Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Review: Family of Monsters & a Blood Prophet

June 30, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Review: Family of Monsters & a Blood ProphetMurder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #2
Published by HarperCollins Australia, Voyager on March 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 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.

After the fantastically unique urban fantasy Written in Red, I am pleased to say that The Murder of Crows lived up to the first book and delves even deeper into a world where monsters co-exist with humans….but only barely.

In Murder of Crows, The Others or the terra indigene are struggling to maintain control with the humans, as one of the towns outside of Lakeside falls. The terra indigene have exacted revenge against a murderer of their kind, and the results are disastrous. We get to see a lot of the world outside of The Courtyard, including other characters, towns and even the situation surrounding the cassandra sangue (or blood prophets). Murder of Crows introduces intuits, which are gifted humans with psychic ability, the perfect back story to why blood prophets exist. 

There’s a sinister air about, as the Others are constantly under threat based on the prophecies which Meg experiences. She foresees havoc and danger, and we also experience the perspective of an evil character, The Controller who holds the cassandra sangue captive and sells their services to clients. It delves into some pretty dark themes, such as rape, kidnapping and profiteering, and it was really eerie and disturbing seeing his thoughts and actions.

“But if you murder enough Crows, they’ll stop poking through the trash – and secrets will remain secrets.”

My very favourite part of the book was the development between Simon Wolfgard and Meg. They have formed a confusing bond with each other and their cluelessness while dealing with human emotion was really adorable and hilarious. Meg, having escaped from confinement in a facility and only discovering the world, holds a childlike innocence when it comes to learning about men, love and sex. Simon on the other hand, is a wolf and a terra indigene who shouldn’t have feelings for humans who are really their food source, but he regards her as one of his wolf pack that needs to be protected.

This series really does excel in terms of the convincing, well fleshed out world building and these characters that hold a lot of charm. Meg is one of the most unique urban fantasy heroines I’ve had the pleasure to come across; she’s not a kickass assassin or warrior and is actually physically vulnerable, but she has this strength, playfulness and intriguing aura about her. With her childlike charm and ability to build a rapport with each of the creatures in The Courtyard, Meg has really integrated herself into their community. Seeing The Others slowly grow accustomed to their “human pack” that they need to protect was an interesting dynamic.

“Maybe you should go home and rest,” Simon told Meg. Maybe he could go home with her and they could cuddle for a while or play a game. Or she could watch a movie with him and pet him.”

Even though The Others are a group of ferocious and terrifying monsters, they really have this familial vibe about them that is heart warming and unique. These creatures do not fight amongst themselves, because they need to band together to ensure the protection of their species. Their protectiveness, care and respect when it comes to Meg and her decisions shows that they do have a ‘human’ side to them, even if they are still learning to get along with humans. The book does wrap up after a terrifying glimpse into the havoc these monsters can reap when provoked, reminding us not to let our guards down based on their true origins.

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Murder of Crows continues Anne Bishop’s brilliant series about monsters and their protection of the fragile blood prophet Meg. Devouring the book will be a treat as you discover how the terra indigene manage to live with humans with a limited understanding of them. Filled with charm, wonder, family ties and horror, this series is a brilliantly modern urban fantasy.

Rating: 5 out of 5

I received a review copy from HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review.

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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55 responses to “Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Review: Family of Monsters & a Blood Prophet

  1. Spirit Carriage

    My current favorites were Vamps by Nancy Collins and Vamped by Lucienne Diver. Not very well known, but I found them fun. I especially like the one where the protagonist is a vampire too.

  2. Haha I can totally see why it would remind you of Silence of Lambs, it's kind of along the same lines isn't it? It is an adult urban fantasy, so I'm glad it doesn't shy away from those topics. A bit of a change from all the YA that I usually read. Thank you, glad you'll check it out!

  3. HAhah glad you've finally heard of it then Allie! It is pretty awesome. Thanks for the reminder, I haven't really looked much into that Supernatural spin-off…

  4. Ooh, I love the title for this one! Mostly because it reminds me of The Silence of the Lambs for some reason… Anyway, this is one series that sounds interesting but which I haven't started yet. It's so good to see those five stars, though, because it's so hard these days to find a sequel that is either as good as the first book, or even better.

    And also, I like that even though this is a fantasy, it touches on dark topics such as rape and kidnapping. Most of the time fantasy books just deal with, well, fantasy-esque issues, which makes the villain sound not-that-dangerous. So yup, I'm super intrigued about the Controller — he sounds like a really fascinating bad guy.

