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Batman: The Court of Owls

(DC's Prose Novels)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  37 reviews
An original novel pitting Batman against the Court of Owls, a secret society of wealthy families that's controlled Gotham for centuries using murder and money.

Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time
Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed
Speak not a whispered word about them, or they
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Titan Books
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Batman and a spate of brutal murders?!? Yes please, sign me up!

A university student’s thesis into Percy Wright, one of Gotham’s pre-eminent sculptors from over a century ago brings to light a forgotten mystery involving the Court of Owls. It is a mystery that members of the Court would prefer to be left alone, kept away from prying eyes and buried in the dark depths of Gotham’s past
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Cox is an original novel based on the titular secret society that has been operating from the shadows of Gotham for centuries. Known for using their wealth and political influence to shape the city, their origins were first gleaned in the opening arc of the New 52 series of comics featuring the Caped Crusader back when DC carried out their 2011 revamp, which was also when the Court made th
Chitra Ahanthem
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am an out and out Batman fan and love the brooding knight and his alter ego so my review might just be totally biased. It has always been the layers in his character, the emotions he grapples with and his intelligence that make Batman more special than any other comic character.

Batman: The Court of Owls is an original novel based on the shadowy secret society made of the most elite and wealthy members Gotham residents. Opening with the brutal murder of an art professor, we find Inspector Gord
Michael J.
I was glad to see that this was an original novel rather than a text adaptation of the DC Comics Court Of Owls storyline. That's not meant to demean the abilities of Greg Cox to write a compelling novel adaptation of film, television or comics properties. He's a master of the format and brings those skills to the front in this brand new story which serves as a sequel to the comic story arc. It's because the story here is just as interesting and engaging as the Scott Snyder comic, and adds some a ...more
Morgan Kelley
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
True-Crime meets mystic mystery meets an illustrious cult plot. Greg Cox did a marvelous job of portraying the mysterious Court of Owls and their deadly Talons and the mystery he created was the perfect blend of an Agatha Christie plot and science fiction that is only fitting for a city like Gotham. This book was a great change from the usual Batman plot: foiling the plans of psychopaths like the Joker or the Riddler and their respected themes plots. Honestly this is my favorite Batman novel tha ...more
Barsha Roy Chowdhury
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time
Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed
Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.

What was believed to be a nursery rhyme was actually the slogan of a mysterious secret society which ruled Gotham for centuries. ‘BATMAN: The Court Of Owls’ features Batman against this secret society called ‘The Court of Owls’ who used their assassins
This book was a pleasant surprise; I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Even though it does say it is an 'original novel,' I fully expected it to be an 'updated retelling' of the initial story that ran through the first issues of volume II of the rebooted Batman comic. However, it truly is an original novel, much to my delight! I did come to enjoy how the author split the book into 'halves' in which it talks about events that occurred in 1918 as well as in "2019" (or, in whatever year t ...more
Sulagna Mondal
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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Phewwwwwwww! This book was something! SOMETHING! I won't be talking about the plot much because the plot is huge and super intricate so you might have to visit my blog to read that. But I'll be definitely talking about this book.
👉 Its got an awesome and wholesome plot. Like, wow!
👉 Action? Check
Suspense? Check
Horrific Crimes? Check
Gory scenes? Check
Romance? Check
Stupendous climax? Check
👉 The way the book has been delivered is amaaa
Gordon Mcghie
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Batman is 80 and he is going from strength to strength. The Dark Knight is an iconic character who has made the successful leap from the pages of comic books into film, television and is recognised around the world.

One potential drawback for new readers is how can they find an entire Batman adventure to enjoy when they don’t know which comics to read. There are several individual Batman comics released each month and a full story can unfold over a six or seven month period. It can be a bit off-p
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Usually I would review a book separately, but on a rare occasion I read a series back to back because ai just need to get glued into the next, and so it seems to make sense to then write a review considering my enjoyment as a whole. This is what I intend to do with the new DC novels which have been released by the Publishers TITANbooks. After discussing why I enjoyed them, I will include the individual books details and Blurb.

As somebody who cannot at all get on with Graphic novels, and yet ado
Gayatri Saikia
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review : I voluntarily received a copy of "Court of Owls" from Bloomsbury India for a review and I am grateful to them for providing me the opportunity.

