Master of Crows
Yum, yum, yummy!!! Seriously, as GOOD AS IT GETS!!
Silhara of Neith, yum!
I loved this one. Master of Crows is a wonderful fantasy/PNR romance with a great balance of rich world building (felt like a medieval/Persia kind of world, loved it), mixed with a solid, steamy hot romance and great chemistry between the H/h (Silhara of Nieth, the Master of Crows, and Martise of Asher, a slave girl with an unexpected magical gift).
This book paints an int...more
The power of the god Corruption is increasing and its aim is to rule the world. It has chosen Silhara of Neith, a dark, renegade mage as its avatar. Ironically the one person powerful enough to stand against the lure of Corruption and to defeat it is Silhara. To do this though, Silhara, the Master of Crows, needs help in the translation of scrolls that will reveal the key to defeating Corruption and rid it from the world.
The priests send him Martise of Asher, a skilled scribe and transl...more
Having caught the eye of a corrupt god, a god who intends to use the Crow Mage Silhara as the vessel for his latest incarnation, the outcast mage is desperately trying to resist the god's powerful lure. But the god is seductive and...more
Content: Sex, erotica almost, some violence, several typos.
3.5 stars, maybe more. Overall, a good read, and some parts were superior. Yet also disappointing: Because the author started the book with such a fantastical plot line and created such a sense of dire urgency -- even emergency -- I found the sex eventually overdone and distracting. I felt caught between two genres. IMO, the main flaws are repetition and sex-driven plot. I explain these flaws below and also highlight...more
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I know somebody else read Master of Crows and did NOT tell me what an excellent book this was going to be. Let me clear up something and that is that all my all time favorite books have been epic type novels/trilogies/series where the hero/heroine struggles against seemingly impossible odds. That is where this book took me, as with most fantasy romance it is long winded and slow paced but the reason is that there is not the "MINE" moment yo...more
I would love a...more
W-O-W! Grace Draven, I'm officially a fan!
I have to say this is one of the best fantasies I've ever read. It was masterfully crafted, extraordinary and epic. Usually, I reserve "epic" for the culmination of amazing series, but as a solitary novel, 'Master of Crows' was, for me, an epic journey from beginning to end.
I was instantly drawn into Silhara's world, the notorious and mysterious Master of Crows. A mage of unequal parallel, he faces daily battles with the god Corruption who wants...more
Nothing could have prepared me for this book. It...more
The smaller cast of characters, the setting (anyone else think of southern Spain?), the pacing and language are great. I enjoyed that Martise wasn't the beautiful female lead we've gotten used to, and that it was her wit and talents that got to Silhara and made her unique. As for Silhara ... oooh, boy! I liked his connection with Neith, the crumbling manor and the oranges (view spoiler)[(and was devastated when the god destroyed them.) (hide spoiler)] I loved the friendship betwee...more
PS What's the deal with this heroine? First she's ugly but has a completely hot voice...more
Little did I know, how complex was the world Grace Draven was leading me into. The two key characters, Silhara (oh what a beautiful name!) and Martise ( another equally beautiful name!) are almost like nemesis until a certain point in the story.
Silhara is such an ominous man, with words that are shaper than a razor blade. Martise is an admirable woman. She is full of virtues and lives the adventure (and Romanc...more
This book didn't suck me in and keep me there, which was strange because it's everything I love in a fluffy read. There's high fantasy, interesting characters, SUPERB world-building, but for some reason it didn't click on all cylinders for me.
I've mulled over the issue for a while, and I've decided that it has everything to do with Silhara. I adored Martise, and I really appreciated the time that the author spends...more
”... an enthusiastic thank you to Louisa Gallie who found the heart of this book and brought it to vivid life...”
That she did! This artist really captured the essence of this book. I...more
I want to preface my review by saying that I suspect I might be in a reading funk and a lot of books are not capturing my attention like usual. However, saying that, I still consider 3 stars to be a good book, but not a great book (4 stars) and not a knock-my-socks-off book (5 stars).
Martise of Asher is a slave whose master (Cumbria of Asher, a member of Conclave) has her spirit stone (a spirit stone contains part of a person's spirit so the...more
Here's what I actually ended up reading: painfully noble wizard castigates himself over his many evil acts, commits none (...more
(Fantasy / Fantasy Romance) What would you do to win your freedom? This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer's treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation--until she falls in love with her intended target. Sil
Because I have a sick and twisted mine.
So these three authors walk into a high-end brothel, order Absynthe, and prepare to do the NASTY (yeah I'm bringing that term back). Clothes are torn. Sweat trickles. Erections and moistoning arise!
A CHILD IS CONCIEVED!!
Yes! Nalini Singh and Laini Taylor impregnate Patrick Rothfuss finally a man g...more
And...it was $2.99 well spent.
Okay, at first when the book opens and we meet Silhara in Neith and the god Corruption is trying to possess him, I almost stopped reading because of the overly dramatic prose.
I stuck with it and I was glad I did. So yes, there are some disconnected bits of dialogue I didn't follow, and the build up to the confrontati...more
This is a VERY SIMILAR book plot-wise to one of my VERY favorite books, Darkangel by Meredith Pierc...more
Master of Crows is a very different type of romance story and IMO it had a Jane Eyre feel to it. Martise is a slave to Cumbria, a member of the Conclave, a magic hierarchy. In exchange for her freedom, she is sent to spy on Silhara, a mage who is somewhat ostracized not only due to his immense power but to his willingness to NOT play by the rules. Throw into the mix a vengeful god, Corruption, who wants to take over Silhara and you have quite an adventure.
The story was really wei...more
Yet, as in many scenarios such as this, she ends up falling in love...more
About the time Silhara and Martise left for the soul-eating Liche's Hall was when the story really took off for me. After that, it was a wonderful,...more
I love a bit of romance mixed with fantasy, so as you can imagine I was more than pleased to stumble across Master of Crows. Silhara of Neith is the Master of Crows, a powerful mage who is simultaneously being plagued and seduced by the God, Corruption. Corruption whispers promises of power and destruction to tempt Silhara into giving up his body for Corruption's use. Silhara is desperate not to give into temptation for risk of losing his freedom, so he writes to the Conclave - a group...more
The rare book that lives up to its lovely cover, it took Master of Crows a chapter to catch me, but it kept me reading straight through to the finish. The characters were well drawn, and the romance was great. The fantasy plot and setting were not as strong as the characters and romance, but I didn't really notice that until after I'd devoured the book.
This also happens to be the best-looking ebook I've ever read. I know that's a we...more
The redeeming part of this ebook are the main characters. It felt as if the author had a clear idea of her characters and a gist of their story before she began writing this story.
The setting felt vague and was just...there. Silvana and Martise were the redeeming factors in this ebook. They felt real and three-dimensional as their romance developed. When the plot/conflict came into focus the story lost some life.
Corruption is the antagonist but all we know is that he is a petty god a...more
I'm going to attempt to write a review for this but in no way will I come near to doing it justice. It was just that great! I was drawn in and hooked from the very beginning. The historical/fantasy world was intricate and brilliantly described to the point that it impacted all of my senses; the frangrance of the oranges, the sounds of Neith, the touch of Silhara, the taste of Dragon Piss and the images of the Gift. The character developm...more
The story started of with Silhara 'Master of Crows', a powerful sorcerer requested for an apprentice from the Conclave (imagine evil government)to help him with some deciphering. At this point, it was pointed out that Silhara was t...more
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"Beyond that," he whispered, eyes shining with the tempest of emotion he'd held in check until now. "Beyond the reign of false gods and meddlesome priests. Beyond al Zafira when her bright stars fade.”