Season of the Raven Audiobook by Denise Domning (Review)

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Review of: Season of the Raven Audiobook
Denise Domning

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On March 14, 2019
Last modified:March 11, 2019


Season of the Raven Audiobook

By: Denise Domning

Narrated by: Gildart Jackson

Published by Tantor Audio 03/12/2019

Season of the Raven Audiobook

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Servant of the Crown Series #1

7 hrs and 56 mins

genre: Historical Mystery

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Season of the Raven Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

A twisting murder mystery set in Medieval 12th Century England along with new to me author and narrator had me eager to put in my earbuds and settle in to listen.

Sir Faucon de Ramis has just returned from the Crusades fighting under King Richard the Lionhearted’s banner. He’s a second son and his family can boast only a moderate wealth. So, when his mother’s uncle, a Bishop offers him a newly created position as Keeper of the Pleas of Warwickshire which comes with the living from the estate of Blacklea and a stipend while he is in the office, he leaps at this opportunity. Little did he know that this would have him saddled with the most annoying stickler monk who seems to forget who is the assistant and now the task of working with a forbidding sheriff. And, that was before a body was found in a nearby village…

I liked Sir Faucon right off the bat. He’s young, but not lacking in intelligence or a willingness to work hard. In spite of being trained in the art of war or in being a Crusader, he is not without kindness and understanding even to the lower classes. What really struck me was that he didn’t get tetchy when he was in over his head since investigating murder was obviously new to him. He had no trouble admitting ignorance and learning like when an herbalist monk shows him how to better examine a dead body for evidence or his annoying clerk gets up on his high horse. Oddly enough, the infuriating Brother Edmund who started as a thorn in Sir Faucon’s side, grew on me. I will look forward to seeing this pair continue solving mysteries together throughout the series.

The historical setting and background of the characters was fleshed out fabulously. I had no trouble seeing with my mind’s eye this little corner of Warwickshire or taking it in through all the senses as the author describes sounds, scents, tastes, and visuals so they were in technicolor for me.

All in all, this first outing with author, narrator, and series was a resounding success. I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of the series.

Season of the raven Audiobook Narration

4.0 Hearts

Gildart Jackson did wonderful well for his male voices and not badly on his female ones. He was a good match for a medieval era story. I thought he did well with the emotional tones, too, particularly when the suspense rose a few times.

Denise DomningWhat can I say? I’m single and over sixty, I write and I farm on eight acres of slowly improving red earth (it originally looked like Mars had exploded!) on Oak Creek in northern Arizona. I started with chickens, then there were turkeys and Jersey milk cows. But with livestock came the predators: coyotes, bald eagles, black hawks, mountain lions, and, worst of all, raccoons. Dang those nasty creatures! They kill just because they can; think dogs with opposable thumbs. (Five chickens in one night–they reached in through the chain link and killed the birds with no expectation of being able to eat them.) They are the reason I have my two amazing dogs, Moosie (an Akita/Sharpei mix) and Bear (a Hungarian Kuvasz). Moosie just loves to take on (and kill) the raccoons. As for the cats, I have 7 and they’re supposed to eat the gophers but, being cats, they prefer cat food, thank you very much.
In 2016, I turned yet a new page on the farm. Earlier in the year I sold the last of my Jersey cows in favor of Dorper Sheep, a South African breed that doesn’t need to be sheared and gains all their weight on grass alone, after an acquaintance informed me that they are “stupid simple” to raise. Stupid simple I can do! I have since learned that although these sheep are capable of gaining all their weight on grass, they far prefer pig food. Rascals!

I’ve also become a committed (committable?) pastured pig farmer. I presently have 6 little gilts (female pigs) who are gaining most of their weight on my pastures and cleaning my gardens for me. Dogs with snouts! And they love Peanut, my orphan and hand-raised lamb, who loves them back.
If you’re interested in keeping up with the farm antics, you can visit my blog at or 

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Gildart JacksonWith acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, as well as guest appearances on Stargate: Atlantis, Las Vegas, and CSI. Theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

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My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. This does sound good and like something I would enjoy. Great review.

    • It was definitely good. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. 🙂

  2. I can’t recall when I read something like this. It sounds interesting. Plus, it is awesome when you take a chance on a new author and end up with a win!

    • I’ve read a few medieval era mysteries and even a few with knights as the detectives, but I can never get enough. 🙂

  3. Oh sounds really cool Sophia Rose I like that its set so far in the past. Ugh I need more time LOL

    • Yes, and she took the time to do her homework. From what I could gather by noticing the same shire and some familiar names, this series is actually loosely tied to her medieval romance series, Seasons… Very cool!

  4. i might have a freebie by her somewhere

    • I’ve got several of her romances and I discovered that the ones I have are connected to this series. The shire setting and also a few of the side characters are crossover from that earlier romance series. I will definitely be dragging those out now.

  5. Great review for this and thanks for putting it on my radar! I’m always on the lookout for a good historical mystery!

  6. This is a new to me author and narrator. I think I would be interested in her romances. The historical settings, especially fantasy ones sometimes aren’t really for me, but this one sounds like it would be fleshed out enough for me to enjoy it.

    • I agree about her attention to her settings and backdrop. I have her romances and plan to get on those soon. Hope you like them if you get to try them, Tanya!

  7. Oh this sounds good, and it’s first in a series! I am curious about the mystery and have enjoyed this time period.

    • It was a great impulse grab. Now I want to go back for the earlier series with the historical romances that came before it after I finish up the mystery series. She does a great job making you feel right there in the period setting.

  8. That sounds like an interesting story. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    • I sure did. Another winner for me. I will be pursuing it through all four books. 🙂

  9. Interesting premise and I know you Like historical books. I like the idea of a monk as his assistant, but would hope for one with a funnier personality-although you say he’s growing on you. I hope the next one is as good!

    • Edmund! He is so annoying, but that makes him funny because he makes everyone crazy. He’s still like that in book two. LOL

  10. Interesting… this is a bit more “historical” than I usually try. But sounds fascinating. Thanks!

    • Haha! Yeah, this is as historical as it can get. The murder mystery was a good touch to give it wider appeal. 😉

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