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Blackbird

The Children of Corvus, Book 1
Narrated by: Winona Owen
Series: The Children of Corvus, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Is she willing to risk everything for the man she loves?

BLACKBIRD is the first book in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

Ten years after departing this world, Michael Singleton returns to the valley nestled along the Blackwater River. Michael suffers from a rare disease, the curse of his tribe. Because of this, Michael's soul will be damned to wander the Shadowlands, the domain of the Witch Goddess, for eternity.

To escape this fate, Michael must unlock the spell that opens the portal to Corvus's kingdom, the Otherworld. It is a secret known to only one man, the powerful Guardian of the Dead. Michael is convinced that if he can invoke the spell and travel through the portal, he will finally be rid of his painful, debilitating torment. He cannot believe his luck when he stumbles upon the key in the form of Alena Andrick.

Alena is the only child of the Guardian of the Dead. Her safe and predictable life studying to follow in her father's footsteps, is turned upside-down when she meets Michael at the Solstice celebration. But when Michael is accused of murdering the Captain of the Guard, Alena is forced to choose between obeying her instincts or the laws of her people.

©2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Lisa A Erb (P)2019 Lisa A Erb

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Nice start to the series

I really enjoy shifter stories, this started off really well, there was a lot of information and detail, it did get a little confusing at times but I think that was because of the world and character building needed to be set for the next in the series.
Nicely paced, interesting and different storyline I am looking forward to the second in the series
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I’m not sure if it’s the way this story is written or the narration, but I kept getting confused and a little lost in the plot of this story. I do however have a curiosity that wants to know where this all leads in the Children of Corvus series.

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So much going on

I found myself a little lost with this book. I think there is so much groundwork to lay for a series that I got lost as to who was who and what was happening. Hopefully all the work is done in this first book and the next one will have more of a current storyline rather than setting the scene. Good narration.
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Fascinating paranormal fantasy

I was fascinated by this paranormal fantasy which includes mystery, action and romance. LE Harrison’s description in Blackbird of the shapeshifter society with its history, religion, laws, traditions, customs and taboos is very detailed. That it exists in an alternate dimension within our world protected by a forcefield known as the Great Shield makes it more interesting. The characters are well developed. It took me a while to get used to Winona Owen’s accent so I had to listen to the first few chapters several times over. Once I had got the hang of it, I found her narration OK but was a bit disappointed that there was no differentiation between characters for the dialogue. However, the narration did not detract from the fact that this first book in the Children of Corvus trilogy is excellent so I did enjoy listening to it.

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amazing story

contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, amazing story lots of action
can't wait for book 2 to come out

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Unique

I really enjoyed this novel it was a unique take on the shifter genre and was nice and fast paced will definitely be continuing this series

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Fabulous first in series

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

I listened to this in one go as I found it very hard to stop listening the narrator is very good which made it more enjoyable.
I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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original

good original story I really enjoyed it am about to start book 2 good narrator

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  • Suejq
  • 22-08-19

Hard to follow at first

Great book, it was a little difficult for me to follow at first as I was listening with my dogs running around. I restarted the book and then was sucked in to it. Can’t wait to start the next one!

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  • Deedra
  • 16-08-19

Blackbird

This was a really good first book to a new series! Alena's father is the Guardian of the Dead.No one but he is allowed to read or know certain things.Alena falls for the wrong man and she encounters scrolls which get her into trouble.I am looking forward to the next book. Winona Owen was a fine narrator.

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  • James
  • 19-07-19

Good 1st Book

Great narration and a good story. For a 1st book there are good options with the story lines.

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  • wkroberta
  • 10-06-19

Good Story

well written. I enjoyed the story. Not your usual werewolf story. Narrator did a great job

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  • Jennifer K.
  • 14-11-19

Blackbird

Definitely a different look on werewolf. The jumping back and fort from past to present was confusing at times.


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  • Denise Aden
  • 31-10-19

Young adult fiction

I am a fan of sci fi/fantasy and young adult fiction in general. This book was interesting but a little hard to follow at times. This was partly my fault as I did not have dedicated time to listen to the book consistently.

The story about a girl falling for someone her father does not support because he is an outsider is interesting but the lingo of a new world is a bit hard to get into.

The narrator did a fantastic job, however, and made the book easy to listen to. I will listen again when I have more time.

Winona Owen has a great voice, fitted to narrating books, and I will listen to more that she has narrated.

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  • Believer50
  • 22-06-19

Pretty Good

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. First, the narrator was pretty good with the characters and each was distinguishable. The story overall was good. There were some parts that made me wonder how did I get to here from where I was. Michael's fate surprised me. The ending was not a cliff hanger but you know from the title there will be other books. This was a stand-alone complete story that leads the listener to wait for the next shoe to drop. This was also a perfect example of racism. Prejudice plus power. Overall a good story just a little disjointed. I am sure the next one will be even better.

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  • Katie
  • 25-06-19

Incredibly unique blend of fantasy and mystery....

Blackbird is a difficult book to classify because it blends many genres together. It is a combination of mystery, fantasy/paranormal and romance. I found the concept of this separate world within our world of shape shifters and magical beings an intriguing one. However, I also found the story somewhat difficult to follow. I'm not sure if this is because the story is told from so many characters' viewpoints, or if the story had too many details without enough foundation for the world building. I enjoyed the story, and the author kept me guessing throughout the book. I find myself having finished the book and not really sure what happened. The ending is not a positive one, and it seems to leave many unanswered questions, so I am hopeful that the second book will make everything from this book more clear and resolved.

Winona Owen has a very pleasant voice, but she mispronounces a lot of words. I think this might have contributed to my overall confusion with the story. Owen doesn't differentiate at all between characters, so listeners need to pay close attention at the beginning of each chapter when she reads the name of the person speaking in that chapter.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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