Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

May 22, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 8

murder-of-crowsMurder of Crows
by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2014
E-book, Purchased
369 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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.

“The cow-shaped cookies have a beef flavoring, the turkey-shaped cookies have a poultry flavoring, and…”

Jane held up one of the cookies. “Human-flavored?”

Meg stifled a sigh. That would be the first thing on her feedback list: don’t make people-shaped cookies. The Wolves were way too interested and all of them leaped to a logical, if disturbing, expectation about the taste.


“Human females, they’re kind of crazy during this time aren’t they?”

“If you chose to believe the stories written by male writers.” Vlad replied.

They heard a bang and thump from the kitchen, followed by Meg yelling at something.

Simon sighed. “That many males can’t be wrong.”


  • Lots of humor, but also darkness.
  • I continue to love Meg. She loves interracting with humans and the Others. She still doesn’t always understand why people and the Others react the way they do, but she’s learning and she’s completely loyal.
  • Simon is the leader of Lakeside so he has lots of responsibilities, but he also finds a fun-loving side with Meg–as well as a completely puzzled side when he deals with her. This is new to him since he never cared enough about humans to try to puzzle out why they react the way they do.
  • The terra indigene are especially interesting. They’re loyal to their friends and implacable to their enemies.
  • Great world building. With this book Ms. Bishop increases our knowledge of the world and introduces new characters.
  • There’s tension between the humans and the Others…talk about understatement!


  • I don’t dislike anything about this book.


I like the first book a little better than this one, but really only a little…maybe because the world Anne Bishop creates in the first book is so unique and the newness wore off some in this book, but still this book is such fun to read.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading Challenges

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8 Responses to “Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop”

  1. Mogsy

    I read Written in Red not long ago, and enjoyed it even more than her book Daughter of the Blood, which I tried to get into but couldn’t. I guess I just like her UF better. I was stunned by the brilliant world building, the whole idea of the Others and their top position in society’s hierarchy, and the culture of their courtyards. Can’t wait to read this one.
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