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Conspiracy of Ravens

The Shadow, Book 2
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: Shadow (Bowen), Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
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Summary

The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome made a leap - not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling.

A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.

When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?

©2016 Lila Bowen (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • Alex Sumner
  • 24-10-16

Disappointing

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Conspiracy of Ravens unfortunately doesn't compare to the first book's potential. Instead of Rhett/Nettie growing with his/her new found abilities, responsibilities and relationships, we get snide pettiness, arrogance, ingratitude and stupidity. The reader gets to hear about how proud Rhett is to be made a scout as he goes on and on (and on) about how important it is to be a leader, then returns to the camp fire and picks a fight with anyone trying to offer advice on how to take out the sorcerous villain that owns the railroad. Rhett won't even listen to Earl, who's helped her learn to remember what she sees as The Shadow _and_ has first hand experience of the railroad camp. Instead, per usual, Rhett storms off unprepared and without a plan.

*sigh* It's getting tiresome to hear about a tantrum throwing jerk, blaming everyone else for their predicament, again and again and again. I keep wondering why Dan, Winnifred, Sam and Earl put up with Rhett. I keep wondering why Lila Bowen dropped the ball.

The narrator does a good job, which makes listening bearable. Despite Robin Miles' best efforts, I find myself rolling my eyes at the contrived situations in the story and the limited emotional range of Rhett/Nettie. I have about two hours left to listen to and now, to add to the MC's lack of character development, Mary Sue elements are popping up. Here's hoping it won't end deus ex machina.

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  • Excelsior
  • 09-02-18

Loved the first one; this one not so much.

The narration remains wonderful. The last half of the book didn't feel well thought out. I stopped caring. There is a scene in the middle that I loved and an interesting character from that scene may cause me to get the next book.

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 24-06-18

Lives up to the hype!

Excellent supernatural mysteries with excellent plots and MC'S. This is dark! Superbly wriiten and performed. Love this series!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-10-20

Great originality

In my opinion, what the writer does well: setting, dialogue, original ideas, action. I love the southwest I love the idealized version of Miss Bowens Southwest who can resist gunslingers and monsters? What I found distracting was every once in a while Mr. Wen would slip and use modern terms. Also she made it a point to tell us that the protagonist is on school and yet she’s vocabulary that should be beyond her. All of that is rather minor. The biggest problem I had with these two books is the writer has the protagonist say “goddamn“ Too often. You are a lighter, use another episode. They had more than one curse word that in those days. Not understanding my religious believes, the repetition of this word over and over bogs down the dialogue which was otherwise excellent. If you guys don’t read for content in mechanics like I do, and you like this genre, then young no doubt give it more stars than I did. This has nothing to do with the writer, but I’m upset that I could only get the first two on audible. I am visually impaired so unless something changes, the story ends here for me. Happy reading!

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  • Janey Pentony
  • 02-07-20

Was GD necessary that much?

I really like these books but saying godamn so much was distracting and not even applicable some times. I loved Deadwood but when Al S. swore it seemed real.

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  • Taylor Schwarz
  • 11-12-19

Please get the rest of the series

I’m not much of a reviewer but I have been an avid listener since 2008 and I wanted to state that I really enjoyed this book and the previous one. I absolutely love the western fantasy mix ( dark tower series my most favorite). Then throw in the gender/sexuality theme!! I’m loving it. I very much hope audible gets the rest of the series.

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  • Kris
  • 30-11-19

Bravo!

Worth the time in all the ways. Great story, characters, delivery—the whole shebang. If you’re on the fence, read this book (after you read the first in the series.)

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  • Ellen Eglsaer
  • 09-11-18

I want more!

This second book was even better than the first! An interesting old west meets sci-fi series. If you want something new and different to listen to, This series delves in to humanity, the struggle within ourselves and then straight out monsters - what more could you want!? I know this is rather vague, but this series is very hard to describe. There are 2 more books that are not on audible and all I can say is I WANT MORE PLEASE!!

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  • Maria Morris
  • 18-07-17

Wonderful!

A great book. Well written, with the writer staying very true to the characters. Well read!

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  • Antonia
  • 19-10-16

A solid followup to Wake of Vultures

Conspiracy of Ravens seemlessly picks right up where the first book in the series, Wake of Vultures, left off.

Nettie, now Rhett, continues his quest as both the mysterious Shadow and a Durango Ranger: "killing what needs to die." This time, he crosses paths with a cantankerous Irishman, the mysterious "Buck," and an unspeakably ruthless railroad proprietor with a talent for alchemy and torture.

Rhett's journey is one of justice and revenge, but it is also one of personal discovery, as he learns more about who -- and what -- he is, and what he wants. Like in Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen gives us a story with plenty of diversity and depth, and a core group of good, solid characters who remain endearing and tenacious, even among the unsavory folk of Durango.

I was very excited to see that Robin Miles returned to narrate this book. Once again, she completely kills it.

I'll be looking forward to the next book!