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Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Published by Penguin Audio on 03-04-2014
Pages: 448 pages
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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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.
Anne Bishop continues to deliver an enriched world that is both complex and simple in the second book ofThe Others series, Murder of Crows.
I really love this world and characters. Meg is becoming stronger both physically and mentally with the help of her friends in the Lakeside Courtyard. And in turn they are becoming more human. They now think before they eat humans.
While Written in Red was very dark some of those dark undertones carry over to Murder of Crows but I see a little bit of lightening up in the way that Meg and Simon are starting to enteract with each other. They have become friends and now that line is being blurred a little by underlining sexual tension. Meg is very young in her real world knowledge and Simon thinks much like his wolf counter part and doesn’t understand how human friendships work. He doesn’t know why Meg is a little uneasy with his human form and not his wolf form.
I love how Bishop lightens the dark world with some humor. One of my favorite moments is between Simon and Vlad after they learn that Meg has not cut herself but that the scent of blood coming from her meant something else…
“Human females, they’re kind of crazy during this time aren’t they?”
“If you chose to believe the stories written by male writers.”
They heard a bang and thump from the kitchen. Followed by Meg yelling at something.
“That many males can’t be wrong.”
The supes at Lakeside Courtyard now sees Meg as their’s along with the small “pack” of her humans, the few humans left working at the businesses in the courtyard. They will protect them and not see them as food. There is big changes in the supes thinking. They are now working with a few of the human police that they’ve come to trust.
All of the characters from Written in Red are back (minus the humans that were eaten) plus a few new characters. My favorite in the new characters was Skippy. A young wolf male that is named Skippy because he’s not all there mentally and his mind “skips” over things. They way the other wolves talk about him and then his reaction to the human shaped cookies makes me wonder if Skippy isn’t ADHD.
Alexandra Harris’ narration job is perfect for this series. She brings the sweet and shy Meg to life like no one else could. Harris’ narration is a little slow but because the lead character is soft spoken and the supes think and speak much like their animal counter parts I think it really works. It makes them sound naive but not “stupid”. I love her wolf howls and other wolfie noises as well.
I highly recommend both books in this series. They have both made my 2014 Top Reads list. But be warned. They are dark and very dense in their world building and have many characters and POVs to keep up with. So they are by no mean a light read or a romance. Although there is a hint that a romance MIGHT be building.