Murder of Crows: review

March 3, 2014 4.5 star books, adult crossover, hilarious, paranormal, Wendy, werewolves 100 ★★★★½

Murder of Crows: reviewMurder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Published by NAL on March 4, 2014
Genres: adult, urban fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
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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.

The best sequels expand the world you know and make you fall even deeper in love with the characters, and Murder of Crows does all that and more in a story that’s just as interesting as its predecessor. Written in Red was one of my favorite books last year, so it is a relief to find that the sequel continues its winning combination of dark urban fantasy tinged with unexpected humor. This time around, a mysterious drug is causing trouble within the community, and Meg’s nightmares seem to signal impending danger for the terra indigene.

The relationships between Meg and all the other characters are so well-written, particularly in her interactions and histories with other women. I also appreciate how sensitive everyone is to potential threats to her well-being, and as well as the sense of protectiveness towards women in general. Consent and choice are huge themes here, from something as simple as a physical touch to the horrifying agony of cassandra sangues still held captive.

The thing I love best about this series is how the wolves are portrayed. The social hierarchy in the first book gives way to a more intimate feel for individual behavior, as the snarly, sometimes rude Simon finds himself more and more drawn to spending time with Meg in his wolf form. It’s only then that he’s  able to relax with his head in her lap as she pets him to sleep, and where he can playfully demand her attention without feeling self-conscious. All the shifters are written with an affectionate understanding of animal behavior, from Meg’s Wolf guards who get distracted by cookies to the Crows, whose bright-eyed curiosity and single-minded focus put them at risk. I also liked the sanguianati, creatures whose other forms are smoke, which enable them to slip through keyholes and other convenient places.

Early in the story, Simon reluctantly decides the nature of his relationship with Meg has to change, however, and he’s admonished by a friend that, “You can’t take back the friendship you’ve already given without bruising Meg’s heart.”

But he would miss curling up with her in bed at night. He would miss that closeness. Would she still play with him, or was this friendship going to be confied to human form from now on? If it was confined to human form, would she let him lick the salt and butter off her fingers from the popcorn she ate on movie nights?

Probably not, and that made him sad because he really did like the way she tasted.

It’s unusual to see such a strong emphasis on male-female friendship in this genre, and I’m so pleased that their relationship is taking its time to develop. I think this is also the only series I’ve read where I might like the scenes where the shifters are in their animal forms even more than when they’re in human form. There’s an endearing connection between Meg and Simon as a wolf, one you’ll understand if you’ve ever looked into an animal’s eyes and felt a peculiar familiarity and closeness that transcends both words and reason.

I’m not sure how many more books there will be in this series (there’s at least one more), but I feel like we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of this fascinating and complex world that Anne Bishop has created. I’m dying to see where Meg and Simon’s relationship will go, I hope we see more of the terrifying Tess, and I just can’t wait to laugh and shudder over more fierce animal encounters in future books. If you enjoy urban fantasies, whether YA or adult, you should be reading this outstanding series.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

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100 Responses to “Murder of Crows: review”

  1. starryeyedjen

    You’re the reason I picked up Written in Red, Wendy, but I needed no convincing whatsoever to pick up this sequel. That world-building is absolutely phenomenal. The characters are wonderful and becoming even more so as the story progresses. I saw somewhere that this is listed as a trilogy, but I agree that we’ve only scratched the surface of this world…I’ll be among those begging for more of the terra indigene.
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  2. Danielle Binks

    “I’m so pleased that their relationship is taking its time to develop” – ME TOO! It just goes to show how eroticised this genre has become, when an emphasis on friendship before sex is unique and refreshing.

    I love this series. I do believe I owe you a great deal of thanks for writing a review of ‘Written in Red’ that made me go, “huh – I must read this splendid sounding book.”
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  3. Lisa (Fic Talk)

    I’m so glad that the second book was just as amazing as the first. Every time I see the first book I remember how much you loved it and how much I think I would, too. Now that the sequel is out I think I’ll grab both books from the book depo and read them in a few weeks. I’m a huge fan of wolf books, especially since my faves are both from Patricia Briggs who writes such amazing UF.
    Can’t wait to dive into this series.

