Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Published on: March 4, 2014
Rating: 4 STARS
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Murder of Crows is the second book of The Others series by Anne Bishop and the follow-up of the first book, Written in Red. This book is a part of the series and cannot be read as a standalone.
In Written in Red (read my review if you haven’t read it yet), the target was the Wolves and Meg Corbyn who is a Cassandra Sangue. She is finally earning the trust among the Terra Indigene (the Others); they consider her as a member of the family. However, it does not mean that her life is getting smoother. She is still struggling to manage her unique ability to see the future and learning to live among the Others. Moreover, her new feeling toward Simon is starting to confuse her since she hasn’t had any experiences relating to special relationships before, so is Simon’s to Meg.
“Where Meg is concerned, you’ve been confused since you met her.”
The struggle is also felt by the terra indigene who lives in the Lakeside Courtyard. They haven’t known how to best interact with humans especially the one that they consider a friend, and even though Meg has a supernatural ability as Cassandra Sangue, she is still fragile. They treat them the best that they can and pay close attention to what she is feeling and doing. Both Meg and the terra indigene are trying to better know the things about each other and their relationship slowly progresses.
However, the threat using the same addictive drugs continues to a different target. Now, the target is the Crows. The Crows is seen as a threat since they have the ability to be everywhere and watch everything humans do. Therefore, crows are being drugged and killed everywhere. The Others and the handful of humans residing in the Lakeside Courtyard have to work together to stop the man who kills the crows and who is very determined to get Meg back. They are forced to fight for their family!
What did I love?
The sense of community among the members in the Lakeside Courtyard was admirable. The Others (Terra Indigene) in the area consisted of many different creatures: Wolves, Crows, Vampires, Cayotes, Bears, Elementals, Hawks, Ponies, etc. However, despite their differences, they all cared, supported and protected each other. They treated each other with respect and worked together when one of the members was in danger. This was, in my opinion, an awesome message.
The way they treated the outsiders was amazing. In the world where humans and the Others had had up and down relationships since the beginning of the world, they all accepted Meg with open hands once they started to know her personally. The way they treated her didn’t change even when their relationship with humans, in general, had gotten worse. In addition, all the humans living in the area were treated kindly, despite the tension resulted from several misunderstandings.
The in-depth storytelling did make up for the problem I’d used to have in third person point of view. I’d had an issue with the third person POV in the first book, but I got used to it eventually and started to connect with the characters and the story in this second book. I loved the details and enjoyed getting to know some of the side characters.
What didn’t work for me?
It would have been great to see a little progress in Meg and Simon’s relationship. I loved the slow-burn romance that the author presented throughout the story but I hoped I would feel a deeper connection to them as a couple. Even though I enjoyed their interaction, which was hilarious at times, their relationship was progressing too slowly for my liking. I found myself connect with the side characters more.
However, overall, I did enjoy this book and highly recommend this to anyone interested in urban fantasies. It has fantastic characters, awesome sense of community, a slow-burn romance, and the actions and twists that will keep your level of anticipation high throughout the story. 😀
“If you try to quit I will eat you!” 😀