Series: Others #2
Published by Roc on March 4, 2014
Genres: Adult, 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 murders 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 whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of 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.
Murder of Crows was a book I knew I had to listen to on audio since I listened to the first book, Written in Red. It’s a very well done audio and I was glad I made the decision to listen rather than read.
This is a series you have to read in order. There’s no way you’ll get the full impact of it all if you don’t. There’s a lot (LOT) of character progression, not only in Meg but also in Simon and the secondary characters. All the characters really. What they have to go through brings everyone closer and it’s been amazing watching it happen, watching their relationships go from wary to being incredibly close and important to each other.
Not only do we see the characters progress but the story line really does as well. It’s a world similar to ours, but yet so different. And it’s pretty much impossible to explain it. I think you have to read it to really comprehend. It’s pretty detailed, and fairly complicated. Since I listened to the audiobooks within a few months of each other things were still fresh in my mind, but I think in this book I didn’t feel any confusion or anything which shows that the world building is stellar. It’s fascinating and totally unique.
My favorite aspect of the book, besides Meg and her amazingly sweet personality, is the relationship between Meg and Simon. It’s gone a long ways from the first book and they’ve grown close through the things they’ve gone through together. I really don’t want to spoil anything, but for those who have read the books, I think you know what I mean. The moments these two are together get more and more incredible and I’m curious to see how things play out.
There are a lot of points of view in the books. This, in my opinion, works perfect for this series. We get Meg the most but Meg has limited knowledge of everything that’s going on so when Simon is added in we see what the Others are thinking and planning and then add in the human detectives and we know what is going on in the human world and in their heads. It’s not confusing and I found myself attached to everyone. We do get limited POV’s from other people, including the bad guys. These are short and to the point but also give us an idea of what is happening on that side. So really, we see all sides and all aspects. It’s incredible how well it’s done.
I already mentioned this, but the audio really is fantastic. The narrator does the different voices well so it’s easy to tell the characters apart. Since there are so many this is especially important and she really pulls it off.
If you are looking for a new urban fantasy series to pick up this is most definitely a good one to check out. It’s urban fantasy but an alternate world, so there are a lot of familiar things, but yet it’s very different as well. They might be long, but you’ll be addicted quickly and will find yourself eager to learn more and before you know it, it’s over and you’re wishing for more. The characters are fascinating and the world is incredible. Highly recommend!