• Luna Rising

  • The Shadow Legacies, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Murphy
  • Narrated by: Meg Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I want nothing more than to escape my destiny.

Being alpha-born means walking a path that's already been laid out for me, with a mate I don't get to choose. 

On a Lycan's 21st birthday, we are fated to find our true mate. Only, I don't want one. I'm not ready yet. 

I want to travel and see the world, but I can't do that, either. 

When our world comes under attack from a foe we thought long vanquished, everything I thought I knew gets flipped upside down. 

With nowhere to turn after my mate rejects me, feeling suffocated by my own skin, I leave my pack to try and find myself...but get found instead.

While this book is part of The Seven Realms saga and does contain some tiny spoilers to the Shadow Walkers Saga, it can be listened to without having to have heard any of the other books in the Seven Realms world.

©2021 Hudson Indie Ink (P)2021 Pink Flamingo Productions

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What’s great surprise

I knew nothing of this book going into it so I was pleasantly surprised.

I loved getting to see Remy and the Guys. I absolutely loved their series the shadow Walker saga so seeing them in this was awesome. I also loved how their cameo was more than just in passing. We got to see more of how their lives unraveled after their series ended. Love it.

I love Luna. Shes a great character and isn’t that much different from Remy but still has enough of her own characteristics and personality that you can clearly identify who’s who. Maddox is exactly how I’d imagine Romans son to be and it’s no surprise he’s ended up on my book bf list. I have enjoyed all of the characters in this book so far. I’m loving the mystery behind Jackson. The unknown that surrounds him keeps you guessing and I can’t wait to see more of him in the next books.

This is a great book and I love how the plot unravels at a great pace and really takes the time to let you experience everything happening in detail. The emotional angst, the drama, the action and twists are awesome and placed in the book so well that it draws you in and keeps you captivated.

The narrator did a great job also. Clear and smooth voice that’s easy to listen to and she really knows how to sell the story and her voice is perfect for Luna. I can’t wait to experience the rest of this series. Absolutely loved it.

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Luna's story!

This was an interesting introduction to Luna's story.

Initially this was a bit slow in the beginning, however the storyline soon picked up and I couwput this down.

I loved Luna's character!

An amazing listen overall

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JUST A GLIMPSE AND NOW I'M HOOKED!

Talk about just breaking the surface.... So initially, this book started off pretty slow. I almost gave up, but I decided to trudge on and boy was I glad I did! Luna is an alpha-born, which comes with familial expectations of her. This is in conflict with what she wants to do with her life, and I get that. Who wants to be forced into something without having had the chance to actually live a full life first?

Nova and Maddox are her two BFFs, who seem to only have one thing in common: meaning they're not exactly chummy, but will tolerate each other for Luna's sake. I found this quite amusing because there's no chance of any love triangles you might get from other books. Although the description says you can read this without having read any of the Seven Realms series, I'm now highly intrigued. Especially if it has more to do with the unique household of a were & angel union. I want to know more about Maddox's entire family, and in particular, the broody Reys!

Things get pretty emotional and intense past the mid-way point. I could not help the tears that flowed upon listening to Luna's anguish. The fates truly are cruel it would seem. Then there's that ending! Totally a cliff-hanger, but am I mad? No! I want more! What's going to happen next?!

Meg Price did a good job narrating this solo. I wonder if she's related to Victoria Mei (aka Natalie Naudus)? I'm also going to check out Shadow Walker's Saga next. I had no idea "A Crown of Blood and Bone" was connected to this! I happened to have it sitting in one of my multiple audio-libraries, untouched. It's Remy's story and I love that it's a reverse harem! This book was very much YA, though I hope it changes as Luna comes into her own as a woman a little over a couple decades old.

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Loved this story!

