As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.
With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.
A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.
Title : The Faithless Hawk
Author : Margaret Owen
Series : The Merciful Crow (book two)
Format : ARC
Page Count : 400
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date : August 18, 2020
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .25
Hollis’ 4.25 star review
I’m going to start out by saying that unless you remember the events of THE MERCIFUL CROW really really well, you might want to reread it before diving into this one. Or at least the last few chapters. Because despite how much I thought I remembered, because it’s stuck with me as I loved it so much, it took me way way too long to get back into this world. And that definitely did a disservice to the overall reading experience because I dragged my feet through the first hundred pages, putting it down, going on twitter, playing with the cat, until I hit a turning point and then demolished the rest.
“I have standards. It’ll take more than a moon apart for me to roll a lad in a pile of guts. Besides, you’d be dead in a week.”
“Worth it. It’s been a long moon.”
This book is fantastic. Which is why I’m sad I did it kind of dirty.
There won’t be much I will, or can, say about the second, and final, in a series. So suffice it to say, if you haven’t yet picked up THE MERCIFUL CROW? What even, man. Help to redeem the year 2020 and do yourself this favour. Bonus because you can binge without waiting, like I had to, and be satisfied beyond belief.
“There’s thousands of people like that [guy], all across Sabor. They talk and look like anyone else, but they’ll take any excuse to get rid fo Crows for good. And all they were waiting for was permission.“
I remember complaining about the plague element and the explanation of why and I feel like all the stumbling I did with some of the world building, whether because I wasn’t getting it or it wasn’t explained, everything and more is explained in this follow up. So if you were like me and wanted a clearer picture, be prepared for some satisfaction.
“Every time I think we’ve hit the bottom of how bad it is, we just peel off another layer, don’t we?“
But also, like, satisfication in so many areas. Also a lot more cats.
Owen is definitely an author I will be keeping an eagle (hahah bird jokes) eye on because I can’t wait to see where she goes next. But I’m also really looking forward to rereading these books, catching everything I missed, and also just reliving all the moving moments, brutal betrayals, sassy snark, realistic representation, and eerie echoes to our own reality.
“We made a society where the monarchs could ignore the suffering of their people because it was nothing but an inconvenience, and we punished those who used their position to speak out.“
Don’t let this series pass you by. Pick up these books.
** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **