Murder of CrowsSeries: The Others #2
by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin, ROC on March 4th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
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.