"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