The Raven’s Toll: Episode 14 by R.E.M. Verberg – The Finale

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

Well, it has all led up to this. Yesterday R. E. M. Verberg published the fourteenth and final part of her The Raven’s Toll episodic series, and what an epic story it has been! I feel very fortunate being asked to take this journey alongside R. E. M., and I couldn’t be more thrilled for how amazing this epic adventure has been. I’ve been saying it since the beginning: if you’re looking for something different, a unique storytelling experience, then you must listen to this tale on your favorite platform. The entire novella is now available for your listening pleasure!

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.

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

The Finale
Episode 14 – The Weight Of Living On

The Weight Of Living On. In which The Raven makes a difficult but profound choice, and it turns out that not all hope is lost.


EDITING: Louisa Mitchell
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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Peter Hutchinson July 29, 2020 - 10:45 am

This is fantastic! I am only about half way through but this is a great novella that I am really enjoying – a fine example of Low fantasy.

Justine Bergman July 29, 2020 - 11:58 am

I’ve really enjoyed it, as well, Peter. It’s a nice little change from the norm for sure!

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