A MURDER OF CROWS by Anne Bishop Guest Reviewed by Michelle from Let’s Talk About Books!

by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #2
Published by Penguin, ROC Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Source: Guest Reviewer, Michelle WIllms

A MURDER OF CROWS

A MURDER OF CROWS by ANNE BISHOPThe Others #2
by Anne Bishop
Formats, e-book, Hardcover, Audio
Print Length: 369 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451465261
Publisher: Roc (March 4, 2014)

Official Synopsis:

Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “phenomenal” (Urban Fantasy Investigations) world of the Others—where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules…

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.  Penguin/ROC

 


The collective name for a group of crows is a flock or a murder. I have  such a collective of crows in my yard, and while a lot of  people don’t like crows I love their in-your-face attitude and the sounds they make.  We now know that crows are among our planets brightest creatures! What’s not to love? Okay, they eat dead things (so do we), and they are said to be portents of bad tidings.  Yeah, yeah so is the news.   I happen to love them!

Anne Bishop’s latest book has A MURDER OF CROWS as its title.  I was sent a copy by the publisher but finding myself short on time I recalled that last summer, Michelle Willms won the first book in this series, WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop.  She let me know how much she loved it, so when this sequel arrived I asked if she would review it for me.  I am so glad she agreed to!

Michele is a newish blogger at Let’s Talk About Books! where she looks at a variety of genres.  here’s how she describes herself:

I’m a sociologist with a background in editing and journalism currently devoting my time to reviewing books. I review books of most genres (with the exception of Christian fiction). My favorite genres are urban fantasy, horror, mystery, true crime, science fiction, and most anything in the paranormal realm. I am currently accepting requests for reviews, but will only review books in print. Review requests should be sent to michelle_willms@yahoo.com

She’s been an “editor, college professor, grant writer, journalist, [and] PR person,” plus she’s reviewing full-time these days and is a mom so her hands are full.  I really appreciate her writing this review for me. Thanks for doing a great job!  You can also find Michelle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleSWillms

 

MURDER OF CROWS by Anne Bishop
reviewed by Michelle Willms

 

NOTE: MURDER OF CROWS is the sequel to WRITTEN IN RED. While Bishop does an outstanding job of providing backstory in snippets throughout, it’s best read after reading the first book and NOT as a standalone.

Michelle’s Synopsis

Meg Corbyn, a casssanra sangue, or blood prophet, has found a home among the Others. She has gained the trust of all within the Courtyard and is considered a full member of the community. The residents are very, very protective of her, something unheard of with humans in the past, or even with other groups of Others throughout the known world. Her urges to cut have become more serious and more frequent and she’s seen visions of black feathers and snow.

Two drugs, “gone-over-wolf” and “feel-good,” have been introduced into the world and have begun causing additional problems between the humans and the Others. The humans are forgetting who rules the land and have become unhappy with their lot in life and are causing hate and discontent.

In the midst of all this, the Controller, Meg’s former “owner” is still trying to find her and regain possession of her. He continues to send out feelers into the area, searching, searching. Will he locate her and snatch her back into his prison of terror or will he be struck down by the Others for his efforts?

Michelle’s Review:

Anne Bishop is unrivaled in her world-building. She has the ability to create a tale that effortlessly draws the reader into the story. The reader lives and breathes the lives of the characters. Bishop’s characters are all complex, fully developed, with lives that are detailed and rich.

While reading, the world is real. The reader can taste the air, feel the wind, and hear the snow crunch beneath the feet. This talent is rare, and Bishop has it in spades. I have yet to find another author who can build a world as realistic and believable as Bishop. This world becomes not a fantasy but a “what-if.” The reader is left wondering if this is actually an alternate reality that is floating somewhere nearby just waiting to be found.

Bishop is also able to handle several plotlines simultaneously, never losing the tension in any. In Murder of Crows, she is able to carry the importance of each plotline forward, keeping the reader interested, the details straight, and tying up all loose ends. She understands the importance of small details and uses these with finesse throughout.

Murder of Crows is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. The only fault I can find is that I’ll have to wait endless months for the next book in the series. *Sigh.*

Murder of Crows earns 5 glowing, glittering stars.

Michelle’s Disclosure: I received this book from Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust for the purpose of a fair and impartial review. All opinions are my own.

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