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Eyes of Crow (Aspect of Crow #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  919 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
She was born to die...again and again.

For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart. There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift--her curse--Rh
ebook, 480 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Luna Books (first published October 17th 2006)
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Aug 16, 2007 Bardi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You would think I should know better But the book sounded interesting..a fantasy about Crow among others. What I did not notice was the publisher..Luna..the fantasy imprint of Harlequin Books, And it does show. Excuse me while we stop the plot for this romantic interlude without sex brought to you by......
Oct 23, 2011 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, romance, fantasy
Hi! I'm rating this excellent book 4/5 stars!

I won this in a giveaway, and when I started reading it I got all freaked out about tribes and stuff, thinking: "Oh no! This is something I normally read! Hide it! Ahh!" But, later, after a bit of more sensible thinking. I gave it it a go.

And loved it.

Now, be warned, there are a few *adult* scenes in this book. *ahem* sex *ahem* But it's not too graphic. If you're an older teen reader looking to move on from Young Adult this will be the perfect book f
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Oh, how I loved this world, where people were in contact with the spirit world, and each person had an animal spirit to guide them, and to help others.

Rhia is truly an extraordinary young woman! She was afraid of her gift, and had to deal with the guilt that came because of it. However, when she finally chose to embrace it, she showed both strength and weakness, confidence and insecurity. And she continued to be true to herself as she grew.

I loved how she was with Arcas, but was even happier wit
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story set in a world that could be ours in the future or maybe its set in a different world, I couldn't tell. The society depicted here is a tribal society where every person has a Spirit animal. The focus in this story is Rhia. As the book starts she is a young girl and it is becoming evident that she has the aspect of the Crow - bringer of death. What's interesting is that Rhia does not embrace this right away at all. She doesn't want to be able to tell who lives and who dies, and sh ...more
Jeri Smith-Ready has a fine narrative voice that draws you into her dark post apocolyptic tale. I loved the start of this series. I could say it's full of spirituality and it would be a true statement but this book is so much more than just the beliefs of a people. It's about not understanding the belief of multiple peoples and the start of a war for the thought that there is only one true belief.

We first meet Rhia, main character of the book, as she struggles to accept that she might be a chose
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
Where Rhia is from, and the towns that surround it, the people are bound to a spirit who they must serve during their lifetime. From a young age, the leaders in the town believe Rhia's spirit to be Crow, who handles the aspect of death. For a long time, however, Rhia trys to push it away and refuses to go for her Bestowing. After a family death, Rhia realizes she should never have waited and goes off to recieve her gift. While training in the next town, she finds the meaning of love and death, a ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, fantasy
I originally hadn't planned on reading this book. Mostly because it didn'tseem like my thing. But in the end i'm really glad I read it. I enjoyed it very much,more than I thought I would. Thanks Amy! :) Jeri Smith-Ready has created a wonderfully unique world. Rhia's journey in accepting the crow is an amazing emotional ride. I teared up few times while reading it. Rhia's relationships between both Arcas & Marek were both intense. But I have to say I like Marek alot better than Arcas. I'm lo ...more
Barbara ★
I found this to have a really slow start with little action but the story itself is interesting mixing American Indian lore with mythology and of course what all young adult books must have, a love triangle. I thought the sex was gratuitous and happened quicker than expected for a young adult novel. Though IMHO it's young adult as in the main character is under 18 to start but the world and situations are definitely not young adult. Regardless of the slow start (well over half the book actually) ...more
Brandon Witt
Sep 27, 2011 Brandon Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was beginning to think it was over, that there were not going to be any new well-crafted novel to be created. Jeri Smith-Ready has given me hope with Eyes Of Crow. One of the best books I have read in years (outside of Potter world, of course). I stumbled onto this book by pure chance and am so very thankful I took the risk. Wonderful imagination; the characters are endearing, complicated, and evolving; the story telling is magnificent. You will not be disappointed in this book. From the first ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely. Interesting world/spiritual setting and main character is real in both her weaknesses and strengths. I look forward to seeing how this series develops. That said, I was disappointed by the fact that a character's spiritual strength only increased with children & grandchildren - leaves no option for homosexuality within the society, which is certainly counter to actual society norms. Hopefully this is addressed in future books? I'd prefer to think this was just oversight than planning ...more
Aug 06, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked right from the start of the book and really had a hard time putting it down. When I did put it down I couldn't wait to have some time to pick it up again. It is a real page turner and I loved the story, the characters, and just everything. I am now reading the second book in the series and it has me hooked as well. So much, that I will have to see if I can find more books by this author.
Mar 05, 2009 Jensownzoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009-reads
The start of a fantasy series based on the premise that among the protagonist's people, a totem animal chooses you around maturity after a ritual ordeal. Book focuses on the protagonist's personal life and trials for most of the book, but has a large conflict with another society towards the latter half of the book...a conflict that I expect will play a major role in the subsequent novels.
May 09, 2009 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this series. Had I read Wicked Game after Eyes of Crow, I would have been really disappointed in the WVMP series. Eyes of Crow has amazing detail. The world Jeri Smith-Ready creates is tangible and the emotions expressed are heart felt as well as realistic. An amazing book and a wonderful read- not extremely deep, not massively mysterious, but a beautiful journey.
Kendra /Books Complete Me
All I can say is WOW!!! I read Wicked Game first, and liked it so much I read this book by the same author, and even though they are completely different in every way, they are both so good. I literally could not put this book down.
Aug 22, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so great. It was a perfect combination of fantasy, romance and adventure!! Hat goes off to Jeri Smith-Ready, is there anything she CAN'T write?

