Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, someone who has the ability to see snippets of the future, however in order to prophesise she needs to cut herself. This instantly rewards her with feelings of euphoria bordering on the erotic – but only if she voices what she sees, if she bottles up the future, pain envelopes her.
For many cassandra sangue the addictive nature of their being has led to early death and/or misuse at the hands of powerful men seeking answers and fulfilment. In Meg’s case, she’s endured the pain of being a pawn in a sadistic game and now resides in a small town community surrounded by shape shifters, vampires, and other supernatural beings.
Simon Wolfgard (is a wolf – need I point it out) is one of Meg’s closest and most trust worthy friends, but their friendship is forged on a delicate balance, for humankind and the Others have a long and sordid past bathed in blood and steeped in violence.
There is a lot to like about Anne Bishop’s urban fantasy series of the Others. MURDER OF CROWS is a self contained story, primarily set within the confines of a small community that is still part of a larger picture. When crows start dying following forage into human rubbish, an investigation gets underway to determine the cause with human/other hostilities at the forefront. Additionally, the blood of the cassandra sangue is being used as a powerful drug to corrupt the minds of human and Others alike, not to mention there’s the omnipresent threat of Meg’s life hanging over the condensed community setting.
A lot of drama, a lot of possibilities, and a lot of plot threads converge in a single bloodletting conclusion that has me salivating for the next instalment.