The Ravenmaster's Revenge

The Return of King Arthur
Narrated by: Nigel Peever
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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It is the autumn of 2019. Merlin’s wayward apprentice has escaped from the tower of London with his raven familiars. Legend foretells that the white tower, then England, will fall. Can King Arthur, a weary veteran of the English Civil War, Waterloo, and the Somme, prevent the Ravenmaster from exacting his revenge?

©2019 Alan O'Donoghue (P)2019 Alan O'Donoghue

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Interesting take on the Arthurian Legend

The Ravenmaster's Revenge The Return of King Arthur was a very interesting take on the Arthurian Legend. It begins in the year 2019 and continues to jump back and forth in time from there which is both somewhat confusing but very interesting. It revolves around Arthur, his knights, Merlin, Merlin's former apprentice Brannock and Brannock's six familiars who take the form of Ravens.

The narration by Nigel Peever is excellent and his voice is perfect for a story about Arthur. My main criticism of the book is that it is a bit short and seems to gloss over or rush some parts of the story that he could of really got more in depth with. Overall it is an enjoyable book and a different take on King Arthur and I would recommend it.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Great story

I would read this book over and over again because it was a wonderful story as old as old can be and as young and as young as me. I would recommend this book to one and all young and old thank you to the narrator and the author great job.

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Fun twist on a King Arthur Tale

This was a really fun twist on a King Arthur story. I would recommend that you not try to multitask while listening to this one, there are enough characters and flashbacks that I had to go back and re-listen to a few parts. The narrator did a great job and was entertaining to listen to. On a side note there was some language and some parts in the book got a little gory for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Left me rather indifferent...

It's my first book by Jacob Sannox and I'll probably have to read or listen to something more by him to decide whether I truly like his writing or not...

As stories go, this one left me rather indifferent, which is strange as I usually like Arthurian tales. But somehow I did not feel at all connected to Arthur and his fellow knights throughout this story. It felt like a brief account of some important events in British history intended almost as a quick lecture rather than a magical tale of a legendary King who is supposed to save England in times of trouble. The premise sounded good - a conflict between wizards, with the whole of England at stake, but... I think the book lacks tension. True, Arthur and his knights face the warlock Brannock and thwart his efforts time and again, there are descriptions of battles and magical spells being cast, but none of these engaged me emotionally... It's difficult for me to explain why, but I just did not believe in Brannock's reasons for revenge and his "evil motifs", and neither did I keep my fingers crossed for Arthur and his team...

But all this said, there are some things that I liked about the book: some ideas of how magic works there, the fact that Arthur and his knights feel human behind the veneer of immortal defenders of the land, the ravens-familiars... all these saved the book for me.

The narrator, Nigel Peever, is also new to me. I like his voice, it has a nice warmth to it, and I generally liked his interpretation of this book; there are some really well acted out dialogues. But in the long run he sounds a bit monotonous - there's no change in the level of emotions throughout the narrative parts at all... So, as with the author of the book, I'll have to listen to something else interpreted by him to finally decide to what extent I like him as a narrator...

So do I generally recommend the book? Well, I'd say: just listen to it and check for yourself - maybe you'll find more to your liking in it than I did...

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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not bad

it's a decent story I just couldn't get into it like others. that's just me personally

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Excellent!!

Fantastic Listen! Blends History with Arthurian legend uniquely. Another smashing success by Narrator Nigel Peever. Fantastic work well worth the Listen!

