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Master of Crows

(Master of Crows #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,210 ratings  ·  1,016 reviews
What would you do to win your freedom? This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer's treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavo ...more
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Published July 13th 2009 by Amber Quill Press
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♡Karlyn P♡

5++, A fantastic historical fantasy/PNR romance. HOT.
Yum, yum, yummy!!! Seriously, as GOOD AS IT GETS!!

Silhara of Neith, yum!
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
OK! So I'm giving this 5 stars even though it should be 4 for the following reasons: the first 20% is a little slow, and the last chapter is kinda weirdly put together. BUT I will say I LOVED THIS and it's only 2.99 self-published, I picked it up randomly, so my expectations weren't that high and I was forced to obsessively read this so wow, pardon me while I add an extra star for those reasons! :D

This is a VERY SIMILAR book plot-wise to one of my VERY favorite books, Darkangel by Meredith Pierc
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The power of the god Corruption is increasing and its aim is to rule the world. It has chosen Silhara of Neith, a dark, renegade mage as its avatar. Ironically the one person powerful enough to stand against the lure of Corruption and to defeat it is Silhara. To do this though, Silhara, the Master of Crows, needs help in the translation of scrolls that will reveal the key to defeating Corruption and rid it from the world.

The priests send him Martise of Asher, a skilled scribe and transl
Kenya Wright
SO. . .One night Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Laini Taylor (Daughther of Smoke and Bones), and Nalini Singh (Angel's Blood) walked into a brothel.


Because I have a sick and twisted mine.

So these three authors walk into a high-end brothel, order Absynthe, and prepare to do the NASTY (yeah I'm bringing that term back). Clothes are torn. Sweat trickles. Erections and moistoning arise!

Yes! Nalini Singh and Laini Taylor impregnate Patrick Rothfuss finally a man g
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
This is a tough one..

I enjoyed the book as a whole, the writing style was flowery, the world building was well done and it was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. BUT I could not stand Silhara, our leading man, who was nothing but a giant JERK.

Look. I am all for an asshole leading man. Just look at my love of Panty Melting Andrew, Dragos and Daemon. But Silhara. There was just something inherently wrong about him.

I’ve dubbed him King of the Backhanded Compliment. He constantly and
Heather C

I'm going to attempt to write a review for this but in no way will I come near to doing it justice. It was just that great! I was drawn in and hooked from the very beginning. The historical/fantasy world was intricate and brilliantly described to the point that it impacted all of my senses; the frangrance of the oranges, the sounds of Neith, the touch of Silhara, the taste of Dragon Piss and the images of the Gift. The character developm
Neith, a place few visit and none are welcome.

Silhara of Neith, a powerful mage. He was pragmatic. That's one thing I liked about him:/

He can be an alpha as well:

“One move and I’ll slit your throat. Die handsome or live honest. What will it be?”

Martise of Asher, a skillful translator, was sent to Neith to spy on Silhara. Her mission obviously failed cos dude, she was no spy and at times, she couldn’t help acting like this sad mouse of a woman who would leap at her own shadow. Oh well. S
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, stars-4-0
Draven has the knack of creating really fascinating worlds, fully formed, with back histories, and a logic that makes sense. Add to this characters that are more than what they appear, with depth, and I’m impressed. This is my third title from this author and each time I’ve been totally taken by her stories (favourite is still Radiance). She combines fantasy and romance effortlessly, using tropes of each genre to great effect, each given its due importance. It’s not a fantasy with a pinch of rom ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Master of Crows was wonderful. If I hadn't gotten a rec from a Goodreads friend (Thanks Heather.), I'd have probably been a bit skeptical going into the book, because the reviews I'd seen had been so overwhelmingly positive - well now you can add me to the 'gushers'.

Having caught the eye of a corrupt god, a god who intends to use the Crow Mage Silhara as the vessel for his latest incarnation, the outcast mage is desperately trying to resist the god's powerful lure. But the god is seductive and
Irene Sim
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Grace Draven creates such compelling stories!! I think what I love more about her stories is that her characters are unconventional and unique. They are not pretty, kind or well mannered. But somehow they grow on you.

