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

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)

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 rut...

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)

  • jessica
    you know that moment when youre reading and you lose focus, but your eyes still keep ‘reading,’ so you end up having to backtrack and reread everything you just missed when you zoned out? yeah, that happened to me soooo many times whilst reading this that i lost count. at the halfway point, i started skimming because i just did not have the attention span to fully commit to this. i mean, i really wanted to love this, but other than a slightly...
  • 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!
  • Angelica
    I came for the crows. I stayed because I had already given up a couple of hours of my life and I might as well finish.That said, I wasn’t too invested in the story or the characters and especially not in the romance.It wasn’t at all memorable. It’s now August and I promise you that by the time the year ends I won’t remember a single thing. I probably won’t even remember the main character’s names.This book starts interestingly enough....
  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ 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...
  • Sara
    this is an amazing story full of action and an unique magic system with dark atmosphere , an amazing female lead who is complex , rude and stands up for what she believe for , she is trown in this adventure with an spoiled prince who I hated in the beginning and loved in the end , tavin who is snarky , brave and fun , this is an amazing world and the magic is so intresting , just pick this up if you love quests, high stakes, adventure with a lot ...
  • 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...
  • Lucy Langford
    3.5 rounded up.While this book was a bit slow in places, the details of the caste system and the tooth magic interested me enough to keep reading.Fie was a great character. She is a member of the Crow Caste- the lowest caste there is- tasked with travelling the roads to mercifully kill those who are infected with the plague. Interestingly, this plague never effects the Crows and rarely effects the highest class- the Phoenix’s. One day, her and ...
  • Emily A. Duncan
  • 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 ...
  • Nasom
    Full Review I was drawn to this book by it's cover but I'm glad it was an enjoyable book too! What i liked - The plot/magic system: I found some aspects of the storyline to be unique. For instance, the MC belongs to a group of people called 'Crows'. When someone dies of a plague, they are the only ones that can get rid of the body, but the people in the town that the person dies in has to pay the Crows to prevent the plague from spreading and kil...
  • Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
    4.5 S T A R S It wasn't that she wanted to burn the world down, no. She just wanted the world to know that she could. Well, well, well, well... That's the only way I can think of starting this review because my brain cannot get over how good this was. I went into this pretty high expectations and somehow I am still shookth about how good it was?Where to start, where to start. First and foremost the world. OMG the world is one of my favorites. A w...
  • 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...
  • Tricia Levenseller
    This is—hands down—the best book I’ve read this year! Fie is an amazing protagonist—the kind you don’t want to mess with. The love interest is extra swoony. The magic is deliciously unique, making me wish I’d come up with it myself.
  • Roobie
    ⭐4 stars⭐"Are you done?" the arbiter demanded."Aye cousin, this'll do." Pa whistled the marching order. "We'll be back when you call." When, not if. I actually really enjoyed this. Maybe I was in the right mood for it because most of my friends either dnf or didn't really like it and I went in with low expectations. I also get how the writing might be annoying for some but, thankfully, I wasn't bothered by it at all.One star is gone because o...
  • ✨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?...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...