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The New York Times best-selling series!

DC Icons continues with the first-ever YA origin story of superhero Black Canary, from the internationally best-selling author Alexandra Monir. In this thrilling novel, Dinah Lance's voice is her weapon. And in a near-future world where women have no rights, she won't hesitate to use everything she has - including her song - to fight back.

Dinah Lance was eight years old when she overheard the impossible: the sound of a girl singing. It was something she was never meant to hear - not in her lifetime and not in Gotham City, taken over by the vicious, patriarchal Court of Owls. The sinister organization rules Gotham City as a dictatorship and has stripped women of everything - their right to work, to make music, to learn, to be free. 

Now 17, Dinah can't forget that haunting sound, and she's beginning to discover that her own voice is just as powerful. But singing is forbidden - a one-way route to a certain death sentence. Fighting to balance her father's desire to keep her safe, a blossoming romance with mysterious new student Oliver Queen, and her own need to help other women and girls rise up, Dinah wonders if her song will finally be heard. And will her voice be powerful enough to destroy the Court of Owls once and for all?

©2020 Alexandra Monir (P)2020 Listening Library

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  • Btbush2006
  • 11-01-2021

Exactly the kind of book we need right now

Black Canary is hands-down my favorite DC character. I was a little skeptical about a YA novel set in an alternate Gotham. I heard the author speak about the novel and her personal connection on a YouTube interview, though, and knew I had to pick this up.

I am SO glad I did. In today’s political climate, it’s so easy for anyone who isn’t a cisgender straight white male to have their voices silenced. Reading and listening to this story really transported me to a place where this rhetoric has his a crescendo - almost as a cautionary tale for today.

If you are a young woman or part of any marginalized group, I think you’ll get a lot out of the message of this book.

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  • Jankrist
  • 18-03-2021

Couldn´t finish it

Black Canary is one of my favorite comicbook characters, to bad this book is not really about Black Canary. I just gave up it is only the second book ever i refunded on audible it´s that bad imo.

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  • RAUL A GONZALEZ
  • 16-01-2021

Good story. Great narrator.

All of these DC books has been great. I wish they wrote them more quickly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-2021

Black Canary sings a unique tune!!

When it comes to DC material, especially involving the Batman world, I will most likely give a shot. This is part of the reason I checked this one out, also I am a fan of Black Canary. At first it feels very YA and kinda teen drama in dystopian era Gotham, but once you really get into the story it is really good. Of course, being a fan of the DC Universe, I had to get pass certain inaccuracies like Batman dying of old age before second Black Canary is born when she and Oliver are suppose to be the same age as Batman. Still, how Dinah discovers herself as a hero and how her relationship with Oliver develops is pretty well done. Also, the realistic idea of women having pretty much no rights and power due to a shadow organization like the Court of Owls is intriguing and engaging. All and all, if you are a fan of both the character and the surrounding universe, or of dystopian sci-fi stuff, it is definitely worth checking out.

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  • Rhiana Desiree Casias
  • 21-07-2021

Didn't like the narration

Didn't like the narration. She made the female characters sound like five year olds...all the SAME five year olds. Story was also slow to get moving. Couldn't finish it.

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  • Courtney O'Donnell
  • 17-07-2021

Awesome Story

Had no idea what was coming when I got this but enjoyed every moment! Black Canary is my all time favorite DC Heroine!

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  • Dominik Gardner
  • 03-05-2021

A must read

A must read for any DC Comic fan and a fan of Black Canary or Green Arrow. A well written and spoken story of how finding ones own voice has power in a world that seeks to suppress it. Encouraging, dramatic and overall astonishing. Black Canary is a superhero for the modern day, and a symbol of feminism.

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  • james
  • 12-03-2021

Wonderful empowerment

Great show of empowerment for the young ladies of our world. Did ring a bit Dawson’s Creek ish at moments but a good listen overall

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  • J & E
  • 15-02-2021

like American Idol tryouts (😒)

Will this get better??
I anticipated this book to continue the DC storyline that are few.  The plot as well as climax left much to be desired, especially with the characters brought in to support the story; nearly handcuffed and handicapping them to this narrative.

Not nearly as enjoyable as WW: Warbringer, Catwoman: Soulstealer, or Batman: Nightwalker stories that preceeded.

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  • 🎧AudiobookFiend
  • 12-02-2021

Interesting. Inspiring. Insightful.

First off, what a sensational cover! I picked it up just for that, and Monet I knew it was a DC Icons book, I was sold.

⚖️ Plot: This was great coming of age superhero story for the younger generation of fans. While my perfect cup of tea is Warbringer and Soul Stealer, I enjoyed it none the less. Some really insightful inclusions of themes that we should all consider and care about.

🗺 World: Being so attached to music myself, I cannot imagine a world where dining is prohibited. This was very well portrayed and realistically portrayed throughout the book. I only wish the villains were developed a little more to instill their threat and fear in us.

💑 Characters: Dina is delightful! A truly inspiring modern day teen hero we could all aspire to be. One more, I wish the other characters were elaborated upon more so we could truly differentiate between them but that’s always a issue with a book this size.

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