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The Raptor & the Wren

(Miriam Black #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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In the fifth book of the “wildly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Miriam Black series, Miriam continues her journey to find answers on how to change her fate and begin to make right some of what she’s done wrong.

Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest and learns that she
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by SAGA Press
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Thanks to Saga Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

I'm floored that a book that was mostly filler could be so much fun! I mean, fun isn't really the best word for it, because Miriam certainly isn't having fun. Losing people left and right, constantly surrounded by death and birds... it's not the best life, but she deals with what she's got. This book tied up a loose end or four (and some of those we weren't even aware were ends that somehow got loose
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, I'd like to thank the author for a personalized advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Second, I want everyone to know how difficult it was not to read this in one stretch. I restricted myself to about 30-50 pages each time I sat down to read because these books have a way of being over too quickly for me.
And now, for a non-spoiler review:

Miriam Black is not the same character we met in Blackbirds. Over the course of five books, she has evolved and it's been a real source of enter
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Raptor and The Wren is the fifth book in the Miriam Black series, in which our eponymous protagonist returns to her roots. But instead of living like a vagrant, hopping from city to city trailing people that she knows will soon die in order rob them at their time of their deaths, Miriam is now living in Florida, in a house that used to belong to her mother, and she has taken her scam to the next level. With no shorta
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ebook, fiction, favorites
Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication. All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. What is even more concerning is that someone is out there playing copy-cat to some of Miriam’s more gruesome killings. Can Miriam track down and extinguish this hunter before the l ...more
Ashley Daviau
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book DESTROYED me. Granted, each book in this series has destroyed me in its own way but The Raptor and the Wren is just on a whole other level. I feel like I’ve been ripped apart and torn into a million tiny little pieces and scattered into the wind, that’s how bad this book broke my heart. And it hurts SO freaking good! I won’t go into plot details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet but man oh man, The Raptor and the Wren is truly fantastic. I mean, the who ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Fuck you, dude, you have no idea what we 'girls' can do. We wanna kill a man with a chainsaw, we kill a man with a chainsaw."

I think this book may have ripped my heart out. Gahhhhhhhhh. The Miriam Black series gives you all the feelings - you laugh, you're creeped out, you're anxious, sad, excited,e etc. The Raptor & the Wren was so good, and I am thoroughly impressed with this entire series. Everything is connected, and the storytelling and characters are so fantastic. I am so damn excited
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Miriam heads north from Florida to her old stomping grounds to find out why someone is killing people in the same ways she did (to save lives), leaving behind the people about whom she cares the most: Louis and Gabby, but accompanied by her FBI agent buddy. Readers get a high octane dose of Miriam: her dirty mouth, her will to survive, her swagger and her "never say die" [pun intended] spirit. But, the crazies are out in full force and there a lot of killing and near killing. The owl was awesome ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy. Shit. Review to come once I process what I've just read.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, paranormal
Jesus, how I love Miriam Black!! She's one of my favorite characters ever, anywhere, and her story gets better and better. This book has ripped my heart from my chest and fed on it. I think it's my favorite in the series.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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3.5 - 4 Stars


Some parts were great. Others mediocre since I'm listening to these back to back.

The word judders stands out like a snowflake in a desert.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five books in, and I'm so invested in Miriam's story that I never want this series to end! But alas, it will, and way too soon for my liking. Having said that, I'm also excited to check out Wendig's other books and I can't wait to see what he has in store for readers post-Miriam. If it's anything like this series I'm sure I will love it.

BTW, I've been writing super spoilery reviews recently, and I think that is probably scaring people off. It's going to be hard to really talk about this one with
Brittany Constable
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend re-reading the rest of the series before diving into this one if it's been a while. This is where everything starts to loop back on itself, and details (some of them pretty minor) from each of the previous four books all come back into play here. Granted, it's not strictly necessary--even though there were some bits that I didn't actually remember from previous books (very little of The Cormorant seems to have stuck with me), everything is given enough context here that I never fel ...more
I think this series has gotten better with the introduction of more strange supernatual twists. It's not a happy story, major characters die often and sometimes twice. The humor keeps it from being too dire and makes the read enjoyable.
Jennifer Wheeler
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The continuing adventures of Miriam Black. I'm looking forward the final book in the series.
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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J.D. DeHart
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience with this book series, but not the first time I have read this author. Chuck Wendig fashions his verbiage addictively for the reader. This series has been called brutal and visceral, and Wendig’s Writing echoes this tone.

