The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen *Alexa’s Review*

Posted July 30th, 2019 by in *Review / 1 comment

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen *Alexa’s Review*The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Published by Henry Holt & Co
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: ARC
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A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

3 Stars

I don’t know particularly why but I was drawn to this book and was really excited to read it.

From the beginning of this story, I loved the magic and caste system that were introduced. I loved the idea that what caste you were born into dictated what type of magic you had and where you fell on the ladder of importance. I instantly liked Fie, our main leading lady, she just had this spark of life in her that refused to quit and I continued to like her progress in the story the best out of all the characters.

Aside from the things I liked there were a few that I didn’t really care for. I think my biggest issue with this book would be the fact that it was only a journey book but we didn’t really know to what end the characters were journeying to. I happen to love a good journey book but I want to know the characters, I want to be embraced by a cast of people I can come to care about if the rest of the book is just about walking road after road. Sadly, this one was mostly just walking from place to place and the two main leading men to the story didn’t really stand out to me. I did like Tavin but there was always something about him that I just didn’t completely connect with. I think this is because the conversations between Fie and Tavin were odd at times. It sometimes felt like they were saying things out of order or not explaining themselves really well. This led to me having some frustration about their character arc together because while it seemed ok, I just wasn’t in love with it. Lastly, the prince in this story was completely unnecessary even though the whole point was to get him to lead and make the world a better place. He was a brat the entire trip and we do not even see him that much even though he is one of three main characters. His character fell flat for me and I didn’t like him.

Overall, I am a huge character reader, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have to be invested in the characters. Sadly two of the main three just missed the mark for me and made this journey book often feel long and a struggle to continue. I really did love the magic and Fie I think there is something special there and I hope it gets a bit better in the second book if the journey ends and real court/ruling/magic stuff begins.



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