Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
The Raven's Daughter  By  cover art

The Raven's Daughter

By: Peggy A. Wheeler
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

After a police shootout where she killed a man, criminologist Maggie Tall Bear Sloan retires from the force to enjoy peace and quiet in rural California. When sets of young twins are murdered in her town, the local sheriff recruits her to solve the gruesome killings.

But to catch a killer, Maggie either accepts her true nature as a "pukkukwerek" - the shapeshifting monster killer of Yurok legend - or more children will die. As the manhunt intensifies and her own family is threatened, Maggie will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Whether she's awake or asleep dreaming, Maggie is faced with a difficult choice: embrace her heritage - even if it means turning into myth itself - or deny that heritage and lose everything.

©2016 Peggy A. Wheeler (P)2017 Peggy A. Wheeler

What listeners say about The Raven's Daughter

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    30
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    30
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    28
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very satisfying with everything neatly tied up

This is an excellent addition to the urban fantasy genre. Maggie Sloan, who is Yurok Native American and Irish, is a fascinating lead character. She's quickly approaching middle age and the events of this book could well be her mid-life crisis. Ha! She's got an interesting past where she worked in law enforcement and made a big mistake. Now she works as a reserve cop for the Wicklow (spelling?) Sheriff's office in northern California. She's an atheist and yet spooky stuff keeps happening around her as well as ravens invading her dreams. But she's got this bigger issue: there's a serial killer taking out children, twin children specifically.

The story has several great side characters as well. Sally Winter is Maggie's best friend and she's also a hereditary witch. Maggie feels uncomfortable with Sally's witchy side but accepts it. However, she doesn't accept Sally's abusive and lazy husband John. That creates some friction between the two friends but it's great to see how the two rise above it and maintain their bond. Then there's the handsome Mingon, a Christian Algonquin. It was interesting to see how Mingon was uncomfortable with Maggie's lack of religious belief even though it's obvious the two are steamily attracted to each other. Maggie also has plenty of family members involved in this tale such as her twin 6-year-old grandnieces Bird and Flower. There's tension, anger, and love in this family adding yet another dimension to the story. Maggie sure is juggling quite a bit!

The Native American folklore is woven throughout the story. There's a secondary timeline set in Canada 28 years before this present-day tale that is told in small bits throughout the main timeline. It is deliciously spooky with a family trapped in a snowy avalanche having to make tough choices to stay alive. There's also a paranormal touch to that storyline. Meanwhile, Maggie is having to embrace the idea of a pukkukwerek, a shapeshifter of sorts. Her ravens are doing their best to bring Maggie up to speed but she is a stubborn woman!

In fact, Maggie is so stubborn that she gets a little boring at times. At one point, she comes to the conclusion that the killer is still out there and she has a general idea of where. However, instead of going on the hunt, she shuts herself in her house with her dog Chester and cat Samantha and ignores the world for weeks. She starts ignoring basic cleanliness as well and her friends have to shake her out of this depression and clean up after her. I wasn't too keen on that part of the story and seemed quite contrary to the Maggie I had come to know and greatly like. Also, that was boring and just felt like filler.

The story gets back on track with Jake, a local cop, finally putting some clues together. He's deeply concerned for Maggie, who he has known since childhood. I did feel that Jake was a little childish here and there with his jealousy. He's been carrying a torch for Maggie forever even though she has made it clear she's not interested in him romantically. Still, Jake has other dimensions and those really shine during the last quarter of the book as the final hunt for the killer comes to a head. I found the ending very satisfying with everything neatly tied up. There's plenty of groundwork laid here for this to be the beginning of a series (looks hopefully at the author).

The Narration: Joe Hempel did a really good job with this story. He made a great Maggie. His voice was feminine while also conveying her wisdom and gruffness gained with her years in law enforcement. His various raven voices were great too, especially his cackling raven! All his character voices were distinct. Also, I want to say that I really appreciate that he didn't fall into using a stereotyped accent for the Native Americans. Yay! I live in an area that has many Native Americans, and very few have accents.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

[If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.