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Publisher's Summary

Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games!

Ever since magic stormed the world, the price for human survival is surrendering your firstborn to the monsters. But this year it's Nova's turn, and the monsters better watch their backs.

I am the firstborn in my family. The first of three. And today I will pay the price for my siblings' lives by surrendering control of my own. I will step through the runegate, and I will never see my family again.

What the others do with the firstborn is shrouded in mystery. All anyone knows is they are never heard from again.

I will step through the runegate willingly.

But I can keep secrets, too. And I'll do whatever it takes to bring the others to their knees....

Fans of Harry Potter, Shadowspell Academy, Harley Merlin, and the Hunger Games series, welcome to a magical new world packed with adventure, intrigue, romance, and characters you'll fall in love with.

Contains all three books in the Firstborn Academy series: Shadow Trials (book one), Shadow Witch (book two), and Shadow Reaper (book three).

©2019 Isla Frost (P)2020 Podium Audio

What listeners say about Firstborn Academy: The Complete Trilogy

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I wouldn’t recommend

I’m not sure why this book has such high reviews, but insinuating it’s on the same level as the writings of Harry Potter is offensive. The concept is great but the writing is terrible. The inner monologues throughout the book are lengthy and repetitive. It is like 90% inner monologue. The author should have given up some of that in favor of better imagery or more established bonds with the main characters and the other ones. Each book, by itself, shouldn’t be considered a singular book and are incredibly boring. As a set of three, it is acceptable if you want to skip through the characters constant inner ramblings. Overall, it is boring and it could have been amazing if someone else wrote it.

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all-around great audiobook

I absolutely love this book actually all three books in the trilogy was great the narrator she did a fantastic job on all three books and the most memorable moment has to be well heck there's a lot of them but I have to say there were tears here and there and laughter and it was just great all the way around the ending was perfect.

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It is really a romance story

I will only say this don’t waste your time on this book unless you like romance stories because that is what this series is; it is not a science fiction story.

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YA at it's best!

So many YA books claim to be "Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games" in their description and this books is no exception to this. The exception is that it truly is "Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games" in many ways. This book is a perfect mixture of being taken away by the powers that be for an unknown purpose and MAGIC! Is this book free of all the YA tropes, no, do those tropes work in a new and unique way, yes. Also, unlike a lot of the recent YA hits that have very disappointing ends, this one breaks from those hits with an end that works and will leave you satisfied. Also, all 3 books for a single credit, what do you have to loose?

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fun read

this series held together fairly well. the writer definitely has limited life experience to draw on and relies heavily on comuter gaming models, but i didnt return this purchase and i will probably listen to it again. considering how many i have returned unfinished in this genre over the last year, thats a high compliment

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bonds that captivated

Brin is my favorite character, she had me laugh on several occasions! Best friendships formed

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Good, but too many very long pauses in narration.

The narrator was good at emoting, but so many pauses were so long it became annoying overall. Loved the story, it felt new to me in regards to the ark. Loved it overall.

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loved it!

great story!
I would definitely recommend it and read it again. it was a great adventure story with a great heroine!

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When Worlds Collide

I am a huge fan of box sets so I had no issue in purchasing this trilogy. This is the first book I have read by Isla Frost. This trilogy is a clean read. Secondary students who love, action, adventure, and magic will love this.

Imagine the world being attacked by an alien species and they win. Now humankind is enslaved and does not have the freedoms they once had. In order to stop the bloodshed a treaty was sign between the alien species and the humans. The firstborn of each family will go through a portal when they come of age. It does not matter if they are male or female. However, no one knowns what is on the other side of the portal. Everyone who has ever gone through has never come back.

As the title suggests, there is a firstborn academy that all who enter the portal must attend. Human have magic? How can a house have emotions? What happens with the enemy you've hated all of your life turns out not to be the enemy you thought? How can one develop feelings for the enemy? It is a telling of the coming together of worlds to battle evil. Only by working together and trusting each other can they succeed.

