December 02, 2019

#BookReview: The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen






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?


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About the Author: Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. The Merciful Crow is Owen's debut novel. She resides in Seattle, WA.

Rating: ★★
My Review: I really wanted to love this one but sadly it just wasn't one for me.  I felt like the story was way to bogged down with descriptions that we really didn't need.  It made the story feel very wordy and flowery when it was supposed to be serious.  The characters were kind of meh and I just really didn't care about them at all.  The story itself felt confusing in places from the start and I just didn't care what happened.  I wished that this one would have hit it out of the park with me but it just wasn't one that I could get into. 










"One of the most exciting, exceptionally crafted fantasy debuts I've ever read. I did not want to leave this world! Absolutely breathtaking."―Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Furyborn

"The Merciful Crow is an intense, romantic adventure with unforgettable magic and a ferocious heroine I'd gladly follow down a long, dark road."―Tessa Gratton, author of The Queens of Innis Lear 
"A passionate blend of adventure and intrigue wrapped around strong worldbuilding... Memorable and filled with diverse characters with fluid sexualities and identities."―Publishers WeeklyStarred Review
"Rich, harrowing, and unafraid to tackle discrimination―perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tomi Adeyemi."―KirkusStarred Review 

"Elevated by a fresh dialect-tinged voice and creative world-building that calls to mind issues of today."―Booklist 
"An excellent next read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, and Moira Young."―School Library Journal









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