family business". Damien also finds himself with a gift of great power that he has been shown is use to protect his people not harm, but with great power also comes the potential for consequences and how does he balance between the need to protect and knowing that protecting isn't always simple. Both are brought together as the seven kingdoms meet to discuss the skirmishes along the boarder as the Empire tests the boundaries and then there are mysterious deaths in prominent houses of previously healthy individuals. Each house was gifted a different and unique gift that was to help them defend against the Empire when used together, but can the seven houses really work together when betrayal and intrigue are a foot and one of the houses is thought to have lost its power ages before? The imagery in words in this book brings a world to life that once you start reading you will want to sink back into your favorite arm chair with your feet up and your favorite hot drink and spend many wonderful hours chasing through the halls of castles and mines, watching wyverns land, cheering for the heroes and holding your breath until the next page takes you on another wild dash through the world created within the pages of this book I highly recommend this book and wish you many enjoyable hours reading or listening to this delightful and adventurous tale. I am so looking forward to the next book and even though this is my first book that I have read by Morgan Busse, it will not be my last. I am already looking at other books she has written!
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    Clean Read for Fantasy Lovers

    3.5/4 stars Wow! What a compelling ending! I have to admit that I thought the beginning was rather slow and just couldn’t seemed to get hooked. *hides* I’m not sure if it’s because I was fairly sick when I started or not, but I also found some repetitive places that I began to found irksome. However, regardless of how I felt in the beginning and my unsureness if I would come to really like Selene, the dream walking was a unique reading experience. I haven’t read anything about dreamwalking and was very very engaged during Selene’s discovery of her new gift. Her Mother makes an interesting teacher and one that leaves you just as on edge as Selene. Damien on the other hand is a character I very strongly related to! Though I liked Selene, he was the one who really pulled my heart strings something fierce. I loved his dedication and his heart for others and just felt a strong connection with his struggles. I’m definitely intrigued to see what happens next. Selene has more discovering to do and really want to see Damien’s mission fulfilled. Hoping that good things are in store for them as well as the Seven Great Houses! Recommended to fantasy readers who want a clean read with solid characters and fascinating gifts. *(Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me an ARC. I was not required to write a review or positive one. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*
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    An Amazing Read

    Mark of the Raven is a novel that will pull you into the story and keep you turning the pages. Morgan L. Busse develops the world and the characters beautifully and makes you want to find out what will happen and learn more about them. I absolutely loved the story, the characters, and the places, and cannot wait to read the sequels because I want more story!
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