    Lovely review as always, Jeann! I'm definitely going to check out the first book of this series. It sounds awesome. 😀
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  5. Hooray! Simon + Meg are so great together, and I agree–it's so refreshing to see an urban fantasy heroine who isn't your usual ass-kicking sword-wielder. I mean, I love those too, but it's much more unusual to have one like Meg.

    I am so excited there are more books to look forward to, and so glad you are enjoying it, too!
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  6. 5 stars? Dayuuum! I've never heard of The Others series before today!!!! My ignorance is a bit ridiculous lately haha.

    This sounds like just my cup of tea. It kind of sounds a bit like that spin-off for Supernatural (can't remember the name), which I think had tones of potential and ahhh. Okay, adding book 1 to my TBR.

  7. Hiyaah, Jeann! How are you? Long time no hear. XD I've missed visiting this blog. I'm so happy that this book really worked out for you well although I've never heard of Anne Bishop or any of her books. And a 5 star for a second book? That's almost a rare instance, isn't it? Most series today loses steam starting from the second book up to the last book.

    Good job to Anne B. Great review, Jeann. ;D
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  8. THIS is what every sequel should be! Further story and character development, further relationship growth/change. No middle-book syndrome that is only full of fluff and detours. I haven't read this series but I have seen so many compelling reviews of Written in Red since it came out – and more since this one – and I REALLY have to give it a try!!

  9. I have heard so much about this series that I'll have to read it soon. I haven't read any UF book in a while and I need to change that. I'm so happy that the sequel didn't disappoint and that you enjoyed it so much. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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  10. Yay I'm sooooooooo glad you had a great time with this one, I just love it! I think it's one of my fave discovery of the year and I can't wait for more now. Great review lady!

  11. Ahhh! I need to get to this series soon, Jeann. I bought book 1 some time back and haven't had the chance to start it just yet. The world, the characters and the writing sound absolutely wonderful.

    I especially adore the sound of Meg. She seems like a heroine who is very easy to root for and connect with. That's always so important for me when it comes to UF novels. Also, the relationship between Meg and Simon sounds awkward and like it would be hilarious.

    I need to meet these two soon!

    Lovely review, Jeann!
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    • Oh I hope you do Nick, it is fantastic! Book 1 was quite long but I enjoyed the writing and the charm. Meg was a really great heroine, definitely different from your usual kick ass one. Haha yes they are quite awkward actually! Thank you.

  12. This series oddly reminds me a bit of Game of Thrones and I'm a huge fan of that series. What I mean is the fantasy and monster element to the writing, The Others and the White Walkers seem similar but clearly in a YA version. Hope this makes sense. LOL! I love a book that develops world building throughout the novel. I must start this series soon. Lovely review, Jeann! 🙂
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    • Lol this book is actually an adult urban fantasy, it's pretty awesome that way! I'm not sure if it's game of thrones like, but the fantasy/monster element definitely.

  13. Lauren really loved this one thoroughly as well so I'm glad to see that you did too 🙂 "holds a childlike innocence" ok this scares me a little. Though I take it that Simon will teach her a thing or two ? 😀 Yay for a series and book that excels at creating a cool well-built world and awesome characters as well. So happy to see that you enjoyed this one, Jeann!

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    • Glad to hear, it is definitely an incredible series that deserves all the raves. Not yet, Simon is as clueless as she is haha! Thank you Siiri, I hope you'll read it sometime!

  14. It makes me so happy to see that you enjoyed this one as much as I did, Jeann! I agree that Meg and Simon's relationship was definitely one of the highlights in this book. I don't even mind the slow-burn and the slow-but-steady pace. It's just so fun to see them banter with each other and explore each other's strengths and weaknesses. They really give me the warm fuzzies, although I hope in the next book they realize they love each other already 😛 Come on, Simon! Wolf up!
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  15. It's rare for me to find a series that just gets better and better, so you had me at that alone, Jeann! I love this author's writing style, too, so you can definitely count me in. Also…an epilogue that works?! That's unheard of! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This series just keeps getting better and better, isn't it? I honestly don't know how the author could top each instalment. The best part is the promise of a wonderful romance between Simon and Meg. I really can't wait for that one!

    Great review, Jeann. So glad you loved it!
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  17. This series is totally on my radar and I didn't read your review completely because I want the story to surprise me. And I've seen a lot of glowing reviews out there so I know that I will totally love this as well. 5 stars are always to be taken seriously! 🙂
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  18. I'm skimming your review because I have yet to finish mine and I don't want to unintentionally write something similar because I just read your review. LOL. Does that make sense? But we have the same rating! YAY! And this series is indeed brilliant! 🙂
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