Blackbird (The Children Of Corvus, #1)

The Children Of Corvus

Book 1
L.E. Harrison
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An IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read!

Forced to choose between obeying her instincts or the laws of her tribe, is she willing to risk everything for the man she loves? 

 

BLACKBIRD is book one in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

 

Protected by the Great Shield, the tribe lives united in their love and reverence for the god, Corvus. The god of beasts had once bestowed a sacred gift, the ability to transform into the divine entity known as Bestiae, upon the males of this tribe. Inbreeding with humans has caused the gift to become diluted and corrupted. The power of transformation has not been completely eliminated. What remains triggers a curse the Sacred Order calls the blood madness. Corvus's Sacred Law proclaims that to guarantee the blood madness will not be passed to future generations, any male with the curse must be executed.

 

Ten years after departing this world, Michael Singleton returns to the valley nestled along the Blackwater River. Michael suffers from a rare disease, the curse of his tribe. Because of this curse, Michael's soul will be damned to wander the Shadowlands, the domain of the Witch Goddess, for eternity.

To escape this fate, Michael must unlock the spell that opens the portal to Corvus's kingdom, the Otherworld. It is a secret known to only one man, the powerful Guardian of the Dead. Michael is convinced that if he can invoke the spell and travel through the portal, he will finally be rid of his painful, debilitating torment. He cannot believe his luck when he stumbles upon the key in the form of Alena Andrick.

Alena is the only child of the Guardian of the Dead. Her safe and predictable life studying to follow in her father's footsteps, is turned upside-down when she meets Michael at the Solstice celebration. Alena is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, charismatic stranger. But when Michael is arrested and accused of murdering the Captain of the Guard, Alena is forced to choose between obeying her instincts or the laws of her people.

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About the author

 L.E. Harrison is the author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy the Children Of Corvus, as well as a collection of previously published poems and short stories.

A lifelong avid reader and lover of genre fiction—from science fiction to paranormal romance, and everything in between—she’s inspired by stories that blur boundaries, and by the authors who manage to do it exceptionally well. She lives in an hundred-sixty-year-old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, where she is busy working on the next chapter in the universe of Soluna’s children.

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L.E. Harrison
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Published on
Mar 6, 2016
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Pages
288
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters
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One of Indie Author Land's 50 Best Indie Books of 2017! 

 

What if you were a shapeshifter, but didn't know it?
What if the man who raised you orchestrated your father's execution?
What if you discover that the people closest to you have been lying to you all your life?

MERULA is book two in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

On a cold October morning in Blackwater Hills, Samuel Singleton steps outside to do his morning chores and is whisked through a portal into the domain of the witch goddess known as the Shadowlands.

On a cold October evening, Cadie Maxwell, a priestess newly sworn to the Sacred Order follows what she believes is the will of the gods, flees the only home she has ever known, and embarks on a quest to find the real truth about her tribe's Sacred Law--a law that demands that any male cursed with shapeshifting powers must be executed.

With limited knowledge of the world beyond Blackwater Hills, Cadie arrives in a small town called Ashland. She takes a job at a local bar and grill where she hears Jonathan and Sarina Lance discussing their missing father, best-selling novelist J. Lance Sr..

Cadie, Jonathan, and Sarina join forces with an eager, up-and-coming reporter on an expedition through the mysterious forest to rescue J. Lance Sr..

Cadie guides the outsiders through the Great Shield (a powerful force-field that that protects her homeland) but things do not progress the way any of them expect. Anxious to find her father, Sarina breaks off from the group. The others chase after her, but find Samuel--naked and disoriented-- instead.

Cadie discovers that Samuel is cursed with the shapeshifting power, and to her dismay, the council of priests votes to put her in charge of Samuel's execution. In order to save Samuel's life and get her friends safely back to Ashland, Cadie must expose the corruption within the priesthood, forswear her holy vows, and uncover the real truth about her gods and her tribe.

 A witch and a son of Corvus must combine their powers to defeat the witch goddess and save the souls of the Merulas trapped inside the Shadowlands.

As host of the newscast, The Scoop At Five: Live!, Catriona Remington prefers to show the world a brave face. Inside she's barely keeping it together, worrying over the fates of Sarina and Jonathan Lance. After they managed to locate the twins' missing father in Blackwater Hills, Sarina stayed behind by choice. Jonathan, however, is being held prisoner in the castle dungeon for the crime of homicide.

