• The Shadows of Blackbriar Academy

  • By: Olivia Ash
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (583 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I made it through the trials, but now the real test begins.

Year One classes have begun in the enchanted halls of Blackbriar Academy, and they're more challenging than anything I've ever faced in my life. Surviving the Academy means brutal training, advanced magic, and a bloodthirsty student who is developing a dangerous hunger for my power. 

Worst of all, it's clear someone knows my secret. And they have my father locked away. 

Deep in the rubble of an ancient ruin, we find evidence of a ritual. One we don't fully understand, but one which most definitely involves me in some way. And as time runs out, we have to find out who's behind this before they kill everyone I love. 

The traps are set. The clock is ticking. And I absolutely must save my father before he's slaughtered. 

God help whoever dares hurt him. I'm not the weak, naive girl I was when I came to Blackbriar. 

My magic has never been stronger, and I've never had more control. I don't care if I risk going dark - I'll do whatever it takes to save the only family I have left. 

Or die trying. 

The Shadows of Blackbriar Academy is a full-length novel with a powerfully magical heroine, a riveting storyline, and an alternative relationship dynamic that supports our badass heroine's right to choose more than one man. Get ready for a heart-pounding story filled with an academy fantasy romance unlike anything you’ve listened to before. 

Buckle in for heart-pounding action, breathtaking magic, deadly assassins, four drop-dead gorgeous leading men, lots of toned muscles, and most importantly - a young woman’s journey of justice, self-discovery, and freedom. 

Warning: The Blackbriar Academy saga is a reverse harem series with explicit scenes and is meant for mature listeners who enjoy spellbinding stories with a few very steamy, fan-your-face moments in their fantasy fiction.

Includes a special bonus note from the author.

©2019 Olivia Ash (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Just why? (Contains spoilers***)

The plot itself is fairly interesting. In the first book, I thought it might be trying too hard to be Harry Potter, but I think the author has found a way to make a unique storyline.
But why, why is it necessary to have the main character in some odd 5-way relationship with 4 men who are all just okay sharing her among each other? And her dad (who was committed to one woman) is cool with it too? I can say with certainty that my own father would NOT say "I'm happy you found each other" after discovering I was sleeping with 4 men.
Call me too traditional, but I just feel like the author could have created a different story for why her magic reacts to the different men. One could have been love, one could have been like a long lost relative, one a best friend, etc. Just because the men are all attractive, doesn't mean she has to make out and have sex with all of them. I find plenty of men attractive, but I'm really only interested in having sex with my husband- even when we were just long distance dating.
Rant over.

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Disappointed in the development of the main character

I started reading the series with high hopes and even though it parallels Harry Potter In so many ways and thus lacks originality, I liked the author’s new twist. But then, as Wren starts meeting the group of “her men,” I started disliking her character more and more.
I’m not a prude by any means; I enjoy relevant steamy sexual descriptions, but I found her promiscuity hard to swallow.
Even though the writer alludes to the trolls’ mating practices as non monogamous and we could thus reason that Wren grew up exposed to a culturally different way to view sexuality, her attitude and total lack of concern for the feelings of her friends appears very narcissistic.
Let’s not forget that she spent 14 years around humans, in a seemingly normal environment. She learned the rules of the game to an extent and so, her willingness to engage physically, with no qualms, with all her male friends, not considering their feelings or how it could cause conflict among them is pretty disgusting. Wren comes across as lacking in depth, rather superficial, and extremely self centered (even for a teenager).
One specific thing I found totally unrealistic is the description of what, as a reader, I must assume is Wren’s first sexual experience. The way she engaged in the act would only make sense if she had already lost her virginity and gained some experience. It is very misleading to write about a girl’s first time without including the reality of that rite of passage. I’ve never heard in my life from a girlfriend that her first time was without some awkwardness, anxiety, or discomfort. Unless Wren was already sexually experienced, that scene makes no sense. Are we to assume that she had already had sex by the age of 14 or perhaps experimented with trolls? I believe such information would be pertinent and should be included if we were to understand her character more. If she were described as having suffered from not only physical abuse in the hands of her capturers, but also from sexual molestation, for example, then we could start making sense of her promiscuous behavior and understand it as the symptom of a broken psyche.

I must say I stopped listening to the second book to write this review, perhaps the writer will offer a bit more clarity soon?

Not a great read, most definitely Fantasy in more than one way,

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Lame x-rated version of Harry Potter

The series started out ok , lot of similarities to Harry Potter , this series turned into an lame x- rated version of Harry Potter ! Won’t finish this book or anymore in this series

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Too many guys for me.

I kept wondering about this girls character. She seems to jump from bed to bed,, guy to guy and I personally was sick of it. I get falling for them, but multiple sex partners strikes me as nothing I would want to think about because I didn't like it at all.

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No shows her but a bright story

The Shadows of Blackbriar Academy Is book 2 in the series. It picks up where book 1 ends . Wren and her four guys .
Wren needs to train to find her father and save him. Wren and her guys need to win over the black shadow creatures . In this book 2 there is a lot of fighting training . Wren still has a strain relationship with her Aunt . I think her aunt is up to something.
Wren saves her father but is her father playing dirty with magic .

Amanda Dolan performance was great. Voice is strong and smooth

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Disappointing

It was a struggle to finish. I was initially intrigued by this plot because I am a Harry Potter fan, and I thought this was going to be similar, but with a sexual twist, but boy was I wrong. The plot and the characters disappointed, and the performance was meh. Seeing as I hate to leave things unfinished I did finish listening till the end, but the most entertaining part was counting the number of time the characters used the word "chuckle". And let me tell you, it was A LOT. Nearly every sentence.

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Book 1 was fun but I didn’t need to read it again

Book 1 practically copied and pasted with bad guys swapped out and things progress with some more of her men (I guess she gets to bed one per book?). ‘Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought him back’ J says in book one and book two but Ren reacts like it’s another new phrase… it’s like there was a placeholder and they forgot to edit it. It’s a shame I liked book 1.

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What will happen next Ren dear?

The narration by Amanda Dolan is excellent and hope she continues be the narrator of this series. We find out more about Ren and her backstory and I just don't trust her Aunt Patricia! The four men/guys are just scrumptious and just waiting to who she picks next. So glad book 3 is out and I can continue this yummy story.

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  • KB
  • 04-19-22

Need a new drinking game??….

…take a shot every time it says someone “quirked an eyebrow”… except that you might die before you get past the first few chapters…
Besides the laughable repetition of phrases/wording, it’s a fun and easy read. And Amanda Dolan is possibly the best narrator on Audible.
Tip: The author notes at the end of the books are almost more amusing than the text… does she think her readers are toddlers, or witless men waiting to be seduced? Hmm, I’m not sure. Either way, Ms. Ash, I am not your “babe” LOL… but I will keep reading your books.

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The 2 book was much better. I like the story though

Is this girl a nympho. A little less about the sex. The second book was much better

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  • edyta paciorek
  • 07-04-22

Loved it!!!!!

It is a great series. I could not stop reading. This book is truly enchanting.

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  • lisa pankhurst
  • 03-23-22

Wow

Yet again the fantastic story continues although there is a little of going back and forth but still gripping.