Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

March 27th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 94 Comments

27th Mar
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows
by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #2
Published by: Penguin
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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 murder 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 if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or 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 is the second book in The Others urban fantasy series by Anne Bishop and I chose to listen to the audio version. Alexandra Harris, the narrator, did a stellar job of giving the characters voice, and I once again I gave up my life for two days to consume this. Bishop is brilliant and I am in awe of her world.  Mini review: Epic, complex, dark, light and brilliant.

With the appearance of two addictive drugs in Thasia reports of humans and terra indigene dying have created problems for the humans as the terra indigene respond with force. In the Lakeside community though they are working side by side to figure out what is happening and for the first time, thanks in part to Meg the terra indigene are protecting those in the human pack. Meg has prophecies of blood, snow and black feathers putting them all on alert. HFL (Humans First and Last) is active, and the tensions are high. The tale that unfolds held me captive as I worried, laughed and held my breath.

Gods above and below I love the characters that Bishop has created. I have always loved shifters, vampires, wolves and elementals, but Bishop’s interpretation of those residing in Thasia is unique. They are a little raw and use to seeing humans as prey. Yet we see tremendous growth in them as well as the humans who interact with them. Simon Wolfgaurd the leader at Lakeside made me laugh, and swoon a little.  I truly enjoyed his developing relationship with Meg. Meg is such a refreshing heroine, and unlike any I have encountered in urban fantasy. She is tough when dealing with the others and shows little fear, but she is also timid and unsure. Sometimes she has this childlike innocence about her and at other times she seems wise beyond her years. All these complex sides of Meg work and make her feel genuine. I loved the growth we see in her, and when she gets annoying I cannot help but laugh. Characters from the previous novel are further developed. I love all of the supernatural characters in the courtyard and appreciated how Bishop took the time to develop these secondary characters.  Bishop introduces Skippy, Intuits, and additional supernatural creatures who added humor, enriched the world and at times made me giggle-snort. We get another perspective from another  cassandra sangue that was brutal, and clearly showed how these girls have suffered. Her voice is strong and she brings a clearer picture while enchancing the story in her own right.  Bishop introduced villains, and other humans which added to the tale and furthered my enjoyment of this world. I did miss some of the interactions in the courtyard, but am confident we will see more.

In Murder of Crows, Bishop’s world and character building blew my mind. The threat intensified as we gained more insight into the HFL, traveled to other parts of Thasia, and new characters came into the fold. Those things alone made the book stellar, but then Bishop fleshed out relationships, introduced three dimensional characters and increased our knowledge of the terra indigene. We learn about their books, movies and have an interesting time with cookies. Meg and the community are beginning to understand more about the cassandra sangue and Meg’s prophecies. From the first page to the last the tale ebbed and flowed perfectly as the tension increased. Bishop does an outstanding job of balances the darker tones of this plot with the light. We get multiple povs, including those of the Controller and another cassandra sangue which intensified the story keeping me enthralled. The treatment of the cassandra sangue by these controllers was dark and violent from abuse to rape. Bishop didn’t attempt to flower these details. She simply presents the facts leaving them to smack and enrage the reader. When reading my reviews you often hear me say, “I wanted more world-building and fleshed out characters.” Murder of Crows and Written in Red are exquisite examples of what I crave. All of my needs were satisfied from the panoramic view to the depth of details. Nothing was rushed; the plot was well thought out, and every word and detail was relevant. If every author gave me these beautiful details as seamlessly as Bishop, I would be on a never ending book high.

I was very excited to see that once again Alexandra Harris was the narrator. Harris did a wonderful job narrating Written in Red and impressed me even more with Murder of Crows. Her depiction of Meg truly captures her emotions and even her growth. She brought the characters to life for me, and I think her pacing is perfectly matched for the Others series. She uses different voices for each character that are so unique and so clear I could immediately identify them.

