MURDER OF CROWS (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
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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