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Murder of Crows

A Novel of the Others
Written by: Anne Bishop
Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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Return to New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop’s "phenomenal" (Urban Fantasy Investigations) 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.

©2014 Anne Bishop (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Painful

This book was not for me. I found myself constantly looking at the time to see how much was left and wondering if I should just give up on it. I decided to see it through to the end but it was fairly mundane from start to finish. I was a bit amazed at the length of the book as it did not seem to really go anywhere.

As for the narrator she spoke in a very soft, even tone throughout the book which made it feel as though there was no climax at any point despite some potentially "exciting" sections. I also found that there was almost no inflection at the end of the narrators sentences which made it feel off. I got used to her by the end of 14 hours but it was too soft and even. I also did not like her male voices especially Simon who is a main character. I think this is because he is an alpha wolf who is supposed to be a very strong, commanding character but his voice did not sound right coming from such a soft feminine narrator.

Now for the story line. Boring, boring, boring. it had a lot of potential but it felt too long and there was not really any high points (partly the narration). A lot of the story surrounds the main character Meg who is in the same safe place the entire book just working and going about her life while having prophesies from time to time. I just didn't connect with the main character in any way as she was uninteresting and weak. Yes she has over come some pretty significant events but i was hoping she would toughen up and become more remarkable at some point but it really did not happen.

As it stands I will not be reading any more of this author or this narrator. Very disappointed all all fronts.

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  • Riverdale, GA
  • 2014-03-22

Fantastic Follow up!

AB knocked it out the park again. Great follow up. I am still in love with all the interesting characters and we have a few more that get introduced in this book. No matter what, you do not have to worry about cookie cutter characters here. I was totally submerged in the plot. I really like how AB builds up the bad guys and you get immense satisfaction when they get what’s coming to them. I agree with the reader who said that Meg was not your typical SF heroine, but I guess Simon is bad*#%ed enough for both of them. We get a hint of romance for Meg, but it is not full blown yet. I can't wait for the third book, because I defiantly want to see how the romance develops.
As always Anne Bishop’s books are worth your time and your credits!

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • RabidReads
  • 2014-03-07

Without equal

Normally I’m not one to turn all fan girl in my reviews. In fact, I pride myself on writing cohesive, thorough feedback with actual words instead of squeals of delight and captioned screencaps. But in this case, I could use all of the above and more, and still not manage to do this series justice. It’s that good. Anne Bishop’s world-building is without parallel; she explores sensitive issues with tact and fineness, and makes you see them in an entirely different light. THE OTHERS’ universe manages to be dark, scary and magical all at the same time—I wouldn’t want to live there, but it sure makes for an absorbing listen! I finished MURDER OF CROWS in record time, and now I find myself unable to start my next listen because all I want to do is go back to the beginning and do it all over again!

I’m surprised by how much I like Meg because she’s not your typical Urban Fantasy heroine; sure she has her fair share of strengths, but she doesn’t mow down bad guys and physically, she’s incredibly vulnerable. I gained a whole new appreciation for her fragility in this installment. Cassandra sangue aren’t known for their longevity, and when every cut has the potential to be her last, it makes each bump and scrape feel life-threatening. I loved watching the dynamics between Corbyn and Wolfgard evolve, and this novel helped give a whole new meaning to “mixed signals.” The romance between them continues to be minimal, but I’m really enjoying just exploring the mere possibility of more.

I expected the world-building to slow down a bit in book 2, so imagine my delight when Bishop introduces even more awesomeness into her already overflowing universe. In the earlier chapters, I had some concerns about the HFL (Humans First and Last) movement having encountered similar plot lines in the past, but the author does such a fabulous job of putting her own spin on it that you never get a sense of déjà vu. Intuits, Skippy and a “snake charmer” type character were interesting additions to this series’ already all-star cast of supernaturals, and I enjoyed delving deeper into Meg’s prophecies too. Despite the story’s somber tone, there continues to be a darkly humorous side to Anne Bishop’s writing; from the terra indigene movies, to people shaped wolf cookies, to yielding a tea kettle & broom as weapons.

