Title: Murder of Crows
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #2
Release Date: March 4, 2014
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.
“She kicked me off the bed!”
In this second installment in The Others series, we get the world building expanding.
Meg Corbyn is living in the Lakeside Courtyard. Besides her job as the liaison between Terra Indigene and the humans, she is also a blood prophet, a cassandra sangue. But Meg not only has to wonder about her prophesies and how many cuts she can have until she goes crazy or dies but now she's questioning her relationship with Simon after an awkward wolf-human moment. They have become friends but she's not sure if he wants more and neither does he. For Meg all of this is new. She's still learning what she wants and how to help her friends within the Others and her human pack too. When her next prophecy involves the death of crows, she's scared for her friends in the Crowgard. Soon, they discover that someone is using the drugs Gone Over Wolf and Feel-Good to harm humans and Terra Indigene and we all know that the Others can decimate a city or continent in seconds if they believe humans have broken the rules. After all, Thasia is controlled by the Terra Indigene and they just lend the land to the humans.
Murder of Crows continues an exquisite world-building. We're introduced to new characters and we are given more details in the lives of the old ones too.
The most important of the new ones is the Intuit people. These are humans that can sense things. They know when trouble is coming even if they don't know what it is. Steve Ferryman is the Mayor of Ferryman’s Landing and a strong Intuit. He plays a big part in this book.
We get to learn more about Monty, Burke, Kowalski and Dr. Lorenzo. I'm worried about Monty's daughter and I hope he can protect her. Burke's presence is heavy in this book. He seems very smart and he understands that humans won't ever win. He knows in order to keep the peace, he will help Meg and the Terra Indigene in any way he can. Kowalski relationship with Ruth Stuart is also furthered discussed. Dr. Lorenzo still annoys me at times. Not sure how long he'll survive if he doesn't get one hundred percent behind the Terra Indigene.
When Meg had the vision of the crows getting hurt, I was so scared for Jenni Crowgard. Crows love shiny things and it could be so easy for any of them to get hurt.
I just can't express enough how many great characters this series has. There are some gory scenes but also some funny ones too.
“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.”
One of the things I like about this arc is the romance. It's a slow building one. Both main characters are still unsure of what they are feeling not so much the readers, we know where this is going.
“Do any of them realize that Simon Wolfgard is falling in love with Meg Corbyn?”
Jumping to the next one.