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Seraph is a Raven mage who left behind her responsibilities for the love of the ex-soldier Tier. But when Tier disappears, Seraph must use her magic - and fulfill her ancestors’ oath to protect humanity from destruction.

©2011 Patricia Briggs (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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Book 1 of 2. Wishing for 3!

Fabulous narration. Top notch! As for the story, this is book one of two, a short fantasy series with wizards, elemental gods, specially gifted "Travelers" and some romance. I really bonded with the characters introduced in this book. They became real to me across the two books. Wish Briggs would write another book, making a trilogy of it. I want to see more of Seraph, Tier, Jes, Hennea, Lehr, Rinnie, Emperor Phoran the 26/27th, and his two loyal guards. I even loved the big black dog and the old war horse.

Heartwarming, engrossing, and fairly novel. Some grim scenes. Some black magic. Some bardic storytelling, song, and campfire camaraderie, to balance the darker bits.

My only gripe is that sometimes the author goes on too long, trying to explain how her magic works, what the "orders" are, who the gods are, etc. But that happens more in book 2 than in this book.

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delightful tale

doing her "creating worlds" with an interesting mix of characters: nasty, benevolent, powerful and mundane

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wonderful

I wish it didn't end after two books but is incredible and a great read

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  • Jennifer
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 08-12-13

Slow Start - Entertaining

Where does Raven's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In a list of a top 10, it doesn't rank

What did you like best about this story?

It starts to become interesting when the resolution to the problem begins (trying not to give anything away)

What does Jennifer James Bradshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As with any narrator, you get to sit back and enjoy the story - just like it better then reading

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

Patricia Briggs spent too much time establishing the premise of the story in the beginning and it was hard to stay interested. Especially when establishing the bad relationship between Seraph and her husband's sister, considering it has no bearing on the actual story. If she couldn't gotten faster to the part of the shadowed priest and have gone from there it would've been better.

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Surprisingly good

I love Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. While waiting for the next book to come out in those series, I decided to try some of her earlier work. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good these stories were. Early books are not always quite as good as an author's books after they get some experience. It's a learning and maybe even refining process. This Duology however, Raven's Shadow and Raven's Strike had a great story, incredible characters and world building. Then you add a really good narrator. Jennifer James Bradshaw did a really good job and every character was well and truly done and totally distinguishable from the others. I really enjoyed this Duology and plan on reading/listening to all her earlier books now.

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slow start

I've read some other Patricia Briggs books and thought I'd try this one. it started slow but really delivered. she has such a wonderful knack of getting you to REALLY care about the characters,I love it!

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over coming a shadow

the audio was as engaging as reading the book. the reading was well done and am looking forward to the next in this series. have read both books

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Good classic fantasy

4/5/ 4 stars; A-

I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it so thought I'd buy the audiobook. It was worth it for this classic style fantasy written with Patricia Briggs skill in developing characters. Jennifer James Bradshaw did a good job on the narration.