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The Merciful Crow Paperback – Illustrated, 16 October 2020
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- Publisher : Square Fish; Illustrated edition (16 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250250943
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250250940
- Reading age : 14 - 18 years
- Dimensions : 14.15 x 2.62 x 21.11 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 182,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
One of the most exciting, exceptionally crafted fantasy debuts I've ever read. I did not want to leave this world! Absolutely breathtaking.--Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Furyborn
The Merciful Crow is an intense, romantic adventure with unforgettable magic and a ferocious heroine I'd gladly follow down a long, dark road.--Tessa Gratton, author of The Queens of Innis Lear
The Merciful Crow series will appeal to fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, Sabaa Tahir and Christelle Dabos (the Mirror Visitor Quartet). --Publishers Weekly
An excellent next read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, and Moira Young.--School Library Journal
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Fie is the Chief in waiting of a crow band, like all Chiefs she is a witch or bone thief along with her band and her Pa she travels the country answering plague beacons, Crows are the only ones immune to a plague known as the Sinners plague when a outbreak happens the other castes light a beacon and the crows come to deal with the dead and dying and if necessary deliver the coup de grace to the sufferers. Equally needed and despised the Crows suffer from the depredations of the Oleanders Gentry a hate group made up of members of the other castes who hunt members of the Crows at will.
When fies band answers a royal summons to the first case of the plague among the Phoenix caste for 500 years it sets In motion a chain of events that will have far reaching repercussions for Fie and her people, as she finds her fate bound together with a renegade prince and his bodyguard as she seeks to stop the Oleander Gentry from gaining ascendancy.
Well paced filled with likable characters and a solid romance, The merciful crow is a promising start to the series, I did feel there needed to be some fleshing out done of characters and their motives, and some things that seemed so obvious never got questioned which I found irritating like everyone said the Crows had no Birthright yet they are the only ones immune to the plagues? And there’s more there but I don’t want to spoil.
In short this is a very solid start to what looks like it will be a excellent series one I intend to follow.
While Fie is your smart tough cookie beloved of YA, we see how she got that way, the combination of a really difficult lifestyle with strong community support gives her great confidence and street instincts. It makes her very beliveable and engaging character with healthy relationships.
Then we have an interesting and enjoyably creepy world with a well thought out magic/religious system. A strong and adventurous plot. I don't see much wrong with it.