As the Crow Flies
I am Crow, and I am a thief.
Not just any thief, mind, but the best and most famous thief in all the glittering empire. Ask anyone. Ask Tanris, who’s hunted me all these years and never pinched so much as a tail feather.
Ask Baron Duzayan, the scheming wizard who convinced me to steal a myth.
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Editing issues first. It's written in a literate, intelligent style, which makes the problems that much more vexing. There are only a few, but they are pervasive.
Firstly, apostrophe placement in phrases like "servants' entrance" and "merchants' quarter". I've just given the correct placements (sin ...more
What a surprisingly fun, engaging, and addictive read. I wasn’t planning on liking this book. I guess I hadn’t heard much and my expectation was low. So when I found myself irritated by interruptions, I realized it was blowing past those low expectations.
Be warned, the plot isn’t terribly unique. A thief is blackmailed into helping a baron so as to save his kidnapped love. So why did I love it so much?
First and foremost, I can honestly say I loved the voice of Crow. That’s what drew me ...more
One thing that bothered me about the book is that the two main characters are male, the villain is male, and the only female character who's not tertiary is a mute who cries constantly. I thought maybe part of that was just the perception of the somewhat ...more
I received As the Crow Flies in exchange for a review. That means I have to read the book whether I like it or not. I read through fairly quickly mostly because I couldn't put the book down.
Crow is a thief pulling one last heist before he ...more
I thought this book rocked! The main character, Crow, was smart and snarky, and very funny. Living in his head was a real hoot. Of course, he seemed to have superhuman stamina, keeping on keeping on with injuries that would have put me in a hospital bed, but hey, it is quest fantasy - you expect your heroes and your antiheroes to be, you know, heroic.
Crow's characterization was bril ...more
The author’s characters are neatly drawn and are given quirks and manners of speech that are unique and consistent. The reader will never forget that Crow is a thief, for if not his first, then his last thought in nearly every situation in which he finds himself, will be Crow’s con ...more
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Crow is so arrogant and sometimes annoying! I didn't like him at first, but I was captured by the story and his supporting, well rounded cohorts (espe ...more
I love how the author has brought the changes in his (Crow's...are you following ?) way of thinking, of dealing with others. It was done delicately. The descriptions were not boring and apart from the first part (before the journey starts) that I found a bit too long (though enjoyable), I have loved this read.
If you want a moment (or 10) of fun, action, magic (and deep feelings), I recommend this read.
One thing ...more
The whole time you are turning the pages just to see what blundering accident or adventure will befall Tanris, Crow, Girl and Not an Egg. You are ...more
This is SUCH a nice book! The pace is just right, the humour is frequent and well placed, and the struggling relationship between Crow and Tanris is very entertaining.
If you like the nicer side of fantasy, and/or authors ...more
As the Crow Flies was recommended to me. This is unusual: it is usually I who recommend books, especially if they’re my own. In this instance, the opposite occurred—I was recommended a book, the recommendee being none other than the author herself. I suppose she would be a little opinionated in that though.
Anyway: onto the book. It’s actually rather good—and I don’t say that lightly, being an
angry competitor fellow writer. I was most immediately struck by the writing (indeed it was why I was so
As the Crow Flies is, without a doubt, one of the greatest epic fantasy adventures I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The story follows a professional thief whose name, appropriately, is Crow. Flitting from rooftop to rooftop, he plies his trade in a large city without fear or reservation. He is a master of his craft, self-proclaimed as such, but we also see through the merits of his success that he truly is a gifted little prowler. Mostly, thoug ...more
I think this book may appeal to a lot of people, I am not one of those people though. I think that the writing is good and it is a well told story but the characters didn't draw me in and I was ready for the story to be over before they made it half way to where they were going.
I think that the main character, Crow, was meant to be a more likable character than I found him to be. Making a conceited ass likable is possible but not all authors can d ...more
Review Notes: Robin Lythgoe’s As the Crow Flies is a mystical adventure that will take you on the ride of your life. You follow the main characters through a several months journey to do the impossible while making sure he, himself, doesn’t die from poison. I absolutely loved this book. I rated it a 9 out of 10 because I couldn’t put it down. This book came with me everywhere I went and while I had a spare minute, I was reading this book. Magic, Wizards, and more? What else could ...more
I want to thank the author for this book I received through Instafreebies. I'll be reading more of her work.
Yeah. That good.