I may write a full review later but for now I want to continue reading about Rhia in the next book, Voice of the Crow ;)
Aug 05, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was OK but weak. Plot to much rehashed history with white people added to religious/cultural conflict.
Jan 21, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-pnr, fantasy, pnr
I think those who enjoy reading epic fantasy with a good dash of romance, good-will-triumph-evil sort of theme (similar to Finnikin of the Rock) will enjoy this.
Dec 18, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If you have an interest in earth-based spiritualities and like magical fantasy with a bit of romance, you'll like this book.
Feb 22, 2017 Tameka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out, but never got around to finishing the trilogy because at the time I had no idea it would be a trilogy. So I decided to read the entire series back to back to back so that I didn't forget key characters and plot points. I am not disappointed that I reread this book.

This was a good fictional account of "manifest destiny"; the descendants (white men) wanting to conquer and control the land of the natives. I particularly enjoyed the Native American folklore
Jun 24, 2012 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es ist die dunkelste aller seherischen Gaben, die Rhia besitzt: Ihr Totemtier, die Krähe, schenkt ihr das Wissen über den nahenden Tod. Rhia weiß: Es macht sie mächtig und verletzbar zugleich. Sie muss fort von ihrem Heimatdorf, nach Kalindos, wo die Krähenfrau Coranna sie in die Geheimnisse des Totenvogels einweihen wird.
Schon auf dem Weg dorthin begegnet ihr der geheimnisvolle Wolfmann Marek, der sie in einer sternenklaren Nacht zur Liebe verführt. Wenig später im neuen Dorf angekommen, muss R
Dec 21, 2011 Shara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually won a signed copy of this book during a class at grad school, and it's been sitting in my TBR ever since it arrived in the mail in 2008. I was never sure what I was getting into with this title either, short of the fact that due to the publisher, some kind of romance angle was a sure bet. And it was: Eyes of Crow is a fast read that's primarily a romantic fantasy, though the fantasy elements are pretty unique: instead of a medieval or Victorian-based fantasy society, you've got one th ...more
Sara Moore
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Kendra saunders
Loved it, loved it and loved it!

Eyes of Crow grabbed me and wrapped its pages around my mind and my heart and I never wanted it to let go but like all good things, there comes an end but wait… there is a second book. YAY!

