The Merciful Crow

The Merciful Crow

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"A future chieftain: Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they're called to collect royal dead, she's hoping they'll find the payout of a lifetime. A fugitive prince: When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie's ready to cut her losses?and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can't refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he'll protect the Crows when he reigns. A too-cunning bodyguard: Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas's life before his, magically assuming the prince's appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?"--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250191922
1250191920
Characteristics: 373 page : map ; 24 cm

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happycanuck
Feb 19, 2020

Fantastic new author !!! Unusual storyline and characters; lots of action, excellent pace of development and plot. Could hardly put it down. Can't wait for the sequel, The Faithless Hawk, due out 28 July 2020.

JCLChrisK Nov 12, 2019

Wonderful world-building and a great protagonist, both gritty and rough. Fie is training to be chief of a group whose wandering role in society is disposing of plague victims, after all. She is smart, tough, crafty, and magic-wielding. And, due to her caste, the lowest of the low. Then she and her clan are inadvertently drawn into royal intrigue, finding themselves on the run in a much larger, more dangerous adventure than they've ever imagined. The telling of that tale is excellent. The experiences visceral, the dilemmas affecting, the events absorbing. Good plotting and pacing. This is one I really enjoyed.

(Here is my personal opinion) So, this was a pretty engaging read that pretty much hooked me from the beginning. World-building was spectacular and the character development was one of the best I've read. However, there were blips of things here and there that kind of took away from the reading experience (disturbing imagery and consistent mentioning that one character is gay to name two). Overall, 4/5. This is book one out of two, but sadly I probably won't read the next one. As I said before, this is my opinion and to each their own.

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