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Harley Merlin and the First Ritual

Harley Merlin, Book 4
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Harley Merlin Series, Book 4
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Five rituals to control Chaos. That’s all it takes.

Now that Harley knows her enemy’s grand plan - to become a godlike Child of Chaos and punish those deemed “unworthy” - she’s got to figure out what the heck to do about it. Many of the missing magicals are still out there, and Katherine has vowed to kill everyone Harley cares about and make her watch.

So that’s fun.

Just when it seems like things can’t get much worse, one of the most precious monsters of the Bestiary escapes, and Harley is sure that Katherine has her dirty hands involved. But that crazy witch had better be ready because Harley has finally figured out a way to unleash her powers - although the cost might not be worth it.

Astrid, a human living amongst magicals, is just as determined to thwart Katherine’s schemes. At the same time, her budding romance with the Coven’s trademark bad boy has earned her father’s disapproval, and it seems like betrayal is lurking around the corner....

©2018 Bella Forrest (P)2019 Bella Forrest

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great story

love the twist and turns the character building and the mystery its a great series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-2019

I think I'm done.

I think I'm done with this series. The premise is good; I feel connected to the characters and I like how it feels as though the typical magic and typical superpowers are combined; I think that's very unique. However, it feels like the story is just not fully developed: the plot is predictable and the foreshadowing is so blatant, it's making it hard for me to want to continue. I think the narrator does a very good job, but feels as though the author split this story into waaay to many installments for the sake of profitability and I'm having a hard time wanting to spend more money on this series.

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  • Rebecca Eschler
  • 12-08-2019

slow moving and poor character growth

the concept of the book is good. but there is 0 character growth outside "blooming love interest". characters keep making the same types of errors and choices from book to book. honestly, it's getting old. I'll stick with it because the plot is interesting. but I've stopped feeling sympathy or compassion for the characters. it's a little like watching to many nic cage movies. because there's no growth in the characters, you just kind of feel like you're on replay every time a new situation comes up.

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  • Ann
  • 15-07-2019

Too Slow, Too Juvenile, Poorly Narrated but I’m still reading all of them?

Ok - so I have to give credit where it’s due and admit to the fact that despite my continuously low star rating, I have listened through 4 books and will likely finish the series.

So acknowledging the achievement in that, I will lay out my concerns.

(1) Why does the author insist on telling us things we literally just heard ten minutes ago? You don’t need to almost verbatim repeat the same points. Especially when each character already knows too and you’re not explaining their epiphanies to us.

(2) The narrator. I love how she does Harley and Alton. But everyone else, especially the accent work, is very sloppy, inconsistent and just plain wrong at times. I could not have done this better if my life depended on it. And I’m sure voicing this many characters is a challenging if not down right impossible job. But there are so many talented people putting out narrations on audible - maybe they would have been better suited to the challenge. I cannot differentiate between Astrid and Harley, the accents dip in and out for Tatiana and for others. I don’t know. It’s just kind of shotty work where another voice actor might have lent atmosphere to a somewhat lacking bit of writing.

(3) Which brings me to my last point. I’ve read books about 16 year olds that had more depth and development than this book about a supposed 19 year old. Granted, this does feel age appropriate where those books have seemed reaching for what a 16 year old might be like, but I was surprised at how juvenile the characters are at times, especially Harley.

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  • Siobhan
  • 26-07-2019

Too short

For 1 credo there should be 2 of these books. The narrator is wonderful.and does an amazing job with the different characters. Took 5 books to make it to the fist kiss? There are 9 books? That’s a lot of credits and not sore the series is worth it.

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  • Megan
  • 15-01-2020

Its okay

These books are repetitive. It's the same thing over and over. Wade and Harley still haven't made any moves. And the group continuously fails. I have tried to give it a chance but I can't listen anymore. After 4 books I feel like more should be happening. That aside the narrator is amazing.

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  • Lisa
  • 27-12-2019

Love this series

A friend recommended this series. I have been enjoying it profoundly. And the narrator adds so much to the story. Her slight change of voice for those with accents or the male characters is superb. Off to the next book in the series......

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  • Chiquita Lewis
  • 25-12-2019

Great Series

There is lots of action in this series including this book.
This book has friendship, love, sacrifice and adventure. If you enjoyed the last books, download this book.

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  • J. sablan
  • 25-12-2019

Guilty pleasure

I love this series thus far. It has all of the hormonal, adolescent love stories to give you all of the tingly feelings inside. The author Bella Forest adds just the right amount of wit to every situation to relieve a bit of the tension that builds within battle scenarios. The narrator Amanda Ronconi did an amazing job with voicing each character. This has been an extremely entertaining audiobook and I highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-2019

Awesome

A bit slow start, but worth the wait. Great listen a little PG13 in some areas. Love the storyline.

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  • KellsNP
  • 27-11-2019

Not super satisfied

Like other reviewers, the books feel incomplete.. I feel like 90% of it is stuck in boring mode and right when things start to get good and heated up.. the book ends.. I don’t mind books that end on a cliffhanger but there is no sense of completeness at the end. The author spread out a story line over waaay too many books.

Each time a book has ended, I go through the “should I really keep going” phase. After this book... I think I’m done.

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  • Katherine Russell
  • 13-10-2019

Each book gets better

Easy to listen to. This one was more emotional than the previous. Enjoyed it

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  • prmiaj
  • 01-08-2019

Amazing series

Absolutely loving this series of books. Can't wait to get the next one!! Thinking about them all the time even when not reading them. 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2019

love it

though i believe it took too long for Wade and Harley to admit their love for each other

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  • lymara charles
  • 15-07-2019

Great

Love these books straight on to the next One just wish wade and Hatley would get together already

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  • JEMB85
  • 13-07-2019

getting boring

I really enjoyed the first few books but I found the story line is really dragging out by this book and there's not alot of character development.

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  • Miss K A Cambell
  • 08-07-2019

Amazing

Love love love these stories. Exciting to the end. Can’t wait to hear what happens next

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  • michelle witham
  • 01-07-2019

amazing! cant get enough

absolutely loving the Merlin books and they are read so well cant wait for more