There was so much to love about this story. The characters were wonderful and easy for me to understand and connect with. There was an array of different relationships including a very interesting love triangle. The spiritual aspect fascinated me to the point where I just couldn
Christine Manzari
Jul 27, 2013 Christine Manzari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the Aspect of Crow series after reading, and falling in love with, the Shade series. I've had the books for about two years now, but had a hard time motivating myself to start. I didn't like the covers at all and the titles of the books didn't really call to me. Sadly, the books sat in my to-read pile for a while, always getting put at the back of the line because of other new finds. But I love Jeri Smith-Ready's writing and so I finally cracked the cover on book one. As with most fanta ...more
I really liked Smith-Ready's other series so I was looking forward to reading this, especially since I have always been fascinated by Native American mythology. I don't know whether I am reading too much into it or what but I find the society of the main groups really confusing and distracting. They have the mythology of a lot of the SW and Plains Native Americans but then are also living in trees or villages with taverns. The physical features of the characters also seem to run the gamut. I gue ...more
Surprisingly better read than I had anticipated. I liked the heroine, although she annoyed me from time to time with her weakness. As character trait weakness. For an Aspect that needs someone to be strong, I'm surprised Crow chose Rhia. She was profoundly whiney at times and slow to learn from her mistakes. In fact, she was even slow to learn from profound experiences. But I liked the hero and the world around Rhia enough to enjoy the book despite Rhia's faults. I found that I really liked the ...more
Amanda Mcmahan
Nov 13, 2015 Amanda Mcmahan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eyes of Crow is a captivating story to read. The plot is about different communities of people living by the powers given to them by animal sprites. Rhia is the main character and her animal totem is crow. Having been gifted by Crow Rhia can sense when someone will die by hearing the flapping of crow wings. Rhia becomes an outcast to her fellow tribe because she is now consider to be a crow woman. I really enjoy Rhia's character development in the story. Rhia must learn to accept the reality th ...more
Aug 09, 2007 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy
This book is the first in a trilogy about a land in which each person has an affinity to a particular animal, which grants them certain skills and magical abilities. Otters are healers, wolverines are terrific fighters, spiders are great artisans and so forth. Rhia's spirit animal is a crow, making it her responsibility to guide people into the underworld when they die. Her spirit animal makes her both essential and feared, and at first she is reluctant to answer Crow's call. . .until tragedy st ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
I am a huge fan of Jeri Smith-Ready and was glad to find this available for my Nook. I seem to have more time lately for my Nook books than my regular print. It was perfect for the snowy day reading I had. Engrossing story, excellent characters to get invested in, intriguing premise. This can be read as fantasy or maybe dystopian future. It's a flavor of both or either. There's magic, shape-shifting, hints of huge cities found empty, non-magical people who want to take over the magical.
Apr 14, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book fascinated me from the get go, I like this type of era based books with a magical sense to it. You follow Rhia as she's becoming a woman and learn about who she really is. An aspect of Crow. A girl who has to embrace her place in this world helping the dead pass on in peace. But it's hard for a young girl to take this information in and have it not frighten her everytime she hears the flapping of wings in the air, a sign that crow is coming. I definitely couldn't put this down because ...more
Siraj Shaikh
It might not be too profound, but I got hooked immediately. And apparently I'm not the only one. All in all, this was one of the most entertaining books that I've read.
Intriguing, well written fantasy that would probably have been marketed as New Adult if they'd had that designation in 2006
Afton Locke
My favorite paranormal, ever. Loved the animal totem theme and not knowing what to expect next.
May 21, 2011 Chaynyth rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: wouldn't
Recommended to Chaynyth by: random find
Shelves: fiction
Decent fluff, but also some *very* adult scenes (sex). Plot occasionally suffered because of the sex scenes which was quite annoying. Interesting premise with post-apocalyptic world and some humans bonding with animal aspects and gaining abilities from those aspects. Plot line was predictable and had gaping holes, also frustrating in that characters were occasionally very inconsistent with earlier stated motives. *shrug* Not a great book. Fluff, but not something I'd come back to. [Tried to read ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The people of the villages in this book have magic that corresponds with various animals. Rhia has the power of Crow, to help people across to death and make sure their souls reach their destination safely. The book is about how she finally accepts her gifts and begins to learn them, and grows past “puppy” love to the longer lasting type, and how the people work together with their magics to defend their way of life from Outsiders. The system of magic and the village cultures are interesting, th ...more
Oct 27, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed "Eyes of Crow".