    Lovely review, Wendy!
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  4. Pili

    I have heard so many wonderful things about the first books in this series and now this review for the sequel… it’s making me want to ignore my reading list and go straight for these two!
    I love urban fantasy and paranormal creatures and sounds like this series has one of the best worlds built out there with amazing attention to detail.
    Great review!
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  5. Glass

    Great review, Wendy. I haven’t heard about this series before, but I’d have to check it out. I love the fact that it’s more focused on male-female friendship and not the love story.
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  6. Cristina Russell

    ahh…I have been itching for a new Urban Fantasy series to love. I was gravely disappointed by the last one I got into, Sandy Williams’ Shadow Reader series, and where that ended up :( I loved it so much from the start and just…no. So I’ve been weary, but this one only gets raves!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, look no more!! This one is amazing. And I hate to say it, but…I felt the same way about Shadow Reader. I love love loved the first book, but after reading all three, I feel like it was probably better as a standalone. What do you think? The overall arc kind of dragged on, and because the romance was so well resolved in book one, it felt like two and three were kind of pointless and frustrating.

      I hope you give WIR a try, though. I can’t believe how good book two was, no middle book syndrome at all.

  7. Johannah

    Okay, This will be what? The 5th or 6th book I’ve downloaded onto my kindle cause of you. And that’s no joke. Your reviews and your other fellow reviewers on this blog seem to hit it spot on with recommendations and if I’d like it or not. AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU! Ha ha!!! That isn’t really a bad thing. But I need to download written in Red first, right? I’m assuming that’s the first in the series?

    I haven’t really read any urban fantasy. I tried to read one a few years ago… I can’t remember the title, but it was about a girl who woke up in someone else’s body and had a time limit on it and had to find out what happen to hers. It was SUPER hard to connect with the character because I felt like I fell into a middle of a series – but I hadn’t – it was the first book. I was left scratching my head at all the loose ends by the end of the book. Sadly, that left a bitter taste in my mouth about urban fantasies.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, Johannah! It makes me so happy to hear that you find our reviews helpful, it’s the WHOLE REASON why we put all the work into this blog. :) And obviously, you have extremely good taste if we are spot on in our suggestions, hee hee.

      And yes, WRITTEN IN RED is the first book, you definitely need to read it before tackling this one. The good news is, you won’t have to wait a whole year for the sequel like the rest of us.

      Let me know what you think of this one. I think it’ll appeal to readers outside of the usual urban fantasy fans, it’s definitely more complex and developed and…darker and more mature in tone than a lot of the books I’ve read in this genre. I like a lot of fluff books for entertainment, but this series really is a standout in terms of writing and character development.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, and PS–I was just thinking earlier today how absolutely in love I am with my co-bloggers. They write SUCH amazing reviews, and you can really tell how much they care.

  8. Christina R.

    LOVE it when series not only get you hooked on the world and characters, but also bring in themes that are important.

    This does sound like a unique world and it’s an awesome plot from your review:)

    Lovely review:)

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes! Books that are about something (and not hammering you over the head with them) resonate more. I think writing about things you care about takes a book from being merely good to being great.

  9. Candace

    I’m listening to the audiobook of the first book and I’m LOVING it! I only have about 2 hours left on it, I believe and it’s getting intense. It’s always hard to turn it off after my walk. I love when Simon is in wolf form with Meg. It’s not something that has happened a lot yet (for me) but the few times I just saw so much adorable-ness. Like him cuddling against her, and the first time when he got into the cookies. I guess you just see that cute ‘dog’ there. The playful, the cute and at times, the scary predator (though not with Meg so much). Anyway, I’m loving this series so far!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Candace, Candace, Candace, you’ve made me so happy! I’m thrilled you are loving it, and if you love the Wolf-Simon with Meg in WIR, you’re going to love him with her in MOC. SO cute, right? I know she’s mostly modeling dog-like behavior, yeah, but that’s part of what is endearing about lions, tigers, wolves, etc, when we recognize our pets in them.

