About the Book
Kings become outcasts and lovers become foes in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.
As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.
With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.
A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.
It was selfish, this, in the most terrible way. And it was one more sin she would never forgive.Margaret Owen
Holy Crow this was good! The Merciful Crow was one of my most anticipated reads last year and then The Faithless Hawk swiftly became one of my most anticipated reads this year. And boy oh boy did it not disappoint! There were twists, turns, and so much more in between! The action just continued to pick up more and more as the book went on and I am extremely happy with this ending!
So, I can’t talk much plot wise (or honestly, really do I ever in a review?) because I don’t want to give anything away, but this book did elicit a bunch of emotions from me. I went from excitement over just picking it up and holding this baby in my hands (yes, I know I’m melodramatic), to determination to fall back into the world, to gasping at all that was happening, and finally to feeling bittersweet that it was over. Like, it was such a good ending but it was also an ending and that’s always a sad thing in books.
If you have the chance I definitely recommend reading these books back to back. One because they’re just that good and you won’t want to leave this world and two because I think it helps you to keep track of the plot and everything that goes on. I also can see how some people might say that this book started off a little slow, but I honestly didn’t notice it or mind it. So, to each their own on that aspect, but I can DEFINITELY tell you to stick with it because the story just takes off and flies away and becomes filled with action. So, all in all: READ THIS! READ THE FIRST! DEVOUR THE SECOND! And I will also be keeping an eye out for what Owen produced next!
About the Author
Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.
She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.)
*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*