I rarely re-read books. My habit is to read favorite passages of books that I loved, but I will tell you I own both the books and the audios for this series and plan to re-read them again a little each night. If audio books are your thing I totally recommend, you listen to Written in Red and Murder of Crows. If not buy the books, rent them, or borrow them but for heaven’s sake read them. *flailing hands*

 

About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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94 Responses to “Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I am excited for you..enjoy. I am listening to both books again. I listen to about a chapter a night.

  1. Glass

    I always skipped this series because it didn’t look like something special, but all of my favorite blogger keep raving about how amazing it is. I’ll just have to read it.
    Great review.
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  2. Nick

    Everyone has been raving about this series, Kim! I’m most definitely getting myself a copy of the first book when I get paid in a few weeks. I need to see what all the fuss is about.
    The characters sound absolutely wonderful and Anne Bishope seems to know what she’s doing.
    Lovely review, Kim! Your enthusiasm is contagious.
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  3. Debbie Haupt

    Wow Kimba that’s quite an honor and I hope this author acknowledges it for you to not only give a 5* but also a re-read, is huge. Thanks for bringing this to our attention I think I may have to add to my leaning tower of tbrs and add at least the first in the series. Great cover too!
    Oh and the mini review epic is the word I picked out right away, my fave 🙂
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  4. Lupdilup

    Wonderful review Kimba! I couldn’t said it better myself.
    I’m glad Alexandra Harris worked for you in every way. What I love the most is her depiction of the heroine, it shows a great understanding of the character, I love that!
    Can we have the next book now? please!!! LOL
    I’m with you, a re-listen is on my list 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree Loupe, I think Harris actually enhanced my connection to Meg. Yes I want the next book now 🙂

  5. Jenny

    Wow. This series is getting such rave reviews, I’m almost nervous to pick it up just in case I don’t have the same reaction! Cathy will be reading this one for the blog as she adored Written in Red, and I have no doubt she’ll love it as much as you did. I really do want to meet all these amazing characters though. One day soon, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      OMG..we were visiting each other at the same time..LOL Ooo and I hope you try this.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Squeee…me too Mary. I tell ya it has changed the bar for my ratings as well..awesome!

  6. kindlemom1

    I just skimmed this because I wasn’t sure if there were spoilers but, you should be so proud of me, I finally picked both books up in the series and I will start them so (hopefully!).

    I am actually super excited to see what all the hype is about this time instead of afraid of it.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nope I try very hard to never reveal more than the synopsis, If there is a big twist, I will say there was a big twist but not the details. I am so excited you are reading them. Feel free to instant message me or tweet when you just feel the need to talk about it..because you will!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Either way, I hope you read it..ooh you could do whispersync for it!

  7. Henrietta

    I love this series too!! But I missed Sam in this one 🙁

    Simon and Meg were just adorable and I wonder how the HFL movement would pan out in book three.

    I read the books on my e-reader but now that I know how good the audio version is, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, we only saw a little of Sam 🙁 The audio is amazing and available through whispersync.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ha..I get excited all over again when I read other peeps reviews. I am loving listening to them. I do a chapter a night 🙂

  8. Melliane

    wow you really makes me want to dicover the book in audio I’m curious now. I just loved the series and this one was just awesome I totally agree with you. I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I’m so impatient for book 3 now!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I agree I cannot wait Melliane and the audios were impressive 🙂

  9. miki

    i don’t think i’m ready for audiobook ( at least not without teh text under my eyes) but you did tempt me so i will see if i can get the first book and discover it. i must say that at first i feared it would be too dark but you made it sound like an excellent urban fantasy
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  10. Kim

    Wow, I’m so excited that you liked loved Murder of Crows as much as you did. I’m so excited to read book one that I picked up from your recommendation, and now this amazing review. I’m curious now as to the audiobook version, it sounds like something I may have to try! Thanks for the wonderful review 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so glad you picked up book one! The audio was wonderful and really kicked in my addiction for audio 🙂

