Series: The Others #2
Published by Roc on March 4, 2014
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Source: Library, Purchased
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Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Vision in Silver, The Pillars of the World
Also in this series: Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Vision in Silver
Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s world of the Others—where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules…
After winning the trust of the Others 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.
Repeating the praise I gave Written in Red is not something I want to do, since Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop was an altogether different, yet similar, monster. Everything that made Written in Red so phenomenal carried over to Murder of Crows and it took this series to another level.
Reading about a possible romance between Simon and Meg from the sneak peek in the back of Written in Red made me so excited and anxious! Once I finally closed the pages to that book and then picked up Murder of Crows from the library I got to thinking; could a romance between the main characters mess this series up by bringing unnecessary drama to its pages or would Anne Bishop be able to swing it and still weave a fantastic story? Since I don’t have a lot of luck with sequels I dived into Murder of Crows anyway, without a life jacket, and hoped for the best.
Even though the romance didn’t happen between Simon and Meg in the way I both feared and anticipated, the added closeness and subtle touches between them made me swoon. Murder of Crows did something I’ve never read about, but secretly always wanted; it created, in such clarity, the purest form of love between a male and female. Anne Bishop achieved this in two ways; (1) without using the buffer that lust sometimes can provide, and (2) by simply using and identifying the resources and support that a male can provide for a female and vice versa. Outside of the normal romances I’ve read, I never thought that I would run across an author who could achieve this to utter perfection…enters Anne Bishop as she takes the throne. What Simon and Meg have is more precious and real than all the sex scenes, make out sessions, and declarations of love I’ve had the privilege to read about before, not putting down any other books just simply stating facts, if you don’t believe me read this series.
Not knowing what could happen next for the terra indigene and humans of Lakeside, again left me excited and anxious. The predictability of Murder of Crows alone is nonexistent.
With all that happened in Written in Red, going into Murder of Crows I have to admit that I severely underestimated the stupidity of the humans in this series. Where does the right of entitlement come from?! I would think that after all the muscle flexing the terra indigene did to Lakeside would alert the humans to just how fatal to their existence the terra indigene could be when you got on their bad side. Sigh… too bad we don’t have Elementals and age old terra indigene that can come and take care of our planet now with all the crap we have swirling around.
Seriously, Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop was a fantastic sequel.