Speed Date with Simon: MURDER OF CROWS by Anne Bishop

Posted 27 February, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 13 Comments

MURDER OF CROWS (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Urban Fantasy
368 pages, hardcover
Available March 4, 2014
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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 murders 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 whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of 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.

(Second) First Date: Simon, we had our first date with WRITTEN IN RED, and I fell in love with you and your growly ways back then. I couldn’t wait to go on another date with you, even knowing that you don’t like humans much, that you’d just as soon tear out my throat as speak to me (unless, of course, I become part of your human “pack”, yet another instance young Meg, a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet, has disrupted your life). But I appreciate your willingness to deal with humans, though most of your kind would rather we not exist. 

Second Date: I love seeing you bewildered, Simon. Perhaps it’s cruel of me to enjoy your confusion when it comes to Meg, you being an apex predator and all, but it’s enjoyable to see you flustered regarding your feelings about Meg. Wolves don’t mate with humans, at least not permanently. But Meg…she’s different. She brings out your protective instincts–brings out the protective instincts of every terra indigene in the Courtyard, for that matter–and makes you care about things you never though you would like Wolf cookies, snuggly beds, and making sure your human workers are cared for and protected from small-minded humans.

Third Date: You’ve got a lot on your plate, Simon. Tensions rising in the human population as they forget their place in the world. Drugs that hurt your people. Cruel humans killing your people. Distrust amongst your own kind. It’s stressful but you’re a strong Wolf and a good leader. Plus, you’ve got Meg and her visions on your side, helping you protect those worthy. Just make sure she doesn’t cut too often or too deep because, well, what would you do without her? After what happened in this book, it looks like the cassandra sangue might just be what the terra indigene need. I can’t wait to see how Meg messes with your head in the next installment, Simon. Hey, don’t growl at me. No, no. Bearing your fangs and Wolfing out aren’t going to scare me. Do you want a Wolf cookie? Who’s a good boy? You are. Yes, you are.

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13 Responses to “Speed Date with Simon: MURDER OF CROWS by Anne Bishop”

  1. I must get to this series! Simon sounds like my kind of guy! Love all the growling!

    I might get the first book when I get my next audible credit next week. Otherwise who knows when I’ll find the time. Great Speed Date, Mary! 🙂

  2. Simon sounds like a keeper. He sounds like he’s able to (most of the time) keep a fairly level head, and he sounds like the type of character I want to know! Ps…the way you wrote that last line, Mary…dying 😉

  3. Bahahaha! I love that you give him a Wolf Cookie! lol! I’ve not heard of this series before, but I’m seriously intrigued right now. Simon sounds like my kind of character, I love the tall, dark and brooding type. I’m definitely going to look into this series. 🙂

  4. *snort* You are too funny Mary! Cathy read book one for the blog and LOVED it, and has been asking about the sequel, so I’ll have to let her know you were a fan and get her a copy when it comes out. I’m thinking I might need to read Written in Red for myself so I can meet this Simon. I think I’ll like him:)

  5. So I’m confused. You have wolves and a blood prophet. Where do the crows come in? And do you know what the difference is between ravens and crows? That’s not related to your review – it just is a question the occurred to me 🙂

  6. I’m currently reading this one and GOSH I love Confused Simon! It’s so adorable and I’m really enjoying the fact that we’re seeing a LOT more of his perspective in this book – YAY! Wonderful speed date, Mary! 😉

  7. Ahh I can’t wait to meet growly Simon! I remember adding book one to my TBR after your review, and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. Although, now I get to dive right into book two, so I guess procrastination has its benefits. Lovely speed date! I must get some Wolf cookies too. 🙂

  8. I kind of adore this review. I’m still listening to the audio of the first book but I’m really loving it a lot. And Simon… I’m not sure what to think of him. I love the Meg has him all sorts of confused and mixed up. I’m anxious to see where things go!

  9. I LOVE THIS REVIEW. I agree, Written in Red is very much Simon’s book. THis line is good: ” love seeing you bewildered, Simon. Perhaps it’s cruel of me to enjoy your confusion when it comes to Meg, you being an apex predator and all, but it’s enjoyable to see you flustered regarding your feelings about Meg.” SO TRUE. It is deliciously fun to watch Simon and Meg flounder towards each other, especially Simon. Thankfully, Bishop manages it without any angst too. I can’t wait for more of these two, but really curious what will happen when Simon realizes he’s in love with Meg. Will he get his HEA with his blood prophet, even if she’s a human. So many questions, I must know them. Also I am indebted to you FOREVER for giving me that email address so I could obtain a copy of this book!