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Master of Crows (Master of Crows #1)

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(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 Concl...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published July 13th 2009 by Amber Quill Press, LLC
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♡Karlyn P♡

5++, A fantastic historical fantasy/PNR romance. HOT.
Yum, yum, yummy!!! Seriously, as GOOD AS IT GETS!!

Silhara of Neith, yum!
OK! So I'm giving this 5 stars even though it should be 4 for the following reasons: the first 20% is a little slow, and the last chapter is kinda weirdly put together. BUT I will say I LOVED THIS and it's only 2.99 self-published, I picked it up randomly, so my expectations weren't that high and I was forced to obsessively read this so wow, pardon me while I add an extra star for those reasons! :D

This is a VERY SIMILAR book plot-wise to one of my VERY favorite books, Darkangel by Meredith Pierc...more
4.5 stars

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
Heather C

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
Master of Crows was wonderful. If I hadn't gotten a rec from a Goodreads friend (Thanks Heather.), I'd have probably been a bit skeptical going into the book, because the reviews I'd seen had been so overwhelmingly positive - well now you can add me to the 'gushers'.

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
Kenya Wright
SO. . .One night Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Laini Taylor (Daughther of Smoke and Bones), and Nalini Singh (Angel's Blood) walked into a brothel.


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!

Yes! Nalini Singh and Laini Taylor impregnate Patrick Rothfuss finally a man g...more
Douglas Meeks
Master of CrowsMaster of Crows by Grace Draven

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
5 Fantastic Stars! I loved it all!

Fabulous Read! A big Thank You to my friends who encouraged me to give this a try. One of the best books I've read this year!

Every once in a while a book comes along that pleasantly surprises you, and surpasses your expectations. Master of Crows by Grace Draven was certainly that. I ‘heart’ this book so much and its characters that it’s definitely in the top ten books I have read this year.
Martise of Asher is a slave and is asked to spy whilst she is loaned to the rebel mage Silhara, the Master of Crows. She is to work as an assistant to help with his quest to defeat the God Corruption, who is gaining more influence i...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4-4.5 stars**

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
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
Elizabeth Hunter
Another long overdue review. This is an under-appreciated indie gem that was recommended to me. I'm so glad it was.

Master of Crows is a great read for fans of fantasy and romance. I'd say that, if you enjoyed my Elemental Mysteries series, there's a great chance you'll enjoy this book as well. The world is beautifully drawn, the characters are layered and interesting. Silhara is an intriguing hero with just the right edge of dark for my taste. Martise is a wonderfully subtle heroine who proves...more
4.5 stars
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 04, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna (Bobs Her Hair) by: BamaGal (Naysa)
Grade: C+

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
4.5 stars

I loved this amazing book! It takes place in a fantasy world and I loved the fairytale-like quality of the story. I was excited to read something so out of the ordinary, something that took place in another world than our own. Though the focus is definitely on the romance, the author did a great job with the world she created and though I would have liked it if the fantasy part was a bit more developed, I can't complain. This book is just wonderful! (BTW, isn't the cover beautiful?)

I liked the fantasy aspects of this a lot. That aspect of the book deserves 4 stars. It really drew me in, but the sex almost killed it for me. It wasn't really the number of times they had sex, it was just way too much description for me. I don't mind romantic, sexy, seductive, or even sensual, but there is a point where it just becomes crude and over the top.

I don't know why authors feel the need to put such over the top descriptions into sex scenes, or why they have to make it seem as though...more
Deja Dei
I'm right in the middle with this book. 2.5-3 stars. Once again it looks like I'm at odds with the popular opinions.

The Good
-The writing itself is beautiful. Some people might find the writing a little overdone and flowery, but I really liked the creative and unusual descriptions. I could picture everything clearly, and some of the passages were just gorgeous.
-Silhara starts out as an awesome character. I liked him right away for his disregard for authority, witty dialogue and sarcasm. He's also...more
5+ stars

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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I've had some time to think on this review and I think I'm going with three stars on this one. I enjoyed it but it won't stick with me.

I didn't know from the shelving that my friends had on this book that it was more high fantasy than paranormal, which can sometimes be an issue for me. As a rule, I'm not an epic fantasy reader. That was certainly part of my problem with this story. However, I think that this book wasn't a "love" more because it just wasn't anything really new. It is sort of the...more
Jacob Proffitt
While a little slow to start and often predictable, I enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Key to that is Martise and Silhara. Draven made me care for both almost immediately and that feeling only grew as the novel progressed. And I don't mean just their eventual relationship, either. Both were fascinating, with strong motivations and immense emotional turmoil without undue drama or manipulation.

