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"a story that will touch everyone with its delicate mix of fantasy and romance"

To be gifted with the Spirit of the Crow is rare but Rhia fears her destiny and resists the power. Then when her mother passes, Rhia finally sees that her power could be of use and starts to accept what she is and will be. Rhia's gift will enable her to guide the people of Asermos to the Other Side and see when someone will recover from illness or injury or die. It is sometimes a burden but without a crow the people can not pass over to the Other Side.

Rhia will have to make many sacrifices on her journey to embrace the Aspect of the Crow and she will even lose her life. The decisions Rhia makes along the way will either help her on the path she must take or make things harder. Rhia has seen things that she cannot reveal and she must keep looking for the signs that could mean war is coming to her people. Is she strong enough to carry such burdens? The crow is strong within Rhia and her the faith of her people keeps her going.

While I love paranormal books I have never been one for fantasy. After reading Jeri Smith-Ready's vampire book Wicked Game I was interested in reading more of her work and this series while more fantasy than I am used to looked very much like something I could enjoy. Well I can say now that I wish I had come across this a lot earlier because I didn't just enjoy this one. I loved it and hated having to put it down.

The story follows Rhia as she tries to accept being a Crow. She only sees the gift as a bad thing and would gladly give it up and be another aspect like an Otter. Over the years things happen to make her finally change her mind and then she starts her journey to learn how to use her gift. The story had me hanging on every word and it was one of those books that made me want to call in sick, stay at home and devour it in one go. I could identify with Rhia all the way through and I can't wait to see what happens to her next.

Eyes of the Crow was not only an interesting and gripping read but it was peppered with morals and life lessons. I loved the setting and found myself wanting to visit the lands this author has brought to life. This is a story that I will not forget and will enjoying reading again. Eyes of the Crow is a story that will touch everyone with its delicate mix of fantasy and romance and it is something worth keeping to read again and again.

I have to say that Eyes of Crow reminded me of how I felt when I was reading Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, totally overwhelmed and knowing I needed to have another hit straight away. However while I had to wait a while for the next Study book to arrive I already have the next book in this series waiting for me. Usually I am not one for reading books in a series so close together but I will be starting the next one asap!

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted September 22, 2008

SUMMARY

Her Spirit carries the darkest wisdom...

**A PNR Reviewer Recommended Read**

For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart.

There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift--her curse--Rhia must surrender herself to the wisdom of the Great Forest…and drink deeply of Death itself. And though two powerful men stand ready to aid her, even to love her, the Aspect of Crow demands unthinkable sacrifices from one who walks its path.

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Eyes of Crow
(Aspect of Crow: Book 1)
by Jeri Smith-Ready

Luna
November 1, 2006
Available: November 1, 2006
ISBN #0373802587
EAN #9780373802586
480 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jeri Smith-Ready

Bring On the Night
Shade
Bad to the Bone
The Reawakened
Wicked Game
Voice Of Crow
Requiem for the Devil


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