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?
Morgan Busse is a creative writer and in this Mark of the Raven did not disappoint.
The story started out rather dark and stayed that way for a good portion of the book. Cultish ritual, murder, attacks and the exploitation of trauma all feature heavily in the story. It was dark enough that I found myself fairly disengaged from the story at this point. The one redeeming factor for this portion of the book is that Selene is uncomfortable with the direction her life is taking. Her true desire is to serve her people, but is murder and manipulation the best way to accomplish that goal? The more Selene felt trapped into her role the more I shared a feeling of frustration, though I was frustrated with Selene for not realizing that she did have a choice.
The book really began to engage me when it came to the use and descriptions of the gifts of the other houses and the good purposes that the gifts were meant to accomplish. When Lord Darien enters the story he draws the curiosity of the reader as much as he does Selene. As the descriptions of light begin to be brought forward the book grows more and more intriguing until the climax of the story where Selene finally realizes that she can and must choose in which direction her future lies.
After a rough beginning I did become engrossed in the tale and will look forward to the next installment in the series. If you can wade through the dark tone at the beginning of the novel I think you’ll find a story worth pursuing.
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.