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The growing power in Sable’s words nearly changed the world. Until she was betrayed and silenced.

A year ago, on the land’s biggest stage, Sable’s voice nearly burned down the carefully constructed lies of the Kalesh Empire. Now, Sable’s skills are merely tools in High Prioress Vivaine’s desperate negotiations with the new Kalesh ambassador, who’s denounced Sable as a zabat. A rebel. A firestarter.

Sable would love nothing more than to burn down the empire. But with threats against her sisters looming, the acting troupe driven away, and no news of Reese for a year, she’s too chained and alone to even light a spark.

Meanwhile, the empire grows on the south like a disease and stretches its poisoned fingers even into the northern lands. Desperate to fight, Sable sends details about the Kalesh to the one ember of hope kindling in the north: a small, mysterious band of rebels. Vivaine hates the rebellion, though, and her spies have discovered their location - and that Sable is more deeply connected to them than she knows. Unless Sable turns her back on the rebellion and pledges loyalty to Vivaine, the prioress will reveal the rebel camp to the Kalesh.

But Vivaine should not be so rash, because the power of Sable’s voice is stirring again, the old coals being stoked into flames. And she’s ready to embrace the title of zabat.

The Keeper Origins trilogy and the Keeper Chronicles trilogy can be listened to in any order. They take place in the same world but are stand-alone books.

©2021 JA Andrews (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Story-Telling Perfection!

Once in a while when I’m listening to a story, a moment of revelation, or a crescendo of action moves me in such a way that I get a sudden wave of goosebumps or chills. Not all stories have this effect, of course. And even those that do rarely contain more than one such moment. Ravin’s Ruin had at least three of these for me. And to be honest, this one actually started a little slow for me. That was fine, because this is not my first time listening to something written by JA Andrews. I had hope. And I'm glad I did because this ended up being my favorite JA Andrews story to date!

I’ll keep this spoiler-free. The turning point in the story for me was when I learned the true nature of what Reese had been doing in the north and with whom. Something about this revelation pulled me the rest of the way into the story, hanging on every word. I felt Sable’s emotional connection to Reese and how this affected her. Speaking of evoking an emotional response, I think that was what was most striking about this book in particular. I was able to feel not only Sable’s emotions, but the emotions she projected onto others through such well-written dialogue, the speeches especially. The writing just seems so smooth and effortless, and Kate Reading's narration surely enhances this further. In addition to the major plot points and twists, I have to say the use of the Phoenix and the Kobalt in this story were also executed wonderfully, and in unique fashion. Both enhance the story without ever approaching deus ex machina status. I particularly enjoy the personality of the Kobalt!

I loved the Keeper Chronicles, and Dragon’s Reach, but I don’t think I felt so emotionally invested or connected to either of these stories as I did this one. This doesn’t happen often for me so kudos to JA Andrews for improving upon an already stellar start to a series. I can’t wait for Phoenix Rising!

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More, More, More!!!

I just finished the book(which I pre-ordered) and am pining for more! My fears from the ending of Dragon's Reach were allayed upon finishing this Raven's Ruin. Again, wonderful storyline. I have yet to be disappointed with JA Andrews and cannot wait for the next book of the series to become available! Also, Kate Reading was once again a wonderful narrator and I cannot wait to hear more from her as well.

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wonderful characters

The second book of this series is even better than the first. I have fallen in love with the writing style and the richness of the characters in this story. I have laughed out loud and cried and been brought from the lowest of lows to the best of highs. I cannot wait for the third book of this series and I hope she continues writing stories in this world, it feels so deep with history. especially if you include the keepers chronicles.

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Captivating

I have thoroughly enjoyed everything about these 2 books for keep origins. I have laughed and cried and loved these books. Looking forward to book 3 coming out some day!!

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Entertaining

At times I struggled with the overall story, but it moves along well enough. There are times that the story gets bogged down and can appear petty, but it eventually recovers, and the plot is moved along. Kate Reading is an outstanding reader and continues to add depth to the overall experience.

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Awesome

so I loved this book, though I've got to admit at first when I got it I was a bit disappointed, I like long books, when I got Ravens Ruin it showed as 8 Hours, so I was a bit annoyed, I still loved the story though, and a few days ago when I came looking to see when the 3rd book was to be released I saw it said 23 hours(more my speed), so I was confused, idk what happened but it left me with over 10 hours of book to listen to so I jumped in.

I loved how this book expanded on the world's Magic, Selene was amazing showing her power, I loved the world building granted I'm still confused on the geography but I'll figure it out

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A solid homeland security story

Until the big reveal (well, actually it was obvious in the opening words of book 1), I kept thinking about how the story would have played out if some editor had not suggested adding magic and occasional cameos by elves, dwarves, dragons, Dobbie, and a phoenix. The citizens of the world built by Andrews don't seem to be aware of them and yet the story is not of a hidden world inside the muggle world. It all seemed just tacked on; none of it has a back story (in story) nor any linkage to any literary traditions as to why such creatures have entered human imagination.

That said, a strong female lead, who suddenly morphs from clever pickpocket (for morally defensible reasons) to a world-leader "queen" (cheers that such a transformation happens at 25 instead of age 14), makes this story stand out. I am a little disappointed that her sisters are neglected characters. On the other hand, the male characters might actually be truer to reality than we typically get: they have a touch more emotion than the women.

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Awesome!!

And yet another fantastic book that I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end! Can’t wait for more!

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Simply extraordinary!

Excellent story. No sex or foul language. Deep richly developed characters. Lots of edge-of-the-seat action. Very satisfying. Can't wait for the next one.

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Love Kate Reading

Good book and as always a fantastic performance by Kate Reading. Definitely gonna buy the next one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-11-22

Loved the story was so sad when it ended

Loved the story. The narration was great really got into the characters. Can't wait for next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

It Keeps Getting Better

I fell in love with the original trilogy of the Keeper Chronicles. So I dove straight into the Prequel series after finishing the first set, as I wasn’t ready to leave this world and the characters in it, but having now finished book 2 in the prequel series I honestly think it’s been the best one of the 5 so far.

I enjoyed every moment of the story, and it just kept getting better. It’s so engrossing and following Sable and her companions through their journey just keeps me wanting more.

I can’t recommend this series enough, and you should definitely go through them all! Hving read the original trilogy I’ve really enjoyed the call-backs and threads that tie them together.

I can’t wait for the next entry !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

Good

while I did enjoy this book, the story was very transparent and didn't quite deliver the impact of her other books. Nothing was a shock. In fact I'm surprised the hours spent reading while the prioress slept didn't make a reappearance. I'm expecting it in the last book.

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  • Andrew Thomson
  • 10-18-21

sensational

a very entertaining story line with lots of plot twists. in depth characters and wonderful writing.

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  • Cally
  • 10-13-21

An amazing performance

I loved the story made epic by the narrator she was amazing. Highly recommend. What a great follow on book.

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  • Kientha
  • 10-11-21

Brilliant

JA Andrews has quickly become one of my favourite authors and she just keeps getting better. This book is another breath of fresh air in the genre and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I can't wait for the final installment!