      Can’t wait to see what you think of this one! Excited for your reviews. :)

  10. Logan E. Turner

    How has this series escaped me? I’m particularly interested in the women looking out for women theme and the consent/choice emphasis. These are concepts that I think can’t get explored enough, and especially in YA fiction. The more we can hammer home the idea of autonomy for young women, the better!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m not sure, because I won’t shut up about it! Hah hah hah.

      Consent/choice is a huge deal to me, especially in these paranormal/shifter books where for some reason a lot of that seems to be taken away. Even in books I’ve enjoyed, sometimes I’m uncomfortable with how little control women in particular have in these circumstances, as well as how their rights seem to be glossed over. I know you won’t find that to be the case here, and I hope you’ll come back and let me know what you think of it when you’re through!

  11. Summer/Sunny

    I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. I absolutely love your review and you have me sold on this author and starting this series asap. I love that there’s an emphasis on the opposite sex friendship and the consent of physical touch. I just love it all. Thanks for the great review and for adding onto my TBR!
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    • Wendy Darling

      YES. YES, YOU DO.

      And yes, how amazing to see a friendship–a real, platonic friendship evolve between two people who don’t have all that much standing between them? It’s unexpected, and something I very much appreciated. I hope you love it as much as I do, Sunny!

  12. Jéssica De Freitas Maciel

    I loved this book so so so fiercely, i’ve waited for it like crazy and it was really worth it. Your review is awesome and i agree with you on all points Wendy.

  13. Larissa

    I still haven’t read this series yet. I really don’t know why, I love a good urban fantasy with an kickass heroine and this series does seem to have that. The first in the series is on my Kobo now, I’ve just been super busy lately. Argh.

    This sequel sounds amazing, I’m so glad it didn’t fall into the dreaded second book slump category for you. The wolves sound like they’re described in wonderful detail, I love when a book really gets into the details of how a certain group of people works. The inner-workings are riveting to me. I also am intrigued by the slow building romance you described, I love when romances start from great friendships.

    Fantastic review Wendy! (: Reminded me once again that I really do need to give this series a try.
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    • Wendy Darling

      All right, Larissa–you have to promise to read at least WRITTEN IN RED before the end of the year. See, I’m sneaky like that, because I know if you read book one, you’ll be reading book two, hee hee. Then you’ll be chomping at the bit for book three like the rest of us! It’s so, so good. I understand about being busy, though. There’s just not enough time in the day/this lifetime to get to all the good books.

      You’ll love the world-building and characters. I just know it.

  14. Giselle

    This series sounds fantastic – dark with humor is just what I love! I haven’t read Written in Red yet but I still remember your review making me want to read it! I’m so happy the sequel is so good. I hate fluff sequels or pointless middle books. How she portrays the wolves and their social hierarchy sounds very well done. And dude we need more male-female friendship – I don’t mind if it eventually evolves into more than friends but I find it gives such a good foundation. Thanks for reminding me of this series! I was told the audiobook of book 1 was fantastic (I think from Maja) so I’ll like try it in that format.
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    • Wendy Darling

      YES YES YES, read this series! I cannot believe you haven’t read WIR yet. This one definitely does not suffer from sophomore book syndrome at all, and you will so appreciate how well thought out the wolfy system is.

      Also, I am pulling for this romance to happen. But I’m glad that it’s burning sloooowly, too.

  15. Tanja

    Oh Wendy everyone keeps talking about this book and I have urge to leave everything and just go for it. Sadly I cannot do that but it seems to me that this is one of the rare books that tackles shifting with such carefulness. I need to see that. Also the mix of fantasy and humor is always a good one. Great review :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Tanja! I’m going to pester you until you read this.

      You poor thing, you’re going to stay away from us if I keep saying that, aren’t you? :D

      I’m pretty sure you will love this, though. Dark stories with humor in them are definitely hard to come by.