This was a great story. I'm very interested in what happens to Luna and Maddox. The narrator does a great job telling the story! I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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This is a great introduction to Luna’s story

This is the first book in The Shadow Legacies Series, a rejected mate romance. This series is set in the The Seven Realms World, and the the Shadow Walkers Saga. This is a great introduction to Luna’s story. She is an alpha-born, and a rejected mate. She is a wonderful character, strong, and smart. The supporting characters are interesting, and intriguing. I like the friendship in this story. This installment is fast-paced, and suspenseful, filled with danger, secrets, and twists and turns. I liked the characters, the world building, and the storyline. The story ends with a big cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to listening to Luna Bound, the next book in the series. #TheFlock #AudiobookObsession

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Rejected Mate Shifter Romance

Luna Rising by Sloane Murphy is a rejected mate shifter romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Meg Price. This is the first book in The Shadow Legacies series.

This is the first book of Sloane's that I have read and it definitely won't be my last. I was pulled in from the first chapter and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The book ends on a great cliffhanger that left me begging for more. I can't wait for the next book in the series Alpha Bound to be released on audio so I can get more of Luna's story.

Meg did an amazing job on the narration. She really knows how to bring a story to life. I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book if you like paranormal romances, shifter romances, rejected mates, or supernatural suspense.


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Emotional & intense

This was my first rejected mate shifter book, and man was it emotional and intense.

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Fated Mate Rejected!

Narrator: Meg Price was an excellent choice for this series, and I’ll tell you why. First, the inflection and tone she uses when she reads Luna is believable as a 20–21-year-old young woman. Second, I enjoyed her style, she was able to make the character believable with the way she was able to interject the correct amount of attitude and whiny girl was a great balancing act.
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This is Book one in a new series; however, it is a spin-off series of a preexisting world called the seven realms saga. Which leads to my only “peeve”, I have not read any of the previous titles from the seven realms saga, so I do not know any of the rules that were established from the prior titles. Since the only “peeve” I have with this title is with the lack of information or the glossing over that was done in the beginning, it can’t really be considered a con; because now I want to read the other titles, so good job there! The story picks up with Luna, a turning 21-year-old wolf shifter making this a coming-of-age story under the rejected mates trope. Luna as a character is a believable 21 yr. old whinny female who wants the opportunity to grow into her own woman, in other word exactly what you would expect of a girl her age. I look forward to getting to know Luna, she is funny, and I like her relationship with her best friend, there are not enough stories available that have a loyal female best friend. It didn’t really have anything to do with the plot, but there is a part where Luna is checking out her crush and he is wearing GRAY sweatpants, I couldn’t help but remember how Facebook censored pictures of men in gray sweatpants because it was considered too provocative. It was one of the many pictures from a group I was in that popped into my mind as I read that part that made me laugh. When a book can make me laugh out loud, it gets an automatic friends’ recommendation! I enjoyed this title and look forward to reading book 2!

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What a Story!!

Wow! Absolutely loved this! Great character development, great world building, excellent narration... I can't say enough! I read so many series, most incomplete, that when I hit a cliffhanger anymore, I'm just like, "well, okay then" and move on to something else. Not so with this book! I don't want to stop! I NEED the next one! LOL This book is great. Worth your time, definitely. Can't wait for the next!!!!

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I love Sloane Murphy and this book was not a disappointment. it's slow at first l, but that's one thing I really like about this book. She writes the first book to where she gets you to fall in love with the characters and story of the book. I can't wait for the second book to find out what happens next, but I know there is going to be a lot more spice. Meg Price did an amazing job narrating this book.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 12-22-21

Fabulous

There’s nothing more Luna wants is to live her life how she wants . However being an Alpha when she reaches 21 she has to have a mate she hasn’t chosen but when a foe long thought forgotten turns up everything changes . I really enjoyed listening to this and Meg Price did a great job narrating.
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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 12-16-21

What a ride!

First, the narrator did such an incredible job. Second, holy amazeballs, what an amazing story!!! The dialogue and chemistry were so well done. The words and the world they created were just awesome. I just cannot wait for more. This story had me from the first word until the last. The story just flew by and left me wanting so much more.

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  • PradaInPink
  • 12-12-21

Amazing!

