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The Shadow Ryana

The Shadow Sisters Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Ryana, a worthless girl-child, is sold to a mysterious woman who takes her to the home of the Shadow Sisters who are prized for their abilities as spies and assassins. She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars - something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice - a weapon the Sisters don't teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic. 

As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack. The senior Sister selects Ryana to find out who is killing Sisters and why - because her intuitive approach has proved effective, even though her youth and inexperience makes it unlikely she will survive. 

As she travels through the kingdom as a member of a gypsy clan, she finds the only way she can protect the Sisters and hope to discover the underlying plot is through ever more violence and killing. As she proceeds through the provinces, her secret enemies come to call her the Sister of Death and become desperate to find and kill her. But in her desperate fight to protect the Sisterhood and the kingdom, Ryana fears that she has destroyed herself and the only life she ever wanted.

©2012 C. R. Daems (P)2018 Skyboat Media

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A refreshing take on this storyline

I found this book enthralling. It was difficult to break off listening to do the chores, For me it is a cut above similar story plots, but I can't really put my finger on what makes it so. There is a lot of action, and (a warning!) a lot of killing. We walk with the character, Ryana, as she settles into her impossible task, and watch it transform her. Even though the action is grim, and it takes a heavy toll on her, Ryana's strong sense of self helps her cope. If I say any more, it would probably spoil the story for you. de Cuir does a first-rate job of performing the various personalities and the 'Americanisms' are thankfully few. All credit to Daems for his writing. I've just downloaded the second book in the series and will start it soon. When are we likely to see a third book (the 2nd book was published in 2013)?
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Great

This book would make a great movie it could not fail. I listened to this book all in one go.

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  • Greg
  • 06-10-18

Fun story

This was a fun story. I found myself staying up late just to finish the book...which is usually a good sign. However, as fun as this story was, its not epic. It could have been. There is magic in this book. Its not that important. By the end of the book, I realized that magic was handled as more seasoning and not the entire meal. I liked that. The fight scenes were average to poor. I didn't find that appealing. The MC was a strong female lead that felt far more developed and 3D, than the remaining 2D supporting cast.(seriously 2D evil dudes) There are some rape/violence scenes...as opposed to some books where you feel the author is getting off on it, or the marketing manager added the scenes....these felt part of the storyline. The ending is rushed. Several elements of the sisterhood and their interaction with the MC were not fleshed out as well as they could have been.(its one of those stories where you felt the author knew something you didn't...and when you got to the end expecting the finer points to be revealed...they weren't. If fact, the final events made me think I was expecting too much from the storyline) SPOILER: Why send Ryana at all?...there are several others that could have gone... her "uniqueness" never felt that unique...until after she killed 30 or more people....but no one could have predicted that....maybe if the sisterhood "home" was attacked and everyone killed but her....maybe, I could buy into her going. ....probably would have made a better book.

So, ok, enough bashing. It was a fun listen. I liked that the MC wasn't a whining little kid for the entire book. I liked the inner turmoil. The story moves. Is it worth a credit? If you have nothing better lined up, its a nice waste of time...fun...so yeah it was worth the credit for me.

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  • Eric
  • 26-10-18

Ninja ride

This book is slightly reminiscent of ninja clans and I think the listener will enjoy it for that fact alone. I personally find the main character interesting and the main plot will make the listener want more.