Mini Review – The Merciful Crow

Title: The Merciful Crow

Author: Margaret Owen

Pages: 369

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance


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?

I picked up this book from my local library and the synopsis made me all warm a fuzzy. I finished the book satisfied only to find out that there’s a sequel. I don’t know if it’s a continuation or a completely different story within that universe. I would love to read a book centered around Jasimir. Can you tell I love his character the most. Don’t get me wrong Fie was completely badass and Tavin brought the humor and was quick on his feet. There’s just something about Jasimir’s struggle that made me cling to his character. Fie’s life is shit, has always been shit. Tavin somewhat knew how things outside the castle were But Jasimir his whole foundation was rocked. Like a true phoenix, he had to crawl from the ashes to rebirth himself. As a trio I loved the relationship between Fie, Tavin and Jasimir. For the longest they trusted each other only when they needed to and tentatively at best. You didn’t know if they were going to be friends or not until part three of the book. The romance was foreshadowed but built upon. I was surprised because normally with YA it’s always love at first sight and then problems ensue. But this was different they had issues all throughout the novel. Mostly due to circumstance. This also was probably the most unproblematic romance I’ve read all year. I actually enjoyed the back and forth between the characters which is huge for me. There were no cheesy pick up lines and I’m forever grateful for that.