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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 endeavo ...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published July 13th 2009 by Amber Quill Press
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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!
Apr 19, 2012 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
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
Mar 02, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2015 Sh3lly marked it as did-not-finish
She didn't move, but her stillness was that of trapped prey. She breathed in shallow pants, and a rosy flush dusted her neck and shoulders.

I'm done. I can't do it. DNF at 22%, no rating. I'm sure this is good fantasy romance and I liked Radiance. I just don't think I am in the mood. There's nothing original about this so far that I've seen and I've just got too many other things I want to be reading.

Buddy read with the MacHalo group starting August 10, 2015.

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
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
Neith, a place few visit and none are welcome.

Silhara of Neith, a powerful mage. He was pragmatic. That's one thing I liked about him:/

He can be an alpha as well:

“One move and I’ll slit your throat. Die handsome or live honest. What will it be?”

Martise of Asher, a skillful translator, was sent to Neith to spy on Silhara. Her mission obviously failed cos dude, she was no spy and at times, she couldn’t help acting like this sad mouse of a woman who would leap at her own shadow. Oh well. S
Nov 12, 2011 Melindeeloo rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
"You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher," he said softly. You've caught my interest."

Another fantastic read by Grace Draven.

5 Say My Name Stars for this wonderful read.
Paige  Bookdragon
Aug 19, 2015 Paige Bookdragon rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paige by: people who likes Dragon in Uprooted. But this one is more like an adult version
This book? Me gusta.


This book kinda reminds me of Uprooted but in a way that the hero is sarcatic, rude and supah supah hot. Unlike Uprooted who has subtle romance, Master of Crows focuses on the romance between Martise and Silhara.

If you like long-haired sorcerers who insults those who are in authority and is not sorry being a condescending ass to idiots, then you should read this book.

"What in Bursin's holy name name is that?" he snarled. If it were possible to die of embarrassment, Martise
Jess ✮ J-Rex The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ Nynaeve ♥
This is a tough one..

I enjoyed the book as a whole, the writing style was flowery, the world building was well done and it was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. BUT I could not stand Silhara, our leading man, who was nothing but a giant JERK.

Look. I am all for an asshole leading man. Just look at my love of Panty Melting Andrew, Dragos and Daemon. But Silhara. There was just something inherently wrong about him.

I’ve dubbed him King of the Backhanded Compliment. He constantly and
Jan 14, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
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, high fantasy and erotica. IMO, the main flaws are repetition and excess sex, a sex-driven plot. I expla
Elizabeth Hunter
Nov 26, 2012 Elizabeth Hunter rated it it was amazing
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
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 19, 2014 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Favorite Quote: “You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher,” he said softly. “You’ve caught my interest.”

This book has been recommended by many (including Has and Angela – and someone on my blog who I can’t remember, sorry!) I recently finished Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier (and loved) so I was in the mood for another fantasy book. Let me warn and say – the first chapter or two of this book I was a little lost – I was unsure what was happening to the hero and how exactly the heroine w
Douglas Meeks
Aug 12, 2012 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 10, 2016 Joanita rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

“I’ve no wish to be reduced to a cipher, Martise. I’ll die before that happens, and I’ll take Corruption down with me.” She bowed her head. “I wish you loved me,” she said in a small voice. “Maybe then I could make you halt this madness.”

This book was a lot darker than the other books I’ve read from this author. The god, Corruption, wants to use Silhara, Master of Crows, to rule the world. And Silhara will do anything he can to deter Corruption, refusing to be anyone’s puppet. Marti

Feb 11, 2015 MrsJoseph rated it it was amazing

I purchased Master of Crows as part of a (no longer available) box set named Darkly Dreaming. All of the authors in the Darkly Dreaming box set were NTM but I bought the set based on the strength of the recommendations for Master of Crows alone.

I am SO GLAD I listened to the recommendations and bought this book!

When I started Master of Crows I had no clue what the story was about. I'd not read the blurb or any reviews so everything was very new for me. F
Jan 16, 2012 Ferdy rated it really liked it
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
Dec 10, 2010 Has rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy (cathepsut)
Romance in a fantasy setting. Very good world building. Refreshing characters. The female MC is not your usual blushing virgin and the male MC is not the usual, one-dimensional tall-dark-and-handsome. He is somewhat of an arse, who is a good person deep down, so not all tropes have been avoided. But the avoidance of the major ones makes for a nice change and more interesting characters.

The book did not completely sweep me off my feet. I started loosing momentum in the last third of the book. The
Dec 17, 2015 Nastassja rated it liked it
Recommended to Nastassja by: lovers of fantasy and romance
Real rating 3.4

I picked this book because it was on the lists of some of my friends and I was intrigued with annotation and put it on my to read list. I wasn't planing on reading it soon, but after finishing Uprooted and The Shattered Court I was into fantasy mood and decided to read Master of Crows. After first chapter I was deeply intrigued with this book's atmosphere and characters. It reminded me of Uprooted a little and I was highly enthusiastic to continue reading this book. My enthusias

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
Joan (official heroine hater)
Mar 24, 2015 Joan (official heroine hater) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joan (official heroine hater) by: Ya, Amanda
4.5 stars!

I have a strange relationship with fantasy-I absolutely LOVE fantasy movies/shows but reading it? Very hit or miss. Don’t ask me why that just is. So, I’m glad a couple friends pushed me to pick this book up, because I really loved it!

-Great writing-descriptive enough that I could picture it all in my head without the pages and pages of bore me to tears, show me every blade of grass description.
-Good world building without going OTT into unbelievable territory.
-Some surprisi
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!

Sep 01, 2014 Iliada rated it really liked it
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?)

Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 04, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it liked it
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
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
BR with the MacHalo crew starting August 10, 2015.

The great oaks offered respite from the heat but cast the surroundings in semi-darkness. Black, crippled limbs arched overhead, twining together in a grappling dance, as if each tree sought to wrench it's adversary from the roots.

Creepy descriptions, you're doing it right.
Grace Draven can certainly set the tone with her rich descriptions. I loved how detailed she was in creating the locations in the story. Especially the scents. I am very sens
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 20, 2015 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
As soon as I finished Radiance, I knew I simply had to jump into Grace Draven’s backlist. I chose this one based on its glowing recommendations on Goodreads. Sadly, though, I didn’t love it as much as some of my fellow readers did. Don’t get me wrong, there’s good stuff here. My problem was just in how long it took to get there.

Silhara is a powerful mage and an outcast. He lives in poverty because he is unwilling to bend and swear fealty to the priests of the Conclave. He is strong and proud. Un
Deja Dei
Dec 04, 2013 Deja Dei rated it liked it
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
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“You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher,” he said softly. “You’ve caught my interest.” 34 likes
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