• Keystone

  • Crossbreed Series, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (5,085 ratings)

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By: Dannika Dark
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
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Publisher's Summary

When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome vampire whom she'd rather stake than go on a stakeout with. They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven's chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

©2017 Dannika Dark (P)2017 Tantor

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Keystone Was A Decent Spin Off But.....

.....I didn't feel it was a solid follow up to the original series.

Dannika Dark has a created a unique world of mages, vampires and interesting characters; however, I was a little disappointed with this spin off. The story is dialogue driven, slow to develop, and it felt more like a YA story. The romance between Raven and Christian Poe was lacking, and I really didn't feel like it was going anywhere. I was hoping for more romance, chemistry and attraction between the character, but instead there was a lot of dialogue and drama. I really liked her other series Seven Years, and absolutely loved Risk. For Dannika Dark fans, this is probably a must listen, but I'm on the fence if I will be continuing the series.

As usual, Nicole Poole does an excellent job narrating. I loved all the different accents she gave the characters.

I used my credit for this story, and kinda wished I had waited to see if it would have been offered as a whispersync deal or on sale.

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And she did it again! Another fantastic book.

What I really loved about this book is the fact that it dove more into the world around the characters. I got the chance to get to know a little about each breed and their characteristics, even listening to some I've never heard of before. I believe this book would be a good first book to read going into the series blind. And as for the narrator Nicole Poole is my absolute favorite narrator ever!

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It’s no secret I am a huge fan/supporter of Dannika Dark’s work. I love how she draws you in to her worlds.
I never want to leave.

When I first found out about the new series I was over the moon with anticipation. I can honestly say this is going to be a contender of which of her series is going to be my favorite.

This is different from the other series but still takes place in the same world. And we get more Christian Poe! He has always intrigued me but I love that you don’t have to have read the other series to understand this book or even Christian.

Raven is a character I want to be like, she is fearless. Maybe a little lonely sure but she is a fighter and I love that about a female character, she doesn't make excuses.
Her luck changes off and on throughout this book and you can’t help but be rooting for her.
Trust and loyalty is the name of the game and learning to trust who and what you are.
We get to see some fun and interesting characters I can’t wait for more.

I feel like I need to do the grabby hands I don’t want to wait! This book really is everything and more than I thought it was going to be.

I lovvvvvve Nicole Poole’s narration of any and all books she has done. She has a way of making each character different and unique you never feel like you don’t know who is in the driver’s seat so to speak.
The emotion she can put into her voice is amazing to me. I am a fan.
Worth the Credit, worth the money, worth it all.

I highly recommend if you are a paranormal lover because this book will suck you in and not let you go, in all the good ways.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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Another AMAZING story

I have not been disappointed by anything I have read by Dannika Dark. this one is no exception. I cannot wait to see what happens next. I also love how all of her series have a tiein in some way.

Nicole Poole is phenomenal!

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What a wonderful beginning!

I loved this book. It is a great start to a new series! Dannika has don't it again! I loved Raven and how she was able to accept who she is as a crossbreed. The chemistry between her and Christian was so electric! It was also full of humor! I can't wait to read the next book and see what happens! ❤❤❤❤❤

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Disappointing

Great story line if the heroine wasn't a sad excuse for a heroine. Has immortal life but hasn't figured out how to live on her own and thrive. That alone doesn't show much personal fortitude. Then begs to be liked and "part of the club" and just like a kicked dog keeps coming begging with her tail between her legs. Oh, did I mention that she is celibate while her "love" interest is a man whore (even when he knows she's watching) but doesn't want her to have anyone. The book drags on with more begging on her part, and more rejection on the other part. Such a sad excuse of a heroine. This is my first book by this author and most definitely my last. I am stuck in a place in the book where listening further will probably put me in a foul mood but quitting before I'm finished is against my character. If I do force myself to finish I will comeback and adjust my review accordingly. I just wanted to warn others about what they will be getting if they purchase this book. Serious buyers remorse!

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Another great Dannika Dark book!!

I have read every book by Dannika Dark and this one was just as good!! I love the characters! The only bad part is having to wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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another win for Dannika Dark

so excited to start this new series!
great character development, plot and pace!
loved it

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Christian .... Nico..... Raven...

I absolutely love dannika dark everything she writes but I have always had a soft spot for Christian. Is this going to be the story for his happy ending or is he going to step back and in this series will Raven go to Nico. I guess I will have to wait for the rest of the series. I really like all the new characters it is set in the world that dannika dark is already made just a new set of characters they all work together to get the bad guys that the law can't quite catch I'm sure there will be several interesting storylines on this one. let's see who is on team Christian or team Nico I am pretty sure that is going to float back and forth a little. awesome read is always love narration can't say good enough stuff about this duet.

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Great new series !

loved the characters, performance and story-for the most part. a couple of hiccups, with some implausible plot points, but forgiveable.

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  • I OFarrell
  • 02-11-17

strong start

What about Nicole Poole’s performance did you like?

The Irish accents are charming.

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Raven is a crossbreed who kills her own kind, but she only kills those who hurt humans. She’s kept herself hidden from the authorities for so long that she’s gotten used to being on her own and when someone asks her to put her talents to use, she can’t seem to be the person they are looking for.
This is a brilliant start to a new series, and it has all my favourite elements in starting with romance. This paranormal romance incudes many strong characters and a storyline that pulls on the heartstrings as well as making the reader laugh. Of course, I’ve come to expect nothing less from Dark and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. If you get the opportunity to listen to the audio version you won’t be disappointed.

