The Raven’s Toll: Episode 2 by R.E.M. Verberg

by Justine Bergman
The Raven's Toll - Episode 2 by R.E.M. Verberg

Two weeks ago, I shared with you all the new and exciting episodic series The Raven’s Toll by R.E.M. Verberg, which premiered on her podcast Far-Fetched Stories. Well, Episode 2 – Embers of the Past is now available for you auditory pleasure! Head on over to your favorite platform, and make sure to give this excellent novella a listen.

Also be sure to check out this incredible video published by the author explaining the ins and outs of releasing a story in series form.

You can see the announcement post with all the details here.

The Raven's Toll - Episode 2 by R.E.M. Verberg

Episode 2 – Embers of the Past

In episode 1 we met The Raven, a member of the Vanta race who’s bound to dwell in Thunya to help the humans rebuild it. He feels he’s failing at his task, but just when he decides to abandon it and leave Thunya for good, his old friend The Sparrow gives him a new assignment.

In episode 2, we learn why it is so important for The Raven to accept this new task – but also why accepting it goes against everything he stands for.


AUTHOR: R.E.M. Verberg
NARRATOR: Diana Moore (
MUSIC: Alexander Lew (

The Series

An ancient being, forced to dwell in a world he once nearly destroyed; a despicable commander he needs to protect from his own servants; and a magic power he can barely control. Will The Raven finally find his place in the world…or will he doom it all over again?

The Raven’s Toll is character-driven (low) fantasy, about a man who wields an irresistible power, but has sworn never to use it. When he’s forced to go against his own morals, how long will his restraint last?

The Author

R.E.M. Verberg

I live in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with my partner Dirk and our two pet rats.

For the past fifteen years I’ve worked as a (bilingual) writing coach and copywriter, while writing fiction on the side. Perfectionism and a ‘highbrow’ education – a degree in Prose/Poetry from the Utrecht School of the Arts – always held me back from pursuing a career as an author. Writing was something just for me. I explored genre fiction, in a different language, in order to make it even more of an escape. 

Meanwhile, I coached many (sometimes published) authors, ran two businesses, and learned to find balance with a chronic illness. Then, after a number of horrendous ‘practice novels’, I wrote a fantasy book, and finally, something clicked. I was able to get out of my own way and say: yes, I’d like to be a Real Writer, thank you. Over the past few years I’ve started to direct more and more professional energy towards my own work, and now I’m excited to share it with the world!


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