This book had everything I wanted in it. Love, loss, rejection and self discovery. I love that Luna didn’t let herself get kicked down and have a huge pity party while dealing with all the crazy. She just pulled herself together and tries to figure out all her sh!t.

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  • Sara B
  • 12-11-21

Next, please!!

This one took me by surprise, suppressing my expectations. Luna Rising is brilliantly written and totally captivating, and a fantastic start to a terrific shifter paranormal series, Shadow Legacies. Shadow Legacies is set in the same world as Sloane Murphy's earlier series; if you've read her books, you'll love the appearances of previous characters. As always, both world-building and character development are phenomenal, creative, and fascinating. Our heroine, Luna, a Lycan, is about to turn 21, an age where she has to find her mate. But her independent streak and desire for freedom make her reluctant to follow tradition, obligation, and fate. But being the daughter of an Alpha and everyone's intervening make it literally unthinkable for her to shirk off her duty.

When the time comes, her destined mate rejects their bond, leaving Luna actually heartbroken, even though she didn't want him as a mate. There is more to it, but I'm not going to spoil the story by giving more details. Sloane Murphy's depictions of Luna's emotional turmoil, fear, rejection, and heartbreak were entirely genuine. Aside from Luna's everyday life and drama, the storyline has a current of suspense and surprising twists. Even though it ended in a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, the ending was spectacular. Honestly, the second audiobook can't be published fast enough.

As for the narration, Meg Price nailed it. Her portrayal of the characters and the underlying emotions was flawless. She breathed life into Murphy's words and made the story even more engaging. All in all, Luna Rising is a must listen, one I'm strongly recommending.

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  • 12-10-21

I don’t think I can wait for the next book!

Oh my word! Sloan you are pure evil.I can’t believe you ended this book like that. This book has a great storyline and brilliant characters. I can’t wait to see where the storyline is going and what happens next. A fantastic performance from Meg.
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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 12-10-21

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This was just so good. I loved the mate aspect of it and the way the story flowed. The pacing of the story being told more than kept my attention and i just want to give a high 5 to the author and the narrator for the opening chapter. That was so well done.

I am really hoping that the net one comes soon as im invested in these characters now and I really hope Meg is narrating again as she did such an amazing job at giving these characters life.

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  • Netta
  • 02-28-22

Luna

This is a great story and series starter. However, I must admit I feel like I’m missing some of the backstory. Sloane does a great job with the paranormal world, involving shapeshifters and others. This is a rejected mates book, and shows how heartbreaking that can be. The ending is expected yet not really expected and it is a cliffhanger. Meg does an excellent job with the narrative putting real emotion into this story.
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  • Shy G.
  • 01-27-22

My Thoughts on Luna Rising

3.5 of 5 stars

The narration on this story was fantastic. I feel compelled to say that first. If I was rating on that alone, it would have been a five star listen. But the story itself was a little to drawn out for me. I was halfway through the book before I felt like anything really started happening and then much of the second half was pretty sad. My heart was alternately breaking for Luna and at the same time I was frustrated on her behalf because there seems to be nothing she can do about her pain, and I hate to see a character suffer with no light on the horizon that it will ease. It did however pick up in that second half and by the end I was intrigued enough to want to continue to book two at least and see what it might bring.
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  • Weirdpup13
  • 01-17-22

Punch, hug and listen!

This is a solid shifter rejected mates story. Kept my attention, makes you want to punch some characters, hug some others and most importantly listen to book 2! This is the first in this world I have read and although I understand everything I do get the feeling I’m missing some backstory!

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  • Breen_R
  • 01-14-22

Great story!

“Yes to everything about this story!!! Rejected mates, slow burn romance, angst and over the top chemistry? OMG!!! It was fantastic!!! One of the things I liked the most was Luna’s attitude. Someone that wants to explore the world like Aladdin’s song without the duet love lol… like explore wonder by wonder before being tied down. Did I mention rejected mates? Yes!!!! It was epic!! A huge shoutout to Meg for the incredible narration.”

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