  16. Savannah

    This sounds like something I think I would enjoy very much. I like relationship that really go deeper than what they are. Lovely review.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, you’d enjoy this series, Savy! The wolves are so well-written, and you’re going to love both Simon and Meg. The first book has moments that really break my heart.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee. The quote is very funny, but maybe you need a little bit more background/context for it. I quoted a line on my GoodReads status update too, that might be a little clearer. Because they’re wolves and obviously they eat meat, they have an uneasy time with humans they have to live with sometimes, and Simon is always threatening to eat his employees if they misbehave. At one point in MOC, he’s scared someone and he kind of feels bad about it, but he still grumbles.

      “If you try to quit, I will eat you!” Simon yelled.


    • Wendy Darling

      NAL really does a great job with its urban fantasies! I’m glad you’re interested in checking this series out, it’s so, so good.

    • Wendy Darling

      I can’t wait for you to read it, either! In some ways I like it even better than the first book, but I didn’t want to be all crazy in my review, hah.

  17. Jules

    Oh no, is this book out already?! I know what I’m going to be doing today after work…

  18. Kelly

    Awesome review Wendy. I haven’t read book one, but will be adding it to read hopefully soon. The premise reminds me a little of the Masque of the Red Death series by Bethany Griffin, same type of feel to it. Quirky, lavish and intense. I rarely read adult, but this one sounds pretty good. Thanks for putting it on my radar.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, that’s an interesting comparison. I really liked MASQUE too (although I hear DANCE isn’t as good), and I would say that this one is also intense and dark, but it has a very different feel to it. The other series is very opulent and this one is much less fussy and more serious, but hopefully you’ll enjoy this as well.

      I don’t read a ton of adult books either, but I’m always on the lookout for good ones! And actually, I’ll give you a sneak peek of things coming up–our discussion feature this month is on adult books we’d recommend to YA readers. :)

  19. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Great review, Miss Wendy. I haven’t had the chance to read my copy of Written in Red; frankly, I’m a little intimidated by the sheer volume (I know, lame.). But much has been said about how wonderful it is, so I have WiR scheduled for weekend reading.

    I’m not a huge follower of the genre but you make is sound so…beyond words.
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    • Wendy Darling

      You know, I was intimidated by the size as well, but I think it’s mostly because they’re coming out in hardback and those are so darned BIG. Also, I have the attention span of a–SQUIRREL!

      But the books really do fly by, so I think you’ll be fine. I’m crossing my fingers I’ll see a happy rating from you when the weekend is through.

    • Wendy Darling

      I don’t know, Bethzaida, but you must get your hands on book one immediately! :D You’ll be thrilled that you did.

  20. Esyra

    I love your review. I can’t wait to start this series but i was waiting for book 2 to come out because i hate waiting between book when i love them and I am sure I will love this one because I loved her jewels series. It’s one of the best I have ever read. Have you read it?

    Anyway, can’t wait for the weekend so I can start to read these!

    Love what you are doing.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you! And I understand wanting to wait and binge read perfectly. I haven’t read her other series yet, but I am certainly interested in it now given how fantastic The Others is. I’m glad you get to start this now! Let me know how you’re enjoying it when you’re done. :)

      • Esyra

        I will for sure. My best friend is currently reading it and she loves it so i’m practically a 100% certain i will to. Can’t wait!!! And you should definitely read her jewels series, the world is so different. I think I read the nine books once a year :p

        • Wendy Darling

          Wow, seriously? That is a huge compliment to the author. Thanks for letting me know that. Now if I could just find the TIME…

          • Esyra

            I know right, time is flying by so fast (and i don’t even have kids yet) and my to read list is so long, and growing longer, I don’t know how I will be able to see the end of it! But, at the same time it’s exiting!!! And despite all that I still have the urge to read the author other series every year, usually around the beginning of spring when the snow is melting and it’s smells sunny outside (because this have a smell just like the cold) and you can have the window open without it been to cold but still fresh enough and you sit in the sun :p All right, enough or I won’t be able to wait :p

            • Wendy Darling

              Man, you sure do know how to sell this Black Jewels series to me, Esyra! Hah. That all sounds SO appealing and I want to grab these books and go sit in the sun immediately.