When she receives disturbing news from the senior Medicus of Blackwater castle, Catriona enlists J. Lance Sr.'s help to infiltrate the dimension of the children of Corvus and aid her friends. But an irresistible attraction to Samuel Singleton, the newly crowned leader of the tribe, awakens a power she's been suppressing since leaving the coven. Also complicating matters, is Sarina's mystifying and debilitating illness. When Catriona follows Samuel into the Shadowlands to rescue his father, she finds herself at the mercy of the witch goddess and her demons.

In order to save his father's spirit and protect his mate, Samuel must learn to embrace his power and his duty to his tribe as the Merula. He must also learn to accept Bestiae--the god-like part of himself he can't control without the help of wolfsbane potion.

Can Catriona be the bridge that ends the centuries' long feud between the sons of Corvus and the daughters of Venefica? Or will the mere fact that she was born a witch irreparably damage the Balance in Blackwater Hills, and provoke the wrath of the Raven of Otherworld?

CORVUS is book three in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.
 The captivating contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

Contains three complete novels in The Children Of Corvus series:

BLACKBIRD (Book One)
MERULA (Book Two)
CORVUS (Book Three)

 

Editorial Reviews: 

 Review of Blackbird (Book One) - An IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read!
A Stunning Novel That Serves As Model For Paranormal Fantasy Reads!
L.E. Harrison leads us into the complex spiritual and metaphysical world of shifters and werewolves in her absorbing paranormal fantasy novel, “Blackbird (The Children of Corvus Book 1)”. Written as part diary and part third-person account, mostly on the behalf of her main characters—Alena, Michael, and Jonathan, this tale of an ancient inter-dimensional shifter civilization living a hidden life, obscured by The Great Shield, in the backwoods of Maine is as astonishing as it is unique.

In “Blackbird”, Author Harrison builds an entire world comprised of various paranormal beings that is based on constructed religious laws, folklore, and ancestral customs. The degree to which she evolves her characters, based on this premise, creates a whole new depth to shifter society—Something which I have not seen thus far in a novel of this genre.

From “Blackbird”’s heroic and impetuous female lead to her persecuted and brooding leading man, readers will find this novel more than satisfies one’s yen for romance and adventure as this pair and their cohorts uncover shocking secrets about their pasts that, perhaps, might best be left alone. In the end, this bittersweet tale is as shocking and revealing as can be.

Harrison’s story not only stands out in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy venue, it should serve as a model to other writers of how to develop a truly believable paranormal society. Mystery... Action... Romance... And much, much more are neatly tucked within the pages of this can’t-miss, astonishing tale.
-J.B. Richards - IHIBRP, https://www.authorjbrichards.com

 

I came to The Blackbirds with baggage. I read the word "shapeshifters" in the blurb and felt that I knew what to expect - buff, handsome man, often shirtless, and a modern, snarky heroine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that genre, but, believe me, that is not what this book is. Instead L.E Harrison has set her sights much higher, and has much loftier ambitions.

This trilogy is set in a world of the author's creating, a world that is - and is not - northern Maine. We are deep in the lore of a tribe of shapeshifters, in Blackwater Hills. In the first book of the series, we meet our lead characters, Alena, who we are immediately fond of, and Michael Singleton, a man stained with a curse.  -ReadFreely (Shortlisted for The Best Book We've Read All Year)

 

Merula (Book Two) 

One of Indie Author Land's 50 Best Indie Books of 2017!

 

"The novel has a promising plot, the intertwining stories of the two central characters are intriguing and will keep readers turning pages. The writing is descriptive and evocative, particularly when delving into the thoughts of the main characters and when describing the strange happenings they observe around them. The ideas of shapeshifting and a fantasy realm parallel to our own certainly aren't new, but Harrison puts a new spin on these concepts creating an original story that fans of the genre will enjoy."
-The Booklife Prize

 

Blackbird (Book One)
"I'm a sucker for books that take landscapes I'm familiar with, and makes them something magical and interesting. Nothing really does that more than a set of shapeshifters hidden away somewhere in Maine. ...An interesting story and a good premise for a book. It's easy to enjoy, and I could tell that Harrison really visualized and had a clear picture of the story she was telling. Steeped in magic and lore, there is a lot here to love."
-Bookwormblues

 A witch and a son of Corvus must combine their powers to defeat the witch goddess and save the souls of the Merulas trapped inside the Shadowlands.

As host of the newscast, The Scoop At Five: Live!, Catriona Remington prefers to show the world a brave face. Inside she's barely keeping it together, worrying over the fates of Sarina and Jonathan Lance. After they managed to locate the twins' missing father in Blackwater Hills, Sarina stayed behind by choice. Jonathan, however, is being held prisoner in the castle dungeon for the crime of homicide.

