Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Posted March 31, 2016 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows

Series: The Others #2
by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin, ROC on March 4th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 354
Format: eBook
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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.

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I’m going to try very hard to keep this review spoiler-free but suffice it to say, it’s going to be hard!  If you haven’t started this series yet, you’re a loser like I’ve been.  There’s a program for that and it’s called peer pressure – START READING THIS SERIES NOW!

Okay, threats out the way…

The very beginning of Murder of Crows caught me completely off guard.  I thought, “Did I miss a book somewhere?”  Usually authors will give a bit of a heads up about where in time they are starting the next book in a series.  We had friends in bed, folks!  I was not expecting that!  Turns out it wasn’t what it seemed but the theme of the grey line between friends and lovers carried throughout the story and I completely ate it up!  In the paranormal world, this grey line is pretty huge, though….

Murder of Crows continues the major story arc about the cassandra sangue and the place Meg escaped from.  We also find out more about drugs being used against humans and Others.  And as the title suggests, the first targets of the drugs are the crows and the Crows.

What I love the most about Ms. Bishop’s world is that the Other’s seem to think the most logically and straight forward-ly.  I have to say I agree with every smart thing they do.  The humans seem to be the short-sighted monkeys who have forgotten their history.

Not letting the series stall out or get stale, Ms. Bishop introduces new characters that are part of the Intuits and the Simple Folk.  Steve Ferryman, a reluctant mayor, is kind of spectacular, in my opinion.  He certainly gave Simon something to think about.  🙂

In my mind, where this series really stands out (and above) from other UF series is the fact that Ms. Bishop does NOT shy away from taking battles “too far” or from wrapping up character’s stories so she can move on to other’s.

 

About Anne Bishop

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Vision in Silver, the third book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music.

 

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

  1. Bahahaha! I do love that you started your review with a threat!
    I’m so pleased to see this series is going so well for you. I do agree about the humans v/s the Others. Most of the humans are pieces of crap!
    Can’t wait for you to read book 3! Things are about to get real intense!
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  2. haha loved the ” If you haven’t started this series yet, you’re a loser like I’ve been. There’s a program for that and it’s called peer pressure – START READING THIS SERIES NOW!
    because I actually came to back to your blog to give you a hard time about not having read Red Rising yet (I checked! don’t try to fool me because I CHECKED! your sidebar and did not see it anywhere! it is NOT in your GR “currently reading either!]
    and then I see this post! LOL
    I confess I’m a loser! LOL I have to read this series damn! 🙂
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