Book Review: Murder of Crows by: Anne Bishop

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Roc Hardcover

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Series: Written in Red (1), Murder of Crows (2)

Review: Meg Corbyn has finally found a home in the Lakeside Courtyard as their Liaison to the human world. She is also a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet, who sees the future when her skin is split. There is trouble brewing through all of Namid with anti-Other (terra indigene) sentiment. There have also been attacks by both humans and terra indigene due to two new designer drugs hitting the streets. Something or someone is out to break the power the terra indigene rightfully have and put the humans on top. The urge to cut and speak prophecy is hitting Meg with cyclone force over and over again. Can those in Lakeside Courtyard – human and Other alike – band together to save all of Namid from a new terror?

The Others series is based on a fascinating and unique premise. I wanted to totally fall in love with MURDER OF CROWS and while I still enjoyed the story, I wished it was more like the first book. The characters seemed a bit inconsistent, especially Simon Wolfgard. Instead of character growth, there seemed to be stagnation or regression. The semi-convoluted plot was drawn out and most of the action occurred right at the end of the book. I would have liked a closer view of the events Meg saw in her prophecies as they happened, something a little more visceral and less cerebral. While all our favorite characters from WRITTEN IN RED (book 1) were in the story, they took a backseat to the larger portion of the book devoted to the confusion about the meaning and definition of Meg and Simon’s relationship. We did meet some new and interesting characters who I hope stick around for future books! MURDER OF CROWS struck me as a bridge book – to get readers to the events in book 3. I still do have very high hopes for this series and I hope the third book is the charm. Fans of the author and fans of this series will enjoy this book and getting to visit with Meg and the Others. MURDER OF CROWS wasn’t the book I expected, but I did have a good time reading it overall.

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