The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1) by Margaret Owen

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)

A future chieftainFie 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 princeWhen 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 ruthl...

Details The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)

TitleThe Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt (BYR)
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)

  • Margaret Owen
    Wait, I seriously get to rate and review my own book? Rad. So my completely unbiased review is that it made me laugh, cry, and single-handedly put Ben & Jerry's grandchildren through med school. And that was just from writing the dang thing.Anyway, I hope y'all like it! I made it myself!
  • Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDNF @ 66% So, I guess the new YA trend isn't just to write books that are derivative, but also to title them in derivative ways, as well? If so, good plan, because THE MERCIFUL CROW is a book that feels like dozens of books I've read before. Caste-based fantasy with an assassination plot gone wrong, and a plot to overthrow an evil ruler with a band of crude-talking underdogs. Yep.I'm extra sa...
  • Emily A. Duncan
  • Hollis
    I’m super glad I’ve just bemoaned all the disappointing YA fantasy so far this year because the universe sat up, said, ‘oh yeah?’, and tugged the rug right out from under me. Bookies, I present to you : THE MERCIFUL CROW. I knew nothing about this before beginning (#TeamNoBlurbs) and was delighted at every turn the story took. This world is made up of Castes centered around various birds : Crows at the bottom, Pheonixes at the top. We see...
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    The Merciful Crow was an intriguing read about a world plagued by prejudice and hierarchy and the people fighting for justice.Plot: 4/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 5/5 Review originally published on SereadipityThe world building was excellent because it was very original and I was gradually fed more information as I read as opposed to a boring info dump at the start of the book. I also loved the magic system and the way it functioned in the novel.The ...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    4.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!Ladies and gentleman- I present to you- one of (if not my most) anticipated reads of 2019! All it took was a quick read through of the synopsis for me to know that I needed to get my hands on this book as soon as possible! A future cheiftain, a fugitive prince, and a too-cunning bodyguard? Yes please! SOLD! Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake?...
  • Amanda
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....For some reason I didn't really expect this book to be that good, but I wound up absolutely loving this dark fantasy tale. I picked this up on a whim because I thought the cover was pretty and I am so glad that I did. The Merciful Crow was filled with fascinating characters that I loved so much, really great world building and an interesting plot. This book caught my attent...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceThis immersive story is definitely one you’ll want to add to your TBR pile! Cunningly invasive, it’s a story that doesn’t get out of your head even after you’ve turned the last page. There’s death, family bonds, and lots of soul shattering rage to be found throughout this story, along with a smattering of romance that rounds out this amazing story. I honestly cannot say en...
  • Madison Mary
    ** ARC provided by "Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers", all quotes are subject to change in the final copy ** "They'll come up with a fancy name for you... Tell stories for centuries. Fie Oath-cutter. Fie the Cunning. Fie, the Crow Who Feared No Crown." Absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for a better book myself. As soon as I started this story, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in before I even read the first page becaus...
  • Katie
    *ARC provided by "Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers", all quotes are subject to change in the final copy *I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!I got this ARC at BookCon and I'm so happy I was able to snag a copy! This is definitely one of my new favorite fantasies of 2019.What I absolutely love to see in fantasy is different sexualities/identities being represented but they're inherent to the world. If you're creating a new world, who says that d...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...The BuzzThere have been a couple of books with crow in the title this year and I was excited for both of them different though they may be. The first didn't turn out the way I thought it would but I am so pleased to be able to say that I was blown away by The Merciful Crow!And The Merciful Crow has such a gorgeous cover that I will admit that at first I wanted to read it just because of its beaut...
  • Jamie Pacton
    Oh my friends. This book is breathtaking. My only regret in reading it so early is that it's not published yet, so I can't buy about 50 copies for all the writers and YA fantasy lovers in my life. (Next holiday season, hopefully). Let's start with worldbuilding: from the first page, you know you're in the hands of a master. We're talking Jemisin or Rothfuss level in terms of attention to detail and careful, brilliant planning of social structures...
  • Laurie –A Court of Books–
    “‘We will be back when you call.’When, not if.” I received an ARC of The Merciful Crow at BookExpo, this in no way impacts my review. However, my review is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story and quotes may differ from the final book. I’ll keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. In a medieval-like society broken down into twelve bird-named castes, we follow sixteen-year-old Fie who belongs to t...
  • Boston
    4.5 stars. This book really is *that bitch*. Full review to come hopefully, maybe, possibly.
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you take nothing else from The Merciful Crow, just know that teeth are powerful and there's a cat named Barf.Honestly I'm a bit at a loss for words with this book because I loved it SO MUCH! It's one of those cases where I just want to gush but don't know what to say. But I ...
  • julianna ➹
    hmmmmmmmmmmmmm idk fellas but I think the fact that this was four stars and then dropped down to three stars really speaks to the fact that I'm a pessimistalso go read my blog tour review 😎>> trigger warnings for death by plague, mention of death by fire, assassination, loss of eyes, being shot by arrows, and burning hands (if there's anything you want to ask, don't hesitate!! this isn't as thorough as I could've made it)>> specific represen...
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you! This book was AMAZING. I feel like I’ve said that about quite a few books lately, and I want to assure you all that I am a harsh critic! But I loved the characters in this novel, and – surprisingly for a fantasy novel – I thought the world was pretty great, too.Sixteen-year-old Fie is a Crow, the lowest caste in Sabor. While all the other castes – things like Sparrow, Hawk, and P...