Amanda Dolan narrates all three novels. She has a nice voice and is easy to listen too. She is able to read the male voices successfully to the point that I forget there is one person reading.

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Good book series

The book was really good. The narrator did a decent job, but needs to practice her inflections more. Overall, it is worth listening to.

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  • Kikki Visby
  • 09-02-20

Love it

I really love this book.. It was hard to stop listening to this book. I can without a doubt recommend it.

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  • Margaret McDonald
  • 06-12-21

Very interesting

I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. I just wish it were longer.
Excellent Author
fantastic reading voice
would definitely recommend

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  • Nadine
  • 09-23-20

Great listen

Loved it. Can't wait for the next listen from the same writer.

Fantasy, sci-fi, romance all in one! Just what I wanted!

Thank you!

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 02-10-22

Firstborn Academy

This is a great trilogy, where learning to rethink all you have learned and trust, who you thought was your enemy is the only way to defeat what is killing your planet and friends. Read brilliantly by Amanda Dolan.

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  • Andrea Rhodes
  • 02-09-22

Brilliant!

Couldn't stop listening! Narrator was brilliant and perfect for the audio but paused between words too long sometimes so I thought it had gone off 🤭 Had everything you want in a book of this genre without being childish. Need more books from this author!

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  • Lissie
  • 02-03-22

thoroughly enjoyable

great little gem of a trilogy! easy to listen to, story runs at a good pace 👌

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-22

Loved the escape into mythical adventure!

Loved the story, the mythical creatures, magic, danger, near death and love! Great to listen to

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  • stephanie
  • 12-28-21

grate book loved it

i loved it ❤ its soo good a must read ❤ ❤ 😍 🥰 🥰

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  • Maria batchelor
  • 11-10-21

A very captivating Trilogy

Lots of mystery, often times keeping you on your toes.
Would recommend to those who enjoy dystopian novels.
Particularly if you enjoy Harry Potter, the hunger games, divergent and the darkest minds.
Had a good few laughs throughout.

Would love to see it made into a film.

Definitely recommend a listen.

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  • Emma
  • 08-31-21

Very captivating.

Once I started it, I had to listen to all of it. Very good story and well paced.

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  • jennifer
  • 02-04-21

loved it

loved the books and the characters! the world and story were unique enough to be refreshing but easy to fall into the world and care about the people involved

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  • Tracey Zed
  • 06-17-22

Worth the buy!

Loved this trilogy. First book sets up the backstory, second book has you wanting more, and the third is a fantastic close! What more could you ask for ;)

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  • taralee
  • 05-22-22

magical...

I loved this trilogy, it's something for all ages a captivating story about love, lost and the power that can come from it..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-22

Great book!

Beautifully spoken, it's carzy how lost you can get in a great story. Good job Isla!

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  • BoniDee
  • 05-01-22

Loving the story... Not the narration.

Absolutely awesome new world! An entirely different experience... A unique blend of apocalyptic tragity and magic. Sometimes the story comes across sluggish... the further I get into the story the more I enjoy the writers style.

However, the narrator is enthusiastic, though the emphasis is all wrong... Every time it occurs, which is often, I'm torn from the story, and thrust back into my own reality. It truly is a disappointment.

I wish I'd just read it as a book rather than an audio book, for this reason I can not give it 5 stars. Sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

fantastic fantasy

loved it and couldn't stop listening. as a Harry Potter fan I loved the magic and mystery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-21

worth sticking to it

great value initially a struggle for about 10 chapters but if you hang in there a colorful new world will develop totally worth the time you use to listen to it
and the narrator is awesome good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-21

Liz

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The plot was fast paced, the performances were good and easy to distinguish between the different characters. I thought this might be a book for teenagers but I really enjoyed it as an adult!

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  • Ana PJ
  • 10-15-20

All books in one

Great to have them all together and not have to wait for the next. Narrator did a great job with voices. I wanted to keep listening which made this a great book.

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  • Margaret
  • 10-07-20

Really enjoyable

Great story written really well. Magic, Aliens, post apocalyptic, humour, and just enough terror to be enjoyable!