Martise and Silhara are both such characters and I fell in love with them....
Also the love that blossoms between them is so slow and subtle that it feels really natural and unavoidable....

If you've read any of her other books, then I don't have to try hard to convince you to give
Paige  Bookdragon
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paige by: people who likes Dragon in Uprooted. But this one is more like an adult version
This book? Me gusta.


This book kinda reminds me of Uprooted but in a way that the hero is sarcatic, rude and supah supah hot. Unlike Uprooted who has subtle romance, Master of Crows focuses on the romance between Martise and Silhara.

If you like long-haired sorcerers who insults those who are in authority and is not sorry being a condescending ass to idiots, then you should read this book.

"What in Bursin's holy name name is that?" he snarled. If it were possible to die of embarrassment, Martise
Kells Next Read
"You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher," he said softly. You've caught my interest."

Another fantastic read by Grace Draven.

5 Say My Name Stars for this wonderful read.

4.25 stars


I have only praise for this book.
I was introduced with Grace Draven's work in
Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1) by Grace Draven and Eidolon (Wraith Kings, #2) by Grace Draven
and I was simply stunned and overwhelmed with the amount of imagination and complex span of emotions that this author leads her characters through.

It was no different with Master of Crows...
Silhara of Neith /i> - a dark mage and a hardworking man who rose from the poor towards the status of a land lord or Neith...who is tempted daily by the dark forces Corruption to overpossess him and
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr2016, 3-5-stars

3.5 stars

“I’ve no wish to be reduced to a cipher, Martise. I’ll die before that happens, and I’ll take Corruption down with me.” She bowed her head. “I wish you loved me,” she said in a small voice. “Maybe then I could make you halt this madness.”

This book was a lot darker than the other books I’ve read from this author. The god, Corruption, wants to use Silhara, Master of Crows, to rule the world. And Silhara will do anything he can to deter Corruption, refusing to be anyone’s puppet. Marti

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I've had some time to think on this review and I think I'm going with three stars on this one. I enjoyed it but it won't stick with me.

I didn't know from the shelving that my friends had on this book that it was more high fantasy than paranormal, which can sometimes be an issue for me. As a rule, I'm not an epic fantasy reader. That was certainly part of my problem with this story. However, I think that this book wasn't a "love" more because it just wasn't anything really new. It is sort of the
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Favorite Quote: “You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher,” he said softly. “You’ve caught my interest.”

This book has been recommended by many (including Has and Angela – and someone on my blog who I can’t remember, sorry!) I recently finished Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier (and loved) so I was in the mood for another fantasy book. Let me warn and say – the first chapter or two of this book I was a little lost – I was unsure what was happening to the hero and how exactly the heroine w
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Content: Sex, erotica almost, some violence, several typos.
3.5 stars, maybe more. Overall, a good read, and some parts were superior. Yet also disappointing: Because the author started the book with such a fantastical plot line and created such a sense of dire urgency -- even emergency -- I found the sex eventually overdone and distracting. I felt caught between two genres, high fantasy and erotica. IMO, the main flaws are repetition and excess sex, a sex-driven plot. I expla
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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What I enjoyed

I loved the plot of this: We have the Master of crows who is being harassed by a dark god, called corruption. The god wants to possess the Master's body so he keeps tempting him with how 'powerful' he can become. The master then decides to find a way to destroy the god with the help of a girl who was sent by priests to spy on him

What I didn't like

- The 'romance': I was excited when I read that the romance in this book was significant because from my experience wit
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
In truth, Master of Crows was pretty much guaranteed to get a high rating from me, given the fact it probably comes closest to the kind of book I'd been seeking for a long time -- that is, a romance that takes place in a fantasy setting along with mages, magic and all that good stuff. Better yet, there was a decent story and never once did we lose that fantasy element, not even amidst the lust and romance...which was HOT, by the way.

I loved this book, though it wasn't without its cheesy parts (b
Elizabeth Hunter
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another long overdue review. This is an under-appreciated indie gem that was recommended to me. I'm so glad it was.

