Fie is a Crow in a world where people hate her kind. They are given the task of burning or taking care of the plagued dead. They are spit on, berated, hated, and treated as others, but when they are needed, they are called merciful. When Fie has the opportunity to make life better for her people, she will do anything and everything to make it a reality. After all, crows look after their own.
OMG THIS BOOK WAS JUST THE COOLEST! I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT! WOW, this is probably one of my favorite books of the year so far and yes I bought the sequel as soon as I was finished. This book is highly underrated and I don’t know why it took me so long to read it!
First of all this book world is downright amazing! I was so intrigued by anything and everything having to do with it! The author eloquently balanced the details of the book world with details with character and I was so here for it!!
The magic system of this book was just amazing and I want to live there. I mean maybe not because the caste system of this world is extremely prejudiced, but if I could just live with the magic and nothing else, I would be in heaven! Everything was very well explained and I was never confused about which group was which because the author wrote with great, but useful detail andddd she even included a diagram of the caste system in the beginning of the book. SUCH GENIUS! Why don’t more authors do this!
Life as a Crow is the hardest I’ve ever seen and I don’t know how these poor people do it with any joy or comfort. They are constantly berated and demeaned for what they are, but when people need them it’s all forgotten. I mean they have a compassion that I could never have. Hence the name, Merciful Crow….. (Haha!) When they first were introduced, I was almost reminded of the guys in Monty Python going through the neighborhoods and chanting, “Bring out your dead!;” however, it is much more complicated and dark than that. Their job is probably the hardest one ever created and they are shamed for it. I wanted to hurt everyone that said anything other than thank you! They even tried to jip them on their pay. RUDE!
All of the castes in the book were named after different birds, so not only was I taken on a fantastic fantasy ride, I also learned about some many different types of birds. I had to look some of them up because I had never heard of them before. The characters in this book were just a masterpiece, especially Fie and Vimmo. I’m pretty much obsessed with Fie, not going to lie. She is the most badass, fearless, courageous female and I want to be her when I grow up. She never ever gave up and it was just amazing to read! Vimmo was also an interesting character that I surprisingly enjoyed.
The romance between Tavin and Fie was awesome, but I felt like it kind of came out of nowhere. I need more banter and more steamy scenes to make it real. It got serious way too fast and then it was just overcooked. I also found their dialogue went from hatred to sweetness way too quickly. However, I am HERE for their relationship and I want more of it ASAP!
The only things I didn’t really enjoy as much as the rest was the villain and the ending. I needed more of her and I wanted more interaction. She sounds crazy evil and I want a better understanding of why. I also thought her cronies were standard henchmen with uniqueness. I also felt that the ending of this book was very very very monotone compared to the whole book. I was expecting a crazy cliffhanger because of the crazy pace of the book, but I still want more. So I can’t wait to read what happens next!
My Book Rating
5/5 Book World
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Published on July 30, 2019 by Henry Holt (BYR)
Copy Read: Hardcover