The Merciful Crow: Review

In honor of it’s sequel releasing soon, Fierce Reads hosted a readalong for The Merciful Crow for the month of July and I, having heard amazing things about it, decided to participate. Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ecopy.


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?


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A masterpiece. Honestly one of the more intriguing YA fantasies I’ve read in a while. If I were to say what it reminded me of, I’d pick Wicked Saints and Ink in the Blood (two of my favorite YAs of all time).

Although the storyline started off with a slow pace, there wasn’t a single moment where I wanted to put it down. The lush and deep fantasy world building had me intrigued beyond belief and wanting more. And although the world building is very heavy and deep, it was done in a way that was very organized and explained thoroughly without being confusing. And gosh did I love it. The bird inspired caste system, the teeth magic, the sinner’s plague, and most of all the diversity is one that will stick with me for a long time, definitely made it onto my list of all time favorites.

I especially loved many of the conversations that were had in the book. I feel like the prejudice against Crows is one that is seen in our own reality against many minorities and loved that there was this aspect portrayed in a fantastical element. It added so much depth to the world and for that I will forever recommend ‘The Merciful Crow’.

I adored Fie and her band of merciful crows, Tavin, Jasimir, and even Draga. They’re characters that I found really interesting and well rounded with amazing development and can’t wait to see more of in the sequel.

The Faithless Hawk, book 2 will be releasing on August 18th!

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