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Book Review: Murder of Crows

By Sandy Amazeen Mar 12, 2014, 2:26 GMT

Book Review: Murder of Crows

Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop\'s “phenomenal? (Urban Fantasy Investigations) 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 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 ...more

It’s been two months since Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue or blood prophet escaped the compound where she was held captive and found her way to the Lakewood terra indigene courtyard. Simon Wolfgard, leader of the courtyard took a chance and hired Meg, a decision that has brought several changes to the residents as they begin seeing humans as something other the prey. As Meg’s abilities change and grow, she sees a terrible dream that warns of attacks on Crowgards throughout Thaisia, a warning that fails to protect them all as two powerful drugs sweep across the continent. The Humans First and Last movement continues to fan the flames of discontent as humans conveniently overlook agreements made with the terra indigene or powerful earth natives who rule the land. As conflicts between humans and the terra indigene escalate, so does Meg’s need to cut and residents of the Lakewood courtyard begin to understand why the sanguianati or vampires call blood prophets the sweet blood, a creation both wonderful and terrible. Drug usage results in communities suffering dire consequences even as the terra indigene identify the source. The appearance of ground beef shipments tainted with ground cassandra sangue forces the terra indigene and local police to work together to discover the location of a shadowy figure known as the Controller. The Controller ruled over the facility where Meg was held, cut for profit and prophecies. He maintains an entire breeding program and has grand plans for a very rich future without terra indigene control and the return of Meg is part of those plans. Will Meg’s gift of prophecy be enough to save them all and prevent the destruction of the entire Midwest or will that part of the country go down in the flames blood prophets across the land have seen? The title’s double meaning is quite fitting for the second book of The Others series that delivers all the action and subtle romance fans could hope for. While the first book did an excellent job of world building, the additional layers of history in this title lend a nice complexity without overwhelming. It is a treat watching Simon and the other members of the courtyard meddle through interacting with humans and bonding with their own human pack. The relationship between Simon and Meg is very entertaining and quite sweet as neither of them have a clue how to behave or interpret each other’s actions. Tess and the Elementals begin playing a larger role in the overall story allowing readers a better appreciation for their abilities that are awesome. Fully envisioned, finely nuanced and wonderfully original, this is without a doubt, one of the very best fantasy series on the market.



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