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Ryana, a worthless girl-child, is sold to a mysterious woman who takes her to the home of the Shadow Sisters who are prized for their abilities as spies and assassins. She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars - something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice - a weapon the Sisters don't teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic. 

As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack. The senior Sister selects Ryana to find out who is killing Sisters and why - because her intuitive approach has proved effective, even though her youth and inexperience makes it unlikely she will survive. 

As she travels through the kingdom as a member of a gypsy clan, she finds the only way she can protect the Sisters and hope to discover the underlying plot is through ever more violence and killing. As she proceeds through the provinces, her secret enemies come to call her the Sister of Death and become desperate to find and kill her. But in her desperate fight to protect the Sisterhood and the kingdom, Ryana fears that she has destroyed herself and the only life she ever wanted.

©2012 C. R. Daems (P)2018 Skyboat Media

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Fun story

This was a fun story. I found myself staying up late just to finish the book...which is usually a good sign. However, as fun as this story was, its not epic. It could have been. There is magic in this book. Its not that important. By the end of the book, I realized that magic was handled as more seasoning and not the entire meal. I liked that. The fight scenes were average to poor. I didn't find that appealing. The MC was a strong female lead that felt far more developed and 3D, than the remaining 2D supporting cast.(seriously 2D evil dudes) There are some rape/violence scenes...as opposed to some books where you feel the author is getting off on it, or the marketing manager added the scenes....these felt part of the storyline. The ending is rushed. Several elements of the sisterhood and their interaction with the MC were not fleshed out as well as they could have been.(its one of those stories where you felt the author knew something you didn't...and when you got to the end expecting the finer points to be revealed...they weren't. If fact, the final events made me think I was expecting too much from the storyline) SPOILER: Why send Ryana at all?...there are several others that could have gone... her "uniqueness" never felt that unique...until after she killed 30 or more people....but no one could have predicted that....maybe if the sisterhood "home" was attacked and everyone killed but her....maybe, I could buy into her going. ....probably would have made a better book.

So, ok, enough bashing. It was a fun listen. I liked that the MC wasn't a whining little kid for the entire book. I liked the inner turmoil. The story moves. Is it worth a credit? If you have nothing better lined up, its a nice waste of time...fun...so yeah it was worth the credit for me.

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Thank Goodness for Audible Plus!

Without Audible Plus I may not have listened to this great book. Loved the plot. Super loved that women were strong, smart, and kicking butt. A fun listen.

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Could hardly put it down; well written, well read.

This series would normally be a bit outside my usual reading. But as an "Included" book, the price was right & the summary caught my interest. The protaginist, Ryana (dubbed the Sister of Death by the evil ones) struggles greatly with her true identity(ies), the morality of her decisions, & the consequences on her soul.
As the tale begins, she is very young and has no relationships except family abuse, but after they sell her, she builds many as the cycles [years] go by growing up. At 18 (?) she is sent to confronts the Enemy. She does so in order to save those whom she cares about: her true family, i.e. those who raised and trained her (The Shadow Sisters), her adopted family (the Gypsy clans), those who assist her with her uncertain journey, a "quest" to gain intel along the way (e.g. the Earth Wizards & desert people), and, eventually, her King and country.
Yet, the terrible things she has done to succeed in her quest haunt her deeply & she feels herself worthy only of death. Will her new love aid in her healing? (Read Shadow Gypsy next to find out!)
I must admit that I enjoyed this series a lot, & hope to encounter this reader-narrator again, tho I'm not sure I'd spend credits for other books by this author (only because I still have a very long list of other favorites I want to pick up first). Nonetheless, if you enjoy fantasy, mystery, & a bit of romance, you'll enjoy this.

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COULDN’T STOP LISTENING!!!

Great characters, wonderful new story line, totally engaging!
This author excels bringing action to life with a main character who is self-effacing. She is an underdog you can’t resist rooting for.
I am a sucker for a happy endings!
It is very rare for me to submit a full review.

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it was a good listen

this book made my work day go by in a flash it was a very good listen.

