Listen free for 30 days

  • Descent of Ravens

  • Bel's War, Book 1
  • By: A.C. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Isaac Grisham
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection - including bestsellers and new releases.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, celeb exclusives, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Descent of Ravens cover art

Descent of Ravens

By: A.C. Andrews
Narrated by: Isaac Grisham
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £18.99

Buy Now for £18.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Listeners also enjoyed...

Resurrection Reprise cover art
The Coward cover art
Prince and Assassin cover art
Of Feathers and Thorns cover art
Prince of Flowers cover art
Wormwood Summer cover art
The Goblin Twins cover art
Son of Avonar cover art
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance cover art
Tides of Gafforah cover art
Twisted Pretty Things cover art
Dark Heirloom: A Vampire Urban Fantasy cover art
Spirited Situation cover art
The Lazarus Protocol cover art
Found cover art
Notorious cover art

Summary

An LGBTQ+ epic fantasy

The old covenant of the gods is broken. Will the world break, too?

When an army of vampires invades the island of Trosika, Rio and Turi must fight for their future. Rio is a healer and a priest of Astara who suffers severe self-doubt and a growing crisis of faith; even his goddess cannot stop the forces arrayed against them. Turi has long buried a secret about himself that he fears could upend everything.

When Rio unseals a centuries-old tomb, releasing the immortal and cursed prince Philip, he discovers that he has a bond with Philip that stretches across lifetimes. As Turi grapples with his secrets, he is recruited by the terrifying goddess Mormo and gifted with necromancy for reasons he does not understand.

Rio and Turi must contend with bloodthirsty mages, battle an endless army of vampires, and confront the truth of who Turi truly is; most of all, they must rely on their unshakable friendship to survive. As they struggle to protect each other, their religion, and their island home, the fate of an empire hangs in the balance.

Descent of Ravens is an exciting new fantasy with gay, trans, and nonbinary protagonists, rich world-building, and dark adventure!

Content Warnings: This is a work of fantasy with LGBTQ+ characters, violence (including epic battle scenes), adult language, and adult situations including mildly explicit scenes of sensuality and consensual sex suitable for older YA listeners and adult listeners. There are sadistic villains whose sadism involves cutting and blood and feral vampires who are, ahem, messy eaters.

©2021 A.C. Andrews (P)2022 A.C. Andrews

More from the same

What listeners say about Descent of Ravens

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

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

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

New to me, author and narrator,


With this in mind and receiving a copy from GRR to review, honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect.

I struggled to get into the book, but I still worked with it once I did. It is a shame; it was well written but too long for me. I think, in reality, that this should have been a two-book story.

The world-building was good, and the imagination is excellent to have written this. The characters were well-developed, and the story, as I said, was well-written.
So with that, all I can think is that the narration wasn't for me, although the different voices were good and clear. I struggled to finish the book but couldn't pinpoint why.

New to me narrator by Isaac Grisham. Clean and concise, although very slow, I speed this narration up to 1.25 on Audible, which is usual for me.

Descent of Ravens
Bel's War, Book 1
By: A.C. Andrews
Narrated by: Isaac Grisham
Series: Bel's War Series, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs

❤❤❤❤ Overall
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration
📚📚📚📚 Story
Read at 1.25 speed on Audible

I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

A wholesome paranormal fantasy

I absolutely loved this paranormal LGBTQ fantasy!!

Syxh a refreshing world building.

Interesting Chara abd a compelling storyline.

Good narration as well

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Epic Fantasy

There’s a lot going on in this book. As often happens with fantasy stories, there are many characters and points of view. The world-building was phenomenal, but I sometimes struggled to keep it all straight in my mind. And although this is a YA book, there is plenty of violence and, as the synopsis suggests, sadistic villains who do sadistic things. I wasn’t disturbed by most of the imagery as it fit the story.

I found Rio a compelling hero. His story interested me as well as his connection to Philip. Other characters struck me, but those two were most fascinating.

I also loved the diversity of characters. That array of sexual orientations and attractions was the reason I snagged the book and I wasn’t disappointed.