              You read this, I’ll read that. :)

              • Esyra

                Deal! :p

                I do hope that if you try it you’ll like it. It’s not without it’s flaws, but the concept of the world and the characters really grabbed me and so totally that I don’t see the flaws when I read it.

              • Esyra

                Just finish the two books… Ilove them!!!!!!!!!! Love every thing about them. Though I would have like more pages about the others and their interactions with the humans (Meg) and eachothers and less pages with the bad guys (especially Asia Crane) but that is just me loving seeing relationships unfold. Anyway, y’a pas assez de tellement pour dire tellement c’etait bon!!!!

  21. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I LOVE that it’s taking this long for anything beyond friendship to develop. Really, if it happened fast, the way Wolves are and the way this world is set up, it wouldn’t make sense. Even though Meg is special, she’s also human (sort of) and, therefore, not one of the terra indigine (don’t think I spelled that right). This is a book, this series, is one I want to sit down with a group and dissect over drinks! The shifter structure is so beautifully built and the characters — all of them — are gorgeously drawn. I’m hoping she doesn’t pull a George R.R. Martin and start killing off the characters I love, though Bishop is known for just that. *holds breath*
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, going into this book I was all GO ROMANCE, but as things were revealed about Meg’s past, it totally makes sense that the relationship is taking its time. I really liked how we get into her mind and Simon’s in this book, and the shifts in POV are done really well.

      PERFECT book to discuss over drinks with friends! But now you’ve made me nervous. o.O I haven’t read her Black Jewels series, and I’m eyeing my shifters wondering who she might potentially boff.

  22. Rashika

    I CANNOT READ YOUR REVIEW. My copy of the first book is on it’s way and I’ve been dying to read the book for over a year now (I finally bought it too! :D)
    I am really glad you enjoyed the sequel though!! :)
    What with you and Faye singing praises for this series, I am overly excited to dive in and I just hope that my high expectations are met.. :P

    • Wendy Darling

      I totally understand! I’m glad you finally got yourself book one, now you can see what Faye and I have been yammering on about for over a year. ;) Don’t expect a hugely fast-paced book, btw–it does have terrific action scenes in it, but it’s definitely paced like a mature adult book.

      • Rashika

        YES. I don’t mind the pace so long as I am not bored :P I haven’t read a book that is paced like an adult book in a while. I mean even some of the adults I’ve read recently weren’t that wonderfully paced (even if I did enjoy them in the end).
        But yes, I am holding you to good action scenes. :P
        I KNOW WHO TO BLAME if I am let down (although I really hope I won’t be).

        • Wendy Darling

          I hope you aren’t bored–I don’t think you will be! There’s always something happening, even if it’s not always punches being thrown. I accept some of the blame if you don’t like it…but I expect ALL the credit if you do!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh man, if you love urban fantasies, you HAVE to read this, Jeann. We’ve been so bossy with you lately, hmmm? Sorry, not sorry. :D I’m glad you’ve been seeing praise for it everywhere, too–it deserves all the accolades it’s getting.

  23. Aimee

    I haven’t read this series yet. Scratch that–I haven’t read from this author yet. T_T It definitely sounds like I should, though. I love dark novels, but it seems this one has humor mixed in so that’s definitely a plus! Lovely review, Wendy. :) Definitely adding this to my TBR.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Actually, WIR was the first book I read by this author too, and I would probably have continued to live in ignorant bliss had it not shown up at my doorstep. So this is one of those occasions where I’m enormously grateful for the unsolicited review copies!

      The books are dark, but they are also very funny. I hope you enjoy them.

  24. Lucy

    I picked up the first book because of your rave review, Wendy. I’m glad to see the sequel lived up to Written in Red! It sounds like such a great mix of world building and character relationships. I’m excited to read both books back to back soon, especially after reading your review!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, awesome! I’m glad you already have the first book, Lucy. I must have been VERY persuasive in that WRITTEN IN RED review. :D I’m excited to watch you read them! Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.

