Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc
Released on March 4, 2014
The first book, Written in Red, introduced me to the fantastic world of The Others and that big ending and the threads left open had me in high anticipation for Murder of Crows. While it took its time building in tension, it did not disappoint and I was utterly riveted for the last quarter of the book. And, the cycle continues with me back to highly anticipating the next installment.
Murder of Crows is book two of The Others series. It is an ongoing story that carries over from book one so doesn’t make a good place to jump in or grab as a standalone.
The dust has barely settled from the last big confrontation between certain humans who haven’t gotten the memo on who is the big bad scary in the world, when the folk at the Lakeside Courtyard and the surrounding city hear disturbing news of a People First and Last movement kicking up its heels and revving up humans to close their businesses to the Terra Ingene and to bully any humans who are cooperating or friends with the non-humans. But, worse, there are potent drugs being passed around that make people act like beasts and go after the Terra Ingene non-humans. Then there is retaliation and war is a distinct possibility.
Meg is the key. Her visions are critical now as is her place as a human who draws a human pack around her. Another critical human is Monty a cop and go between. There is a core group of humans who make the predatory and powerful Others choose to try to hold the shaky peace rather than wipe every human off the map.
Meanwhile, Meg is still the focus of her old controller who is determined to get her back, Monty’s ex is now neck deep in the dangerous human’s first movement and has his daughter with her, Meg and Simon hit a snag in their friendship when attraction rears up and confuses the pair of them, and a few others are introduced and become key players as matters build until someone has to die.
I enjoyed the first book a great deal and loved finally getting my chance to sink into the world of The Others, but there were a little thing or two about the heroine, Meg, that I was hoping would clear up by the time I started on book two. I was relieved to see that my instinct was right. Those were first book issues and no longer relevant in Murder of Crows.
The characters are so easy to enjoy and so fascinating with this author’s grittier, darker version of supernaturals who don’t even pretend to be human. That said, they have their lighter and whimsical sides and they have their humorous moments when human behavior baffles them.
As with most Urban Fantasy, this one built on what came before both by adding some new details or fleshing out better what was there with world building and also with the characters and relationships. This one paced out slow at first and swapped a lot of scenes and perspectives, but I also found it a more engaging read in many ways. I like where things are going for Meg and Simon and I’m curious about several things as the series progresses into the next installment.
Murder of Crows wrapped up one big plot arc, but there are still a few others that are building now and taking things to a bigger more intense situation. I have a feeling it will keep getting better and better. Urban Fantasy lovers are the target readers for these.
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