The story was fascinating and I was able to delve in fairly easily, recognizing I will need to visit the other books in the series soon. Mystery is not always my go-to genre, but this was a fine example of one book that relies on suspense and grabbed
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story and I definitely need to find the first 4 books in the Miriam Black series to read. I had a few instances where I would have made a connection quicker if I had read the previous books. Miriam is a good person who is trying to make amends and change her life's course. She is starting with Wren, a teen who is headed down a bad path because of her association with Miriam. Miriam can tell when and how a person will die by touching them. Her friends Louis and Gabby are there ...more
Joel Ward
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn. This series keeps getting better and better. I'm not sure how I feel about that, knowing the next one is the finale, but I'll enjoy the ride while it lasts. Highly recommended, if you like intensity, action, horror and some very dark humor mixed in.
Rich Rosell
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book five in Wendig's Miriam Black series dials up the shit storm that is her life, calling back a number of characters from past books in a swirling mass of death and discovery. The body count is high and the revelations are huge as Miriam exponentially expands on her 'abilities'. While I thought book four (Thunderbird) was the darkest of the series I was clearly wrong (at the time). This one is a gut punch that goes to some pretty nasty places, and the setup for book six (rumored to be the las ...more
Essi | morrisongrl
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noooo! I need more! The wait for the next (last!) book is going to be torture!
Review soon.
Deni Skeens
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had heard or read that the next Miriam Black, was going to be the last; if that's true, then The Raptor & the Wren is a damn fine penultimate for this finale.
I absolutely loved this chapter in Miriam's existence. It's non-stop Miriam snark and saltiness, non-stop action, non-stop wanting to smack Miriam in the head and non-stop thinking that Louis is the best-damn thing. Louis, yes Louis is back and he's all over the place adding that awesome awkwardness that Miriam seems to enhance with e
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miriam Black has reached rock bottom. The shriveled up piece of hope that once dangled inside, has officially turned to dust. Now her nights are spent getting drunk off cheap wine and stalking the neighborhood to see who she can steal from next. Until FBI Agent Grosky tracks her down. It seems someone created a subreddit for a woman called the Angel of Death. A woman who looks a lot like Miriam. She's become an urban legend. Cell phone footage shows a grainy image of Miriam with a flock of birds ...more
Chris Bauer
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to confess difficulty at reading Chuck Wendig's work with an objective eye. Simply put, I'm a rabid fan of all his work and a devotee of his amazing blog "Terribleminds"

From a purely technical standpoint, "The Raptor and the Wren" is a terrific book. The mechanics are rock solid, the plot / pace are just dead on and characters! Oh, the characters. Wendig has a real talent for creating horrible, nasty, profoundly broken people with whom the reader falls in love with during the course of re
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, horror
I'd say 3.5 stars but I don't have the heart to round it down because I've been loving this series, so I'll keep it at 4.

It's kind of left me in one of those "I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed" moods. I'm disappointed because I wasn't surprised. The first four books (and some parts of this one) were full of these edge-of-your-pants, heart tugging, anxiety inducing moments that pushed me to binge the series. The surprises were surprising, the plot twists were twisty, all the good stuff. E
Amusing Muses
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, I can't tell you how excited I was to find out that this book exists. I thought that the fourth Miriam Black book was going to be the last. No idea where I got that idea from, but to find out that there's a book five AND a book six coming soon? Completely over the moon.

Miriam Black is hadns down one of my favorite characters in a decade. If you haven't read any of these books and you like snarky and sarcastic female protagonists, then I would say this series is for you.

The author won me
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooohhh what a bucket full of dark goodness this book is! After a stretch of saccharine reads this book hit the spot with its twisted darkness.

Mariam Black is the antithesis of a hero. She has special powers...but these powers are nothing like your typical super powers. Mariam has the ability to see how people will die just by touching them. You can imagine how such a dark power would effect a person. In previous books in this series, Mariam is a self destructive woman trying to find a way to g
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
I can't state often enough how much I love Miriam Black. She is a classical anti-hero, a broken woman with a pottymouth and terrible habits, and a power that lets her find out how someone dies with a touch.

So why did The Raptor & the Wren not get 5 stars from me? It's too short! The ending felt very abrupt, the whole book just an introduction to the grand finale 'Vultures' coming in 2019. We've known since Mockingbird that Miriam isn't alone in having powers, but it's not until this book th
Catherine Evans
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok

You know what? At least I didn't have to wait long for it, and by the time Vultures arrives I'll be pretty much over the disappointment, but this book is 90% filler.

The 10% that's not filler is the methodical stripping away of every good thing Miriam has left. Which would be powerful if it didn't happen every book. And as the (bizarre, zombie ex machina) antagonist of this book demonstrated, nothing necessarily stays dead forever.

So... I'm down an Agent Grosky, a L
Rachel Chiapparine
I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet. My personal review of the book is as follows:

In my personal opinion this book specifically is the beginning prequel to the heart of the(for lack of a better way of phrasing it) “nightmare” that makes up the series as a whole; This entire series feels to me personally as if it’s telling you the story of a person’s very dark, vivid, and complex nightmare.

A lot of plot points felt like they were(in my personal opinion) really convenient however
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th

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Miriam Black (6 books)
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