Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3)
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?

Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3) Details

TitleCry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3)
Author
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherBethany House Publishers
Rating
GenreFantasy, Christian Fiction, Christian, Christian Fantasy

Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3) Review

  • R.F. Gammon
    January 1, 1970
    THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH WORDS TO SCREAM ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE MY OTP.Every now and then, you meet a couple in fiction that you just LOVE. You just...you're addicted to reading about them. You grin with their successes. You cry when they fail. One hug is enough to tide you over for 100 pages. It's just...ACK I LOVE SELENE AND DAMIEN SO VERY VERY MUCH.And there wasn't enough of them!!!!! I needed every single scene to be a Selene and Damien one. But, alas, we cannot have everything in this THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH WORDS TO SCREAM ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE MY OTP.Every now and then, you meet a couple in fiction that you just LOVE. You just...you're addicted to reading about them. You grin with their successes. You cry when they fail. One hug is enough to tide you over for 100 pages. It's just...ACK I LOVE SELENE AND DAMIEN SO VERY VERY MUCH.And there wasn't enough of them!!!!! I needed every single scene to be a Selene and Damien one. But, alas, we cannot have everything in this life. So instead we got some of my favorite side characters in this series. All the lords and ladies are amazing and I love them.I think the highest compliment that I can give any series would be: I'd happily read ten more books about the adventures of these characters.4 stars. My heart is full.
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  • H.S.J. Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Primary thoughts after finishing:1. Selene and Damien are a true power couple. 2. Caiaphas is a champ. 3. I want more. This series caught my attention fast from the moment it began, and I’ve eagerly awaited each poignant installment. The trilogy is rich with powerful messages, and this book too is filled with empathetic themes. Mostly, I would say it’s about trust. People learning or choosing to trust each other despite previous damage. The unsteady alliance of the seven houses as they face off Primary thoughts after finishing:1. Selene and Damien are a true power couple. 2. Caiaphas is a champ. 3. I want more. This series caught my attention fast from the moment it began, and I’ve eagerly awaited each poignant installment. The trilogy is rich with powerful messages, and this book too is filled with empathetic themes. Mostly, I would say it’s about trust. People learning or choosing to trust each other despite previous damage. The unsteady alliance of the seven houses as they face off a much greater enemy is a main focus after all.But most of all, it’s about trusting God. Not only with your life, but the lives of the people you love. And not just their lives, but their deaths too. As you can imagine, this makes for some heart-wrenching and difficult moments, and I wish we could all reach this level of faith sooner for our own peace.That being said, while most of the death in the book was meaningful, there was one side character who I felt would have been much better left alive. (view spoiler)[ Renata’s fate has been a question since book 1 and her death felt too similar to Amara and too under-explained. If she’d lived I don’t think she wouldn’t have interfered, and the reader would have been much more satisfied. Plus having a character to recover from a coma and live on, even with mental disability, would have been lovely. But I digress. (hide spoiler)]The climax was awesome! I loved seeing more of the different cultures, especially the Healer kingdom! And while the ending was wonderfully satisfying, it also left (as all good, thriving stories do) many incredible stories ahead in the future, and I only hope one day they get explored.
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  • Laura A. Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me break my own rule.I confess that a quarter of a way in I HAD to flip to the end to make sure it would have certain character(s) alive and well.Not only that, but even with knowing a tiny piece of the ending, I caught myself praying everyone would make it.…*Praying.*If that does not say how intense and engaging this story was, then neither what I have to share about the book will either. LOL!It's been a very long time since I have done either, and this book continued to surprise This book made me break my own rule.I confess that a quarter of a way in I HAD to flip to the end to make sure it would have certain character(s) alive and well.Not only that, but even with knowing a tiny piece of the ending, I caught myself praying everyone would make it.…*Praying.*If that does not say how intense and engaging this story was, then neither what I have to share about the book will either. LOL!It's been a very long time since I have done either, and this book continued to surprise me in so many ways. I LOVED the story as a whole. It was everything I wanted in an epic trilogy. (Like were talking I had internal music playing with scenes and breaking out in goosebumps with scenes. #sogood) Fighting, overcoming, growing, and a few other spoiler things that I refuse to mention becaue one must read it to enjoy it.However, on a deeper level, Selene's words and Damien's struggle pierced me where I found myself having to put the book down and process how much I needed it. No matter how hard sometimes life might be, Jesus is ALWAYS with us. Even in the darkness, His Light shines and burns in our hearts. And letting go doesn’t mean forgetting. <3Damien has always been my favorite because he is beyond relatable and it was no exception in Cry of the Raven, but Selene has also become a favorite too. I loved this incredible couple and how they encouraged and loved one another. It was beautiful and fiction needs more of this.There is soooo much more I could say about this story, but I will say that though I really struggled liking Selene in book one, this series will be a series I hold close. I have been deeply encouraged by it and for the first time, I put a sticky note in a book because it was so profound. In summary, Cry of the Raven is so so so good!Highly recommend to Christian fantasy readers who love a blend of action and romance and epicness!
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  • Mackenzie
    January 1, 1970
    I won’t write a full review because words cannot express how good this book is, just, read it, ok?
