Audiobook Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

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Audiobook Review: Murder of Crows by Anne BishopMurder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 14 hrs, 13 mins
Series: The Others #2
Published by Penguin Audio on March 4, 2014
Genres: Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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three-half-stars

Return to New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop’s "phenomenal" (Urban Fantasy Investigations) world of the Others - where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules.…

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 murder 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 if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or 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.

*sighs* Written in Red was basically perfect to me, and I expected Murder of Crows to be all that and more. Don’t get me wrong. Murder of Crows isn’t bad; in fact, it’s quite good. However, the stakes aren’t really any higher, the conclusion’s once again too quick, and Bishop continues to play with my feelings like a kitten does with string. Basically, while I still love the characters and world, I expected more from this sequel than I got.

Murder of Crows and I immediately started off on the wrong foot. For one thing, that origin story for the alternate universe in which this series takes place that I loved SO MUCH in the first book? It’s in book two as well. Now, this is a choice made by the audiobook producers and is something I could skip easily in print and did skip on audio. However, after that, there was one of those lengthy recaps of the first book, which are very helpful if you’re reading them a year apart, but thoroughly irritating if you’re binging and you want more NEW stuff posthaste.

The other immediate detractor from Murder of Crows was the fact that the audiobook’s production has one major issue in consistency. The narrator, Alexandra Harris is the same, and does the same marvelous job but for one thing. In Written in Red, Meg Corbyn’s kind of human, Cassandra Sangue is pronounced pronounced like sahn-gway; in Murder of Crows, Harris now says sang. EXCUSE ME. What is this? The fault for this does not lie entirely on Harris, since the people who recorded her and the people who edited this audiobook should have caught this change. I am shocked that no one prevented this. I even checked to see if they were fixing an incorrect pronunciation in the first book, but they’re not. Every time “sangue” was mispronounced, I was thrown out of the book and into a rage.

I really hoped Murder of Crows would be a bit more intense, and there was totally space for it to be so. The enemies are much larger and their attacks much creepier than in book one. However, the resolution is once again so simple, and the reader hardly gets to even see it this time. Basically, there’s no point where I was worried for any of the characters I love in Murder of Crows, which isn’t good when the tension is supposed to be high and a big bad is being confronted. The combination of the Others, already so much stronger than humans, with a prophet to warn them of impending doom may just be invincible.

Also, I’m not pleased with the way that Bishop is playing with my emotions. I love slow burns more than most people I know, but this has reached levels of cruelty. I still ship it, because I’m a glutton for punishment. Intellectually, I can even see that it makes sense for them to wait, but I am not patient and it hurts and I am very frustrated.

Though my words don’t really reflect it, which just happens sometimes, all the things I love about this world and the characters are still present, though there was a distinct lack of Sam. I am very attached to this series and its characters, no matter how frustrated with certain things I currently am. There’s no way you could keep me from book three.

Bishops The Others series has a wonderfully-built world and cast, and I recommend it really highly, even if this review is pretty much entirely a rant.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

we could have had it all

One response to “Audiobook Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop”

  1. Oh, I thought she brought game to this second book. I am glad you enjoyed it despite it not living up to your expectations. I devoured the audio.
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