One aspect of the novel nagged at me from the very beginning, though, and I wonder...more
Sep 21, 2013 Jade rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jade by: Heather C

I usually don't have a fixed image of the characters in mind but for whatever reason this time I did:

The heroine Martise reminded me a lot of Sophia Bush for some reason:


And then he SAW her and it was like:


And the Crow Mage Silhara reminded of that model on the cover of J. Frost's book for Vlad-Paul Marron, right from the beginning-wish he was barefoot though ;):


I thoroughly enjoyed this. I don't usually want a sequel for a book but I really want a sequel for this (the uncle, do they have kids,...more
A wonderfully epic novel filled with fantasy, adventure and romance! Starts out a little bit slow but picks up very quickly and sucks you right in! .The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful but i don't know that i would have ever picked up this book had i not gotten a recommendation from my Goodreads friend...thank you Heather C! :)
This is a great stand-alone fantasy/paranormal romance. Just a warning, it takes about 30% of the way through to finally start to get into the characters and the plot. The hero and heroine have great chemistry and I loved the dialogue. Their relationship slowly builds and boy-oh-boy is it satisfying. Enjoy.
I have done something I never do -- I just re-read this one because I needed something original and seductive with a strong magical element. I loved it as much this time as I did the first time. I would not be surprised to find myself reading it again at some point. This is one of my favorite books hands down. I did not change my review only this introduction. I have nothing new to add. I feel I captured it well in my original review in Nov. 2011.

Nothing could have prepared me for this book. It...more
What would you do to win your freedom?

Something wonderful happens with the coming together of our two protagonists -Martise of Asher, a slave turned spy in her quest for freedom, and Silhara of Neith, renegade Crow Mage, and the reborn avatar of the god known as Corruption, struggling against it's influence and searching to destroy it- in Master of Crows.

Slowly we see distrust, and at times disdain, turn to respect, respect to admiration, and from there, a friendship which matures into a devoted...more
Initially this cover make me feels that the story emphasize on the sorcerers, magic, politic, battle, war etc etc, with a little hint of romance. But after I finish it, I would say this is actually a fantasy romance with heavy emphasize on the interaction between H/h.

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
Rebecca ♥ Kishan & Warner ♥
This high fantasy is almost more romance than fantasy. Martise is sent by the Conclave to apprentice to the mage Silhara. But the Conclave does not trust their brother, Silhara, due to his disregard for authority and his hermit-like lifestyle. Martise is actually sent to spy on him, and find something that the Conclave can use to finally be rid of him once and for all. Well, we all know what happens next. :P This reminded me of Poison Study due to the setting, and the forbidden relationship betw...more
Ok, now it's definitely official -- I do not like romance novels. So perhaps it is unfair of me to review this book, but I guess I had been under the impression it would be a fantasy with some romance... but no, this was definitely a romance with some fantasy. Even as such, I think it was a pretty unoriginal, unremarkable and un-entertaining. Made it to the First Sex Scene and couldn't be bothered to read more.

PS What's the deal with this heroine? First she's ugly but has a completely hot voice...more
The writing and use of words in this book was phenomenal; my hat goes off to the author for that most definitely. The story line is great. The characters, complex, masterfully written, and easy to get attached to. The downfall of this book is all the sex, and in such graphic detail. I spent almost as much time skipping past the dirty scenes as I did reading. I understand that some people love that in a book, but it's not my cup of tea. If it weren't for all of that I would probably give this boo...more
Such a rich and fulfilling fantasy read. Its been almost two weeks, and my mind still wonders back to the quiet, painful, strong, sweet, and soft love story that is woven through this intelligent medieval/historic(?) fantasy romance story by Grace Draven. Theses are my absolute favorite books, the kind that when your reading it, your immersed completely almost spellbound by what lays on the pages. But of course thats not the favorite part that I mean, I mean where days, weeks, months, and the re...more
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I've loved storytelling since forever. I published my first short story with...more
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“A companion," he whispered against her mouth. "A lover." He nibbled at her bottom lip, and his hand slid from her nape to cup the back of her head. "A beloved wife.” 15 likes
“You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher,” he said softly. “You’ve caught my interest.” 14 likes
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