"Court of Owls" opens up with the disappearance of a Gotham university student and the subsequent murder of one her thesis professors. Inspector Gordon is accompanied by his right hand man Bruce Wayne to the crime scene and as the story progresses Wayne suspects a foul play. The Court of Owls that once terrorized the city of Gotham is now back an
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. I will say right off the bat that this is not a retelling like Mad Love was, this is actually a sequel to the New 52 Court of Owls saga. You definitely need to have read vol 1 and vol 2 of the comics to really appreciate everything in regards to this book (also it's a great comic series, I honestly recommend reading all of Snyder/Capullo's Batman run).

I thought the historical aspects along with the modern aspects worked really well. I honestly wanted more of the pas
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, I feel I should reiterate that I'm a big fan of DC, but haven't read a huge amount of the comics. I've never read The Court of Owls graphic novel (but knew the basics, and was very keen to finally learn what it was all about), so after reading and loving The Killing Joke, I knew I had to give this one a go. It was well and truly worthwhile!

It's a well written, interesting tale that has been very keen to read the source material to see how well it was adapted. Not comparing it to the graph
sreejit bardhan
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since I saw many people asking on goodreads and social media, let me clear one thing first. This is NOT a novelization of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's New 52 Court of Owls saga . This is a completely original novel which takes off right where scott snyder left off.
Sure there are fists thrown and some action here and there but this is more of a noir, detective batman who is trying to unravel an age old mystery . It was a good read ,I took one star away because of the easy ending of the talon
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is by far my favourite new Batman novels compared to Mad Love and The Killing Joke. It is one of the most satisfying superhero tales I have read in recent years. This book does a tremendous job of giving the reader a layered and disturbing mystery to solve that is worthy of gracing the pages of any crime novel. It’s not often that the ‘detective’ element of Batman’s character arc is utilised in such a fashion, but Greg Cox offers the reader something that has rarely been seen on page w ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can’t really think of anything I dislike about this book. I kind of knew what I was getting into and it was exactly what I was in the mood for.

Overall, this was a fantastic weekend read. Fast and full of Bat-Fun!


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Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read, if you've read the Court of Owls graphic novel series. It's a continuation of the the series, which is wonderfully written and had me on the edge of my seat! Greg Cox does an excellent job narrating the story, which takes the court of owls story to the next level.

A must read for comic, and Batman fans!

Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Gotham tv series only touched on the Court of Owls and their deep history. I am not a huge enough Batman fan to know all of the background stories, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I enjoyed it enough to want to know more than I already do. Even if you know the history, this is an entertaining read.
Camilo Ramirez
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great continuation of Snyder and Capullo’s New 52 story. the Bat goes up against the Owls once more as a mystery from the past is dug up.

a great read, action packed and full of Bat references. also can’t wait to read the next story about the Court of Owls, who will forever rule Gotham.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rather than re-telling the well known events of the graphic novel by the same name, Greg Cox instead writes an original spin-off that adds another layer to the Court’s history in Gotham. It was a fun read! I’d petition for more novelizations like this one!
Tyson Stewart
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I purchased the book I thought it would be retailing the story that was presented in the comics, but it was in fact an original story. I was pleasantly surprised. The novel itself was pleasant to read was really enjoyable
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
such an amazing book and it's a big recommend for any batman lover. the mystery and writing- it all was just absolutely amazing and it will definitely be a book I will return to in the future
Philip Perich
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Batman story, we get the fighter and the detective!
Ken McNair
This is basically glorified fan fiction, but kind of enjoyable as a weekend distraction. Batman is a little less dour than I'm used to, but still quite brooding.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Court of Owls
By Greg Cox

Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and time.
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.

Set in the same universe that Scott Snyder helped create in DC’s New 52 comes another exciting tale of the old ones that watch over Gotham City and it’s Dark Knight, The Court of Owls. They are a secret criminal organisatio
Gio Zelaya
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good fun read,good action and story line
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid read, a little slow in parts but if you're a Batman fan a must read.
Amy Walker
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of the three recent Batman novels published by Titan, one is based upon a comic, one is a retelling of an animated series episode, and one is completely new and original. Batman: The Court of Owls is the latter, telling its own story that draws upon the events of Scott Snyder’s first story on Batman following the New 52 revamp.

One of the advantages that writer Greg Cox has here is that he’s able to draw upon the source material without having to feel shackled to it the way the writers of the oth
Virginia Serna
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I I liked it but just not what I want to read right now .
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