• The Desert Cursed Series Boxset, Books 1-3

  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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The Desert Cursed Series Boxset, Books 1-3

By: Shannon Mayer
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
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Publisher's Summary

The Desert Cursed Series should be listened to by people who can root for an underdog, have a good sense of humor, a love for high-paced action, and a taste for a blend of magic that even a Muggle could love. With over half a million copies sold, when you indulge in the Desert Cursed series, you’re in good company.

Witch's Reign (Book 1)

They think her an underdog against impossible odds.... And she will fight tooth and nail to prove them wrong.

The Witch’s Reign...a land of eternal, unnatural winter ruled by the Ice Witch. In turn, she is guarded by three supernatural creatures who wander her lands hunting for unwary souls, killing any who cross their paths.

To get to the Witch’s Reign, you first must pass through the Dragon’s Ground. Full of dragons who, for the record, do not like trespassers.

This is where I am headed, though my mentor has forbidden me.

My best friend was sent with a team into the Witch’s Reign to recover a powerful jewel that belongs to our mentor, and they are long overdue to come back.

That leaves me, Zamira “Reckless” Wilson, to go after my friend. Forbidden or not.

Somehow, I get saddled with a human male tagging along for the ride. A human that is as weak and useless as my own shifting abilities.

Throw in a sentient magical weapon that tries to kill me every time I touch it, and a small dragon that has a penchant for Shakespearean insults, and you’ve got my journey in a nutshell.

May the sands of the desert swallow me whole, because this is going to be a damn bumpy ride.

Dragon's Ground (Book 2)

Dragons and danger and magic collide.... And it's only Monday.

We survived the land of the Witch’s Reign, that much is true. But our arrival home is far from welcome.

My idiot brother has taken it upon himself to ride off in search of a mythical healer, someone who might help him walk again. Assuming she doesn’t eat him first. Because said healer is a dragon and happens to reside in the deepest reaches of the Dragon’s Ground. Like I said, idiot.

I’d go after him myself, but his leave-taking is not the only problem I face. My mentor has yet again forbidden me to leave the safety of the Stockyards. Her reasoning?

That I am too weak to weather the coming storms.

With my pride wounded in more ways than one, I must gather the few allies’ I have left. My ex-husband's new girlfriend at the top of the list and a goat bleating, oversexed Satyr.

FML.

If I’m lucky I’ll find a small dragon and a Jinn whose blue eyes still haunt my dreams along the way.

Buckle up, buttercup, this ride is about to take a seriously unforeseen twist.

Jinn's Dominion (Book 3)

There was nothing that could have prepared me for Dragon’s Ground. And I thought that nothing could be worse than what I faced there.

Just my black cat bad luck, the world is set to prove me wrong.

South lies the Jinn’s Dominion and within it the members of my Pride who need my help. The further south we go, the more danger comes not only from outside our group but from within.

Ishtar’s new hunters.

Marsum leader of the Jinn.

And the Emperor himself.

All three want something from me. All three claim they can give me the world on a silver platter, to give me my deepest desires.

©2019, 2020, 2021 Hijinks Ink Ltd (P)2019, 2020, 2021 Hijinks Ink Ltd

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To much

I enjoyed the story line but way to much profanity. Took away from the story.

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Never ending doom and gloom

I went ahead & listened to book 4 hoping that there would be at least some permanent wins. You would think by book 4 you would see our heroine coming out on top in some cases. But instead, there is one problem after another, one hint after another, but no real resolutions just temporary wins here and there. I hated the way that a lot of the chapters ended with some kind of doom and gloom hint leading me to dread the next chapter. I hated the constant betrayals whether they were voluntary or involuntary. By the end of the fourth book I was so depressed I had to stop the series before I got suicidal. I fear that there will not be any real resolution until the final paragraph of the final book of the series.

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Cliffhanger Alert!

I really liked the story. The world, characters, background, everything!
But, I just can't get on board with cliffhangers.
I should have known when books 1 and 2 ended the same way but with this being a box set it didn't really dawn on me.

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To much swearing

The author had a good premise but the constant swearing by the main character ruined my enjoyment of the story. I can’t recommend this book.

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I keep rolling my eyes!

To be honest, I have never felt so irritated with a main character as I do with this one! I got the box set because of other reviews, I believe they lied!! I am on the second book and I just can’t take it anymore! The main character is supposed to be this strong, Alfa-in-the-heart, but the way she keeps flipping from one opinion of her friends to the complete opposite is eye rolling! In book one I saw this to often but hoped that in book two she would be different, but no such luck! It’s more irritating than frustrating to listen to. I think I’m done, I just don’t have the strength to endure this character anymore. I hope this review helps, I wouldn’t waste my time or credit!!!

