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Merula

The Children of Corvus, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Series: The Children of Corvus, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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What if you were a shape-shifter, but didn't know it? What if the man who raised you orchestrated your father's execution? What if you discover that the people closest to you have been lying to you all your life?

Merula is book two in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shape-shifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of Northern Maine, USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

On a cold October morning in Blackwater Hills, Samuel Singleton steps outside to do his morning chores and is whisked through a portal into the domain of the witch goddess known as the Shadowlands.

On a cold October evening, Cadie Maxwell follows what she believes is the will of the gods, and embarks on a quest to find the real truth about her tribe's Sacred Law - a law that demands that any male cursed with shape-shifting powers must be executed. With limited knowledge of the world beyond Blackwater Hills, Cadie arrives in a small town called Ashland. She takes a job at a local bar and grill where she hears Jonathan and Sarina Lance discussing their missing father, best-selling novelist J. Lance Sr.

Cadie, Jonathan, and Sarina join forces with an eager, up-and-coming reporter on an expedition through the mysterious forest to rescue J. Lance Sr. Cadie guides the outsiders through the Great Shield (a powerful force field that that protects her homeland), but things do not progress the way any of them expect.

 Anxious to find her father, Sarina breaks off from the group. The others chase after her, but find Samuel - naked and disoriented - instead. Cadie discovers that Samuel is cursed with the shape-shifting power, and to her dismay, the council of priests votes to put her in charge of Samuel's execution. In order to save Samuel's life and get her friends safely back to Ashland, Cadie must expose the corruption within the priesthood, forswear her holy vows, and uncover the real truth about her gods and her tribe.

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

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Riveting!

Merula is the second instalment the Children of Corvus paranormal fantasy trilogy (which is also something of a thriller) and is just as well written as the first. Plenty of mystery, suspense and action. LE Harrison includes lots of twists and turns in the story which kept me riveted to the end. Excellent narration by Andrew McDermott and a vast improvement on the narrator of the first book (Blackbird). Andrew McDermott’s voice and accent fit well with the narration of fantasy genre books. He also produces a fair range of voices for different characters.This all makes for very pleasant listening and gives an extra dimension to LE Harrison’s vivid and expressive writing.

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Fantastic

This book again continues with the unique and exciting nature of the first book. I’m left desperately wanting more

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brilliant

book 2 didn't disappoint it was great and wonderfully narrated can't wait to start book 3

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great book

A witch and a son of Corvus must combine their powers to defeat the witch goddess and save the souls of the Merulas trapped inside the Shadowlands.
Corvus is book three 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.

I really enjoyed this book can't wait for more by L. E. Harrison

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Excellent!

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

I thought book one was good but this surpasses my expectations and same as book one I couldn’t stop listening and was awake all night until I finished it. Although I am left with more questions than answers so I need to listen to book 3 🙂

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  • Ryu Takano
  • 19-07-19

Great story

Great Story, great narration. The story was gripping and exciting, making you want want more. Having a country within a country was very interesting. I don't want to give away the plot so get the book and find out more!

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  • Diving Blue Bonnet
  • 20-07-19

Worth a credit?🤷‍♀️

Merula: The Children of Corvus, Book 2 by L.E. Harrison is a continuation of the fantasy world of Corvus. Samuel Singleton grew up with the people of Corvus not knowing who his parents were. They treated him as an outcast and now that he has come of age, things seem to be changing, and not for the better.

Acadia “Cadie” Maxwell, the newest member of the Sacred Order, believes she has figured out the mystery and is trying to help Samuel fulfill his destiny.

This book is very well written. Even though I have not listened to book one, I easily fell into the story and was able to understand what was going on. I think the reason for this was because the author prefaces each character’s section as coming from their POV and where they are, be it in Ashland, Maine or in the alternate dimension of Blackwater Hills.

Narrator, Andrew McDermott, gives a job well done. 👍🏻 Even though he has a light Irish (or sometimes I hear more of a Scottish lilt) accent, it seemed to go well with this fantasy genre. I would LOVE to hear more books from him that are set in either England, Scotland or Ireland. Maybe more Regency romance books or Highland warrior romance stories. 😉 Come on “powers that be!” You have a rare gem of a narrator in this man! Use him to his full potential!!

Is this book worth a credit! I say absolutely!👍🏻👍🏻

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  • Katie
  • 08-07-19

Chilling, intriguing and action packed............

Merula is the second book in the Children of Corvus Series, and I realized after reading this book that the first book was actually more of a prequel. I was confused during a large part of the first book, but it all made so much more sense after reading Merula. This book features the son of the tragic main characters from the first book as well as three other incredibly brave and adventurous young people. Sam is a male cursed to die if his secret shape-shifting abilities are discovered. Cadie is a priestess in a mystical tribe of shape shifters. She disagrees with the law that dooms Sam to an early death, and she sets out to discover the origins of this law. During her quest, she meets Jonathan and Sarina, a brother and sister team also on a quest, only theirs is to find their missing father. When this threesome runs into a battered Sam, the adventure truly begins, and I just had to hold my breath as the author introduced twists and turns galore. Although the story ends with a basic resolution, I still have so many unanswered questions that I am off to listen to book three as soon as possible.

Andrew McDermott's does a great job with the narration. I did not enjoy the narrator in the first book, so, although I usually prefer the same narrator handle all the books in a series, I was very happy with this particular change. I loved McDermott's lilting Irish accent, and I thought it added to the overall fantasy feeling of the book.

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

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  • Kalamity
  • 19-06-19

All in the family 😁

This book by had me in a trance, I couldn't stop listening to it. I listened 6 hours straight. I am hooked. Katie was an awesome heroine and I can't wait to hear what she does in book 3 ( Corvus). Samuel is an unlikely hero, and it pained me to hear everything be he has gone through. I was shocked to be hear about Johnathan Jr. and eagerly awaiting the verdict.
The narrator was talented and Drew me into every scene. I definitely recommend this book even though I initially wasn't sure I would like the book. I love it

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  • Layla
  • 05-08-19

Merula

I have not read/listened to the first book but I did not feel I was missing something when I listened to it. It was the book cover that first attracted my attention and the book does not disappoint.

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