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    Cry of the Raven #3
    Morgan L. Busse
    Bethany House / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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  1. New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    EPIC!!!
    April 1, 2020
    JoyO
    New Hampshire
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The only thing that grieves me about this book -- this series -- is the fact that it's finished! Wow, guys! WOW!!! I cannot rave about this EPIC conclusion to this EPIC series ENOUGH! Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse is a captivating finale to The Ravenwood Saga!

    The conflict with the Dominia Empire -- and amongst the Great Houses! -- comes to a chilling climax in Cry of the Raven! The breathtaking places we (Yes, we! I was with Selene and Damien. Don't fight me on this!) went and the heartbreaking battles we fought were spellbinding. The author's writing style is vivid without being unnecessarily flowery, allowing us to be thoroughly swept into the unfolding story. I also appreciated how the author didn't make everything perfect at the end. There was loss and pain and characters who are still (we pray!) coming to know the Light. It is raw, real, and right.

    There are so many great messages in this book! Truly, it's like this story is the product of the House of Wisdom (in case you are wondering, it's House Vivek). For instance, as Selene embraces love and her calling as a Nightwatcher, she has to accept that using her gift means allowing herself to be vulnerable. Another nugget is Damien's struggle with letting go -- letting go of what he can and cannot control, letting go of grief, and letting go of his loved ones and committing them to the care of the Light. However, each nugget of wisdom works together to point to this truth:

    Remember who, what, and -- most importantly -- for Whom we fight. Because He is always with us.

    Five Stars ~ Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse is phenomenal in its entirety! Cry of the Raven is the third book of The Ravenwood Saga. The previous books need to be read in order to understand the series conflict and see the fantastic character development in each book!

    Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Conclusion
    March 18, 2020
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    War has finally come between the Great Houses and the Dominia Empire. But a dark secret from their past threatens to divide their united stand.

    Picking up right where the previous book left off, Selene Ravenwood is coming into the full strength of her dreamwalking powers, and her relationship with her husband is growing stronger. This completion of the trilogy is a satisfying read, tying together threads hinted at in previous books as well as forging ahead in new ways. Ms. Busse is a skilled storyteller, with strong world building skills that immersed me into Selene and Damien's world.

    I was thrilled by the return of some of my favorite characters from the very first book, like Caiaphas who rises to the occasion to protect his family and country despite the difficult circumstances.

    I admired Damien's leadership, and how he put others first when serving his country. I also liked how he grew in his faith through the trials of war, and the burden of suffering.

    I also loved how we got to see more of the other houses and how their gifts worked, as well as their friendships among each other, as they overcame doubts and fought side by side for those they loved.

    Overall, a fitting conclusion and satisfying read, that expands on the groundwork laid in previous books, showcasing excellent worldbuilding, humanity, political intrigue, powers at play, and a message of hope rooted in faith. Ms. Busse strikes a sweet balance of faith without being too allegory heavy, while still conveying a powerful message. Highly recommended for fans of the series, and Christian fantasy.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Cry of the Raven, Book 3 of the Ravenwood Saga
    March 7, 2020
    Jessica T.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Selene's power grows as do her responsibilities. Facing the on coming war with the Dominia Empire feels like a rabbit attacking a coyote--but many of the Houses rally despite the comparison. Then past hurts, new betrayals, and doubts filter through the ranks of the rallying forces. Selene's gift of Dreamwalking and her blossoming belief in the Light may be all that stands between the destructive power of the Dominia Empire and the downfall of her homeland--can she stand up to the challenge?

    I'll let you read to find out. I connected deeply--again--with Selene and her friends. Her personal journey and her world are an awesome place to be. Even though this may be the end of her saga I do hope another tale comes from the world of the Great Houses. If I could visit every place and meet most every character in person, I would. It all feels amazingly real. I thank the author for writing and the publisher for printing her series. Totally enjoyed.
  4. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow, this is Good!
    March 6, 2020
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Good and evil clash in part three of this exciting saga. How can the Great Houses hope to win when they are not all united? Trouble is brewing because Damien has begun having problems using his gift--without which, all will be lost.

    Lady Selene discovers how her gift was meant to be used, and puts it into practice. Her mother and the Dark Lady team up to destroy her; can Selene defeat them when it is two against one? Others do not trust Selene, and view her every move with suspicion, with that keep her from being able to fully help with the cause?

    There are revelations in the tale, and the unexpected, including what becomes of Selene and her mother.

    I do not like fantasy, but I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a captivating story that will grab you and not let you go. The drama, plus all the twists and turns, will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is told from a Christian viewpoint. The only negative? This is the last of the series. I highly recommend this 5-plus star book to everyone; it is that good. No matter what your taste, you will love this book!

    Bookreadingtic was provided a book for review purposes.

  5. Memphis, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Climatic End to Wonderful Series
    March 5, 2020
    Pamela M.
    Memphis, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fantasy novels are not at the top of my preferred reading list but I will always make an exception for those by Morgan L. Busse. While definitely fantasy, her tales are not so extreme that it takes them out of the realm of what seems possible.

    I love the almost medieval settings of The Ravenwood Saga and the idea of various kingdoms, each with their own giftings - giftings meant to work together for the good of all followers of the Light. I have thoroughly enjoyed following Lady Selene Ravenwood and her husband Damien Maris as they worked together with the other Great Houses to save them from the evil Dominia Empire.

    Cry of the Raven is the final installment of this wonderful series and lived up to my expectations and more. With plenty of action and moments that made me hold my breath, the plot moved at a brisk pace to its exciting and satisfying conclusion. While remaining true to the fantasy genre the author expertly illustrated the power of the Holy Spirit against the darkness for those who embrace the Lord. A powerful example of personal transformation and believers working together using their God given gifts, Cry of the Raven, as well as the previous two books of this series will remain in my memory for a long time.

    I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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