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good female lead

wasn't sure about the story and narrator's pace. but it was good. the female lead is strong but vulnerable.
I would get the next book

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Love love love this book!!!!

I absolutely love this book! I love how the main character is so an awesome, yet humble enough to not see it. she is strong but also relatable in an odd way I highly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to listen to the next!

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Different and entertaining

I liked it, it's a little long in spots, and the narrator was pretty good.

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decent

it was an ok story, written in first person perspective and following a character that feels a bit like a Mary Sue halfway through, it is a tolerable book.

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I was there.

This is the best I every herd. I WONT TO THINK the readers . I loved it.

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  • Brenda
  • 08-03-21

Loved this story

This story was not what I expected and could not stop listening. I recommend it to all , even if there is violence and the principal character grew into her responsibility as a assassin even if she didn't want to kill. She is remorseful and may never be the same.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 11-07-18

A refreshing take on this storyline

I found this book enthralling. It was difficult to break off listening to do the chores, For me it is a cut above similar story plots, but I can't really put my finger on what makes it so. There is a lot of action, and (a warning!) a lot of killing. We walk with the character, Ryana, as she settles into her impossible task, and watch it transform her. Even though the action is grim, and it takes a heavy toll on her, Ryana's strong sense of self helps her cope. If I say any more, it would probably spoil the story for you. de Cuir does a first-rate job of performing the various personalities and the 'Americanisms' are thankfully few. All credit to Daems for his writing. I've just downloaded the second book in the series and will start it soon. When are we likely to see a third book (the 2nd book was published in 2013)?
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  • Mrs C
  • 01-06-22

Great Listen

I really enjoyed this story, of a young girl who is sold to a group who train girls to be ninjas. Her first mission turns out to be difficult, but she meets some great characters along the way.

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  • AngelM
  • 12-30-21

You're walk through the plot as Ryana, insightful

Ryana character is allowed to grow before you, from abused child to a young woman who flows with her Instincts. She stuns her trainers and makes them look at her and their training differently. The narration by Gabrielle covers the whole process well. There is violence but to get the best out of this book do your chores first, dim the lights and then let your imagination and ears work for you..enjoy just downloaded book two.

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  • Andrew Armstrong
  • 12-28-21

Gripping story

CR Daems seems to have a type of story telling that works both for science fiction and fantasy. It suits my taste well. Gabrielle de Cuir adds to the enjoyment by narrating in a way that suits the material perfectly.

Here is a fantasy about someone forced to be wise beyond her years, who faces challenges that would leave all but the toughest of us catatonic of they happened in real life. No spoilers, if this is the type of story you like, listen and enjoy.

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  • Big T
  • 12-20-21

Unexpected brilliance

Superb book, great narrator, fantastic story, plenty of excitement, suspense and action. Couldnt stop listening and finished it all in one sitting. Thoroughly recommend it, looking forward to book two.

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  • Rachel
  • 12-18-21

Page turner for me

Great adventuring, strong characters, excellent narration. I enjoyed it immensely, listening while getting lots of chores out the way.

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  • lyn
  • 12-16-21

very clever

I really enjoyed this. the base storyline, overlying characters and plot development. Great story. looking forward to the 2nd instalment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-21

Amazing

Great story, easy to digest and follow. Great main character and a lot of others!

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  • Lynn Whittenbury
  • 11-30-21

A Brilliant book full of adventure

I love this book it has so many twists & people of all different provinces who can she trust?
It is a great book I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 12-10-21

Training

Ryana is found starved and beaten by a Shadow Sister. The sister sees potential in Ryana and buys her.
She is trained to be a Shadow Sister, but Ryana is not conventional.
She is sent out to find out who is killing the sisters. She joins a gypsy caravan which proves to be a good cover.

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  • DebraP
  • 10-21-21

Shadow love

What an adventure the author takes on. Fabulous!! The narrator Ford a wonderful job bringing it to life. Can’t wait to get into the next one.
I think the author is my new favourite.. well done
Highly recommend