• Ravenwood

  • Tanyth Fairport Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You're never too old to make a bad decision.

After 20 winters on the road, Tanyth Fairport makes one last pilgrimage in her quest to learn all she can about the herbs and medicinal plants of Korlay before settling down to write her magnum opus. Her journey is interrupted when she decides to help a small village and learns that much of what she knows of the world may not be quite as it seems. 

Nathan Lowell blends Wiccan tradition and shamanistic lore into a fantasy quest for a new - if unlikely - heroine. She learns that the familiar sometimes hides the fantastic and that, even when you think you’ve made your decisions, life doesn’t always agree.

Produced by Dan Sawyer, ArtisticWhispers Productions, Inc.

©2009 Nathan Lowell (P)2021 Nathan Lowell

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Not all adventurers are young men.

I love Nathan's work, and the Tanyth Fairport Adventures are particular favorites. Tanyth is an itinerant herb lorist of a certain age who is travelling on foot to the home of another lorist who knows more than she does. She encounters a small settlement on the Road. Adventures ensue.

The story is excellent, the performance flawless. Many thanks, Nathan Lowell and Veronica Gigere.

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World building and perspective

I enjoy Mr. Lowell’s world building. This story has a fascinating explanation of magic and the origins of the crone in the woods trope. I enjoyed this story years ago as a podcast and I’m happy to hear it with some more polish to the audio.

It’s different having the protagonist be a woman of late middle age and have her strengths & weaknesses addressed in a dignified way. She rescues herself and shields others realistically.

The narrator gives this story a soothing voice and I liked the addition of the chimes to differentiate the dreams & visions.

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great story

this is a wonderful story. The issue with the chapters being out of order has been fixed.

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love this book

I love Nathan's writing.
I love Veronica's voice.
Love the story.
The combination of all three is magical.

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there is a issue with chapter 10

I loved the book and the entire series but chapter 10 is out of sequence so the chapters go 9, 11, 10 it's my only complaint about the book.

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Great Fantastic

A unexpected lead in a great fantasy book. more down to earth and your never really sure if magic is at work or something else. 5 star story You are never to old to have an adventure or make new mistakes

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Pretty good

Not your rip, roaring adventure, but just quiet storytelling. Good characters with real problems. A touch of magic or something is added, but it fits with the story.

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excellent job

I think Veronica did an excellent job. She is the voice for Tanyth Sar has been looking for.

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A favorite!!

I’ve loved this story since it was first published. This is a wonderful version by a favorite narrator.

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Absolutely no direction

I was so keen to read more of Nathan Lowell's works after reading The Wizards Butler and was so happy when I stumbled upon this. As a "retired" Wiccan myself, I was sure this here might be straight up my alley. I thought this book was about this middle aged female wanderer/adventurer, yet kind of calm wiccan kind of herb gatherer with some wicked staff fighting skills. Boy, was I wrong! Aside from a couple of ecciting scenes, this book was just about daily life, waking up, going to the bathroom, cooking and eating, with some village drama on the side. The story wasn't going anywhere. The heroine just kept talking about going to see this wise woman but she never went. There were so many scenes that were unneccessary and the book suffered from severe overwriting, which resulted in lack of build-up and tension. I was bored out of my mind often times, but still, the book had some interesting ideas there that kept me reading, hoping that eventually something would happen, but it never did. I felt like the author was promising another book where it would happen, but since he kept promising it in this book and it didn't, I'm not going to waste my time reading another book about boring stuff like cooking and waking up and going to the toilet, waiting for another promise to be broken.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 02-12-22

Old world charm

A whimsical tale of a band of misfits, making a new life for themselves in a new village they have built, away from their families in town.
Tanith is a wandering nomad learning a hedgewitch trade. She has been wandering the roads for 20 years, staying the winters with other hedge witches, sharing and learning.
She spends time with the new villagers, teaching them skills of healing that they need, and sharing their trials and tribulations.

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