  • Emileigh Latham
    January 1, 1970
    THERE'S A GOODREADS PAGE!!!! *hyperventilates*
  • Serethiel ☽ ✨
    January 1, 1970
    oh don't mind me i'll just be randomly sobbing in a corner until february 2020 finally arrives
  • Merie Shen
    January 1, 1970
    AghThis bookThey all came togetherRTC
  • Deborah O'Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    (Review--and pictures!--originally posted here: https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/... ) Aaaahh! This book was so amazing! A new favorite, and an epic, suspenseful conclusion to the Ravenwood Saga! I loved it so, so much! I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free. ;)I’ve loved each book in this trilogy, and each one has gotten even better than the last—difficult to imagine, since they’ve all been top favorites. CRY OF THE RAVEN was my most-anticipated read of the year, and wraps up the series, (Review--and pictures!--originally posted here: https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/... ) Aaaahh! This book was so amazing! A new favorite, and an epic, suspenseful conclusion to the Ravenwood Saga! I loved it so, so much! I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free. ;)I’ve loved each book in this trilogy, and each one has gotten even better than the last—difficult to imagine, since they’ve all been top favorites. CRY OF THE RAVEN was my most-anticipated read of the year, and wraps up the series, and totally delivers! IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE.New twists and secrets come to light and there’s SO MUCH EPICNESS and it’s all on such a grand scale. I was blown away. The inspiring journey of these beloved characters, in this amazing world, with so many things that I love and have been excited to see since I first started the series, has just been so thrilling to experience! It makes me so happy! I’m sitting here grinning, trying to come up with words to do justice to this delightful book.I absolutely love the characters, and how real their stories are, with their struggles, relationships, and growth. It’s been amazing following Selene through these books and seeing where she is now (I love her character so much, and even cosplayed as her at a writers conference last year!). Damien is my favorite, and he has quite a story in this one too! He is just the best. I love them together as well and seeing how their relationship plays out! All the love for these two! Reading their adventures and seeing the end has been so rewarding and I will love them forever. ^_^So many of the side characters are favorites of mine too—and everyone is so real that they practically step off the page! I especially liked to see more of Caiaphas, Lord Leo and his brother, Lady Bryren and Reidin (who are EPIC!), and other characters like Taegis, Karl, and wise Renlar, who is new but awesome. Meeting new characters and delving deeper into ones we had met previously and seeing how they change was one of my favorite things!I also love the worldbuilding! Aaahh! Definitely one of my favorite fantasy worlds. The powers/gifts, and all the different cultures and places we get to visit. I was so excited to get to see more of this world! *beaming* I stepped right through the page into this fascinating place—so happy to return one last time, and sad when it was over. I’m going to miss these books! *hugs them forever* But it was such an epic and satisfying conclusion that it’s also hard to be anything other than elated. :DI love the writing, too—how it’s not sparse by any means, but at the same time there’s nothing “extra” and it shows just exactly the right things, everything important that we need to know, drawing you right into the action and emotion. It felt so clean, well-written, and masterfully crafted together, with inspiring words in there as well. The spiritual journeys, redemption, and healing, and parts about the Light, were very well done.Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to fangirl about more of my absolute favorite things, besides the characters and world, because there is SO much to love about this book. Apologies for any incoherency, but aaaahhhh! CRY OF THE RAVEN had so many amazing things that I adored!+ Firstly, seeing more of the wyverns! (Yesss! I was totally hoping for that!)+ I also absolutely loved how the dreamwalking was an even bigger part of this one and how it fit into the plot! (No spoilers, but aaahh!)+ In the previous books, we’ve seen Selene’s dreamwalking gift and Damien’s water-manipulation gift, but only briefly touched on the other gifts in this world, so I was SO EXCITED to finally learn more about and get to see some of other Great Houses’ gifts in action a bit! (*muffled shrieking*) + ALSO! A couple of things about the ending were my absolute favorite! No spoilers, but you’ll know when you read the end. ;) (And the scene with the flower!! My heart! Aaahh! I don’t even know why I loved it so much but I ADORED THAT PART and it makes me smile and tear up. ^_^)MARK OF THE RAVEN and FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN have been building up to this one and it’s everything I ever wanted! Nearly everything that I hoped to see was brought to light, and so many things that were good surprises, too! It was the perfect ending to this trilogy which I absolutely adore. I wholeheartedly recommend this series! If you are a fantasy fan, you need it in your life!(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Received an eARC for review.There are no words to express how much I adored this trilogy and this conclusion was perfection. I want to cry and scream on the top of a hilltop about how much I love this trilogy. Morgan L. Busse has crafted an amazing fantasy world, wove scripture seamlessly and created such dynamic characters you grow to love and dislike.Selene has grown so much from the first book to the last. She's stronger emotionally. Doesn't rely on herself and on thoughts. She's more into Received an eARC for review.There are no words to express how much I adored this trilogy and this conclusion was perfection. I want to cry and scream on the top of a hilltop about how much I love this trilogy. Morgan L. Busse has crafted an amazing fantasy world, wove scripture seamlessly and created such dynamic characters you grow to love and dislike.Selene has grown so much from the first book to the last. She's stronger emotionally. Doesn't rely on herself and on thoughts. She's more into the people and protecting those she loves. She's all for the Light and fighting back against the Dark Lady. Seeing her mature in her gift was absolutely fantastic. Selene will always be my little pudding pie. I adore her heart.Damien was such an amazing young man from beginning to end. What I appreciated most in this is that we got to see his vulnerable side. He shows that even though you may have a huge heart, there is a weakness and mental battle with that. Damien is a man of honor, courage and love. He embodies what a man should be in leadership, love and family.The romance was clean, sweet and everything! I adored the way their romance wasn't always peaches and cream. You saw the good, the saw the bad, the arguments, the drama, the harsh words said to one another. You saw them grow and mature in their love and romance. They definitely had a strong connection since book one, but this final book gave me everything and more especially Riven.Lady Ragna is still a woman I can't stand, but I felt bad for her towards the end. She's the product of what happens when you live by the past your family dictates to you. The Dark Lady was a wicked being. I'm glad she was done away with.Lord Leo was HIGHLY aggravating at first, but I loved his apology and how he befriended Selene. Lady Ayaka, Lady Bryren, Lord Renlar and Raoul were all great assets. Seeing the Great House coming together along with some of the lesser and noble houses was epic. It proved that people work better together rather then against one another.The faith aspects were phenomenal in this story! Learning to lean on God when your strength runs out. Learning to use your gifts for better. Understanding that even in the dark moments the Light still shines. I can go on and on about the faith, but I just loved the use of scripture.Overall, this was an epic end. War, love and victory. I highly recommend this book and the entire trilogy as a whole. A fantastic Christian fantasy!
