Hey friends! Today I have a super fun post for you all because I was invited by the publisher to be on the blog tour for one of my most anticipated releases of the year! Keep reading to learn more about The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen.
So since this tour is for a sequel, I don’t want to spoil anyone for the first book, therefore I’ll be posting info for book one, and my review is spoiler free!
About Book One:
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 to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.
A fugitive prince.
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
A too-cunning bodyguard.
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?
About the Author:
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 disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.)
Book one was just a meh book for me, but I knew that the sequel would have major potential! Boy did this book deliver! I absolutely loved the direction The Faithless Hawk took, as I was shocked at all the twists and turns, but I’m so happy it did.
Things I liked:
- I absolutely adored Fie! She has grown so much since the beginning of book one, and it was such a joy to read her perspective again! She’s so resilient, learning to grow and adapt fast now that she’s in charge. She finds out a lot about herself in this book and I think it plays out nicely.
- And the romance?? It was so cute! I absolutely swooned everytime Tavin and Fie were together. After being a bit skeptical of their chemistry in book one, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen when they found their way back to each other and I’m pretty happy with how their relationship was at the end. I love how lovable they are together and how much they understand and support one another through struggles. They are truly perfect for one another.
- Jasimir was also a shining star in this book! He honestly deserved a lot more page time than he actually got. I have a lot of sympathy for him.
- I flew through this book towards the end, especially because of al the plot twists! There was also a mystery element to this book that I wasn’t anticipating. I thought that really added a driving factor to my reading pace.
My only negative thing to say was that if you don’t remember much from The Merciful Crow, you should definitely reread it beforehand. I only read it back in April, and I didn’t realise how much I had forgotten because the first 100 pages were hard to get into.