Series: The Others #2
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by: Roc on March 4, 2014
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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.
Anne Bishop continues to amaze me…I can’t get enough of this dark and enthralling paranormal world!
I honestly think this is the first time I’ve used the “rocked my world” icon on a review and if any review deserves it it’s MURDER OF CROWS! I completely apologize in advance for any ranting and raving I do in this review and acting like a teenage fangirl. The Others series has managed to make me step out of my reading comfort zone and devour each book like it’s the last book I’ll ever read! I’m an avid reader so that’s saying something about Anne Bishop’s writing.
MURDER OF CROWS continues shortly after the events of WRITTEN IN RED with Meg getting back to her daily activities of Human Liason. While Meg has assimilated to life at Lakeside, she’s still as vulnerable as ever. Her cassandra sangue heritage is further explored in this book and we see how Meg struggles with her prophecy abilities and how her new terra indigine friends fear for her life. Everyone from Simon to Vlad become extremely vigilente of the young woman who has sparked a change in each of them since her arrival.
Her friendship with the temperamental Simon Wolfgard is also put to the test when stronger feelings on his part (and possibly hers) causes Meg to keep her distance. There is no official romance between these two just yet, but the slow build is one of the best things about this series. I love reading about their movie nights and awkward flirting. I love a good romance but this is a book where there’s so much other awesomeness going on I don’t need it, but I do want it eventually! 😉
The world building of The Others continues to fascinate with the original stellar cast, some new supernaturals (Intuits) and a questionable organization who call themselves the HFL (Humans First and Last) is introduced. Meg’s past has come back to haunt her in this book and we learn a little more about the “world” she left behind and her captors. There’s an ongoing dark undertone to this series that I absolutely love, Anne Bishops supernaturals are not the glamorous sexy kind, they’re fierce predators who are more in touch with their animalistic side and waste no time reminding us of that throughout the book.
I can’t get enough of the fantastic character development and unpredictable plot lines the author throws at us. I don’t think I’ve ever been this invested in a story and its characters so early in a series…they’re more like friends than characters at this point. That being said, this is probably the first paranormal world that I wouldn’t want to be a part of because of the constant dangers! I’ll stick to reading about them instead…haha
MURDER OF CROWS is just as engaging as its predecessor and delivers a page turning read that’s hard to put down. Anne Bishop continues to raise the bar with her rich storytelling. I’m almost glad that I waited this long to read both books back to back because I’m not sure I could have waited for the sequel! The Others have become my latest book obsession and in one sentence: “Yeah, this book ROCKED MY WORLD!”