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Be aware that this review will have spoilers for Mark of the Raven and Flight of the Raven as this is the third book in this series! Please do not read any further if you haven’t read those! I try to keep spoilers at a minimum but some can’t be avoided. In Cry of the Raven, the stakes are higher than ever before... the empire is on the move, allied with two houses including Selene’s mother, and it’s up to the remaining houses to stand together or fall. War is coming. We start where Flight of the Be aware that this review will have spoilers for Mark of the Raven and Flight of the Raven as this is the third book in this series! Please do not read any further if you haven’t read those! I try to keep spoilers at a minimum but some can’t be avoided. In Cry of the Raven, the stakes are higher than ever before... the empire is on the move, allied with two houses including Selene’s mother, and it’s up to the remaining houses to stand together or fall. War is coming. We start where Flight of the Raven ends, with the death of someone Selene loved very much, and with a single sentence I was immediately thrown back into all these feels. But Selene has no time to mourn, as the houses comes together and decisions need to be made. Shaken as she is, she has trouble trusting other people, but she tries anyway. Throughout the book she really grows as a person, and overcomes her fears and becomes a wise, confident woman who is not afraid to show every part of herself and is kind to others. Damien is being awesome as always. Ok I just simply adore him, he can’t do anything wrong in my eyes. He’s everything you want in a man, and Selene finally can admit to herself that she loves him, which is awesome! What I love about their relationship, is that it feels so real, and you can see it growing, maybe even more because it is very clean. Because they actually TALK. A lot. They talk about everything, their feelings and what they want and their loved ones, and it just takes their relationship to a whole other level. And I just love that. Damien always is very respectful of Selene’s boundaries and vice versa, but they would die for each other. But, as Damien learns, you can feel extremely responsible and care a lot about someone, you need to give them in God’s hand and let the fear of losing them go. This was such a wise lesson that really struck home for me. What I also love is that the other houses are featured more and more history is revealed. We get to see a lot of the other lords and ladies, and that gives this story an extra dimension. Elric was the absolute best, he brings a lot of humor into the mix! One thing I loved too: there is much importance placed on the smaller things. In a war it can be too much on a grand scale, when only big things happening, but there was much room for introspection, for debating how to use your power in a good way, and there were many personal struggles to overcome, too. That kept the plot interesting, though I have to admit that it did sag a little in the middle for me. Everyone was off to another place, all over the country, and it was like all they did was travel back and forth. The dual POV made it better, and I get why it has to happen this way, but I still would have liked less traveling overall. And maybe I would have liked to have a bit more plot concentrated around Caiaphas, like maybe a long emotional talk about what happened with the Ravenwood members, and more importantly: what Caiaphas has done all these years in secret. I would really like to know that! (I’m hoping for a prequel novella here, Morgan!). Some parts were heartbreaking, especially with what’s going on in Australia with the bush fires right now that makes this book so much harder to read and actually made me cry. The battle scenes were epic, and I loved that there was both a physical and a spiritual component to this war, in the end it came down to Light versus darkness. Forgiveness versus hate. Courage over fear. The power of dreams. The Christian theme woven throughout is strong and very inspiring. I have loved this series from the first book, and this final book is everything I wanted (though I do want more books). This is one of the best Christian fantasy series in my opinion, and I recommend it to everyone! Even if you don’t like fantasy, I think you’ll be able to love this, as it’s not complicated like adult fantasy, and another world can really help to bring some points across about our world.I received a free e-copy from Bethany House through Netgalley. I’m really happy I got to read this book early, but it hasn’t influenced my opinions as I already was hopelessly in love with this series.
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  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book several days ago, and I'm still trying to put all my fangirling thoughts in order. It is so good! In this book, Selene really comes into her own. In the first two books, Damien has to be the rock for both of them since she is still struggling with her past and coming to the Light. In this one, both of them still have struggles, but Selene is strong enough that Damien can lean on her just as much as she leans on him. It makes for a beautiful relationship and a wonderful I finished this book several days ago, and I'm still trying to put all my fangirling thoughts in order. It is so good! In this book, Selene really comes into her own. In the first two books, Damien has to be the rock for both of them since she is still struggling with her past and coming to the Light. In this one, both of them still have struggles, but Selene is strong enough that Damien can lean on her just as much as she leans on him. It makes for a beautiful relationship and a wonderful example of what marriage should look like. This book really starts to put the pieces together from the previous two books. There were a lot of threads from book one that were wrapped up in this book. Things that seemed to be side tangents in that book became important in this book. So well done! The worldbuilding came to full force in this book, and I could see all the ways the author had been carefully building for this book in the previous ones. It was so cool to see the way Selene learned to use her dreamwalking at full strength and what she was able to do with it. There is so much I could say about this book! The ending is amazing and so tense! The audiobook is well done, and I couldn't stop listening! If you haven't picked this series up yet, what are you waiting for?
