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Blackbird

The Children of Corvus, Book 1
Narrated by: Winona Owen
Series: The Children of Corvus, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Is she willing to risk everything for the man she loves?

BLACKBIRD is the first book in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

Ten years after departing this world, Michael Singleton returns to the valley nestled along the Blackwater River. Michael suffers from a rare disease, the curse of his tribe. Because of this, Michael's soul will be damned to wander the Shadowlands, the domain of the Witch Goddess, for eternity.

To escape this fate, Michael must unlock the spell that opens the portal to Corvus's kingdom, the Otherworld. It is a secret known to only one man, the powerful Guardian of the Dead. Michael is convinced that if he can invoke the spell and travel through the portal, he will finally be rid of his painful, debilitating torment. He cannot believe his luck when he stumbles upon the key in the form of Alena Andrick.

Alena is the only child of the Guardian of the Dead. Her safe and predictable life studying to follow in her father's footsteps, is turned upside-down when she meets Michael at the Solstice celebration. But when Michael is accused of murdering the Captain of the Guard, Alena is forced to choose between obeying her instincts or the laws of her people.

©2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Lisa A Erb (P)2019 Lisa A Erb

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Blackbird

This was a really good first book to a new series! Alena's father is the Guardian of the Dead.No one but he is allowed to read or know certain things.Alena falls for the wrong man and she encounters scrolls which get her into trouble.I am looking forward to the next book. Winona Owen was a fine narrator.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 07-19-19

Good 1st Book

Great narration and a good story. For a 1st book there are good options with the story lines.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Good Story

well written. I enjoyed the story. Not your usual werewolf story. Narrator did a great job

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Hard to follow at first

Great book, it was a little difficult for me to follow at first as I was listening with my dogs running around. I restarted the book and then was sucked in to it. Can’t wait to start the next one!

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Pretty Good

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. First, the narrator was pretty good with the characters and each was distinguishable. The story overall was good. There were some parts that made me wonder how did I get to here from where I was. Michael's fate surprised me. The ending was not a cliff hanger but you know from the title there will be other books. This was a stand-alone complete story that leads the listener to wait for the next shoe to drop. This was also a perfect example of racism. Prejudice plus power. Overall a good story just a little disjointed. I am sure the next one will be even better.

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Incredibly unique blend of fantasy and mystery....

Blackbird is a difficult book to classify because it blends many genres together. It is a combination of mystery, fantasy/paranormal and romance. I found the concept of this separate world within our world of shape shifters and magical beings an intriguing one. However, I also found the story somewhat difficult to follow. I'm not sure if this is because the story is told from so many characters' viewpoints, or if the story had too many details without enough foundation for the world building. I enjoyed the story, and the author kept me guessing throughout the book. I find myself having finished the book and not really sure what happened. The ending is not a positive one, and it seems to leave many unanswered questions, so I am hopeful that the second book will make everything from this book more clear and resolved.

Winona Owen has a very pleasant voice, but she mispronounces a lot of words. I think this might have contributed to my overall confusion with the story. Owen doesn't differentiate at all between characters, so listeners need to pay close attention at the beginning of each chapter when she reads the name of the person speaking in that chapter.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 07-30-19

Unique

I really enjoyed this novel it was a unique take on the shifter genre and was nice and fast paced will definitely be continuing this series

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  • ChaosKay
  • 07-13-19

Fabulous first in series

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I listened to this in one go as I found it very hard to stop listening the narrator is very good which made it more enjoyable.
I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

original

good original story I really enjoyed it am about to start book 2 good narrator