So my basic advice to ya’ll is to just buy whatever fantasy Bethany House decides to publish. I mean, they don’t publish a lot, but the ones they do are great. Karen Hancock, Patrick Carr, R. J. Larson*, Jill Williamson…oh look, a list of my favorite Christian fantasy authors!
This is book 1. Isn’t that a great cover? It was amazing. Here’s the synopsis.
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 people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.
Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.
One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?
I just finished book 2 yesterday which just so happened to be its release date! Great timing huh?)
Flight of the Raven is a great follow-up to book 1. It isn’t quite as strong, but then it’s the 2nd in the trilogy right? Selene’s power is growing, but she’s feeling awfully confused by it. Her dreams are changing and strange things are happening. Selene is chasing knowledge of the Light and running from the specter of the Dark Lady. She’s also trying to figure out her new husband and this whole marriage thing. The exposition around the religious aspects are pretty good, but feel a little forced at times. I’m going to have a really hard time waiting to find out what happens!
*R. J. Larson is really Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, she writes super-cool biblical fiction.