  25. Kate Bond

    I have this on my kindle RIGHT NOW, but I won’t have time to read it until at least the end of the week. So, so sad.

    SO, so, so, so sad.



    • Wendy Darling

      Oh nooooooooo. Hah. In all the time I’ve known you, Melliane, this is the first time I’ve ever had such an emotion directed towards me!! I know you will love it, though, and it is totally worth the wait. I will pray to the Book Depository gods to hasten their delivery trucks.

      • Melliane

        fortunately you know I love you too lol. Thank you! I hope yo have it this week. I can’t wait to see what the author has for us now.

        • Wendy Darling

          Hee! Well, I will wait to be embraced in the full force of your love AFTER you’ve had a chance to read it. You’re going to enjoy it so much. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I looooove werewolf/shifter books when they’re done well–and the mythology in this series is awesome, Danielle! I’m glad you’re going to give it a shot.

  26. Kim

    Well, I can’t say I understand everything you talked about here because I haven’t read Written In Red yet. But!! It is in the mug and I am *very* excited to get to it. Dark urban fantasy with shapeshifters and a slowwwww burn romance? Give it to me.

    Also, I’d never heard of these books until you posted the photo of this one on Instagram so thank youuuu. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh mug gods, please be kind and call forth WRITTEN IN RED for Kim’s enjoyment! And for Wendy’s enjoyment. :D :D :D

      I know you are going to love this series, Kim. It’s dark and emotional, with the kind of world-building you more typically see in fantasy. But it has all this sexy other stuff going on to tease us with, too.

  27. Faye @ The Social Potato

    Simon and Meg’s interaction here really was one of the highlights. I just love how the small moments and the small details really matter to both of them, and those very same things made me giggle like a schoolgirl. It’s pretty much the same with the other characters, too! Overall, I love their protectiveness of Meg, how they accepted someone not of their kind with such welcome and warmth that it melted my heart. I do hope this series gets more than three books! I would be so unhappy if it will be finished next year. It’s like I can’t get enough of the world at all and I just want it to go on and on and on forever ;_;
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    • Wendy Darling

      I was giggling so much throughout this book, too! Hee hee. Man, I loved all the wolfiness. Loved it, loved it, loved it. It’s rare to see the heroine have such great secondary relationships, too–even though not a ton of time were spent on them, there was enough nuance and feeling there to keep things really interesting.

      I would love it if this is like…6 books. I think 6 books would be perfect.

  28. Marlene

    I just read Keertana’s raving review of Murder of Crows today too! I know I’m missing out if both you and her are singing this series such high praises. Oh, I do hope it gets the full commitment from the publisher. It would be a shame if they had to rush the ending after so much time has been spent on developing the world, the characters, and the tension. I suppose more people need to be reading this series, and I’m people, so yeah, here I go! :D

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    • Wendy Darling

      Did Keertana post her review today? Yay! I need to stop by to visit it. Yesssss, please give this series a try, Marlene. The characters are totally unforgettable, the world-building is terrific, and the shape-shifting nature of the Others is just amazing. Go forth and read it, lady! You won’t be sorry.

  29. Amir

    Okay, I seriously need to get into this series! I need to get my hands on Written in Red, I’ve been seeing rave reviews of this book everywhere! Perfect timing that I got a bookstore gift card for my birthday, now I know what to get :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Lucky you, to have a gift card to spend! I highly recommend WRITTEN IN RED (and it’s out in paperback tomorrow as well, so you’ll save a bit), and then the beautiful part is you won’t even have to wait for book two if you like it. :) Happy happy birthday, btw! Let me know if you enjoy the series.

  30. Tabitha

    I prefer much of their human/wolf interaction as well! I really think that bond with animals as far as the look they give you…my cat doesn’t look at me all lovey like that more like “wench wheres my food and scratches?” But I know exactly what you mean. I love that they have a friendship and knowing that there might be more someday is great but i like the was things are going. Its good to hear there will be at least one more but did you even doubt it? I’m hoping it becomes a strong ongoing series. Lately I haven’t been as excited about, oh another series but this one is so good I don’t want to see it end anytime soon!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, but I have a wonderful relationship with my cats! They look me straight in the eye, and with my Maine Coon in particular–we just understanding each other perfectly. :) Depends on the animal, though, for sure.

