With fantasy trilogies, the second books can be a bit of a letdown. With the newness and set-up of the first often leaving a feeling of anticipation that does not find satisfaction until the ultimate climactic events that are saved for the third. Not so in Morgan L. Busse’s Ravenwood Saga trilogy.
More airships, more character growth, and more world building as Selene Ravenwood and her husband Damien journey to his lands and become better acquainted with each other. Danger is never far, and they are both greatly tested in the ongoing political struggles.
Flight of the Raven lives up to the promise of the first book. It is an exciting read with it’s fair share of action and the increased presence of the Dark Lady. The revelation of secrets is an enjoyable part of this story, and while there is a rather YA feel to some of the narrative, it is also a more mature mixture of fantasy, adventure, and romance with Selene and Damien’s marriage that began as one of convenience made necessary in the culminating events of the previous book.
Busse has created an interesting world and Flight of the Raven is a strong entry in this trilogy. I’m looking forward to reading the final book while wanting to delay having my time with Selene and Damien end.
Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse (The Ravenwood Saga, book 2) | Bethany House, April 2019 | ebook, 400 pages
This review refers to a library ebook. All opinions expressed are my own.
From the Publisher:
Outcast. Stranger. Lady of House Maris.
Will Her New Life in a New Land Set Her on a Path
from Which She Can’t Escape?
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 role 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: accept the Dark Lady’s offer or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other freedom. But time is running out, and if she doesn’t choose soon, her decision will be made for her.