Mark of the Raven Book Review

Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #1)
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…

Mark of the Raven
Bethany House
2018
341 pages

But how can she kill the only soul she’s seen that’s filled with light? The only one who can unite the 7 Great Houses?

Personal Review-5 stars

This book was amazing! The writing was beautiful and the descriptions well-written while still leaving room for imagination. The battle between good and evil was vividly shown as was the struggle between light and dark. Perfectly and evenly paced, the narrative flowed well hold the reader’s attention captive. Damien’s kindness and wisdom is heartwarming. The characters are flawed but the focus of the story isn’t on gritty realism but on the hope that shines through. The magic system is perfectly executed and feels original. The themes made the story memorable and impactful! Ending in a cliffhanger, I greatly anticipated the next book!

Themes: loyalty, courage, leadership, sacrifice, good vs. evil, compassion, mercy, love

Content Review-

Language-

  • Selene and a few other characters have a made-up curse word
  • A couple of characters “swear under their breath”

Violence-

  • Selene witnesses others’ graphic dreamscapes. Someone accidentally starts a fire that kills their parents; Selene’s servant experiences a bandit raid; someone watches a wolf kill her father.
  • While some violence is described, none is overly graphic

Spiritual-

  • House Ravenwood worships the Dark Lady (which is explored more in the next book)
  • Other houses worship old gods
  • House Maris worships the Light (which could be seen as God)
  • The battle between Light and Dark is vivid

Sexual-

  • Selene wonders how her younger sister was born since her parents don’t love each other.
  • Some flirtatious remarks
  • Renata’s people are attacked by bandits and a couple of men pull her behind a tree. Selene says she knows what Renata’s most hateful memory is.