Book Review – Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop

Posted April 4, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 41 Comments

Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Standalone/Series: Series
Published on: March 4, 2014
Pages: 370
POV: Third person POV
Source: purchased
Rating: 4 STARS
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Murder of Crows is the second book of The Others series by Anne Bishop and the follow-up of the first book, Written in Red. This book is a part of the series and cannot be read as a standalone.

In Written in Red (read my review if you haven’t read it yet), the target was the Wolves and Meg Corbyn who is a Cassandra Sangue. She is finally earning the trust among the Terra Indigene (the Others); they consider her as a member of the family. However, it does not mean that her life is getting smoother. She is still struggling to manage her unique ability to see the future and learning to live among the Others. Moreover, her new feeling toward Simon is starting to confuse her since she hasn’t had any experiences relating to special relationships before, so is Simon’s to Meg.

“I’m confused.”
“Where Meg is concerned, you’ve been confused since you met her.” 

The struggle is also felt by the terra indigene who lives in the Lakeside Courtyard. They haven’t known how to best interact with humans especially the one that they consider a friend, and even though Meg has a supernatural ability as Cassandra Sangue, she is still fragile. They treat them the best that they can and pay close attention to what she is feeling and doing. Both Meg and the terra indigene are trying to better know the things about each other and their relationship slowly progresses.

However, the threat using the same addictive drugs continues to a different target. Now, the target is the Crows. The Crows is seen as a threat since they have the ability to be everywhere and watch everything humans do. Therefore, crows are being drugged and killed everywhere. The Others and the handful of humans residing in the Lakeside Courtyard have to work together to stop the man who kills the crows and who is very determined to get Meg back. They are forced to fight for their family!

What did I love?

The sense of community among the members in the Lakeside Courtyard was admirable. The Others (Terra Indigene) in the area consisted of many different creatures: Wolves, Crows, Vampires, Cayotes, Bears, Elementals, Hawks, Ponies, etc. However, despite their differences, they all cared, supported and protected each other. They treated each other with respect and worked together when one of the members was in danger. This was, in my opinion, an awesome message.

The way they treated the outsiders was amazing. In the world where humans and the Others had had up and down relationships since the beginning of the world, they all accepted Meg with open hands once they started to know her personally. The way they treated her didn’t change even when their relationship with humans, in general, had gotten worse. In addition, all the humans living in the area were treated kindly, despite the tension resulted from several misunderstandings.

The in-depth storytelling did make up for the problem I’d used to have in third person point of view. I’d had an issue with the third person POV in the first book, but I got used to it eventually and started to connect with the characters and the story in this second book. I loved the details and enjoyed getting to know some of the side characters.

What didn’t work for me?

It would have been great to see a little progress in Meg and Simon’s relationship. I loved the slow-burn romance that the author presented throughout the story but I hoped I would feel a deeper connection to them as a couple. Even though I enjoyed their interaction, which was hilarious at times, their relationship was progressing too slowly for my liking. I found myself connecting with the side characters more.

However, overall, I did enjoy this book and highly recommend this to anyone interested in urban fantasies. It has fantastic characters, awesome sense of community, a slow-burn romance, and the actions and twists that will keep your level of anticipation high throughout the story. 😀

“If you try to quit I will eat you!” 😀

Series Reading Order:

Written In Red by Anne Bishop  Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

For more recommendation:

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41 responses to “Book Review – Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop

  1. Happily Ever After

    Geybie, it’s slow burn throughout the entire series;-) but I’m so happy you are still loving it!!

  2. carolesrandomlife

    This is a definite slow burn romance. Things move very, very slowly between Meg and Simon. I love the all of the characters and their community as you did. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  3. The sense of community does sound awesome! I like stuff like that. I also like 3rd person, so that wouldn’t bother me, but I’m glad you enjoyed that aspect more this time 🙂 Sorry the relationship is progressing so slowly though. Maybe it’ll just feel all the more exciting once it does progress? 😛

  4. Alright! I officially need to go buy this series! The whole blogosphere is talking about it and I feel like a potato who rolled away (idk what that even means :P) And third person PoV is totally okay with me 🙂 I think i’m gonna love this series!

  5. Drangonfly

    What I heard about this series is that the world is fantastic which seems you enjoyed too as you describe that all creatures in Terra Indigene care for each other it is indeed a great message. I had also read reviews that praise the relationship with the human world which you like das well. Can’t wait to read this series!

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