Review, Speculative Fantasy, Spotlight

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse + First Line Friday

Happy Friday, reader friends! I’m stepping out of my reader comfort zone and reading a book from my daughter’s favorite genre! Check out the first line of Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse below, then open the book nearest you and share the first line!

We enjoyed a lovely camping trip last week which is why I was MIA for First Line Fridays but I tell ya, there are just not enough hours in the day sometimes! Honestly, we probably aren’t your typical campers… three of the kids run and play and romp while the rest of us mostly relax and often nap (when not walking the puppy)!

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Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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Cold. So cold. Every breath came out like a faint wisp, a lingering spirit within the sanctuary, only to evaporate into the frozen air.


My daughter devoured this book in a single day so I’m expecting great things (plus Morgan L. Busse was a Christy Awards finalist last year so that’s a big deal). Watch for my review of this title to be added right here after I finish reading it and a tour plus giveaway featuring book 2 of the series next week!

my thoughts

My teenaged daughter and I each read and relished this book. She devoured the whole thing in a single day (and started the second) and I admit that makes me a bit jealous because I felt continually interrupted and had to pry my eyes away from the pages.

My daughter was captivated by Selene’s conflicted journey and the author’s vivid worldbuilding. We both appreciated Selene’s big sister ferocity and sacrifice (as eldest daughters, we can relate) and Damien’s protective nature and devotion to the Light completely won us over.

Despite this book being outside of my genre comfort zone, the medieval-ish environment and natural vibe of supernatural elements made me feel right at home. By the middle of the book, I was hooked and at this story’s conclusion, I immediately dove into the second book of The Ravenwood Saga series, Flight of the Raven.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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18 thoughts on “Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse + First Line Friday”

  1. On my blog I shared from Outbreak by Davis Bunn, but here I will share from My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt. “Overhead, there was no sky.”

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  2. Happy Friday! I met Morgan Busse at a Writer’s Conference in Michigan. She is so sweet and real. The book I’m featuring on my blog is A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin. Here, I will share from my current read, Ramee’s Fugitive Cowboy by Elaine Manders. I’m in Chapter 16 and the first line of that chapter is, “Josh backed out of the hay strew barn.” Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


  3. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first couple of lines from Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn: It’s the first book I’ve ever read by this author. So far I like it. I’m just getting into it, so I will share the first line from chapter 2 here.

    “I returned to the great room and saw Jennalyn standing next to the kitchen counter.”

    I hope you have a really great weekend. Happy reading! ???


  4. Good morning!
    My first line is from Beyond the Shadows #1 The Shadows Series by Loree Lough

    Thick, dark hair swirled around her shoulders as she turned toward the sound of his closing car door.

    blessings, Tina


  5. Read this recently and really enjoyed it! I’m sharing from A Modest Independence by Mimi Matthews today. Here is the first line from Chapter 10:

    “Jenny stood on the deck of the Indus, watching the ancient city of Alexandria come into view.”

    Happy Friday!


  6. The low, keening wail reverberated from the walls of Nicole Dyer’s apartment as fear skittered through her body.
    CHRISTMAS HIDEOUT by Susan Sleeman
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  7. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “The Black Veil” by June Belfie:

    “Rebecca Gingerich rested her hands on the the deep milk-white sill of the kitchen window and peered out from the clapboard farmhouse she’d been born in nearly twenty-three years ago to the day.”


  8. Sorry I’m a little late coming around this weekend! The book I shared on my blog this week is Vigilant by Sara Davison but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (22) here: “Daniel stared at the computer screen like he’d been doing for hours, his mind racing.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of quality reading time! 🙂


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