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4.0 out of 5 stars Good - well described, with well-drawn characters, 6 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Master of Crows (Kindle Edition)
Our hero, Silhara, is a dark mage - a crow wizard known as Master of Crows. He's being courted, in a rather heavy-handed way by a god. The courting involves lots of pain, blood and whispered promises of limitless power. Silhara isn't interested, but it's a fight he isn't confident of winning. His only chance is to kill the god. It's been done before, but how is lost in the mists of time. So he needs a researcher; someone to trawl thro' ancient texts in ancient, dead languages and find out how it was done. Such people are found in Conclave - whose priests consider him the devil incarnate and want him dead. But, they aren't going to let slip the chance to get a spy into his household, and they too seek the death of this particular nasty god, so they sent Martise, conveniently enslaved to one of the priests who holds part of her soul. She's persuaded to "volunteer"for the job, her reward being the promise of freedom and the return of her soul.
Martise is bland and drab in appearance "no beauty by the kindest standards", but has the voice of a seductress. She also possesses an unidentifiable magic and a spine of steel that, maybe unwisely, stops her from being totally cowed - "You have done an unwise thing, Martise of Asher," he said softly. "You've caught my interrest."

The other character of note is Gurn, a mute giant servant who runs the crumbling castle and calmly deals with the aftermath of attacks and magical assaults, be they from the nasty god or the crow wizard himself. He's kind and decent and trustworthy, and humane - everything Silhara apparently isn't.

And so the scene is set - for a battle of wills, his to find out who she really is, and what her magic is, hers to do the job she's been sent to do and get her freedom, and for the quest to destroy a god.

MINOR SPOILER:
The scene setting and descriptive writing is good, as is the development of the inevitable relationship between Silhara and Martise. I read this easily and with interest, for some reason enjoying it far more than I expected - not sure what I was expecting! There's humour, a seriously nasty baddie, warmth and friendship, some magical battles and revelations, and the ending is just what you want, even if you do find yourself wondering how they'll be getting along in a few years time! My inner realist strikes again...
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2016 15:44:15 BDT
Kristin says:
What an excellent review! You persuaded me to buy this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it as I needed exactly this kind of escapism for a while. Many thanks. I have already read the two Wraith Kings books and enjoyed those also.

Best wishes.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2016 16:11:14 BDT
DebB says:
Why thank you! I've just re-read her Entreat Me which I reviewed and gave 5 stars to a while back - I think I read Master of Crows first, one of those lucky Amazon recomendations that clicked, then moved onto Entreat Me. You'll probably like it, there are some similarities. I too loved Radiance - yet another capable heroine, and decent hero...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2016 17:08:55 BDT
Kristin says:
Oh, thank you, I wondered which to try next and some of the reviews are a bit vague, not a bit like yours. This is something completely different for me and is working wonders at the moment!
Thanks so much DebB.
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