The Raven’s Toll: Episode 9 by R.E.M. Verberg

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

Today I’m happy to share that R.E.M. Verberg has released Down Long-Forgotten Paths, the ninth part of her episodic series The Raven’s Toll on her podcast Far-Fetched Stories. If you haven’t yet listened, make sure you catch up on the first eight episodes beforehand. Head on over to your favorite platform, and make sure to give this excellent novella a listen.

Side note: A huge congrats to R.E.M. for passing 500 downloads! What a wonderful milestone!

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.

Episode 2 – Embers Of The Past

Episode 3 – To Places Grim And Dark

Episode 4 – The Secrets Of Curas Laas

Episode 5 – Of Darkness And Light

Episode 6 – All The Moving Parts

Episode 7 – Bad Dreams, Bad Memories

Episode 8 – A Perfect Storm

The Raven's Toll by R.E.M. Verberg

Episode 9 – Down Long-Forgotten Paths

Last week in episode eight of The Raven’s Toll, we fought a battle. In episode nine, ‘Down Long-Forgotten Paths’, we deal with the fallout from that, and visit a new and dangerous place.


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

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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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