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  • kim
  • 02-19-18

great book

I loved all the main characters in this book and I am so looking forward to starting the second book. I kept switching from audio to reading and there was no difference or mistakes in either I found the the woman reading the book has a calm soothing voice

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  • QW
  • 12-04-17

loved it!

really enjoyed the book, the reader was good too, although you need to overlook the Irish accent!

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 08-17-17

Light, fun supernatural story

This is a little reminiscent of X men: a group of powerful supernatural beings lead by one man cross paths with Raven, struggling to come to terms with her identity. The story has pace and scope. However I do not think the reader's tone suits the material. Though the sample shows that she is good at voices, the mangling of a key characters Irish accent would make the cast of Far and Away cringe. I didn't think I could get past it, but the story did eventually suck me in anyway.

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  • Wendy
  • 05-09-20

Fantastic

Love it as I did the previous four. Good engaging story line. Fast paced, fun.

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  • MELANIE
  • 09-02-17

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next in the series also brilliantly narrated

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  • Vee
  • 08-05-17

Great way to escape.

I've thoroughly enjoyed this story, particularly the narration.

Ive found that the narration can make or break an audio book and this one is aldantastic to enjoy. Each character has their own distinct voice and Raven's tone of voice stays badass. (So many narrators use weak tone of voice with a strong character - not this one!!)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-08-17

Awesome!! She never fails to deliver!

Great story that has you hooked and gasping for the story that just keeps you reeled in.
Can't wait to see how the story continues.

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  • Rara
  • 04-29-17

I LOVE THIS BOOK

This book is definitely the best audiobook I have listened to in a while, it kept me hooked and the narrator has a really nice reading voice with lovely tones that expose more of the story that you might have thought possible! I am a big fan of jeanine frost but this writer is going to be one of my new favourites.
This book has a whole new take on the supernatural world ... From vampires, mages through to grave walkers. The characters are endearing and some are troublesome but you soon change your way of thinking as the book progresses.
Raven is a lost half-breed who finds trouble and exterminates it but is later discovered by the supernatural non-official group called Keystone and that's when the fun really starts!
THIS IS A MUST FOR THOSE INTO THE SUPERNATURAL (I have discovered a whole new version of the supernatural in this book and I love it)

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  • A D.
  • 04-28-17

Another Stellar Start to a Series!!

I have always loved the details in Dannika Dark's books. I love how the specific specie traits remain constant from one series to the next, whether vampire, mage, shifter and so on. That makes it easier to follow the plot lines, build the world with intricate layers in the reader's imagination and, in turn, commit to the stories. It is a clear case of once you start, you will be drawn in and you may not be able stop!

Christian Poe is one such character. He played a fairly prominent role in a previous series so now it may be his turn. However Raven Black is the star protagonist with all the strengths and weaknesses that position represents. And (yeah!) a new series is born! The supporting characters are also full of flavour and intrigue and their individual stories (past series indicate that their stories are often woven into the series) have loads of potential.

This isn't the first time Nicole Pool has narrated Dannika Dark's books. Her voice has a lyrical quality that projects the subtle nuances of the story.

Overall thoroughly enjoyable! I am looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Imee-B
  • 06-09-17

Promising series

Crossbreed is the story of Raven Black a former human turned half mage half vampire, she is a rogue vigilante who dished out justice to those supernatural (breed) who hurt humans and now a member of the keystone group head by Victor and other breeds (supernatural/immortals) i love a heroine who kick ass and can defend herself without waiting or depending on a man, the chemistry between her and Christian is sizzling and i do hope they will get together eventually (sighs) Nicole Poole your narrative is excellent, your accent is incredible and you can differentiate between characters so not to be confusing for listeners. You are amazing thanks.

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  • Imogen
  • 02-23-18

Great story

This was a great story with the narrator jumping between character's voices/accents seamlessly. It was interesting and although the pace felt a little slow at times (perhaps because it is the first book and the author was setting up the world and all the characters - which she did a fantastic job of) it was very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

love the book

The book itself is great but the narrator's voice is to soft and lacks the sass and grit that someone reading as raven needs.

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  • Trueblueocca
  • 04-16-20

fantastic

I absolutely love this story. different than the others, exciting funny and not difficult to follow. I'm just about to start on book 2.

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  • Debs Langman
  • 10-08-19

Fantastic

Loved it, The story line is so easy to follow. Dannika Dark is a great writer, I highly recommend.

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  • Kelly
  • 08-16-19

enjoyed the narration

Keystone was a great audiobook to listen to - the female narrator managed all the different characters voices really well, the male characters actually sounded more male than female (which isn't always successfully done with female narrators).

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  • Tobi Meakins
  • 07-29-18

You will be hooked!

I have listened to every story in Dannika Dark's series and love them all. This is my second turn through them now! Raven Black is my favorite heroine and Christian Poe my favorite male companion. The narrator is excellent, the voices she does for each individual character is the best I have heard from a book series.

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  • Alexandra Harman
  • 03-02-18

fantastic book

I loved this book...well written and well read...the narrator did an exceptional job with the characters...

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  • Anitra
  • 02-11-18

Devestated - terrible

I am really disappointed in this book after reading the SEVEN series. It was poorly read and the storyline was so difficult to get into - I eventually gave up after 6 tries.
I do not recommend this at all.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-13-19

Terrible mc

She has zero control over herself it seems just a snarky person with really nothing to back it up.