Author: Grace Harney
Annie Murphy can sometimes tell the future. It’s the past she has trouble with.
When her brother’s witch-girlfriend goes missing days after an invocation ritual, Annie has every reason to suspect him. But he says he didn’t do it, and Annie isn’t about to send another innocent man in her family to jail.
When a confrontation with her brother Johnny turns violent, Annie flees into the worst blizzard to hit the area in years. Led by her Sight, she arrives at a rundown inn where she meets Crow. Another powerful psychic—and a witch that can control her namesake birds—Crow seems to be hated, feared, respected and loved, all at the same time. Soon Annie begins to wonder about things. Like why Crow appears to be connected to every suspicious disappearance over the past fifty years in the small town of Raven City. Why Johnny’s missing girlfriend might be one of them. Why Crow has walked free every single time. And if Annie doesn’t stop her, why she might again.
WARNING: Contains swear words, violence, and dark themes. Recommended for readers 15 and up.
~I received a free copy for my honest review~
When I finished reading the last page of this book, I was actually sad. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a wonderful urban fantasy book. Crows reminded me of a mix between the Harry Potter and the Covenant of Shadows books. The story begins by showing the conflicts between Annie, our protagonist, and Artemis, who at first appears to be the story’s antagonist.
Then, things twist when it’s revealed that these aren’t ordinary teenagers. They’re Adept at magic and Annie is a Seer. She foresees something terrible happening to Artemis. Desperate to stop it, Annie rushes to her house and is humbled when her vision does not seem to come true. Then, Artemis goes missing and Annie is left to figure out what happened. It seems as if everyone is against her as she seeks shelter at an inn known as the Hooded Crow. From there, she learns the truth of Artemis’ disappearance and in turn, finds her own place in the world.
I not only loved the characters and the worldbuilding in this story but I also loved the fact that I couldn’t guess what would happen next. The vivid scenes of the things that Annie could See added to the mystery and suspense of the story.
I’ll definitely look for more work by this author!