Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

"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 murders 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 whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of 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" (Description from Goodreads.com)

I was on vacation in Florida at Disney World while reading this book and was asked many times to describe what it was about. I found this more amusing than anything else since this is what I do at the library. Recommend books and try to describe them. If you've been reading the blog for a while, you can see that I have a tough time describing the story without giving it away. So I try to keep as many details out as possible so as not to ruin it for the reader. 

What I discovered at Disney was a way to describe this series. Maybe not a good one but one we could all understand from our history lessons as a kid. Imagine Christopher Columbus sailing across the sea to America and instead of discovering Native Americans he discovered the Others who were Werewolves, Vampires, Elementals, and other shape shifters. They controlled and owned the land and have a deep respect for it. What then? Settlements tried and destroyed because humans didn't communicate or ask for permission. Settlements tried again with deals made. Many, many years later humans want more but forget that they don't own the land. The Others then discover a new entity that is human and other to only discover the humans are using them against the Others. 

So, that's where the story starts from with many POVs from the Controller (bad guy) to the Others to the humans who are trying to keep the world as together as they know it. The story mainly focuses on Meg and Simon. Not as lovers but friends. Human and wolf that are developing a relationship. The storyline is on what's happening outside of the two but they do affect it and the choices that are made.

What I really liked about this story was the slow progression of Meg and Simon's relationship. It was nice to see the relationship develop over two books. I also LOVED that the Others Courtyard had a "new" pack, a human pack that surrounded Meg. And with that addition the Others felt compelled to protect them. We also got to meet Others from outside of the region and learned more about how the regions worked. With that they got to meet Meg and see what made her special and why it was important to protect those like her.

One on my favorite moments is when the Others from out of town meet Meg. The first see her on a table in fear of a mouse. A tiny mouse according to them. It was a laughable moment. This book does have serious bits but also humor. The overall story is amazing and not once did I feel I was reading book two or a middle book. Issues were resolved from book one and you were left wondering what is going to come next. I love finishing a story and wonder what's next for the characters. Or that other thought...a year is just too long to wait. Lucky for us, there will be another book in this series due out in 2015 called Vision in Silver. I for one can't wait to read the next story in this series.

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