Alexandra Harris threw me through a bit of a loop with her change in narration. In WRITTEN IN RED, it was box on wheels or B-O-W and cassandra sangue, but in this installment those terms became BOW and cassandra sang—not major differences, but still noticeable. She reads at a slower pace than I’m accustomed to, although I think her style is well-suited to Bishop’s writing. It really adds a palatable element of danger to the story line, and helps keep listeners invested in the plot. The innocence of Meg Corbyn’s character really comes through in her narration and her wolf sound effects aren’t too shabby either!

Anne Bishop has quite possibly just ruined the next five books on my to-be-read pile because there’s nothing that can conceivably live up to MURDER OF CROWS. This novel is without equal, and the series itself remains unmatched—it’s quite simply, the best audiobook of 2014. 5++ ∞ stars.

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  • Bandon, OR, United States
  • 2014-03-06

Arrrooooo 2!!!

I'm having serious love of this series. Blood prophet, shapeshifter and elemental Others that are truly monstrous when they set their minds to it. This story is about going after the Controller and saving Jean. The human struggle seemed really true of the modern condition and rang some bells giving it strong reality and understanding for the reader to tie into. I'm still not having great love for the narrator (sounds too young) but the voice is consistent and I can still enjoy the story (though the same words should be pronounced the same from version to version)

This is a direct continuation from the first book that was outstanding, Written in Red. It's only been about 6 weeks later approximately where the last book left off. Still have continued love for all the Other characters and Meg. Not enough elemental pony time, in fact this book seemed just a little rushed and possibly (gasp) maybe an interim piece? It didn't seem as fleshed out as the it's predecessor and the villains didn't seem to be well defined and it bounced back and forth between baddies of HFL and the Controller and the FIN - Donkey and Nicholas Scratch. Though we resolved some of the evil, much of it was not and left hanging. Almost like it was cut off and left for the next book? It didn't overly distract, but that is why I only gave it 4 stars as it has a HUGE measuring stick with the first book.

Meg and Simon are just adorable and again, I'm so happy to see this relationship building slowly and watching them both struggle with figuring out what they are feeling and what they should do about it. Considering where they are both coming from jumping too fast into any kind of romance wouldn't be right. AB is handing this right. Simon needing to cuddle is so adorable. Seriously, I know he is a viscous monster that eats people, but I want one. I would feed it wolf cookies and provide a wolf bed. My corgis would love him and play tug, as long as he promised that they were not edible.

Flavored wolf cookies? Arrrroooo! The funny gags in the story had me laughing out loud a lot. I still miss the ponies though.....

It was a terrific and entertaining read. I'm eagerly waiting for book three. I hope this series goes on forever, I don't think I will ever get bored.

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  • yasmine32068
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 2014-03-05

Brilliant!!!

As usual I really hate to give anything because that's what the summary is for!

What can I say about a book that I had wait a whole year for? There are twists... There are turns... There was so much story that it made me sigh with disappointment when it was over. It was everything that I hoped for and more.

The way that Ms. Bishop developed all of her characters especially her secondary characters has always made me care about all of them just as much as Meg and Simon but even more!

My only ONLY complaint is Montgomery's loose end! I hope that there is more about that in the next book!

Alexandra Harris is just an amazing narrator! She gives the characters their own voices and really breathes life into the whole story!

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  • kimbacaffeinate
  • Midwest
  • 2014-03-27

Epic, complex, dark, light and brilliant.

Any additional comments?

In Murder of Crows, Bishop’s world and character building blew my mind. The threat intensified as we gained more insight into the HFL, traveled to other parts of Thasia, and new characters came into the fold. Those things alone made the book stellar, but then Bishop fleshed out relationships, introduced three dimensional characters and increased our knowledge of the terra indigene. We learn about their books, movies and have an interesting time with cookies. Meg and the community are beginning to understand more about the cassandra sangue and Meg’s prophecies. From the first page to the last the tale ebbed and flowed perfectly as the tension increased. Bishop does an outstanding job of balances the darker tones of this plot with the light. We get multiple povs, including those of the Controller and another cassandra sangue which intensified the story keeping me enthralled. The treatment of the cassandra sangue by these controllers was dark and violent from abuse to rape. Bishop didn’t attempt to flower these details. She simply presents the facts leaving them to smack and enrage the reader. When reading my reviews you often hear me say, “I wanted more world-building and fleshed out characters.” Murder of Crows and Written in Red are exquisite examples of what I crave. All of my needs were satisfied from the panoramic view to the depth of details. Nothing was rushed; the plot was well thought out, and every word and detail was relevant. If every author gave me these beautiful details as seamlessly as Bishop, I would be on a never ending book high.

