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What I’m Reading: The Ravenwood Saga

If you’ve followed my blog or any of my social media accounts very long, you know I’m just as likely to sit down and watch an episode of Doctor Who as I am the latest Hallmark movie. I equally love the Lord of the Rings, Marvel movies, and While You Were Sleeping. There’s enough love in me for fantasy, action, sci-fi, drama, and romance. At least, there is when it comes to television and movies.

As much as my tastes in television and movies span the various genres, my taste in reading has rarely strayed from one genre, the romance genre. Any variations have come from whether or not I’m in the mood for historical or contemporary romance. Through the years a couple of suspense books have wormed their way onto my shelves. But it wasn’t until the past year that fantasy/speculative fiction made its own appearance, with the exceptions of a few that are not in the Christian market which I read to share the experience with my kids.

Anyway, a year or so ago, I won a copy of the first book in Morgan Busse’s The Soul Chronicles series and devoured it along with the second one. When I saw she’d come out with a new series and I found myself with a couple gift cards, it wasn’t a difficult choice to add The Ravenwood Saga to my cart. It wasn’t until last month that I had the chance to read them.

I’d just finished a couple contemporary romances, and I wanted something different. I opened up The Mark of the Raven as a way to cleanse my reading palette. I intended to read one book before returning to my standard genre. My plans changed.

The second I read the last page of The Mark of the Raven, I opened up Flight of the Raven. I didn’t have the third book yet, but I added it to my library as soon as I finished the second book. Cry of the Raven didn’t have a waiting period. I finished it the next day.

I loved the characters and the world the author created. Lady Selene is a strong character, gifted with the power to dreamwalk. It is the gift of House Ravenwood, and they have used it to exact revenge on the other houses in their land for abandoning them to the enemy many years before. Lady Selene has been raised on the stories of betrayal and the belief that through using their powers to torment others, steal their secrets, and at times, kill them in their dream worlds, House Ravenwood stays strong.

Only this idea and the reality of what she’s expected to do doesn’t sit well with Lady Selene. Deep inside, she feels there must be more to her gift than fear and death, and she is determined to find out where her gift came from and its true purpose.

As one man steps forward from House Maris to unite the different houses against their common enemy, Lady Selene has her first hint that her family has indeed missed something in the way their gift is used. To seek out truth could lead to more than being disowned. If her mother finds out she’s not following the ways of her house, it will most certainly mean death. But can she continue in the ways of House Ravenwood and dreamkilling when her heart is telling her the gift was given for a better purpose?

Selene’s quest to find the truth behind the gifting continues through each book. As war draws closer, she is faced with terrible choices, deadly consequences, and inner battles she never imagined possible. Finding the correct path for her life isn’t easy, and it’s made more difficult through the suspicions of those around her and the danger she faces from her own family.

The spiritual lessons of the book are clear but do not detract from the story. In fact, the story makes the scriptural truths more vibrant and inspire the reader to seek out and care for their own gifts and talents. The Ravenwood Saga is a beautiful example of truth clothed in fantasy leaving its message to resonate in the reader rather than being content to simply entertain, though it does that as well.

Main Character Monday #10

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Usually, I review the book before I interview the character. However, since I don’t want to interrupt the Cover to Cover series, I’m going to switch things up today. My review of The Seer by Erin Howard will be posted as soon as the Cover to Cover series is wrapped up.

Today’s Guest is Thea Elliot from The Seer by Erin R. Howard.

Thank you for joining me.

 

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

The book of Psalms is my favorite, probably because I could always find my dad reading it.

 If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

I’ve always wanted to meet the angel, Gabriel. But now Matthias has shown up, so he might be able to schedule a meeting.

Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you are most like? 

Perhaps Thomas would be closest. He had to see the scars on Jesus’s hands and side for himself. I’m sort of the same way. It’s not that I doubt everything, but I like to see things myself.

Jesus says we are to be His light in the world. What does this mean to you?

It probably means to help people or show them the way to go, but I’m not exactly a social butterfly and that would require me to talk to people. Do I have to know what I’m supposed to do to help someone else out?

If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Only when we are faced with the impossible, do we find out what we can truly do.

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, I’m not picky, I love it all.

Roses or Daisies? Roses

Salad or Soup? Salad

If you could describe Erin Howard in three words, what would those words be? 

Busy. Crafty. Loyal.

I want to thank Thea and Erin for letting my do this interview. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, head over to Amazon to get your copy of The Seer. It is available in e-book and paperback formats. Though Thea alluded to meeting an angel in the interview, stay tuned for the book review. You’ll be introduced to an unlikely group of heroes made up of a couple humans, an angel, and even a demon. 

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