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I've only read book 3 (I recommend you start with book #1 - I would if I did it again). At first it took a hot minute to get acquainted with all the characters due to this infraction (however when I saw it on net galley, I couldn't pass the opportunity to review it!). It sounded interesting, to say the least. The story definitely exceeded the expectation. Selene seemed a little melodramatic at first but her character arc was wonderful. I loved hearing how her heart had changed and the source of I've only read book 3 (I recommend you start with book #1 - I would if I did it again). At first it took a hot minute to get acquainted with all the characters due to this infraction (however when I saw it on net galley, I couldn't pass the opportunity to review it!). It sounded interesting, to say the least. The story definitely exceeded the expectation. Selene seemed a little melodramatic at first but her character arc was wonderful. I loved hearing how her heart had changed and the source of her power had changed. I won't add more because it will spoil the fun. Overall, it was a swooping fantasy with the perfect amount of charm and fantastical. The author made Selene and Damien's love life tangible and sweet (and not at all graphic)! There seems to be an unnecessary amount of graphic relationships in fantasy nowadays so that was refreshing. I would definitely recommend. On a personal note, this book has a soft spot in my heart now. My grandma passed away the day I finished it and like Damien, I needed to hear those words that the Light will take better care of those then we could ever imagine! Love you grandma!I received an ebook in exchange for review from NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I chose the 5 star rating on my own.
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  • Bryn
    January 1, 1970
    A perfect finish to a perfect series. With disaster and ruin marching ever closer, Busse takes the characters we have come to love (or hate) and plunges deep into the souls, minds and hearts of each for answers, courage, hope and a victory that can only come through the bonds of unity. *pokes the publisher* Spin off series, please?
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  • Hayden
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, I did apply for an arc of this book on netgalley because I was too impatient to wait for February. One of my most anxiously awaited reads of 2020, Cry of the Raven was an excellent ending to the Ravenwood Saga. I loved seeing how Selene has grown since book one, and the romance between her and Damien is so sweet!One thing I also really loved was the joining of the Houses in working together. It's clear from the beginning that if they are to have any hope of defeating the empire, they need Yes, I did apply for an arc of this book on netgalley because I was too impatient to wait for February. 😂One of my most anxiously awaited reads of 2020, Cry of the Raven was an excellent ending to the Ravenwood Saga. I loved seeing how Selene has grown since book one, and the romance between her and Damien is so sweet!One thing I also really loved was the joining of the Houses in working together. It's clear from the beginning that if they are to have any hope of defeating the empire, they need to work together in using their gifts, and that was a touch I greatly appreciated. Even some of the less-than-admirable characters are given a bit more depth, and there were also some specific interactions between characters that I was glad to see. Plus, the ending itself is also lovely and hopeful, and just what I was wishing for.The first two books in the series are still my favorite, but this was a more than satisfying conclusion, and I hope to buy a paperback copy to complete the series on my bookshelf as soon as February rolls around.I received this book for free from netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Deena
    January 1, 1970
    What a finish! I laughed, I cried, I yelled at Morgan Busse (she knows why!), and I’m satisfied with the series.But I wouldn’t mind a little bit more someday What a finish! I laughed, I cried, I yelled at Morgan Busse (she knows why!), and I’m satisfied with the series.But I wouldn’t mind a little bit more someday 😁
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    “At the end of the day, we must each stand or fall by our own ideals.” This book wasn't terrible. Sadly, that's kind of all I can say about it. I wish I had raving praise to give it or something amazing to say but honestly I was just expecting more. This book suffered from the same problem the second one did, lack of emotional depth.It’s not that the writing isn’t good, there are moments where the world really comes alive and you can truly appreciate the characters. But for the most part, “At the end of the day, we must each stand or fall by our own ideals.” This book wasn't terrible. Sadly, that's kind of all I can say about it. I wish I had raving praise to give it or something amazing to say but honestly I was just expecting more. This book suffered from the same problem the second one did, lack of emotional depth. It’s not that the writing isn’t good, there are moments where the world really comes alive and you can truly appreciate the characters. But for the most part, the book simply falls flat. The dialogue feels stilted and overly formal and the pace moves so quickly that nothing has room to breathe. There was no time given just to appreciate a somber, tender or intense moment. Sometimes things would happen in the narrative that simply came across as forced, rushed and a bit disjointed as if the pieces of it didn't quite fit together. This made it hard to connect emotionally with the characters and their struggle as the book progresses too rapidly from one thing to the next. Nothing resonated because I felt more like I was observing the characters than experiencing their story. Unfortunately, that lack of emotion definitely took its toll on the romance. I loved Selene and Damien’s relationship in the first book. By the second it felt like almost two different characters, just going through the motions. This third book really didn’t improve that feeling. There were some genuinely sweet moments but overall their relationship lacked the spark they had in the first book. I'm not sure if the author was trying to show the maturity in their relationship, which could've been fine, but in the end they both came off as more distant than mature. Plus, having them spend a good deal of time apart seems like an odd choice for the final book. Their moments together were too brief and I would’ve loved to have seen them conquering things together and not just in an encouragement here or there but to have really taken on the challenges together. They speak of how much they miss each other and how intense their connection is but with their continued formality towards each other and little interaction on the pages together, it’s hard to believe that.  