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In an isolated fortress, the Master of Crows battles an ancient god for possession of his soul. Renegade and heretic, he dreams of ways to defeat the god and destroy the priesthood who would execute him. Sent by her masters to betray him, a woman comes who possesses a weapon he can use to triumph over both, but only with the ultimate sacrifice. A tale of love and allegiance.

©2005 Denise Shaw (P)2016 Denise Shaw

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Amazing and unique!

Grace Draven does it again. Awesome story, great narration, and hot like a thousand suns. At first I didn't understand why The Master of Crows had such a gruff voice, but the plot reveals why. And Jay Britton, I commend you on doing such a difficult voice and pulling it off spectacularly! I can't wait for more!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Miscast Narrator for a Lovely Novel

Would you try another book from Grace Draven and/or Jay Britton?

Grace Draven has become one of my favourite writers of late. Her luscious prose, unique characters and sharp wit are delightful. Jay Britton, not so much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silhara, of course. However, Martise, Gurn & Cael also fit the bill.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Britton’s performances?

Doubtful. He turned this unusual, charming, funny yet albeit unperfect story in to part BBC newscast and wildly overacted folly. I laughed outloud a couple of times!

Was Master of Crows worth the listening time?

Yes, but only in that I enjoyed the novel by reading it myself prior to listening to the narration. I only bought the narrated copy because I liked the story so much. I did not end up finishing the narration as it completely destroyed the way I read the novel. Ms. Draven's lovely use of language, lor, and humour to envoke the sensuous, the macabre and the saracstic was completely destroyed for me by Jay Brittons performance.

Any additional comments?

Just curious: why was a female narrator not commisioned for this? Not always certainly, but many times I find that I prefer the way a woman reads a book written by a woman unless the book is exclusively from a man's perspective. While this novel was about Silhara's experiences, it was equally about those of Martise and I believe I would have appreciated a female perspective in this case far more. Will there be a narration prepared for the follow-up to MoC - The Brush of Black Wings (which I much prefferred to MoC)?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • MJ
  • 11-08-16

Don't understand all the five star ratings

I thought the characters were flat, the romance unconvincing, and the fantasy, while it could have been interesting, pretty much ignored until the last quarter of the book.

While the narration was fine, there were weird pauses every couple of sentences. I think it may have been taken from a CD and no one thought to take out the pauses between tracks. Made it drag more.

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Sublime

Simply sublime, from the exquisite prose to the amazing narration. A thrilling book filled with love and despair, sorrow and joy, and a triumph sweeter than Silhara's delectable oranges. An epic and unforgettable master-work.

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Weakest of Draven's audiobooks

What would have made Master of Crows better?

The book leaned heavily into well-trodden tropes without any attempt to subvert them in any meaningful way. The arc of the story felt meandering and without any real underlying meaning. What is the protagonist's deeper purpose? Is it truly just to serve men? Is she allowed to be the protagonist in her own story? Do the men allied around her consider her to be their equal or do they feel ownership over her?

For a modern story within the Romance genre (by a writer whose other books feel very progressive), the story felt surprisingly anti-woman. Despite having a female protagonist, the crux of the story revolved around men, men's desires, men's rules of conduct and ownership of women, without any questioning or subversion. The thrust of the story, its climax, and resolution are all reactive to the actions of men, while the protagonist doesn't have any power or say regarding any of it. Frustratingly, none of these masculine constructs feel deliberate; they all seem written unquestioningly, without self-reflection, and without a strong editorial hand.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Britton’s performances?

Possibly not. It was hard to take Britton's BatmanVoice seriously at times.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Over time, I became increasingly disengaged from and disappointed in the story. The relationship had a obvious power imbalance but not one that was acknowledged or leaned into within the narrative. That's likely why the romance felt weak and unexciting to this reader.

There was also a good deal of exoticism that I could do without. The dark mysterious not-Bedouins, whatever is going on with Gurn and his gentle savage mute Giant role. The end result was a uncomfortable other-ing by creating a fantasy race of brown people where women aren't allowed to make eye-contact with men but are allowed to own property so it's okay? These archetypes can have a place in stories but I wish there'd been an amount of thought or depth or research put into them.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of Draven's Radiance, I was surprised to read such an unstructured book with a protagonist given zero agency. It felt like many of the themes that appeared in the book were not intentional and happened organically, and were likely the opposite of the author's intention. It felt like a freshman work.

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amazing!

I really loved the narrator for.this story. He was great! I couldnt quit listening. The content was what you would expect from the author, which is to say it was masterful! Grace Draven is one of my favorites!

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expected more

The story should be called something else for one thing as there are hardly any crows. The world is interesting but I don't feel it was delved into enough, I kept getting confused with they way things worked and why certain things were happening and not others. It could have been developed a lot further. The love story was pretty good though. My biggest disappointment was the narration. Jay Britton's delivery was lacklustre a lot of the time. He had the gravel voices down but it was still monotone and slightly soulless at times. Also I'm not sure who edited it together but they did a horrendous job. Some sentences had a good 10 seconds or more of silence between them and it puts you out of the moment.

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Loved it!!

I will read anything by this author and still anxiously await more. I love how many of her stories seem unconnected, but if you read closely, you can see how they all interweave. She is a master storyteller and I am jealous of those who are starting this book for the first time. You will love it.

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Not what I expected

What did you like best about Master of Crows? What did you like least?

Well, I bought this audiobook based on others custumers review, and I expected something more interesting. The book is almost good, in my opinion.
I dislike the way the author presents the "falling in love" of the two principal characters, is so boring and after a time, very obvious. There is no "growing up" of the feelings...

What did you like best about this story?

I think the author made a good job in describe the time where the events were happening.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't know... the story has interesting moments, but as I had difficulty identifying myself with the text, the narration became tiresome.

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Well crafted romantic fantasy

This is an intriguing world and well executed story telling. You should surrender and enjoy.

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  • Gabrielle baker
  • 09-26-16

A wonderful story, beautifully told.

I loved this story when I read it last year and I was so excited to know it was coming out in audiobook format too! The characters are so magnetic and although Silhara isn't easy to grow fond of at first, you soon find yourself falling for him. Jay Britton did an amazing job bringing this particular character to life and his very specific voice was perfect.The growing love between the characters is far from predictable and certainly not cheesy. The narrator did a good job in bringing the female character's voice off the page and I was swept away with the story telling from the word go!
A stunning example of Grace Draven's writing and superb narration by Jay Britton.
I would definitely recommend this and am looking forward to further collaborations between Grace and Jay.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Caila
  • 06-30-17

The narrator can be a substitute for melatonin

The Narrator bored me so much I struggled to listen on the way to work or on the way home!! It's dangerous... It's an hour each way. I'm usually patient and I don't usually write reviews but I just had to on this audio book. The main protagonist sounds like a British Batman and the main antagonist sounds like Stewy from Family guy. This could have been a good experience but I... just... couldn't...take... how monotonous he was...

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  • Nina crause
  • 04-09-17

Fantastic

Loved it, it was brilliant! The narrator was fab and can't believe he could sustain such a voice for the entire audio. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-16

Mesmerising,Addictive

Grace Draven is one of the most masterful storyteller, she is a genius who creates unforgettable and lovable characters (some hateful) in he point is she grabs your attention from beginning to end ans leaves you wanting more. Master of crows is one such as story penned by Grace, it's powerful, compelling and totally spellbinding, i want more :D Jay Britton is magnificent as the narrator and totally believable. Thanks to both of you. You're both amazing xx

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