- Narrated by: Kristin James
- Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-24-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC
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The world is in turmoil. Celtic kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren's former queen, a powerful druid, has cast a curse that foretells Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. When Roman envoys unexpectedly arrive with a cohort of legionaries and demand King Amren's fealty, his rule begins to implode.
King Amren reveals to Princess Catrin, the grim prophecy that his former queen pronounced at her execution for treason to him:
The gods demand the scales be balanced for the life you take. If you deny my soul's journey to the Otherworld by beheading me, I curse you to the same fate as mine. I prophesize your future queen will beget a daughter who will rise as a Raven and join your son, Blood Wolf, and a mighty empire to overtake your kingdom and to execute my curse.
As his daughter, Catrin is trained as a warrior and discovers she is the Raven and must find a way to block the curse of the evil former queen. Torn between her forbidden love for her father's enemy Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony, and her loyalty to her people, she must summon the magic of the ancient druids to alter the dark prophecy that awaits her.
Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love with Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren? Will she save ancient Britannia?
Apollo's Raven sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue, and betrayal in ancient Rome and Britannia.
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-28-17
a story that is solid and action packed
A vicious and vengeful power struggle ensues between the Celtic Kings with Rome waiting in the background for the results. Catrin, a young warrior princess who have powers from her Raven must not fulfill the horrifying prophecy and ancient curse. Catrin pits her strength and unworldly powers of the Raven against her banished half-brother, Merrick to save her kingdom, her family, and her true love, Marcellus. Is her power strong enough to defeat ancient druids and alter the ancient curse? Will the god Apollo save her or will she be left alone to suffer?
Linnea Tanner creates a world of dark magic, true love and delicate threads of each life Catrin encounters. Combined with myth and legend, the world of Tanner’s ancient Britannia is fascinating and exciting. Shape shifters and witches, druids and gods – all in one story told with clarity and passion. An epic tale of ancient lore, gods, and magic mixed with love and action.
Well told, Tanner engages her listeners with a story that is solid and action packed. Mystery and intrigue with each word, Tanner is a master wordsmith. Her vivid imagery and imagination are captured in her story and character development. She doesn’t just say you won’t like Merrick, she makes you hate him with her well-chosen plot and vivid imagery.
The narrator, Kristin James performs the book well. Her performance is captivating; smooth and passionate. With her voices, she draws the listener in until they are carefully snagged within the web of the book and her talented reading. Both Tanner and James make a great pair.
I cannot wait for book two!
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By Adriana B on 06-19-17
Great Historical Fiction
This is a fairly new genre for me. I don't read many historical fiction books but I thought I would give this one a shot. I'm really glad I did. The story is well written and I was sucked into it from the beginning.
Narration was excellent and brought the story to life.
The story gripped my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat. I was really taken by the twists and turns and some parts were very frustrating to see all the doubt and confusion between Catrin and Marcellus.
The characters were well developed and I loved some and hated some. It is a great story with many ups and downs. I'm looking forward to the next book to see what will happen to Catrin & Marcellus. The book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger but I'm ok with how everything wrapped up. This is a great series and I can hardly wait to see what will happen next.
The story is told in multiple points of view so you really get a good glimpse at everything that is going on.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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By Jacqueline Kirk on 10-08-17
The original game of thrones in ancient Britannia
There is a great deal of wonderful ancient intruigue in this book. There are detailed touches that make it feel authentic- many of them are bloodthirsty as this time was reputed to be and so are in context. The is a beautifully written struggle for power. It is an exciting story and the paranormal twist of a dark prophecy adds an extra dimension to a classic tale that has been replayed in history in every era. The paranormal abilities of the young protagonist are forbidden or at least severely fround upon. Within an atmosphere of political plotting and manoeuvring you will find this is also the touching story of a young girl, Princess Catrin, who is trying to come to terms with her magical abilities, the aforesaid prophecy which directly involves her, whilst addressing her obligations as a valuable bartered bride burgeoning womanhood and dealing with a mother who is infuriatingly unsympathetic and creates some unnecessary problems for Catrin. Her fatalistic father - King Amren is no help and you feel her frustration at her lack of control over her own destiny. Enter the handsome Roman and sort of prisoner, Marcellus who catches Catrin's eye, and whom despite being the enemy seems to be the most heroic and courageous of them all. We all want Catrin and Marcellus to get together but you will enjoy the obstacles that get in their way as well as the details of their beliefs back in the time of the Celtic tribes, druids and Romans. This cleverly written epic tale needs your full attention. There is a lot background information that is relevant to the plot. Definitely worth reading. Narrator Kristin James does a good job voicing the accents - regional English accents are a challenge for any actor.
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By MCR. on 06-21-17
This is such a riveting story and so excellently read it made the story come to life. There was so much going on, so many plots and counter plots that I had to concentrate really hard to keep up with what was going on. Those were terrible Times and people were so brutal. The parts with the sacrifices are hard to get through but I know are integral to the story. Ignorance and fear caused a lot of mistakes and so did anger. As a fly on the wall observer I found it fascinating, and the authors expertise made it possible for me to do that. She is an amazing historical writer with expert knowledge and imagination. Hats off to her! I really want to listen to the next audio book to find out what happens next.
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