Their ending was on the surface just what I would’ve wanted but it felt hollow without the emotion behind it. It seemed more like they were two people co-habitating than two people who defied the odds and fell deeply in love.The faith elements in this book did end up feeling a little repetitive at times. I know it can be difficult to incorporate Christianity into a fictional world, especially one of fantasy and I had praised Busse for the way she wove it in the beginning. Sadly in this book the message became more of the focus, less so the characters and I think that's where the idea fell apart.  While I appreciated the authors sentiments, the way the characters spoke about the Light didn't always come across as natural so often the message felt forced. The times where this faith theme was utilized best were when the characters simply acted according to what they believed. When their behavior showed the conviction of their faith in the Light. The times when they tried to speak too much about it, to themselves or others, that's when it didn't come across so well.I had hopes that different small plots might be explored further, like Raoul from House Friere, Lord Leo and Lady Ayaka and especially Ophelania, but all fizzled out at the end. It's a shame because there was enough in each to be elaborated on further. Especially with Raoul and Ophelania, her storyline resolved too easily in the end and the two of them could've had interesting intertwining plots together had that avenue been explored. Honestly even though this book wasn't short, I would've been ok with it being longer or even having a fourth book just to have all those little glimpses and details that were hinted at be fleshed out more.Busse's writing is still great. While her characters can lack some depth, her imagery for world and scene crafting is wonderful. I can always imagine what is taking place and picture the surroundings, something not all authors are able to achieve. I simply wish her characters had remained the lively, engaging people they were in the first book. Like I said above, this book wasn't terrible, it just wasn't amazing either. It pains me to say that because I want more Christan fantasy out there. I want more Christian writers to know that writing in the world of fantasy is a great use of the imagination and there's a way to weave faith and fiction without there being a conflict. Overall I liked this book, I simply didn't love it. I'm still glad the series is out there though, I enjoyed being in this world with Selene, Damien and their allies from the other houses. Busse had an amazing idea with these books and even though it didn't unfold the way I had expected, I still love the world she created, the concept and the underlying message she was trying to convey. I hope to see more series like it in the future.– I voluntarily read and reviewed an e-copy of this book I received through NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts and opinions are my own. –Review on my blog: Babbling Books Blog
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Gosh, this was a tremendous novel. I've always loved Busse's ability to demonstrate the internal struggle we all grapple with between light and darkness and in Cry of the Raven she takes this to another level. I don't know how she does it; it's simply superb writing.Lady Selene Ravenwood is a wonderfully developed character who we've seen struggle with her dreamwalking gift and in this episode we see Selene venture into the dreamscape world continually. I love how Busse portrays the 'dream Gosh, this was a tremendous novel. I've always loved Busse's ability to demonstrate the internal struggle we all grapple with between light and darkness and in Cry of the Raven she takes this to another level. I don't know how she does it; it's simply superb writing.Lady Selene Ravenwood is a wonderfully developed character who we've seen struggle with her dreamwalking gift and in this episode we see Selene venture into the dreamscape world continually. I love how Busse portrays the 'dream world' and how we get to see both light and dark of various people Selene inhabits for a time. In this story, we see Selene's internal struggles overlaid with confrontations in dreamscapes which once again Busse does beautifully. But this story isn't just about Selene. In fact, there's so much more. The Empire wants to take over the seven Great Houses that at the beginning of the story are hardly united. And one of the themes Busse explores is the importance of unity to overcoming evil. In addition, the importance of everyone using their spiritual gifting in a unified manner creates a strength that is unrivalled and no darkness can stand against it. It's a message for we believers: the importance of being united as a church in using our gifts for the glory of God and the rescue of mankind.There was such a fine cast of supporting characters. The heads of the Great Houses, Damien, Lord Leo, Lord Raoul, Lord Renlar, Lady Bryren (and her magnificent flying wyverns) and so on plus others like Lady Ayaka with her healing gift and Caiaphas, Selene's father. And the bad guys were outstanding: Commander Orion (Head of the Dominia Empire), Lady Ragna and in this episode we see more of the Dark Lady. There is one battle near the end featuring Ragna and the Dark Lady which is brilliantly executed.Often when one comes to the end of a series we want it to continue and never end but as brilliant as The Ravenwood Saga is I feel there's a completeness about it and Busse brings it to a natural and very satisfying conclusion. Could there be a spin-off? Certainly, and how neat would that be.As another reviewer has said, each of the three books got better and better so this is a series that one must start at the beginning.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley with no expectation of a positive review. But I did this wanting to get my hands on the book before it was released and look forward to adding the paperback edition to my collection with the first two stories.
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  • Rachelle Sperling
    January 1, 1970
    Cry of the Raven is book three in Ravenwood Saga. In order to fully appreciate this story you will need to begin with book one, Mark of the Raven.I don’t want to say to much or give away any spoilers so I’ll just say that all in all I found this to be a very satisfying completion to an excellent trilogy, fully rounding out character development, trying up loose ends and even bringing unexpected redemption.I recommend this series to you.I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange Cry of the Raven is book three in Ravenwood Saga. In order to fully appreciate this story you will need to begin with book one, Mark of the Raven.I don’t want to say to much or give away any spoilers so I’ll just say that all in all I found this to be a very satisfying completion to an excellent trilogy, fully rounding out character development, trying up loose ends and even bringing unexpected redemption.I recommend this series to you.I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    AHH this series has been AMAZING!!!5/5 stars. Full review to come!
  • Katelyn Bolds
    January 1, 1970
    A great conclusion to Morgan Busse’s Ravenwood Saga. Excellent writing with a deep meaningful storyline. Highly recommended fantasy read for YA and older.
