Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

March 3, 2014 5 stars, Book Review 18 ★★★★★

Murder of Crows

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.

Murder of Crows, how you could you make me love The Others more than I already do? With strong themes, necessary violence and tension that makes my heart ache – oh yes, Anne Bishop you hurt me so good. Plus the title is a double entendre. *smirk*

Every little cut I make brings me closer to you…
– Have you ever heard of a ‘cutter’? If you haven’t then go watch that movie The Secretary (a favorite of mine) and you’ll learn about what it means to be a cutter. Essentially its a disorder where a person cuts themselves, it isn’t suicidal attempts. So take that disorder and combine and twist it for the purposes of urban fantasy and you have the Cassandra sangue aka blood prophet. Never before have I run across a blood prophet in fiction I’ve read. So the fact that this fresh new series gives me something new mixed with something I already love (urban fantasy) made both Written in Red and Murder of Crows un-put-down-able! These girls see the future when their skin is cut, as they speak their visions they are given orgasmic type ecstasy, but if they don’t speak them they are wracked with extreme bodily pain. One can see why these girls would become addicted to the cutting euphoria.

We humans are strange…
– Come, come now, you know it’s true! Humans overall are destructive creatures. For as much as we invent and create we also reek havoc on the world and destroy it’s resources. I only wish there were such a race of Others in existence that would keep humanity in check from destroying the planet. There are some harsh things that happen in these books and I think by reading from the perspective of Simon Worlfgard (the wolf Other) you really come to sympathize with the harsh methods they have in place over humans. Then it makes you wonder who is really the enemy – because I know whose side I was on in these books. That’s right I’m a wolf lover.

We women are even stranger…
– Women, bah, we complicate thing, misunderstand things, read too much into things. Ladies don’t tell me I’m alone in this! But hey that is what makes things all the more interesting. Men can’t live with us and certainly don’t want to live without us. Alright they really couldn’t live without us – who would make sure everything got done? Anyways, Meg Corbyn is even more confusing because she grew up locked in an institution with only the images and people there that she was exposed to. Simple social interactions are new to her, so imagine how she might react to possibly intimate ones? There is a whole lot of tension in Murder of Crows due to Meg’s and Simon’s confusion and I loved it. The feelings that are growing between these two cannot be denied even if they both fight it.

Nothing like a hot splash of blood to get this party started…
– If you’re expecting fairy farts and rainbows this is not the series for you. There are strong themes of rape, sexual abuse, child abuse and no shortage of blood and violence. There isn’t a ton of violence, indeed I thought it was just the right amount. Though we see the darker side of human nature we also see some really wonderful things. For me, Murder of Crows toes the perfect line of gritty urban fantasy with marvelous splashes of humor and compassion. Read it and I dare you not to love it!

Read my review of Book 1: Written in Red

Murder of Crows (The Others #2)

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18 Responses to “Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop”

  1. Mirjam

    Written in Red was my favourite book in 2013, so I am really looking forward to Murder of Crows. It’s good to know that Murder of Crows does not disappoint and I can continue to wait impatiently for my pre-order to arrive! 🙂

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It was one of my favorite 2013 books as well! I just loved the idea of the cassandra sangue and that this felt so much like an alternate version of our world where as a lot of urban fantasy is still our world but just as if the creatures of fantasy were real instead…so it was such a cool difference!

      • Mirjam

        I agree! It really does feel like an exciting alternate version of our world. It’s always a wonderful experience when authors create something original, like Bishop’s blood prophets. It’s so much more thrilling than a new spin on an old familiar creature or element.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes i love that movie and now I’m in the mood to watch it. Last night I impulse purchased The Sound of Music on streaming because I wanted to watch it in bed after singing “favorite things” to my toddler as a lullaby. Random tidbit I know.

      I hope you fun read these two soon, I think you will so so love them. Or i hope you will!

  2. Wendy Darling

    I think this series has the right amount of violence, too–it’s deadly serious and emotional, but it’s not like were wallowing in it, you know? I love that you brought up how complicated Meg’s character is because of the way she was brought up, too. They’re all such fascinating characters, and it’s going to be so exciting to see what happens in book three!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I know! Its so interesting to think about how an adult would function if they were effectively institutionalized their entire life with only photo images to relate things to. I agree, I think the violence balance is perfect. Normally i detest the way issues of rape and abuse are handled but here I didn’t have issue.

      Ahh do we really have to wait another year or more til the next!? I hope it is only a year!

  3. Johannah

    This sounds like a good series! *runs to amazon*

    *shakes fist at you* This is all your fault! :p