When she receives disturbing news from the senior Medicus of Blackwater castle, Catriona enlists J. Lance Sr.'s help to infiltrate the dimension of the children of Corvus and aid her friends. But an irresistible attraction to Samuel Singleton, the newly crowned leader of the tribe, awakens a power she's been suppressing since leaving the coven. Also complicating matters, is Sarina's mystifying and debilitating illness. When Catriona follows Samuel into the Shadowlands to rescue his father, she finds herself at the mercy of the witch goddess and her demons.

In order to save his father's spirit and protect his mate, Samuel must learn to embrace his power and his duty to his tribe as the Merula. He must also learn to accept Bestiae--the god-like part of himself he can't control without the help of wolfsbane potion.

Can Catriona be the bridge that ends the centuries' long feud between the sons of Corvus and the daughters of Venefica? Or will the mere fact that she was born a witch irreparably damage the Balance in Blackwater Hills, and provoke the wrath of the Raven of Otherworld?

CORVUS is book three in the compelling contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.
 The captivating contemporary fantasy trilogy about a tribe of shapeshifters, deep within the inhospitable forest of northern Maine USA, in an alternate dimension known as Blackwater Hills.

Contains three complete novels in The Children Of Corvus series:

BLACKBIRD (Book One)
MERULA (Book Two)
CORVUS (Book Three)

 

Editorial Reviews: 

 Review of Blackbird (Book One) - An IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read!
A Stunning Novel That Serves As Model For Paranormal Fantasy Reads!
L.E. Harrison leads us into the complex spiritual and metaphysical world of shifters and werewolves in her absorbing paranormal fantasy novel, “Blackbird (The Children of Corvus Book 1)”. Written as part diary and part third-person account, mostly on the behalf of her main characters—Alena, Michael, and Jonathan, this tale of an ancient inter-dimensional shifter civilization living a hidden life, obscured by The Great Shield, in the backwoods of Maine is as astonishing as it is unique.

In “Blackbird”, Author Harrison builds an entire world comprised of various paranormal beings that is based on constructed religious laws, folklore, and ancestral customs. The degree to which she evolves her characters, based on this premise, creates a whole new depth to shifter society—Something which I have not seen thus far in a novel of this genre.

From “Blackbird”’s heroic and impetuous female lead to her persecuted and brooding leading man, readers will find this novel more than satisfies one’s yen for romance and adventure as this pair and their cohorts uncover shocking secrets about their pasts that, perhaps, might best be left alone. In the end, this bittersweet tale is as shocking and revealing as can be.

Harrison’s story not only stands out in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy venue, it should serve as a model to other writers of how to develop a truly believable paranormal society. Mystery... Action... Romance... And much, much more are neatly tucked within the pages of this can’t-miss, astonishing tale.
-J.B. Richards - IHIBRP, https://www.authorjbrichards.com

 

I came to The Blackbirds with baggage. I read the word "shapeshifters" in the blurb and felt that I knew what to expect - buff, handsome man, often shirtless, and a modern, snarky heroine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that genre, but, believe me, that is not what this book is. Instead L.E Harrison has set her sights much higher, and has much loftier ambitions.

This trilogy is set in a world of the author's creating, a world that is - and is not - northern Maine. We are deep in the lore of a tribe of shapeshifters, in Blackwater Hills. In the first book of the series, we meet our lead characters, Alena, who we are immediately fond of, and Michael Singleton, a man stained with a curse.  -ReadFreely (Shortlisted for The Best Book We've Read All Year)

 

Merula (Book Two) 

One of Indie Author Land's 50 Best Indie Books of 2017!

 

"The novel has a promising plot, the intertwining stories of the two central characters are intriguing and will keep readers turning pages. The writing is descriptive and evocative, particularly when delving into the thoughts of the main characters and when describing the strange happenings they observe around them. The ideas of shapeshifting and a fantasy realm parallel to our own certainly aren't new, but Harrison puts a new spin on these concepts creating an original story that fans of the genre will enjoy."
-The Booklife Prize

 

Blackbird (Book One)
"I'm a sucker for books that take landscapes I'm familiar with, and makes them something magical and interesting. Nothing really does that more than a set of shapeshifters hidden away somewhere in Maine. ...An interesting story and a good premise for a book. It's easy to enjoy, and I could tell that Harrison really visualized and had a clear picture of the story she was telling. Steeped in magic and lore, there is a lot here to love."
-Bookwormblues

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