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Season of the Raven

A Servant of the Crown Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

A miller found under his wheel.  

It's 1194, and Sir Faucon de Ramis, the shire's newly appointed keeper of the pleas, must do his duty and make an official declaration of the cause of a miller's death. Saddled with a clerk who names Faucon his "penance", the shire's first crowner must thread the tangled relationships between the sheriff, the village of Priors Holston, and the priory that once ruled it. 

As a simple task takes a turn to the political, what seems obvious isn't, and what appears safe turns out to be more dangerous than he could imagine.

©2014 Denise Domning (P)2019 Tantor

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Good

Very very slow start andI almost gave up but am glad i didn't as i ended up enyoying enough to buy next book. Its much more Cadfael than Tony Hill, but if your like me and sometimes prefer your crime books to be like a lazy sunday afternoon then this book wont disappoint.

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  • Claire
  • Bury, United Kingdom
  • 21-04-19

Very enjoyable!

For me, the only thing that lets the series down, is the author’s use of the word ‘gotten’ which is an Americanism bang in the middle of the Norman French, English and Latin. It sends a shiver of annoyance down my spine. The main characters are enjoyable and I like the way the story rolls seamlessly straight on from one book to the next.

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  • Lucy
  • Worcester
  • 11-11-19

An enjoyable listen

Pleased I came across this. An enjoyable listen with a touch of Cadfael. Looking forward to the rest of the series....

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  • AmiiraC
  • 20-03-19

If you like Brother Cadfael you will like this

I've been a fan of Brother Cadfael novels for years, so when I saw this book I was interested it. I first bought it as a Kindle book but didn't get the time to read it until I found the Audible companion book. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the mystery was good and well developed. The book also sets you up for a presumably a long-running mystery across books. This is not an action packed book, so if you are looking for that kind of mystery, you will be disappointed. It is a mystery that the main character has to work at solving, putting one piece of information together at a time. Denise Domning does a great job evoking the medieval environment. The reader, Gildart Jackson, did a good job reading the book with the different accents for the different characters. I hope more books in the series become available on Audible.

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  • CATS3
  • 06-05-19

Author is Queen of the Cliffhanger

I have completed 1 through 4 of the series and find the very obvious cliffhangers rather annoying. The writing and plot should be sufficient to induce listeners to want the next in the series.
That said, the plots are interesting as are the minor characters and the byplay between Faucon and his clerck, Brother Edmund are amusing.
I do recommend this series with the following caveats.
The main character, Sir Faucon de Ramis is not filled out. Except for pursuing the miscreants as he would hunting game, the author has, so far, revealed very little of his motivations or internal life. In addition, the path of reasoning that Faucon takes to reach some of his conclusions is sometimes opaque.

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  • M. S. Miller
  • 21-04-19

Awful performance

While the story is OK, the performance of the reader is abysmal. He makes all of the characters who are members of the church sound like third rate Dracula impressions.

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  • Debbie
  • 01-11-19

Dead in the Water

A monk’s penance and a second son’s good fortune, bring together the tale of Brother Edmund and Sir Faucon de Ramis set in England in 1194. As different as night and day, the two set out to the mill in Priors Holston to settle the issue of the miller’s death . . . supposedly an accidental drowning, since the man was a known drunkard. Faucon and Brother Edmund encounter opposition from the man’s only son and the sheriff, who surprisingly had beat them to the scene. The matter of “the law” and collecting the “plea” (funds for the local parish) brought the son, the sheriff, Faucon and Brother Edmund into a heated discussion. Finally the miller freed from under a paddle of the water wheel, aided by Alf, a servant who worked at the mill and Brother Colin, a monk in the crowd. Brother Colin, an herbalist was able to shine more light on the cause of death. And so began the mystery of Faucon and Brother Edmund’s first case, searching for a murderer. These two made me laugh, each discovering the talents of the other, and learning that together, surprisingly they make a very good team. More mysteries surface with the murder of young girls, which has definitely made me ready for the next in the series. Great resolution to the death of the miller. Excellent historical mystery series.

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  • Sherry
  • 27-08-19

Great historical series

This is a really good Medieval English history with Norman French characters and Saxon English characters involved. The main protagonist is very likeable and faces many challenges with his new position in a new city. His assistant is both annoying and loveable at times. I’ve listened to all 4 novels in the series and I keep looking for #5....

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  • Dalzell K. Williams
  • 17-04-19

Wonderful!!!

This was a very good book with a interesting story and narrator was also very good

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