Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Murder of Crows
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #2
Heroine/Hero: Meg Corbyn & Simon Wolfgard
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Available at: Penguin, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes
Blurb:After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across Written in Red and fell in love with it. Eagerly awaiting the sequel, Murder of Crows, I was both anxious and excited. After all, the world these characters live in is filled with gruesome acts where something horrible could happen to anyone and you wouldn’t even suspect it! Well, unless Meg ‘sees’ it lol.
In this continuation, we see Meg firmly settled into her life at Lakeside. Everyone adores her and she is quite literally the heart of the Courtyard to most everyone there. Unfortunately, the problems she brought to Lakeside are far from over and seems like what she is could be the source that is infecting so many people with either placidity or rage. Long story short, Murder of Crows goes deeper into the world of not just the Others but blood prophets in general. Where Simon and the other leaders are in a race against time to find the other cassandra sangues before their blood gives everyone the means to end the world.
Honestly, it’s soooo hard to explain this book. I adored it to pieces and I loved that it is still as raw and cruel as the first book led us to believe. I loved that this one goes deeper into who Meg is but also into a special kind of humans called Intuits, who seem to be a cross between a cassandra sangue and a human. I was so caught up in this book that I could not put it down. Literally. Up until 4 AM reading it, I was disappointed when it finished because I wanted more, more, more! Such a captivating story, I’m literally speechless on what to say or how to describe it.
Ms. Bishop managed to convey so much depth to every character that had a POV, it was astounding. I loved that we got to see so much about this world, through so many different people and still get our favorite characters POVs as well. Meg and Simon are still polar opposites who fight like cats and dogs but in this one, we see more of that connection first glimpsed at in Written in Red. In fact, there’s even some confusion and anxiousness over their relationship going into territories well beyond strictly friends. Alas, Meg and Simon aren’t exactly ready for that kind of commitment so while they yearn desperately for one another, they don’t have the sense yet to realize what that yearning means.
Nevertheless, I was a little shocked that this story had so many funny moments! I mean, I remember laughing a few times in the first book but this one? Oh man, there were SO many hilarious scenes that I was even reading them out loud to my family and co-workers! It was a great balance between light, heart-filled moments and horrible, gory ones.
My only issue is that, I felt like some of the POVs weren’t necessary. At least, they didn’t seem to add anything momentous to the overall plot. Aside from that (and this is just a personal preference) I missed not having as many Meg and Simon moments as in the first book, which meant way less exposure to Sam. This one seemed to be more focused on outside the Courtyard, which I can understand, but I was still saddened that we didn’t get much of Simon and Meg, their playfulness and their blossoming relationship.
In the end, this was a fabulous story! Filled with enough intense moments to keep you on the edge of your seat and enough sweet moments to make you fall in love with everyone and give you a few chuckles to boot! If you’ve read Written in Red and you enjoyed it, you’ll love this one just as much, especially since you get to experience a whole world outside of just Lakeside. I’m already impatiently awaiting the release of the next book in this series but sad that I have to wait so long 😦
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*