White Bird

The Aure Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Tim H. Dixon
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Merisande has returned home to heal from her harrowing ordeal in the fae kingdom. Sir Avry continues to write to her in the hope that he can spark a romance between them. Meanwhile, the king appoints Avry as his successor. Avry has no choice but to accept the title of king-in-waiting, despite his fear that it’ll ruin his chances with free-spirited Merisande. 

His personal issues are soon pushed aside when an old enemy returns, bent on destruction. The fae king, having survived the ruin of his kingdom, has sworn revenge and sends The White, a giant, shape-shifting bird, to attack Avry’s people. 

The White has been subjected to centuries of mistreatment by her handlers, known as binders. And the danger she poses cannot be understated. As Avry desperately tries to find a way to save his people from the evils of the fae king, Merisande’s sudden disappearance only adds to his worries. But soon an unexpected ally appears as the fae prince returns from afar, intent on righting his father’s wrongs. 

Has he come in time? Or has his father unleashed a power that threatens to destroy their world forever?

©2018 W.K. Greyling (P)2019 W.K. Greyling

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White Bird

This is the second book in the series.. I have enjoyed the continuation of the story. Good narration

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An exciting sequel to Beneath the Roots!

Mer is home with her loving father and brother, recovering from the horrific experiences she endured while in the fae kingdom. Sir Avry is kept far from her as the king engages him in duties aimed to keep him close and to keep him safe. The king's legitimate successor would not rule the kingdom well, so he intends to select Sir Avry as his successor. Avry fears that the very independent Mer would resist marrying him as king. His life is at risk too. Some would stop at absolutely nothing to preserve the traditional line of succession. Then the crazed fae king unleashes a fearsome and colossal White Bird to exact revenge on the kingdom. Mer gets swept away through this conflict. Avry is once again driven to find and rescue the woman he loves. I loved this book! I was longing for Mer's family to be lifted out of their utter poverty. I could barely stand the sadness in Avry, loving someone he feared he could never have. The back story of The White Bird and the centuries of her mistreatment was heartbreaking. The political intrigue and shocking back-stabbing was riveting. The father-son-like-love between Avry and the king was touching. The ending was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! There was a satisfying and exultant climax to the story. Bravo to W.K. Greyling!

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My second W. K. Greyling book, again fantastic

This is already my second book from W. K. Greyling and I again was from beginning deep inside the story, the fantasy world is great again, story kept me listening nearly without interrupting, and the Speaker did also as before again a great job, I can really recommend this book

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Enjoyable and original

This review is for both books in this series as I listened to/ read them back to back. I initially started with the audio version of Beneath The Roots but just couldn’t get into it - there’s nothing wrong with Krista Nicely’s narration as such, it just starts rather slowly and my attention kept wandering. I then switched to the ebook and got quickly drawn into the story - once that had happened I could alternate between reading and listening and enjoyed both. The second volume is narrated by Tim H. Dixon who I found easy to listen to right from the start - by then I was invested in the characters of course and wanted to see what was going to happen to them. The story itself is at the darker end of the fairy-tale spectrum (think Grimm rather than Disney), there’s plenty of original elements in both the plot and world building, the characters are layered and interesting and largely manage to avoid the typical fantasy stereotypes and tropes (a few of those we all want of course!) and the whole thing culminated in a satisfying ending. Great stuff!

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Loved it!

This book was delightful. It was a great continuation and ending to Beneath the Roots. It’s refreshing to read a fantasy series that doesn’t get bogged down with massive world building or have a zillion characters to keep track of. The story was well paced and the love story was adorable. Only bummer is that it’s a duology, so there’s no more to come. I will definitely miss Mer and Avry.

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  • 03-01-20

Thumbs up!

The second novel was really enjoyable just like the first one. It reads like a fairy tale almost. Knight trying to find love but still follow the rules of the king. I felt like there were more serious emotions that the main characters were dealing with in the second novel. There’s still politics and romance. It was a really good continuation of the first book and the ending was really great!

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Good books

They are good books intriguing. the narrator is also good. the story line is strong and keeps you going

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Loved it

I love this one. It is now on my favorites list. Listen to it twice

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Great continuation

I really enjoyed book one and book two kept me engaged and entertained. The details pave the way to a vivid ride of adventure and romance. Start with book one and your guaranteed to enjoy White Bird. The narration was very good and fitting.

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Great fantasy, cute romance

I enjoyed reading this book. The world it took place on was interesting and the characters were realistic. Between this book and the first, I enjoyed the romance between the main characters. It was a slow burn, but very fulfilling in the end. The narrator changed for this book and I ended up liking this narrator, it took me a while to get used to it, I think because I had gotten used to the first narrator. I enjoyed this and will continue to read this author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-20

A beautiful book

A beautiful story, full of emotion and drama. I confess, I cried at the end.

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  • Zoe
  • 08-13-20

White Bird

This is the second part and I loved it as much as the first Lots of twists in the story, great ending! Great narration I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review

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  • Vana
  • 07-22-20

Sweet ending

This was a great duology. The story picks up right where the first book ended and all three of our main characters are in it. The ending is extremely satisfying and I really fell in love with the relationships between these characters especially those between parent and child.

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  • Jacky
  • 07-21-20

Brilliant, well written by well known author

Absolutely loved thia book didn't want it to end will look for more books, terrific

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  • Sandra B
  • 07-06-20

Great 2 rd book

I also enjoyed this book. Good read, flows well from first book. Narrator was easy to listen too.

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  • Shani
  • 06-28-20

enthralling

This charming story had me hooked as did Beneath the Roots it was easy to follow and remember the characters. to me its a story of strength, courage and loyalty. Mer, Avry and Gandel lives are completely transformed by the end of this story. i love the way the king is cojolled at the end and it did make me laugh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-20

Romance in a bleak world

struggled to finish it, enjoyed the narrator.it was a predictable ending o and loved the bird's

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 02-22-20

Not as enjoyable as book 1

I just could not get into this sequel at all, mostly due to the narrator, he is slow and dull, the story itself is just an entertaining as the first I'm sure but the narrator made it all sound so dull. I received my copy free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Michelle Nieuwoudt
  • 01-31-20

Gripping

Fantastic! What a wonderful love story entwined in adventure, anticipation and doubt. My ears missed the womans voice that narrated the first book but soon it did not matter and later i felt it was definitely fitting for n man to narrate this one. A great sequel ending perfectly!

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  • Ian
  • 01-18-20

White Bird.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest. This 2nd book flows nicely from the first book Beneath the Roots. Very engaging and thoroughly enjoyable, once again brilliantly written, the story keeps you entertained and the characters are just as good as the first book. The narration is really good again making the whole experience all the more enjoyable. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