• The Lady of the Ravens

  • Queens of the Tower, Book 1
  • By: Joanna Hickson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two women, two very different destinies, drawn together in the shadow of the Tower of London:

Elizabeth of York, her life already tainted by dishonour and tragedy, now queen to the first Tudor king, Henry the VII.

Joan Vaux, servant of the court, straining against marriage and motherhood and privy to the deepest and darkest secrets of her queen. Like the ravens, Joan must use her eyes and her senses, as conspiracy whispers through the dark corridors of the Tower.

Through Joan’s eyes, The Lady of the Ravens inhabits the squalid streets of Tudor London, the imposing walls of its most fearsome fortress and the glamorous court of a kingdom in crisis.

©2020 Joanna Hickson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Bewitching...the characters and the narrative work seamlessly together." (Woman & Home)

"Excellent." (Carol McGrath author of The Handfasted Wife)

"A great book...loving it!" (Joanna Courtney, author of The Chosen Queen)

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Truly Horrible worst one yet

She would have done better to have written a book on the house of York, about as much historical value as Doctor Seuss cat in the hat. On top of all the inaccuracies and the denigration of the subjects of the story it was not even mildly entertaining.

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History

This book was pretty good. Well written and in parts it was nicely written. I would have liked some more details and focus on more interesting character development . However, overall it was worth a credit.

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Entertaining

I found The Lady of the Ravens entertaining. The story is about a woman and her efforts to take care of the Ravens living at the White Tower in London. Historical accuracy wasn’t an issue for me. Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth were not the main focus of the book. The history of events during the reign of Henry VII were fairly accurate. I enjoyed this listen. Narration was great. Joan was a likable character.

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Enjoyed every minute

I felt like I was part of the story! I'm looking forward to listening to another book by Joanna Hickson.

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the lady of ravens

how do you spent a great deal of time in England and having learned as a child about the great privilege of the Ravens and dearly loving history, I must say I was greatly given pleasure by this book thank you

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Fascinating Historical Novel for Bird Lovers

While I had read many novels of historical about the Tudors, including Joanna Hickson’s other novels of the origin of the Tudor era, THE LADY OF THE RAVENS has given life to an amazing but obscure woman who served Henry VII’s wife, Queen Elizabeth. She has done meticulous research to portray the duties of the talented commoners who found favor in the eyes of the king and queen. Her use of such an intelligent woman allows readers to gain an unusual view of the royal family. Best of all, this protagonist allows readers to see 15th-century efforts to protect and change public views of ravens. I loved this novel the best of Hickson’s works found on Audible.

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  • 02-09-20

A great disappointment

Having just completed The Tudor Crown I was looking forward to this book BUT the narration was so awful I had to give up. The normal narration voice was slow and felt like a child was being read to; Margaret Beaufort and Catherine of York’s voices were really shrill and grating and also the story was dull.
Not one I could recommend in any way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-22

raven review

I lived this book I never knew the story of the ravens in the tower it was really a well read book and the person reading it wS brilliant at all the voices *****stars all over highly recommended