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Title: The Faithless Hawk
Author: Margaret Owen
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: Aug 18, 2020
Genres: YA Fantasy
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kings become outcasts and lovers become foes in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.
As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.
With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.
A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.
From the very first page of this book, I was completely entranced. I read The Merciful Crow a week ago, and I really enjoyed it. The Faithless Hawk went above and beyond all of my expectations. Not only that, but it ended with a spectacularly satisfying end and it left me wanting more.
I’m a sucker for political intrigue, and The Faithless Hawk has it in droves. While The Merciful Crow focuses more on a journey, much of The Faithless Hawk is set in one place, and it is so exciting. The stakes felt higher, the themes more gut-punching, and Fie seemed to thrive in the circumstances. I seriously wish I could be less vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything.
This book further explores the relationships between Fie, Tavin, and Jasimir in new and surprising ways. They felt even more real to me in this book than in the last. Their needs and desires felt even more urgent. I thought I loved them in the last book, but boy did this book hold no punches. The growth of each character was SO GOOD. I got chills when they finally broke through or let go of what was holding them back.
Margaret Owen goes deeper into the world building and magic system in The Faithless Hawk. There’s more lore, new environments to explore, and so much amazing magic. It was all just so intriguing.
- I wish to be pronounced “Cat-Master” some day.
This series is so incredible! It’s complex themes, characters, and world building drew me in and didn’t let me go until the very last page—and honestly, I still want more! I can’t wait to see what else Margaret Owens writes next!
Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen first encountered an author in the wild in fourth grade. Roughly twenty seconds later, she decided she too would be an author, the first of many well-thought-out life decisions.
The career plan shifted frequently as Margaret spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.
Fortunately, it turned out that fourth-grade Margaret was onto something. She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.) In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations, and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.
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