I was very excited to see that once again Alexandra Harris was the narrator. Harris did a wonderful job narrating Written in Red and impressed me even more with Murder of Crows. Her depiction of Meg truly captures her emotions and even her growth. She brought the characters to life for me, and I think her pacing is perfectly matched for the Others series. She uses different voices for each character that are so unique and so clear I could immediately identify them.

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  • Book Professor
  • 2014-03-10

Perfection of a sequel!

This book just made me love the first book in the series, "Written in Red," even more!

There is a war coming between the Others and Humans and Humans won't survive if that happens. Meg Corbin, Human Liaison to the Lakeside Courtyard (controlled by The Others--where Human Law Does Not Apply) may be the only one who can possibly prevent the war from happening. Because of her friendships with The Others, they have started to see a few humans as more than just clever meat. But some humans don't see that their struggles to gain more of the world for themselves, that their arrogance in thinking that they can defeat the shifters and vampires who are the only ones of The Others that they ever see, is shoving the world closer and closer to a conflict that humanity cannot win because as powerful as they are, the shifters and the vampires are just the visible foes, the ones humans never see are the ones that we cannot possibly survive.

Meg has some help, among them are her human "pack" and her Other friends, and maybe if everyone carefully dances the correct steps they can save the world from blood and humans from extinction.

It might be possible to understand the story in "Murder of Crows" without having read "Written in Red" but I think your understanding of the characters and your enjoyment of the interactions between them would be greatly diminished--- besides, "Written in Red" is an amazing book and you will WANT to read both it and "Murder of Crows".

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  • Vamparilla
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 2014-05-12

Loved it even more than the first!

What did you love best about Murder of Crows?

Simon! Such a good wolf!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simon and Meg! They just don't understand! Lol!

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle with the kettle!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried!

Any additional comments?

Come on book 3!!!!!

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  • Meghan
  • Beaver Dams, NY, United States
  • 2014-03-08

Still One of my all time favorites

I am an extensive reader of books. I easily go through 4 books a week. Yet this series has to be one of my favorites.

The whole premise twists the normal vampire/werewolf genre. The idea of the others is fantastic. I like that they are not sugar coated and more than willing to eat a human. In this book the changes Megs living with them are explored more. Anne does a good job in showing how the smallest thing can cause huge amounts of problems. Not teaching the others to use a note book to help them learn and all of the confusion and uncaring it can lead to was ingenious. Something so small having a possible huge effect.

The love story developing between Meg and Simon makes me mad that there is not another book out already. It is sweet, funny, and innocent. It also has moved at a great pace. It is keeping me interested, but still fits really well into the story and also in with the characters. It does not feel forced for the sake of the plot. It is also nice to see it from both sides. A lot of times you only see the main characters ideas, and thoughts about situations, but this book gives you a good sense of where everyone is coming from.

I do have one very big grip though. I miss Sam. I can understand why he is staying with the wolves instead of Simon, but that does not change the fact that I miss the interaction between him and Meg. Although Nathan and Meg together are quite amusing.

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  • Meg
  • 2016-03-12

Too cutesy for me

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I was really looking forward to listening to this one. I think the premise is original and has a lot of potential.
This book was a total disappointment. For starters, the too-cute-for-words dialogue between the two main characters is nauseating. I'm not averse to love stories, but I don't need to be repeatedly clubbed over the head with the internal angst of these two over their feelings for one another. Yawn!
I thought the story had promise, but the climax of the plot seemed to be written almost as an afterthought. It read like a summary that had to be rushed in order to tie up the book and get back to scintillating dialogue about "wolf cookies" and other nonsense. I won't be reading anymore books in this series which is a shame as there are some characters I actually like.

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  • DarthVal
  • Hickory, NC, United States
  • 2016-03-11

Enchanting combination of innocence and ferocity

Written in Red was a delightful and refreshing surprise in the urban fantasy scene. Murder of Crows fulfills every bit of the promise set forth in the first book. The world building continues to amaze.

What I love best about this series is the innocence in contrast to the harsh and deadly lives of the Terre Indigene. In this book, the story gets deeper and world head toward an even more precarious balance.

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