Isaac Grisham is a new narrator to me and I thought he did a good job. Overall, I’m glad I grabbed this one.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great new series

If you are looking for a new paranormal/dark urban fantasy to dig your teeth into, this is the one. The world these characters inhabit is dangerous and complex, there are gods, priests, healers, vampires, royalty all spinning plots and counterplots to either destroy the world or save it. We see both past and present in this first volume and the detail is incredible. I was swallowed up in the world and intrigued by the characters and their relationships. Very much looking forward to the second book. Isaac Grisham does a fantastic job of keeping all the different characters and timelines straight for the listener.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

A great first instalment by AC Andrews. Interesting story with fantastic characters that is amazing to follow on their adventure. Isaac Grisham did a super job bringing the characters to life.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great action packed listen

While this story is slow to get going, and definitely gives a lot of information in the beginning, I find this the case with a lot of fantasy books and to be honest that’s one of the things I like about fantasy - the slow build-up to an action packed and and fast flowing story.

The world building is really well done with the vampires, mages, goddesses, and the characters are well rounded and multidimensional. I don’t even know who is my favourite character - I love them all so much.

Isaac Grisham is a new to me narrator, and as usual with a new narrator it took me a bit to get into the swing of his style but it worked wonderfully with the story line and characters. Definitely looking forward to more from the series.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Descent of Ravens

A.C. Andrew’s is a new to me author and despite the book starting off slow and a bit confusing to me, I soon became invested in the story.
The story is complex with great characters, magic, monsters, vampires, gods and goddesses. It finishes on a HFN and I look forward to the next book.
This is the first time I have listened to any work by Isaac Grisham and it took me a while to warm to his style. However, he did a good job in differentiating voices and emotions. I hope to hear more from him in the future.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • XG
  • 17-09-22
Listener received this title free

Epic!

This book introduce me to a new author for me and a new voice actor. I usually don't hear new books in audio format, but heard the narration of books I already read and love in ebook format so I don't get frustated by the velocity of the storyline wanting to know what happens next, but the blurb of this one caught my attention so I decided to break my own rule. And WOW! What an adventure! The story is agile and entertaining, the characters are amazing and Mr Grisham work in the narration was great. I enjoyed a lot the world the author created for the story and the audio helped me to immerse in the captivating plot. An epic, magical tale beautifully narrated. I discovered book 2 in the series is out now in ebook format, so I will read it to be prepared for the audio version. Really, a series worth of reading in any format you'd prefer. Loved it so much!

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Slow to start, but great once it got going

I found this audiobook slow and a bit confusing to start, but once the action started, I was hooked and didn't want to stop listening. It is such an interesting and emotional story with MCs you can't help but root for. I really liked the unique view on vampires, and the whole 'rebirthing' idea to change their natures and goals. I liked the diversity of characters and lifestyles. Although there are LGBTQIA+ characters, that felt mostly coincidental, as the story and plot took precedence over sexual orientation. There are some intimate same-sex moments, but they are minimal and not very explicit. In my opinion, the TW for bloodshed and violence is far more significant. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and story and really look forward to more books in tis story.

The narrator was new to me and I felt he did a great job differentiating the characters' voices and expressing their emotions.

I received a free copy on this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Fascinating & Action-packed! Great Story & Listen🎧

This fast-paced, action-packed epic fantasy grabs your attention and holds it captive throughout the entire book. A.C. Andrews is a gifted author and the fascinating story he created is imaginative, with interesting storylines. The characters and world are equally imaginative and fascinating, too. I liked the author included and described the myths and lores of the gods and goddesses. Also liked that he included various kinds of non-cisgender people. The story takes place on the Island of Trosika and it is being invaded by vampires and evil Mage who are just as bloodthirsty as the vampires. I was rooting for the lead characters, Rio and Turi, right from the start and then the others who join in, including Philip, the cursed prince. There is never a dull moment in this book and a lot of info gets thrown your way, but the author is great with the descriptive details and clever plotting making it easy to follow along. A.C. Andrews, thank you for this epic and unforgettable story and the wild ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the terrific narration, Isaac Grisham is a talented narrator and a versatile voice artist. He did a great job bringing the characters and their story to life. His portrayal of each character was spot on, giving each their own voice and personality, making it easy to follow along and tell who was who. He set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into his performance. Grisham is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another great listen.

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

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!