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Blackwing

The Raven's Mark, Book 1
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: Raven's Mark, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long-dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost. 

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some 80 years ago thanks to Nall's Engine, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a no-man's-land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the engine fails to launch. 

Galharrow escapes only because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery, a vast army is on the move, as the empire prepares to call the republic's bluff. 

Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky. 

Read by Colin Mace. 

©2017 Ed McDonald (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Entertaining and gritty

The narrator has been matched perfectly with this gutsy debut novel. There is a fantastic use of language that draws the reader in. The audio needs to be edited a little better as there are some repeats throughout, but in all thoroughly enjoyable. I would highly recommend anyone interested in a post apocalyptic/ fantasy novel who isn’t scared of a bit of bad language. 😄

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god damn now that's some fine ass writing.

the narrator sets the tone of this epic novel with depths of details hidden into every chapter. By far one of my new favourite novels could not put it down. definitely worth a hard cover spot on my shelf!

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A definite purchase!

This is a great new series that I can't recommend enough!
The voice acting is quite good (except for the female ones), but the story is phenomenal.
I'd really recommend giving this a go.

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  • Patricia Bennett
  • 21-01-2019

Just a great book! Performance, is amazing!

I was suggested this book by a friend, first few minutes had me wondering if it was the right choice, Im soooo glad i stuck with it. Colin Mace has a great narration voice, doing all the voices perfectly. You really get attached to the characters and the story is great, such a good suggestion! It wont disappoint, and Book 2 was just as good. Highly recommended even if you sort of like fantasy novels but isn't your first pick.

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  • Luke Beckett
  • 24-08-2017

It turns out I like grimdark fantasy after all

I chose this book after an Amazon recommendation, which I don't usually do, but I thought I'd take a punt on a new author.

This book was great! Gripping story, characters that develop more and more as the story goes on - Galharrow, the narrator, unfurls into a really memorable lead character, who you want to spend more time with.

I've previously tried other novels described to be as 'Grimdark' - which seems to mean that the main character is a bit of a nasty git.
I read Paul Hoffman's trilogy, but thought it peaked with Left Hand of God. I enjoyed it though.
I wanted to like Mark Lawrence. The plot kept me turning pages to the end of each book, but I found the lead character two dimensional and tiresome by the end.
This was everything I wanted those books to be! It blew them out of the water.

The premise reminded me of Chronicles of the Black Company, but with more vivid storytelling.

I also really loved that, while there's lots of potential for more books in the series, the narrative of this one finished its ark with the book. I'll be waiting eagerly to read the next one, but it's great not to always need that to finish the story.

The narrator was really good. A very convincing Galharrow who can carry off everyone else's voice too.
I didn't realise Nen was an Aussie though...

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  • Dan
  • 05-01-2018

Excellent grimdark

Mark Lawrence better up his game or this lad will be king of grimdark. Can't wait for more - hope they keep the same narrator too

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  • Andrew W. Cowan
  • 04-11-2018

A fantastic romp!

This was a great book, really enjoyed it. It had a bit of an Abercrombie vibe with the miserable main character, kind of reminiscent of the Bloody 9/ Glokta. Some good world building and pacing, I had many an enjoyable walk with my dogs listening to this audio book.

Also I think the narrator, Colin Mace was excellent as ever, his voice is just right for this style of story telling with gritty, earthy tones that suit the characters brilliantly.

I'll be moving onto the sequel in short order.

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  • Neale
  • 09-08-2018

Great universe, Great writing, Great acting

Overall a spectacularly well put together piece of work. I've just finished my second listen and really allowed myself to sink into it very heavily from the get-go. The second listen through was in fact a lot more rich and I would heavily recommend doing so.

I've recommended this book to a number of people, one of the finest works I've listened to.

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  • Sel
  • 29-10-2019

Surprisingly enjoyable!

I really, really liked it! Not quite a s "grey" as I expected and I could totally have done without the love story that brought nothing to either story nor characters involved - but the world is really different and left me wanting to know more, all the characters feel like they hold their own and the writing is really good.
Performance from the narrator is splendid!

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  • Tobias Noller
  • 08-10-2019

Dark and Amazing

Great pace, a lot of action, main character is quite dark. Perfect voice actor choice! The plot is good as well.

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  • steelo
  • 21-08-2019

noir fantasy

enjoyable book with a black edge throughout. noir crime novel meets historical fantasy. narration was good adding to the enjoyment.

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  • Marshalsea
  • 15-08-2019

Great original fantasy book

Not many audiobooks get me listening outside my commute, this one had me from the start and just kept getting better. In this renaissance of great fantasy this one stands up. Read it!

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  • Arman
  • 13-05-2019

Wonderful

Great writing and a wonderful performance! More repeated sections than usual but awesome, overall. would recommend!

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  • Declan
  • 02-05-2019

If have you found him you will probs like him!

funny/engaging pov char nice world building! Author wont bore you, give him a chance guys!