Series: The Others #2
Published by Roc on March 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Return to New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop’s 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.
With Murder of Crows, Bishop brings a tension-packed sequel to the widely known Written in Red. However, the small cracks I saw in the first instalment are slowly starting to widen as the series progresses. The slow pacing was alright for the introduction to the world and characters, but I expect a sequel to accelerate the speed at which the plot is moving. Nonetheless, I think this might’ve been the fastest buddy-read in history, as I am still utterly engaged with the characters and the romance.
The positive constants
⇧ The characters have been constantly growing on me since Written in Red. I’ve even grown fond of the human police squad in this book. They are badass in their own way! I still adore Meg’s innocent, loyal personality, and the relationship dynamics with the Others in the Lakeside Courtyard. And it’s no secret that Simon holds a special place in my heart. I love the direction his character development has taken! After all, ranting, dishevelled Simon is so much more fun than serious, leader-face-on Simon (Simona will confirm that).
“She kicked me off the bed!”
⇧ The humour is straight up my alley. The culture gap between humans and the Others allows for some sarcasm or hilarious misunderstandings. While I cannot praise the writing for its beauty, I do believe Bishop as a unique talent as tickling the muscles I use for laughing.
“Are there weapons in a bookstore?”
“It’s a store full of books, which are objects that can be thrown as well as read,” Monty replied blandly.
The Crows cocked his head. “I had no idea you humans lived with so much danger.”
⇧ Simon’s and Meg’s growing attraction *stifles squeals*
Do any of them realize that Simon Wolfgard is falling in love with Meg Corbyn? Monty wondered.
Do you get my drift? THE ROMANCE ANGST IS KILLING ME.
⇧ The hunt for the Controller was gripping to the point where I had chewed off my fingernails. I love quests, I love riddles, and I love scavenger hunts with the Wolves. The plot was like a puzzle to be solved, hunting for clues and the Others ganging up against ‘the bad guys’.
The failed-to-be-met expectations
⬇ The pace was slow in the first book but with the new surroundings (i.e. the characters and the world-building) and the action scenes, I was entertained enough to see past the slow parts. In Murder of Crows, the slow pace was accompanied by a lack of action which was disappointing. I never felt bored but it was thanks to the relationship dynamics, not the plot itself. And it had definitely lost some of Written in Red‘s spark.
⬇ I devoured this book but what was supposed to be the big showdown turned out to be rather rushed and anti-climatic. There was a building of tension, clues assembling to a clear image, and then they just… attack and everything goes as planned. Like wtf.
While I still thoroughly enjoyed Murder of Crows, the second instalment in this paranormal series started with a ‘bang’ and then slowly went downhill to a disappointing climax.