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Fantastic series that just gets better!!!

Witch's Reign
Witch's Reign (Desert Cursed, #1) is my first Shannon Mayer read ever and I must say I have been missing out! She writes in my favorite way, with sass, class, humor, heart, fight and a strong female lead, reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, K.F. Breene!

I could not put this book down! She had me from page one all the way to the last page! This new exciting world that Shannon created is full of threats that must be overcome and we, the readers, are lucky enough to get to tag along.

Zamira is a supernatural on a mission to steal back jewels. She is crafty, cunning and highly underestimated. She also has the nasty task of working with her ex who only cares about himself and getting leadership that he has not earned. When her best friend is taken she goes off on a deadly, unapproved journey to save her and is saddled with a human male, Maks. Their adventure introduces them to and undersized dragon who is extremely similar to Zamira. Lila is snarky, small and her power is also underestimated. These three together make a powerful team and their expedition is not one you will want to miss!

Dragon's Ground
This series has so many layers and each one is revealed in the most interesting ways leading to more mysteries, adventure and fights!

Lila is so similar to Zam. They are both so fierce beyond their size. Max is becoming more and more to Zam and it scares and amazes Zam in unexpected ways! And as the journey continues Zam realizes that there is more to Bryce than she ever could have imagined! Through it all Zam is forming her own family, the family of her heart and gaining power. It is very exciting!

Jinn's Dominion
Zam's curse has changed and no one knows what it has become. Maks is no longer himself. Lila is the sister of Zam's heart. As all of these things collide we get answers and more questions. Zam is Alpha now. Her Pride is number one and she needs to rescue them. It is growing and she is trying to concentrate on them but her heart breaks and so did mine! I am crushed! Of course that doesn't make me love this story any less!

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I just can’t get enough!

Great book for cat lovers, of all shapes and sizes! Brilliantly described world that exists right next to our world of humans. Close enough that a horse can be named Batman. If language is an issue for you this might not be your series. If you like your heroines rough and tumble, yet up for snuggles and purring; then Zamara is the gal for you. Just don’t call her “kitten.”

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really enjoyable.

This series so far has been pretty enjoyable. I like the style of writing. the character development is nice. and of course the action and story line is right on target. will definitely be continuing the series.

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Really good!!

Really good Series!! Full of action, danger and suspense! Love Zam!! Oh and Lila!! Can’t wait to listen to more! Well written and great narration!

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loved all 3 books- can't wait for the next book

loved all 3 books- can't wait for the next book to come out. If you are a fan of Thone of glass series I feel you will like this one as well

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  • Linda Cooper
  • 08-28-21

A must buy boxset!

highly recommend this boxset, great narrator and interesting story line. I will definitely be purchasing the next in this series.

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  • Coco
  • 12-09-22

Loved this book

First book in a long time that made me do facial expressions or gasp out loud.

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  • melissa mcrae
  • 08-19-22
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Wow

I really love the relationship between Zam and Lila. And I absolutely have to bow my head to the way Maks manages to fit into that duo of true sisterhood. I just absolutely love this series and cannot wait to find out more about the future adventures these three will get into! Shannon delivered, again!

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  • Kaz Whymark
  • 03-06-22

KAZ 🇬🇧💜😃 Good 👍 but! 🤔

Really good series with good narration & great character's not forgetting the storyline is good fun with plenty of laugh's & sad 😢 moment's my 1 complaint is there's a lot of repetitive stuff for instance when Sam say's I knew I was going to die! but obviously she doesn't+ how she's so small & weak for a shifter c'mon just stop we are aware after only a few chapter's it's not the case Also she shift's into a cat 😺 but her family are all Lion 🦁 shifter's so how is she surprised that her brother has a different Mum DUH 🙄 it was pretty flipping obvious 😳🤣 So I'm being picky I'd still reccommd this collection of audiobook's especially when you get all 3 for 1 credit It's a solid 4 out of 5 for the overall story 3+ for the narrator she's actually very good 👍 Enjoyed the author's writing will be finding more of her book's Thank's to Audible author+ narrator 🇬🇧😃💜

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  • BoniDee
  • 09-21-22

What can I say..?

How about don't bother with this book?

Inept descriptions.... Who... Giants are chasing us... Who is us? Ohh you're on horses... Giants coming over walls... Why?
Where... Five minutes in I finally find out the walls are of a gorge... And all of a sudden there's ice?

So confused. I can't get thru the first three pages let alone the first three books.

And don't get me started on the voice actor :'/

I'm out.