Master of Crows is a great read for fans of fantasy and romance. I'd say that, if you enjoyed my Elemental Mysteries series, there's a great chance you'll enjoy this book as well. The world is beautifully drawn, the characters are layered and interesting. Silhara is an intriguing hero with just the right edge of dark for my taste. Martise is a wonderfully subtle heroine who proves
Ann (annreads)
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“And will you love me for a day? A year? A lifetime?" She knew the answer but wanted to hear him say it in that beautiful, shattered voice.
"Beyond that," he whispered, eyes shining with the tempest of emotion he'd held in check until now. "Beyond the reign of false gods and meddlesome priests. Beyond al Zafira when her bright stars fade.”

Omg this book was freaking adorable😍
If I had to describe it in one sentence I would say is like Uprooted but with more romance and better sex scenes lol😂 Hope
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I love a bit of romance mixed with fantasy, so as you can imagine I was more than pleased to stumble across Master of Crows. Silhara of Neith is the Master of Crows, a powerful mage who is simultaneously being plagued and seduced by the God, Corruption. Corruption whispers promises of power and destruction to tempt Silhara into giving up his body for Corruption's use. Silhara is desperate not to give into temptation for risk of losing his freedom, so he writes to the Conclave - a group
Douglas Meeks
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Master of Crows Master of Crows by Grace Draven

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know somebody else read Master of Crows and did NOT tell me what an excellent book this was going to be. Let me clear up something and that is that all my all time favorite books have been epic type novels/trilogies/series where the hero/heroine struggles against seemingly impossible odds. That is where this book took me, as with most fantasy romance it is long winded and slow paced but the reason is that there is not the "MINE" moment y
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Romance in a fantasy setting. Very good world building. Refreshing characters. The female MC is not your usual blushing virgin and the male MC is not the usual, one-dimensional tall-dark-and-handsome. He is somewhat of an arse, who is a good person deep down, so not all tropes have been avoided. But the avoidance of the major ones makes for a nice change and more interesting characters.

The book did not completely sweep me off my feet. I started loosing momentum in the last third of the book. The
Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt 'Paranormal Romance'

25/7 - This is hovering between a three and a four - two stars for the romance side of the story and four stars for the fantasy side.

My main problem with the romance is that it was so slow burn on Silhara's side that by the time he finally noticed Martise there was no chemistry between them. Add to that Silhara being a bit of an asshole, especially in one scene where (view spoiler)
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
I have mixed feelings about this book. That's usually my takeaway these days, but whatever.

So, yes. I found myself really enjoying the beginning, despite my low expectations. I'm not sure why I had low expectations, but I did. The reason this rose above them had everything to do with the way the romance was introduced.

We have Martise, who is very plain, and Silhara, who isn't particularly interested in her sexually. But Martise is interested in him and works to hide her desires. It takes Silhara
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I purchased Master of Crows as part of a (no longer available) box set named Darkly Dreaming. All of the authors in the Darkly Dreaming box set were NTM but I bought the set based on the strength of the recommendations for Master of Crows alone.

I am SO GLAD I listened to the recommendations and bought this book!

When I started Master of Crows I had no clue what the story was about. I'd not read the blurb or any reviews so everything was very new for me. F
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while a book comes along that pleasantly surprises you, and surpasses your expectations. Master of Crows by Grace Draven was certainly that. I ‘heart’ this book so much and its characters that it’s definitely in the top ten books I have read this year.
Martise of Asher is a slave and is asked to spy whilst she is loaned to the rebel mage Silhara, the Master of Crows. She is to work as an assistant to help with his quest to defeat the God Corruption, who is gaining more influence i
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**4-4.5 stars**

Master of Crows is a very different type of romance story and IMO it had a Jane Eyre feel to it. Martise is a slave to Cumbria, a member of the Conclave, a magic hierarchy. In exchange for her freedom, she is sent to spy on Silhara, a mage who is somewhat ostracized not only due to his immense power but to his willingness to NOT play by the rules. Throw into the mix a vengeful god, Corruption, who wants to take over Silhara and you have quite an adventure.

The story was really wei
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