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The Merciful Crow

(The Merciful Crow #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  862 ratings  ·  407 reviews
Debut author Margaret Owen crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice--perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake--in The Merciful Crow.

One way or another, we always feed the crows.

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called t
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Margaret Owen I'd prefer not to get into spoiler territory, so all I'll say on that front is that 1) Jasimir is gay, so he has no romantic interest in Fie and vice…moreI'd prefer not to get into spoiler territory, so all I'll say on that front is that 1) Jasimir is gay, so he has no romantic interest in Fie and vice versa, 2) I can confirm there is no love triangle, and 3) the romantic subplot has been described as a slow burn, so take from that what you will!(less)
Eve I agree with the previous commenter! Though I think many are comparing them just because they both have the word "crow" in the title, they do have…moreI agree with the previous commenter! Though I think many are comparing them just because they both have the word "crow" in the title, they do have very similar vibes. Both are dark, gritty fantasies that hold no punches. If you enjoyed Six of Crows, I think there's a good chance you'll like this one as well. (less)
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
Crows have long suffered under the reputation of being *bad* but I’m so glad they’re finally getting the representation they deserve. Somewhere, in Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is nodding approvingly although it might be because he just plucked out someone’s eyeballs
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
ever since i read six of crows, everything with crows intrigues me
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
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hey, guess what? last night I dreamed that I was walking through my neighborhood and out of nowhere a murder of crows PICKED UP A CAT AND FLEW AWAY WITH ITTTTT!!!!!! EVEN MY SUBCONSCIOUS RECOGNIZES THE EVILNESS OF CROWs
They're still evil. I mean why do you think a group of them is called "A Murder" A MURDER!!!!!

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Margaret Owen
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Wait, I seriously get to rate and review my own book? Rad. So my completely unbiased review is that it made me laugh, cry, and single-handedly put Ben & Jerry's grandchildren through med school. And that was just from writing the dang thing.

Anyway, I hope y'all like it! I made it myself!
Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell

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DNF @ 66%

So, I guess the new YA trend isn't just to write books that are derivative, but also to title them in derivative ways, as well? If so, good plan, because THE MERCIFUL CROW is a book that feels like dozens of books I've read before. Caste-based fantasy with an assassination plot gone wrong, and a plot to overthrow an evil ruler with a band of crude-talking underdogs. Yep.

I'm extra salty because my luck with books has been amazing l
This book felt so different - the way it read, the characters, the world. It was so unique and whilst there was so much to the world building I loved how more and more was revealed as I went along. Fie is a firecracker, I love her.
I’m super glad I’ve just bemoaned all the disappointing YA fantasy so far this year because the universe sat up, said, ‘oh yeah?’, and tugged the rug right out from under me.

Bookies, I present to you : THE MERCIFUL CROW. I knew nothing about this before beginning (#TeamNoBlurbs) and was delighted at every turn the story took.

This world is made up of Castes centered around various birds : Crows at the bottom, Pheonixes at the top. We see the world through the Crows’ eyes; they are mercy killers
I came for the crows. I stayed because I had already given up a couple of hours of my life and I might as well finish.

That said, I wasn’t too invested in the story or the characters and especially not in the romance.

It wasn’t at all memorable. It’s now August and I promise you that by the time the year ends I won’t remember a single thing. I probably won’t even remember the main character’s names.

This book starts interestingly enough. Fie’s group of Crows are sent to burn the plague-infected cor
Lily ☁️
DNF. I give up. I’m not one to light-heartedly leave a book unfinished, but about sixty pages into this, all I am is a) annoyed by the writing, and b) wondering why in the world I should care about a single thing that is happening.

(Ironic, how only a few hours ago I was tweeting about not having it in me to dnf books.)

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Emily A. Duncan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 09, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
“Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats.”

That’s one way to start a book!

2019 is coming for my wallet.
Umairah | Sereadipity
The Merciful Crow was an intriguing read about a world plagued by prejudice and hierarchy and the people fighting for justice.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 5/5

Review originally published on Sereadipity

The world building was excellent because it was very original and I was gradually fed more information as I read as opposed to a boring info dump at the start of the book. I also loved the magic system and the way it functioned in the novel.

The people were split into twelve castes and each one
Vicky Who Reads
I was told by the author that I would probably enjoy this book after I showed her a jar of human teeth*.

Interpret that as you will. I, however, am excited 😈

*they're my baby teeth okay!!! i'm not a creeper!!!
Candace Robinson
I was confused with this one a lot. I love crows but not sure what I was expecting? The cool thing was that there were a lot of unique things.
✨Brithanie Faith✨
4.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

Ladies and gentleman- I present to you- one of (if not my most) anticipated reads of 2019! All it took was a quick read through of the synopsis for me to know that I needed to get my hands on this book as soon as possible! A future cheiftain, a fugitive prince, and a too-cunning bodyguard? Yes please! SOLD! Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake? Abso-freaking-lutely! This book DID NOT disappoint!

I pick
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For some reason I didn't really expect this book to be that good, but I wound up absolutely loving this dark fantasy tale. I picked this up on a whim because I thought the cover was pretty and I am so glad that I did. The Merciful Crow was filled with fascinating characters that I loved so much, really great world building and an interesting plot. This book caught my attention from the very first sentence and pulled me int
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julianna ➹
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm idk fellas but I think the fact that this was four stars and then dropped down to three stars really speaks to the fact that I'm a pessimist

also go read my blog tour review 😎

>> trigger warnings for death by plague, mention of death by fire, assassination, loss of eyes, being shot by arrows, and burning hands (if there's anything you want to ask, don't hesitate!! this isn't as thorough as I could've made it)

>> specific representation includes a black main character (Fie
The Nerd Daily
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

This immersive story is definitely one you’ll want to add to your TBR pile! Cunningly invasive, it’s a story that doesn’t get out of your head even after you’ve turned the last page. There’s death, family bonds, and lots of soul shattering rage to be found throughout this story, along with a smattering of romance that rounds out this amazing story. I honestly cannot say enough about it!

Fie lives in a world that is broken down into
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There have been a couple of books with crow in the title this year and I was excited for both of them different though they may be. The first didn't turn out the way I thought it would but I am so pleased to be able to say that I was blown away by The Merciful Crow!

And The Merciful Crow has such a gorgeous cover that I will admit that at first I wanted to read it just because of its beauty. Feasting my eyes on such great design is happin
Madison Mary
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** ARC provided by "Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers", all quotes are subject to change in the final copy **

"They'll come up with a fancy name for you... Tell stories for centuries. Fie Oath-cutter. Fie the Cunning. Fie, the Crow Who Feared No Crown."

Absolutely phenomenal.
I couldn't have asked for a better book myself. As soon as I started this story, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn in before I even read the first page because there is a description of all the castes and th
Austine (NovelKnight)
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This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you take nothing else from The Merciful Crow, just know that teeth are powerful and there's a cat named Barf.

Honestly I'm a bit at a loss for words with this book because I loved it SO MUCH! It's one of those cases where I just want to gush but don't know what to say. But I guess I can start with the overall idea. . .

. . .
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I got this ARC at BookCon and I'm so happy I was able to snag a copy! This is definitely one of my new favorite fantasies of 2019.

What I absolutely love to see in fantasy is different sexualities/identities being represented but they're inherent to the world. If you're creating a new world, who says that discrimination needs to be a part of it? I absolute
Laurie –A Court of Books–
“‘We will be back when you call.’
When, not if.”

I received an ARC of The Merciful Crow at BookExpo, this in no way impacts my review. However, my review is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story and quotes may differ from the final book. I’ll keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

In a medieval-like society broken down into twelve bird-named castes, we follow sixteen-year-old Fie who belongs to the Crows, the lowest caste of Sabor. While all the other ca
Jamie Pacton
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my friends. This book is breathtaking. My only regret in reading it so early is that it's not published yet, so I can't buy about 50 copies for all the writers and YA fantasy lovers in my life. (Next holiday season, hopefully).

Let's start with worldbuilding: from the first page, you know you're in the hands of a master. We're talking Jemisin or Rothfuss level in terms of attention to detail and careful, brilliant planning of social structures, political systems, religions, and the personal i
Jul 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sooooo the fact that I preordered this book right away after finishing it should probably give you a good idea of how I felt.

I. LOVED. This. Major 5/5 stars!

There is a clear heirarchy in this book, with the Phoenix reigning at the top, with the Crows hanging around the bottom. Crows go to beacon where they are called when a sinner has been brought down with the plague. Crows are the only ones said to be immune, so they must show mercy to the sinners and make a pyre for them. All the other caste
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This book really is *that bitch*. Full review to come hopefully, maybe, possibly.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
DNF @ 20%
I was genuinely so excited for this book, even before the initial hype started but I could not get into this at all. I found the world incredibly confusing and a fifth in I still didn't really feel like I knew the characters.
I had even decided to restart it after I was so confused in the first 10% when I tried reading it the first time.. but still didn't feel any less confused on my second try.

I think this definitely has tons of intriguing elements and I'm so happy so many people are lo
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.

She now spends her days wrestling di

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