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Crowflight

(Casting the Bones #1)

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Turn is a member of the ancient Crow tribe, a Psychopomp in training—a guide of souls into the lands beyond death—with a bright future ahead of her, until she witnesses the suspicious loss of a soul between worlds. Accused of losing the soul herself, Turn is exiled to the Shadowlands beyond the Crow’s city, lands occupied by the mysterious and secretive Raven tribe, weaver ...more
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Published September 15th 2013 by Masque Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Leah
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Man, this freaking book.

I've been looking forward to reading this for ages and I was certainly not disappointed. You're plunged straight into a world that's built so beautifully and delicately, a world that is not only believable, but so easy to see because of the care that goes into it. The history of this world that's woven into the storytelling is wonderful and I found myself wanting to know more of the history, more of the past, why did these things happen. The stories meant to supplement th
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Cathy Douglas
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this in an author giveaway, and didn't know if I would like dark fantasy, but this really connected with me. It gets past the darker-than-thou tropes and turns out to be a well-written and original story. I'll read my free copy of the second book soon, and gladly buy a copy of the third.

The book is very... dark. Literally dark, taking place in a shadowy world where the only light is moonlight. The people are divided into three corvid tribes: crows, ravens and rooks. It's a shaman
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Tyrannosaurus regina
There are a lot of things to love about this novel, but what I loved best was the depth of the worldbuilding, the subtle details that made a fully realised world. One of the plot points I generally like the least—and I say this only to give context to my reaction—is unjust accusations, because I find it stressful to even read about, but it is used to excellent and necessary effect her; it's not a cheap ploy but essential not only to the plot but to the world, to understanding the situation and t ...more
Anna
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Too many books fail to make me care about the characters so I was pretty happy to find myself invested in Turn's adventures. Around the 25% mark, I was seriously pissed off at the unfair things happening to her. I stayed hooked after that, waiting for her to have a chance to deal some fiery justice.

I also very much appreciated the original setting and world, built around a society given the responsibility to ferry souls to the afterlife. I do hope we'll see a little more of our world in the seq
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Claire
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Really enjoyed the worldbuilding in this, and I'm very much looking forward to picking up the next 2 in the series. It pulls off very well the fantasy trope of having evocative names/references (eg, the Carrion Kind being Rooks, Crows and Ravens) while also not leaning on cliche and finding new twists to add to what the reader may expect.

The characters are engaging - it's very easy to empathise with Turn as she begins to learn more about her people's history and her own personal history, and the
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Jennavier
Apr 30, 2014 marked it as read-sample-and-passed
Pretty good. I would have bought it except it's priced at 4.99, which is too high for me unless the book is amazing.
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Sunny Moraine is a humanoid creature of average height, luminosity and inertial mass. They're also a doctoral student in sociology and a writer-like object who focuses primarily on various flavors of speculative fiction, usually with a decidedly queer bent. They spend most of their days using writing to distract from academics, except for the occasions when the two collide. They live just outside ...more

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Casting the Bones (3 books)
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