  • V. Romas Burton
    January 1, 1970
    Everything about this book and series is beautiful. From Selene's dark beginning to her journey of self discovery and the Light, each page is packed with encouragement and truth. I absolutely love this book and the ending. I will remember Lady Selene's story always.
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  • Terry Conrad
    January 1, 1970
    What a great and satisfying ending to this series. I enjoyed all three books, but I think this is my favorite. The empire is trying to destroy all the great houses. As some of the houses come together to form an alliance, secrets and betrayals are revealed. Can the houses hold to this alliance and put the past behind them? Will they use their gifts for the light or turn away? We get to know Selene and Damien on a much deeper level, as well as several other people. In this fantasy we are shown What a great and satisfying ending to this series. I enjoyed all three books, but I think this is my favorite. The empire is trying to destroy all the great houses. As some of the houses come together to form an alliance, secrets and betrayals are revealed. Can the houses hold to this alliance and put the past behind them? Will they use their gifts for the light or turn away? We get to know Selene and Damien on a much deeper level, as well as several other people. In this fantasy we are shown that Jesus is always there no matter what. We just need to call upon him. We need to be prepared and prayed up when the darkness tries to enter our hearts and minds. There was a lot of tense action in this book, as well as the struggle between dark and light. There is so much more i would like to say, but I want the reader to enjoy the book without me telling everything that happens. A well written, good story and highly recommended. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    This series was a bit different from my usual reads, but I'm so glad I stepped outside my "box." This is a satisfying conclusion to the Ravenwood Saga. It was nice to learn how everything turned out for Selene and Damien, as well as the various houses. (If you haven't read the other books in the series, I recommend doing that first, as this one picks up where the prior book ended.).It was great to see how Selene has grown throughout the series, particularly in relation to the Light. Damien is a This series was a bit different from my usual reads, but I'm so glad I stepped outside my "box." This is a satisfying conclusion to the Ravenwood Saga. It was nice to learn how everything turned out for Selene and Damien, as well as the various houses. (If you haven't read the other books in the series, I recommend doing that first, as this one picks up where the prior book ended.).It was great to see how Selene has grown throughout the series, particularly in relation to the Light. Damien is a wonderful example of a leader, as well as a husband. The romance angle isn't overwhelming. Busse showed the reader all sides, not just the good.I love how the author weaves the faith angle throughout the story/series, especially the importance of turning to and clinging to God, as well as looking to him for direction. The action and intrigue keeps the reader engaged. It's sad to see the series come to an end, but I look forward to what Busse will come up with next!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    War is here. As the Empire crashes through the wall, and the two traitorous houses join their forces, can the remaining five houses find enough resources and common ground to halt their advance? Past treacherous secrets are revealed, bitterness and mistrust, denial and callousness threaten to tear apart whatever hope of an alliance there may be between the houses. Selene is trying to figure out how she can use her gift in the way it was meant to be used to help their cause. She knows she will War is here. As the Empire crashes through the wall, and the two traitorous houses join their forces, can the remaining five houses find enough resources and common ground to halt their advance? Past treacherous secrets are revealed, bitterness and mistrust, denial and callousness threaten to tear apart whatever hope of an alliance there may be between the houses. Selene is trying to figure out how she can use her gift in the way it was meant to be used to help their cause. She knows she will also need to deal with her mother and the Dark Lady at some point in the upcoming conflict. Damien is experiencing a block to his power, but can’t figure out why. And the two of them are still trying to figure out this marriage thing. And Caiaphas is trying to rally the Alliance now that Ragna has left for the battle front. Things aren’t looking very hopeful on any front. This was a fabulous conclusion to this series. Busse continues to peel back layers in the betrayal and hurt the land faced in the past clash with the empire showing readers just what is at stake even beyond the lives on the line. The plot has a lot of different things going on, but it never felt confusing or jarring to go from one to the other. It was well balanced, and all eventually came together. I liked that not only did Selene grow in her knowledge of the Light and his ways, but Damien also had some things to learn about the Light and how to best follow him in this book. It was a good reminder that even those more mature in some areas may have things to learn. And what he learned was hugely important in a book that does see a lot of casualties. It was an important inclusion for the plot and the readers. The Light and the allusions to how that reflects God and the Christian walk were well done. It feels like the world is all its own, but there are truths to be gathered for those with eyes to see them. Damien and Selene’s relationship growth and hiccups were done quite well too. I felt like they experienced natural questions, conflicts, and hiccups for any marriage but they worked things out well and were great models of a healthy marriage for readers. My one qualm with the story was that I wish we got to see more of the other houses beyond Damien’s and Selene’s using their gifts, but that probably would’ve made the book too long. We just get snippets as it is. I also think a spin off series following Opheliana in the future might be fascinating. I fully enjoyed this entire series. It was both inspirational and a delightful read in an imaginative fantasy world. Recommended to fantasy fans, and those who like deeper meanings in their stories. The series is marketed as YA but it is sophisticated enough that adults will enjoy it too.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content beyond a kiss. There are several battles and many deaths on page. Some wounds moderately described (nothing super gory.) The gravity of death and value of life is handled very well in the story, as is dealing with grief.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Hannah Osborn