It was a pretty good fantasy book. The MC is complex and the universe the author created is intriguing and very rich. I particularly liked the link between the people of this world and their animal spirits (kind of totem).

I'm also interested in how the world of the MC will evolve now that the Spirit people is in open conflict with the Descendants...

I will read the following books for sure :)

[u]nota[/u]: this is [b]not[/b] a YA series (as it was mentioned in a fe
Mar 21, 2008 Hana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
This is the second series I've read that has been published through Luna and I have to say that I enjoyed it almost as much as the first. The only reason I didn't enjoy it as much as the first is that the first series, Caitlin Brennan's White Gods trilogy has Horses in it as one of the main characters, so to speak. Otherwise, Eyes of Crow is a very lovely read, quick and filled with a magic reminiscent of spirit animals that direct the way an individual's power goes. I love the idea and I look f ...more
Yeeeah, okay, so first off, the heroine is rather, shall we say, loose.. Normally, I don't care about things like that. But she slept with the second guy before she had even seen his face. She had felt it, but she hadn't seen it. She knew nothing about him. For that, she squicked me out throughout the book. Just for her, 3 stars. And because the ending was too slow and I had to skip ahead.
Dan B
May 12, 2012 Dan B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't honestly give this a good review. Despite having good lore and fun ideas about native Americans, I feel cheated by this author. I think it's low when you get advertised as a fantasy sci fi author and then you clearly have erotica and many graphic sex scenes. Not to mention the voice of the character is obnoxious, predictable, and shallow in regards to all of this.
Selina Kyle
It has an interesting plot...but it's written like a harlequin romance. Because that's what it is.

I found myself trying to mentally edit the prose or trying hard not to predict things chapters before they happened, but I couldn't help it. And it just got worse, and worse, until I gave up. Sigh. It had so much potential.
Mar 26, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even actually finish this book. Please do not get me wrong, I tried really hard and the premise of the book is good, I just could not get passionate about the characters or the way the author wrote. It just turned into a chore that I couldn't finish. It is not that it was that bad, it was just that blah to me.
Aug 04, 2009 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted parts of this book to be longer and parts of this book to be shorter. I thought the wolf boy, who's name suddenly escapes me, was a particularly interesting character. In a yummy sort of way. It kept me glued to the pages and I thought the mythology pretty interesting.
Sep 21, 2012 Angelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely an interesting book with a lot of well-developed mythology that I could get behind. It didn't even overly emphasize the super specialness of Rhia. I did love the chemistry between Marek and Rhia, especially how well handled the kinda love triangle was handled.
Jan 21, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is slow, it's not some action packed adventure with a kick-ass heroine. It's more of a coming of age story although there is some action, a love story and lots of mysticism.
I like the main character,although she can be a bit of a wimp especially at the start,
Princess Allie
Jun 01, 2007 Princess Allie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried getting into this book and just could not do it. It's a very lyrical book and with those types of books it's a hit or miss with me. This one was a miss. If you like lyrical and mythical, you will enjoy this book.
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Jeri Smith-Ready ...: Aspect of Crow Series Discussion 1 6 Oct 01, 2011 11:23AM  
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  • In Stone's Clasp (Final Dance, #2)
  • The Dawn Star (Lost Continent, #3)
  • Rhiana (Changelings, #3)
  • Sorceress of Faith (The Summoning #2)
  • Under Camelot's Banner (The Paths to Camelot, #3)
  • The Compass Rose (One Rose Trilogy, #1)
  • Shadows of Myth
  • Spirits That Walk in Shadow (Chapel Hollow, #3)
  • The Destined Queen (Umbria, #2)
  • Shadows in the Darkness (Changeling Detective, #1)
  • Eight of Swords
  • Infernal Affairs (OSI #4)
  • Salt and Silver
  • Charmed Destinies
  • Song of Unmaking
Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has produced twelve published novels for teens and adults since 2001.

Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)
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