      I did wonder, because I never know how these things are going to do, Tabitha–and I was worried especially because they are coming out in hardback first. But judging from the activity on my GoodReads review of the first book and the fact that just about everyone I know also enjoyed it, I guess I shouldn’t have worried! I don’t want to see this one end after just one more book, either.

  31. Jessica Cooley

    Written In Red has been on my maybe list for a while but now I’m going to have too grab it at the library next time I’m there. I only skimmed this review since I didn’t want to get any clues to what happens in the first book but I did read enough to convince me to pick up the first book!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Excellent! Please do give the first book a try, it’s pretty spectacular. Very different from other urban fantasies out there.

  32. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I’ve already determined that I desperately need to re-read Written in Red b/c I am convinced that the first time I read it, I was in a very bad I-hate-everything book place. I remember thinking Simon’s wolfness was hilarious, and I remember loving the crows almost as much, but at the time . . . Meh. Your review of its sequel has only further convinced me (and I didn’t think that was possible). The paperback comes out tomorrow, and I’ve already pre-ordered it, but it will have to wait until Wed. b/c tomorrow is all about The Winner’s Curse :) But Wednesday is the day. It’s going to be a good book week, I can feel it!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I hope you like WIR better the second time around? It’s funny because I talked in my review about how suspicious I was of starting a new series, especially one I’d never heard of before, and it took me awhile to realize how very much I was enjoying what I had in my hands.

      But oh MY, yessss! I am so glad you’re picking up WINNER’S CURSE tomorrow! There is so much bookish goodness in store for you this week, yay. I look forward to hearing what you think of them both.

  33. kimbacaffeinate

    Wendy I confess I only read your first paragraph because I am getting my audio copy tonight at midnight and I am over the moon excited. I loved, no adored, eh worshiped? Written in Red. I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. I am so excited that you felt this was a worthy second novel..may I squee? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I don’t blame you for skipping the rest of the review one bit! I’ve done the same with everyone else’s before I wrote mine. WRITTEN IN RED was so, so good, wasn’t it? I am very excited to witness your love for this book, too! I am squeeeing with you!

  34. Liz

    So glad to read that this second book was as entertaining and intriguing as the first. I’m really looking forward to reading it, Written in Red was a huge favorite last year.

    • Wendy Darling

      Liz, Liz, Liz. You will LOVE it. I hope you download it immediately at midnight tonight! Or maybe get that hard copy tomorrow, hee hee.

      • Liz

        Wheeeee, I have it!! But I am also deep into Honor’s Knight and I have to see what happens with Devi first! Oh such troubles I have!! ;D

  35. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Wendy, I have to agree that we’ve really only begun to scratch the surface of this world. Despite the expansive world-building in WRITTEN IN RED, I still managed to be surprised by the new tidbits dropped in this installment. And Meg and Simon – LOVE them! I adored their interactions and especially their slow-moving relationship. It was such a pleasure to read unfold, obstacles and all, though I feel as if we’ll need at least another two or three books in order for all the conflicts concerning their romance to be sorted out. (Even if Meg finally allows Simon in, the Others aren’t likely to accept them, etc.) Anyhow, fantastic review, Wendy! I always finish these books immensely satisfied, but still itching for more despite their length. Hopefully Book 3 is on its way soon! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      The world-building is so impressive, isn’t it? I loved what we saw in the first book and was pleased with how much more we learn in this one, too. Meg and Simon are WONDERFUL. I love them both so much, and I love how atypical they are as a couple in any genre, but particularly in urban fantasy, where things tend to move a little more quickly. As much as I want to see them get together, I’m really enjoying this ride.

      This is one of the few times when I would LOVE to see more than three books in this series, too. The author has already proven she has a lot to show us.