16 Sept 2020

#Review: THE MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owen


Author: Margaret Owen
Series: The Merciful Crow #1
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 30, 2019
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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?
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This was okay but it was nothing all that special. I appreciated some of it and the way that it was written but in general I was felt it was very okay and middle of the road.

I kept thinking that there was something missing and things that could have been done better. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how it continues in the next book, which I have an ARC of (and have not yet read because #life).

I didn't think the worldbuilding was done extremely well - there were parts of it that just didn't quite make sense or weren't given enough of an explanation. Like all of the magic - it just didn't have enough of an explanation to make me wholly buy in and want to learn more about it. I wanted so much more out of how the different groups interacted and overlapped with one another. There definitely wasn't enough of those interactions.

But there was a slow burn romance so I know that a lot of people would love that. I was okay with it but I wasn't overly invested in the romance or the relationships overall. I thought individually the characters were great but I was meh about how thye interacted with one another. I thought some of the characters mostly fell flat and didn't quite come across how we wanted them to be.

But I did appreciate the racial discussions and how Fie called out the Crown Prince for not realizing how things integrate and how the Crow Caste was so poorly treated. That definitely mirrored some of the discussions and talks that are taking place in current day.

I'm still going to continue this series - and I have the next book on my shelf already ready to go - but I'm not overly invested in it like I would like to be. 

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

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