Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

MurderofCrowsSeries: The Others #2
Published by: HarperVoyager
ISBN: 0451465261
ISBN 13: 9780451465269
Published: March 2014
Pages: 368
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘Murder of Crows’ is the second book in The Others series, written by Anne Bishop. It picks up quite soon after where the first book, Written in Red, left off, and notes just how long Meg has now been living in Lakeside Courtyard. It’s a surprisingly little amount of time, yet we already know so much about them all and can see how far she has become part of, and invested in, the lives of the terra indigene.

Small plots and mentions from the first book manifest to become the main plot within this novel, and smaller characters have bigger roles to play. We also see more of the world they live in as a fair amount of travelling occurs, and the world is now showing just how different it is. Within the first book you could almost imagine this happening in a place we know or possibly even live in, whereas now you get more of a scope for how different and demanding their world is.

Meg is still in a certain amount of danger, but now the Others are also, as humans are starting to attack them in any way possible, whether it’s outright bashing or using weapons or poison. Thanks to Meg’s abilities the members of the Courtyard are able to cope with few losses, and use the gained knowledge to fight back. The book is hard to put down as it keeps you worried what will happen next throughout until the action takes over, then it’s finished! It’s a quick, enthralling and gripping read, and makes you wonder what on earth could happen next.

The romance – if you can call it that – is light in this series and feels utterly natural. There is no ‘insta-love’ and some may find it agonisingly slow, as it’s not common in a series to see what you expect to be the love interest and main character hesitate.

This is a novel of werewolves, vampires and others, and yet it’s so much more and so different to the common werewolves-and-vampire books that are currently popular. This has a certain kind of depth and wildness to it, they’re not treated as sweet and cute characters who happen to be able to shapeshift – constantly throughout this series you are reminded that these beings are something else entirely.

Overall this is a strange second book to a series, because they’re usually lacking or full of information and not much action, whereas this one expands on everything – world building, characters, and has its own distinct plot while also tying securely into the first. While reading you often let unlikely things to pass you by for the sake of an entertaining read, whereas this seems to be making efforts to make everything as realistic as possible – whether it’s how humans would honestly act in a crisis, or whether a young pup would be returned to the pack as quickly as possible or get to stay with a strange human, regardless of plot points.

Currently there don’t seem to be any details for a third book, but if there is, I’ll certainly be eager to get my hands on it.

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