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A bold new story

Instead of just another iteration of the Arthurian legend, this is a bold new spin-off of it, and definitely NOT the same old schtick, giving King Arthur a whole new story! The book starts out in 2019, but then jumps us back to King Arthur's final battle and death! Yes, that's really where this book starts... But, King Arthur has his Knights, and of course his ace-in-the-hole, Merlin! With Merlin's magic, King Arthur, and his Knights only sleep until England has need for them again! Every time the Monarchy is in jeopardy, King Arthur is there fighting! Not as a King of course, but still a leader of men, he's there unheralded, taking care of business.  Jacob Sannox skips us through this action-packed bit of history, and brings us up to current times... You're gonna wanna get this one, and find out how that worked out for Arthur!
This is one of those books where the union of book and narrator is so perfect, that the end product is actually better than the sum of it's parts! Thank the gods (and Nigel Peever) for narration like that!
       This Audiobook was an Absolute Blast!!!
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influence over time

This story details the struggles between King Authur Merlin, his knights and Brannock, a warlock seeking to put a king in power and wounded by his past losses. listening to the years weigh in on Arthur and seeing the two sides going back and forth in history was amazing. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Entertaining

The Ravenmaster’s Revenge is a fast paced fantasy involving King Arthur and Merlin, but it is different from the traditional concepts of these two and covers a very lengthy time period. A well written story. The narrator did a great job! I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Zoë
  • 09-27-19

Loved it!

Just finished listening to this and I love the concept of following King Arthur through the ages. Really creative storytelling and wonderful use of descriptive language. Also an excellent balance between history and adventure. Thank you to the author for telling such a wonderful story. Definitely recommend this to anyone!

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  • A Viking and a Gentleman
  • 09-24-19

A brilliant take on a classic legend

I found this book very engaging, I wanted to keep driving just so I could hear more. A unique and interesting take on a much loved legend. Perhaps a little predictable at the very last but not unenjoyable by any stretch. I look forward to more from this author.

The narrator was excellent, producing not only individual and easily distinguishable voices for separate characters, but injecting them with feeling and tone that made them seem all the more real. I'd advise keeping this fellow around, Mr. Sannox!

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  • A. N. Perkins
  • 09-23-19

Incredible history in the modern day

This sounded a great story to take Arthurian Legend and drop it in to the modern day, but hadn’t realised that the story didn’t simply skirt forward 1000 years, but took me along for the whole ride!

Moving through so many periods of English history with a familiar character at your side was a stroke of genius, and Sannox has managed to maintain the same pacing and attention to detail that he did in his first book Dark Oak, even with such different themes playing out.

The narration is fantastic and incorporating just enough effects to provide atmosphere without it feeling like a radio play, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to branch out into a fantasy author they’re unfamiliar with!

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  • Stephi
  • 09-22-19

Really good read!

Really enjoyed the story line, pace and the characters definitely worth a listen!
Merlin’s apprentice is a great idea. Very imaginative!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-19

Brilliant.

I absolutely love this. It’s the first book on here that’s actually made me want to write a review. I had not heard of the author (Jacob Sannox) before but I’ll definitely be listening to more of his work.

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  • Hatter1950
  • 09-22-19

Arthur -- through time and danger

Having enjoyed Jacob Sannox's debut novel, Dark Oak, I was looking forward to The Ravenmaster's Revenge. I wasn't disappointed. This time it's historical fantasy, with King Arthur and his remaining knights honouring their vow to return when danger threatens England. Arthur's opponent is Merlin's apprentice -- the Ravenmaster. If his Ravens leave the Tower, then England falls . . . .
It's a tightly written, fast-paced novel that moves effortlessly back and forth from great events in England's past to modern times as the Ravenmaster pursues his aims.
I'm glad that Nigel Peever is again the narrator of another Sannox book. His beautifully modulated voice captures the majesty of the once and future king, and the menace of the dangers he and his knights face. Top drawer.

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  • Helen
  • 12-26-19

great book

It is the autumn of 2019. Merlin’s wayward apprentice has escaped from the tower of London with his raven familiars.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 10-22-19

Time Travelling King Arthur

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Fabulous take on history really enjoyed it and the narrator was perfect for this book.

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  • deafmick
  • 10-13-19

I like this audio book got to give it 5 out of 5 Nigel is 100% as allways

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  • Ian
  • 11-23-19

Long live King Arthur

This is a great adventure story a good balance of magic and swords and guns.
King Arthur and his knights and Merlin will lead you a great adventure though history as they fight an evil wizard and his ravens and their dastardly plans for England and it's crown.