Title: Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga, Book 3)
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Bethany House
Available: Wherever books are sold
Wife. Warrior. Lady of Two Worlds.
As War Looms, Will Her Power Be Enough to Save the Ones She Loves?
Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker just as the war with the Dominia Empire begins. Working with the other Great Houses, Selene and Damien use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by the war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses, destroying their unity as the empire burns a path across their lands. At the same time, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire’s attacks.
The only one who can unite the houses and restore her husband’s power is Selene Ravenwood. But it will require that she open her heart to those who have hurt her and let go of her past, despite the one who hunts her and will do anything to stop her power.
Will Selene survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?
The importance of forgiveness is realized; characters grow emotionally and spiritually throughout the book.
One usage of “hell”.
Characters pray; redemption is discussed and seen/shown. Characters learn the importance of relying on God and trusting Him. A character is witness to the Light (God) defeating one enemy and neutralizing the other.
Past betrayals are discussed; villages and lands are burned by the enemy; injuries during war are mentioned and discussed; characters are injured; some of the enemy’s war tactics are described.
A couple kisses; the subject of infidelity and a child born of the affair is tactfully discussed.
Cry of the Raven is an epic ending to an epic saga. The characters are real and flawed, and you can just feel their emotions and struggles, and I would love Reven and Ophie’s stories. What I most appreciated was the strong faith element. While I am always appreciative of authors who are unafraid to include God and faith, I haven’t found many spec fic books with such a faith element so strong it forces you to just sit back and think, and reminds how important our faith is. Cry of the Raven does just that. The ending, as it is for all superb and incredible reads, was bittersweet: it is satisfying to finally have the end to a captivating story, but you have to leave the characters.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.