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Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials: Book 1

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Shadowspell Academy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You don’t choose the academy. The academy chooses you.

I had no idea how those words would change my life. Or how they’d changed my life already...until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence. In an invitation. 

My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place so dangerous, they don’t guarantee you’ll make it out alive. 

If he doesn't go, our entire family will be killed. It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago - the same place where he mysteriously died. 

The academy has already killed one sibling. I’ll be damned if they take another. I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.

Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? That’s right - beat the academy at its own game. Or die trying.

Praise for the book:

"This book is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games in a bold twist on a classic magical young adult adventure." (Jaymin Eve, best-selling author of Supernatural Academy series)

©2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer (P)2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer

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***Culling***

This book reminds of the hunger games, it's a fast paced adventure that is full of thrills and danger. The plot is well written and character specially Wild (mc) is well flesh out. I've read this series but I want to get another prospective of the story from an Audio book point of view and I'm not disappointed it's totally awesome thanks to Khristine Hvam.

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Solid story, as advertised.

I liked this book a lot. I would have given it 5 stars, but it is a little short...

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 30-01-2020

Great beginning

Ah hell, another series I’m going to be addicted to! Another freaking awesome & wickedly addictive story by two of my favorite Indie authors! I love Wilde! She’s a strong willed and charismatic heroine who has some very impressive skills & her rag tag crew are quite interesting in their own right. This is a nice start to a new series but I’ll be honest, I wished it was longer and I could definitely do without the cliffhanger! The narrator did a fantastic job!

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  • Zen Flower
  • 22-05-2020

Sleeper

This book is sooooooo boring. I think maybe if the narrator was switched to someone else, it would be a listener.

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  • Lady Chaps
  • 19-05-2020

Very good

A not so nice Harry Potter. The story ended way too soon. It should have been combined with the next book. The narration was very good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-2020

Grew on me

About halfway through I got used to the wording and long explanation of everything. Got into Wylde and now I've already bought the next one.

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  • Desiree Rodgers
  • 27-04-2020

Wonderfully addictive

Great series! Something you can listen to a few times. Love everything Shannon writes, this introduced me to K.F Breene. Super thankful to find another talented author! Went through all three books way to fast! Please tell me your working on more!!

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  • MEGHAN
  • 20-04-2020

super action pack and fun to listen or read!!

First, I love the authors and there previous books, I expected greatness and I received it! The dynamic characters getting added dimensions as you get to know them and there worth, Wilde is a phenomenally strong character with amazing skills. I am going for book 2 with hopes raised and fingers crossed!!

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  • Scarz
  • 07-04-2020

Loved the book and narrator!

The story was interesting and the narrator did an amazing job. I don't know what was wrong with the sound/recording because each chapter had an issue.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-2020

Excellent Book One

I grabbed this on a whim and have zero regrets.

I've listened to this narrator in other books, and typically enjoy her style. She did great here too, but...

Sadly there's a but.

Something was off with the recording. I'm not savvy in these areas, however you can hear the audio quality shift, often.

It doesn't take away from the story, and the narrator still captures the storytelling spot on. But it is distracting when the quality shifts... Not distracting enough, however, as I'm moving on to book two!

Can't wait to figure out what happens next with the MC and her gang of misfits.

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  • April Robles
  • 03-04-2020

Finally - something different!!

Awesome start to a book series...perfect narrator!!
Best series I've listened too in a long time.
Interesting and likable characters and very intriguing plot. The only problem is that it ended - I couldn't wait to start the next book in the series. Loved it!!

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  • E.V.
  • 08-03-2020

Very engaging story and narration!

great story line engaged my hard to please 12 year old and keept me entertained as well during a long drive. look forward to the other books. the performance was really good. vocals were pleasing great voice acting and accents. she made the characters come to life the only issue was that the volume and tone would very from one chapter to the next so we had to keep making adjustments on the mixer and volume to compensate. Everytime the sound would change it distracted from the story and took a min to adjust to the new pitch. I'd give performance 4.5 but I can't so one star down just because the weird sound changes in the recording.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 18-03-2020

Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials

This book holds load of tention, not to mention bravery and courage. Wild seems to beable to servive it all.