    January 1, 1970
    “Remember what we’re fighting for."Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse My thoughts:There is darkness in this world that Busse has created. Darkness is creeping over the lands, seeking to devour the seven Great Houses. Darkness is whispering in people's dreams, feeding their fears and hopelessness. And yet there is a Light stronger than the darkest night. This is the story of the dreamerwalker who spread that Light in this world's darkest days. Lady Selene Ravenwood Maris has come a long way over “Remember what we’re fighting for."Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse My thoughts:There is darkness in this world that Busse has created. Darkness is creeping over the lands, seeking to devour the seven Great Houses. Darkness is whispering in people's dreams, feeding their fears and hopelessness. And yet there is a Light stronger than the darkest night. This is the story of the dreamerwalker who spread that Light in this world's darkest days. Lady Selene Ravenwood Maris has come a long way over the last 3 books. To quote my review on the first entry of the series: "Have you ever gone through a period in your life when everything is dark and dismal? When hope and joy are things that only exist in theory? That is Lady Selene's everyday life. Smiles and laughter are few and far between as she is burdened by duty and the dark secrets of her Great House of Ravenwood. She is a highly moral woman being manipulated down a dark path. She is asked to set her morality aside, lock away her heart, and follow the deadly path of the dreamers before her. She is self-sacrificing and quiet. She's serious and struggles to keep any and all vulnerabilities under lock and key." In this book, she has learned to love and be loved. She has set aside the dark ways of her mother and the dreamers before her to fully explore what their gifts were truly intended for. To quote this book:"The dreamer comforts the weary, inspires the broken, and brings peace to fearful minds."Selene does all those things and more.The romance between her and her husband, Lord Damien Maris is sweet and not overdone. It's also very clean. My only complaint there is that I tended to struggle to retain interest everytime they were separated. Everytime they reunited, my attention snapped right back into focus. I would've liked to have seen them fight together more than they did. Damien also has nice character development. He started the series as a good man held back in some ways by grief. He ends this book as a great man who learns how to not be crippled by loss. He remembers his father once telling him:"You have a big heart. And it hurts to see the pain in this world. But that’s not a weakness. It is your hidden strength. Never forget that.”Overall, this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I would definitely read any book that was set in this world Busse created and I hope to read more about the seven Great House. I recieved this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review."And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her."The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien
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  • Nay Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Received an eARC for review.There are no words to express how much I adored this trilogy and this conclusion was perfection. I want to cry and scream on the top of a hilltop about how much I love this trilogy. Morgan L. Busse has crafted an amazing fantasy world, wove scripture seamlessly and created such dynamic characters you grow to love and dislike.Selene has grown so much from the first book to the last. She's stronger emotionally. Doesn't rely on herself and on thoughts. She's more into Received an eARC for review.There are no words to express how much I adored this trilogy and this conclusion was perfection. I want to cry and scream on the top of a hilltop about how much I love this trilogy. Morgan L. Busse has crafted an amazing fantasy world, wove scripture seamlessly and created such dynamic characters you grow to love and dislike.Selene has grown so much from the first book to the last. She's stronger emotionally. Doesn't rely on herself and on thoughts. She's more into the people and protecting those she loves. She's all for the Light and fighting back against the Dark Lady. Seeing her mature in her gift was absolutely fantastic. Selene will always be my little pudding pie. I adore her heart.Damien was such an amazing young man from beginning to end. What I appreciated most in this is that we got to see his vulnerable side. He shows that even though you may have a huge heart, there is a weakness and mental battle with that. Damien is a man of honor, courage and love. He embodies what a man should be in leadership, love and family.The romance was clean, sweet and everything! I adored the way their romance wasn't always peaches and cream. You saw the good, the saw the bad, the arguments, the drama, the harsh words said to one another. You saw them grow and mature in their love and romance. They definitely had a strong connection since book one, but this final book gave me everything and more especially Riven.Lady Ragna is still a woman I can't stand, but I felt bad for her towards the end. She's the product of what happens when you live by the past your family dictates to you. The Dark Lady was a wicked being. I'm glad she was done away with.Lord Leo was HIGHLY aggravating at first, but I loved his apology and how he befriended Selene. Lady Ayaka, Lady Bryren, Lord Renlar and Raoul were all great assets. Seeing the Great House coming together along with some of the lesser and noble houses was epic. It proved that people work better together rather then against one another.The faith aspects were phenomenal in this story! Learning to lean on God when your strength runs out. Learning to use your gifts for better. Understanding that even in the dark moments the Light still shines. I can go on and on about the faith, but I just loved the use of scripture.Overall, this was an epic end. War, love and victory. I highly recommend this book and the entire trilogy as a whole. A fantastic Christian fantasy!
