Flight of the Raven Book Review
Flight of the Raven
*Warning! This synopsis and review contain spoilers for book 1, Mark of the Raven!* Grand Lady of House Maris and Lady of Ravenwood, Selene must decide where her true alliances lie. Will she ...
* Final warning! This review includes major spoilers for book 1, The Mark of the Raven!
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– The made-up swear word “Dart’an” is used frequently.
– Characters “curse” occasionally without any actual swear words.
– *MINOR SPOILERS* Selene and Damie are married and eventually sleep together, but there are no inappropriate descriptions. There’s also some passionate kissing.
– There are references to an affair and an illegitimate child. *MINOR SPOILERS OVER*
– Characters fight in hand-to-hand combat and are wounded. Blood is described, but there are no graphic descriptions.
– There is an ongoing battle between Light and the Dark Lady. Light often shares characteristics with and clearly represents God.
– Characters occasionally drink wine.
I reread Flight of the Raven in preparation for the finale of the series. I enjoyed it the first time, but this time around I was struck by the beauty of the worldbuilding and themes. The writing is profound, and the characters are multidimensional. The struggle between light and dark added yet another layer to this already intricate story. Busse’s creativity shines in this powerful sequel! I would, however, recommend this book for readers 13 and up because of its depth and discussion of marriage.
One theme that I especially love is the discussion of redemption. Selene struggles to believe that the Light could ever redeem or choose her. After all, the Dark Lady calls to her relentlessly; wouldn’t it be easier to simply succumb? Her struggle with the Light reflects humanity’s struggle with sin and the redemption found only through Christ. Yet the book handles such themes without seeming “preachy”. Light and darkness are intrinsic opposites in the world Busse has created, and readers experience it in a unique way in this sequel. Review for book 3 –Cry of the Raven-coming soon!
Themes: marriage, love, courage, light vs. dark, grief, identity, sacrifice, redemption
“Following the Light does not mean there is no darkness. Rather, it means there is light in the darkness, even if it only a single flame. I’ve never been alone.”
“Dreams are where the deepest part of a person dwells. It is there that fears, hopes, and desires exist.”
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