The Merciful Crow
Author: Margaret Owens
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt (BYR)
Synopsis: 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?
This book was nothing like I expected. In fact, I don’t even know what I was expecting from that synopsis, other than something that sounded amazing and full of fantasy elements that I knew I would fall in love with. Even that cover is something to behold – kind of dark and creepy, while at the same time being just downright mesmerizing.
Anyway, the story itself was unlike anything I’ve read before – it was both engaging and entertaining. In fact, The Merciful Crow was the kind of book that, while reading, I had to remind myself to put it down every now and again and go back to real life!
The world building in this book – oh my gosh. I love world building and when done right, it can completely give the story a brilliant touch that allows the reader to get lost in the pages. The Merciful Crow had some wonderful world building in it that really stood out from other fantasy books that I’ve read. It really transported me into the book, and I love that about it!
The characters were also interesting. One of the main characters fakes his death, and the reasons why really give you an insight into who he is as a character in the book. I really enjoyed the fact that there was just so much development going on here as well. The characters were so fleshed out and full of personality. I was truly impressed by how fantastic they were written!
If you are a fan of fantasy novels, The Merciful Crow is one that you should pick up. It’s creative and original, and there is so much here for fans of character development and world building. Plus, the story itself is just so much fun, and it’s definitely unputdownable!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.
She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.)
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