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  • Jessica Dowell
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a rollercoaster of emotions this series has been. It has been two weeks since I finished the book and I am still processing.Selene and Damien have gone through quite a journey, as they each wrestled with who they are and came face to face with the consequences of their House histories. In book 3 we get to see how some of the other houses respond when brought face to face with the decisions of their ancestors. Reading this book caused me to ask the same questions the characters had to Wow. What a rollercoaster of emotions this series has been. It has been two weeks since I finished the book and I am still processing.Selene and Damien have gone through quite a journey, as they each wrestled with who they are and came face to face with the consequences of their House histories. In book 3 we get to see how some of the other houses respond when brought face to face with the decisions of their ancestors. Reading this book caused me to ask the same questions the characters had to ask. Am I responsible for righting the wrongs of people who came before me? If so, what should that look like? What does it mean to be a peacemaker? The internal struggles of all the characters, both primary and supporting, were very relatable. Though the different houses did not agree on everything, it was clear that they were each approaching the problem from a deep love for their people and their country. Though each house had different concerns, and varying degrees of hurt and mistrust to work through, I loved watching individuals make the conscious choice to work towards unity, even when it stung their pride. The author did a fantastic job of showing peacemaking as a difficult and fragile thing that must be worked on continually, while also showing the victories (both big and small) that make it worthwhile.I loved Selene and Damien’s scenes together and wish there could have been even more. They have such a sweet and tender relationship in spite of everything they have going against them. It was beautiful to watch them fight for their marriage in little and big ways. I also LOVED watching Selene finally discover the true purpose behind her gift, and how powerful it was when she used it for the comfort and enrichment of others, and for the glory of The Light.Overall, I would say this series has been about reconciling the past, redeeming the future, and the very difficult but important work of peacemaking that is necessary in order to accomplish both things. This would be such a great book for a book club of teenagers and adults who would like to discuss such things.**I received an advanced copy of this book for reviewing purposes. I was not required to submit a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • LeAnne
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did earlier instalments in this series. It may be because the empire had actually invaded and there were more general battle scenes without a specific POV character experiencing them, alternating with more romance, which is not my favorite genre. Others will no doubt enjioy it more than I did.The book also left me a bit uncomfortable with the morality of invading someone’s dreams. In the other books, the gift had clearly been used for evil and Selene is trying to I didn’t enjoy this as much as I did earlier instalments in this series. It may be because the empire had actually invaded and there were more general battle scenes without a specific POV character experiencing them, alternating with more romance, which is not my favorite genre. Others will no doubt enjioy it more than I did.The book also left me a bit uncomfortable with the morality of invading someone’s dreams. In the other books, the gift had clearly been used for evil and Selene is trying to turn it to good, but in the end I found that the idea of someone entering my dreams—or the dreams of large groups of people—to influence their emotions and/or behavior felt violating, almost like a sexual seduction. In the previous books the antagonists were a distant threat. Here they enter the western continent, but they felt flat to me. They are evil and power-hungry, but why? I didn't see the motivation. At one point, it is suggested that Selene enter the dreams of the enemy to kill them en masse as she was originally trained to do. She nobly refuses, but neither does she enter their dreams to find out their motivation for invading or the values that could turn an ordinary man of the eastern continent into a machine prepared to devastate other nations. We never learn the goals of the empire or General Orion other than power, mainly the power to destroy. There is a brief mention of their having already devastated their own lands, but why don’t they rebuild? What do they hope that conquering their neighbors will accomplish? The isolation of raising a wall to keep them out doesn’t seem like a real solution. In fact, it sounds kind of like current events in America.
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  • Laura Langley
    January 1, 1970
    Morgan L. Busse delivers a satisfying ending to the Ravenwood Saga in Cry of the Raven. After what seemed like a long wait since the last book in the series, readers can finally see what happens with Selene Ravenwood and her husband Damien Maris of two of the seven great houses. The couple must do what they can to help save their lands and peoples from the Dominian Empire. But with her family’s dark history, can Selene convince the coalition to trust that she is not like her family, that she Morgan L. Busse delivers a satisfying ending to the Ravenwood Saga in Cry of the Raven. After what seemed like a long wait since the last book in the series, readers can finally see what happens with Selene Ravenwood and her husband Damien Maris of two of the seven great houses. The couple must do what they can to help save their lands and peoples from the Dominian Empire. But with her family’s dark history, can Selene convince the coalition to trust that she is not like her family, that she will use her powers for the good of the coalition and not for harm? Selene desires to use her Light-given powers to help the people, not hurt them, but trust goes both ways as she discovers how the great houses had sacrificed her family in the past. Can Damien discover and overcome the inner barrier he faces when trying to use his powers to raise the waters to protect the people? Cry of the Raven provides plenty of action, suspense, and excitement as the author draws the story together to tie it up. It was an enjoyable read from a great author who creates believable worlds and interesting characters. It was suspenseful with unpredictable predicability—just enough but not too much! Readers will not be disappointed in the read, just that the journey has come to an end and that they must find a new series to read. Hopefully Busse will deliver an equally exciting new series in the near future!Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I think this book was the best one yet. From the struggles Selene and Damien faced, to the triumph and joy in the end. It was amazing!!! Both Selene and Damien faced terrifying fears in this book. Selene was at times throughout the series crippled by fear. Fear of being unloved, fear of showing her emotions, and fear of being alone just to name a few. In the end she held on to the Light and let him guide her. He showed her how to overcome her fears.I also loved how much Damien suffered in Wow. I think this book was the best one yet. From the struggles Selene and Damien faced, to the triumph and joy in the end. It was amazing!!! Both Selene and Damien faced terrifying fears in this book. Selene was at times throughout the series crippled by fear. Fear of being unloved, fear of showing her emotions, and fear of being alone just to name a few. In the end she held on to the Light and let him guide her. He showed her how to overcome her fears.I also loved how much Damien suffered in this book. Throughout the series he was a rock to those around him. It was nice to see how human he was in this book. His fear was of letting people who died go. His heart, the very thing that made him strong, also made him weak. Until, he started trusting those he loved to the Light. I think my favorite line was when Selene said, “Letting go is not forgetting, and it is not a weakness to love people. But their lives are not yours to carry. They are yours to share.” This is a truth I think we as humans often forget. I want to thank Morgan L. Busse for reminding me of it. The marriage of Damien and Selene was also very well done. The way they strengthened and stood by each other was amazing! And Riven! Can we have a series on him? I want to see how he comes into his gift as a dream walker!Cry of the Raven was a very clean well done story. I would recommend it to anyone. Great job Morgan! I think this was your best book yet!!!!!!
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