  11. Giselle

    You and Wendy totally have me wanting to drop everything to read this series asap! I love how well written and complex it all sounds – the world building sounds especially fantastic! I Loooove it when a sequel is just as good, if not better, than book as. It’s so rare – at least I find maybe i Just read the wrong series haha.
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  12. Lindy

    The book cover of this story is so pretty! I love that the author did a great job of world building in this story! The characters that the author has created sound amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed the narrator in the audio version. The depth of the characters, and panoramic view of the plot have me intrigued! Excellent Review Kim 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lindy I am still riding the high from it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My hubby laughs cause I have the books, the ebook and the audios..I am officially an Others fan girl!

  13. Adriana

    I love the sound of the characters in Murder of Crows and I love your totally obvious fangirling towards the end of your review. I really like shifters, vampires, and other supernatural creatures especially if they are done right which seems to be the case.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of this series (:
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  14. Michele-A Belle's Tales

    Alright, alright, stop your flailing, I’ll read it! LOL. So glad the narrator worked out well for you and that you loved this! You have me so curious about the author’s take on these characters! Wonderful review, my caffeinated friend 🙂

  15. Andrea

    I don’t think I’ve come across a less than glowing review for this series. I admit I’m intrigued, though this is completely out of my current comfort zone. I’m glad you enjoyed!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If ever you were going to step outside your comfort zone..this series is the one to do.

  16. Jessica

    Every great review of this book makes me feel more and more lame for not having read it myself yet. I just haven’t had time! I love the secondaries in this series too, and it’s exciting that there are even more in book 2 🙂 And I’ll get to it. Eventually . . . sigh.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      WHAT? You mean Carmel hasn’t been bugging you to read them? You are going to kick yourself for not reading them sooner. On the upside, you will have the least amount of time to wait for book three.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The wait *headdesk* You know this book has set the bar so high it is affecting my ratings and opinions of everything!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the audios, and started listening to series from the beginning again..just a little each night. The wait for book three is going to be killer. Have a fantastic weekend Felicia 🙂

  17. Jenea

    Wow, I really want to read this series! It sounds like it is right up my alley. I am off to see if I can get from ym library. 🙂 Awesome review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am listening to the series a chapter a night on audio again 🙂

  18. Amir

    I’m actually on a Written in Red high right now! I just listened to the audiobook and it’s awesome! I love the world building, the brutality yet sweetness of the Others and how understated Simon and Meg’s relationship is. I skimmed you review cause I have not reaf this yet but now I’m contemplating if I should just buy the audiobook…I was planning to wait for my credits to roll in!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am still riding the high on these books, and re-listening!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe..this makes me so happy. I love sharing and then seeing you get so excited. 10 days will be the longest wait ever!

  19. Mirjam

    Every time I read a raving review of Murder of Crows I get so excited because I love this series and have ordered the book and then really frustrated because I STILL haven’t received it. TBD sent it on the 3rd of March and I am really counting the days here. Why is it that the books I want the most always take forever to arrive?!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh *hugs* It will be there soon Mirjam and then you will be walking around in an Others induced haze!!!

  20. Faye

    Super agree with EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING. I love all the characters here, from Henry to Vlad to Grandpa Erebus to the awesome no-nonsense Elementals. I have never been this curious and enchanted by a large cast of characters before. They make me feel like I want to be in the Courtyard and live there despite the dangers (okay, I wanna be Meg and wanna be Simon’s mate but … yes… I always have to remind myself that. this. is. fiction /cry

    Great review! I loved every word, every paragraph. They resonate so true!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay..I love that you enjoyed this as much as I did Faye!

  21. Berls

    Okay – I didn’t read the review because I still haven’t made it to book 1, but I will soon and don’t want to ruin anything. I’m so glad you’re still loving this series, though. Can’t wait to get started on it!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am a little obsessed. I have audio of both books, ebooks and hardcovers..hahaha!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Gods above and Below Judy read it, if you don’t love it I will give up coffee for a week.