Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
The Faithless Hawk (The Merciful Crow #2) by Margaret Owen
by Margaret Owen
Publishing date: August 18th, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Faithless-Hawk/9781250191946
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-faithless-hawk-margaret-owen/1131993174?ean=9781250191946
This is a sequel, so there may be spoilers for the first book.
Well, that made me cry. I didn’t expect it, but it happened.
As always, I struggle to review sequels for some reason. There are also things I don’t want to mention. I hope I don’t ruin anything.
The Sinner’s Plague is showing up in large numbers. The rumor is that it claimed the king and now Rhusana plans to rule. Khoda and the other Hawks have been taking Fie’s band to answer plague beacons. Fie’s Pa is going to live out his days in a shrine built on the grave of a dead god. Fie will be the leader. Rhusana has been making skin-ghasts from the dead. They’re kind of like zombies. The numbers dying from the Plague is higher than ever seen before. Fie and Lakima question how the king really died. Fie, Tavin, and Jasimir know they need to stop Rhusana, but she is determined to get her way. She wants to break up the castes and have one nation. One nation that she rules.
Fie is betrayed and hurt. She finds out there are spies. And she needs to stop Rhusana before it’s too late. She has to get to Dumosa with only a small plan and missing most of her band. While there, Fie discovers secrets of the past, the Gods, rebirth, and how things became the way they are.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for lots of gross things. Skin, hair, teeth, bones and skulls, a plague, lots of blood, gore, and death.
I want to share one quote that really jumped out to me.
If you truly love something, you’ll do whatever is best for it. You’ll give it everything you have for it. You understand that, right? Love means sacrifice.
(Quote taken from earc and may change before final publication.)
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.
Prize: Finished copies of The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk (US and Canada Only)
Start date: August 23rd, 2020
End date: August 29th, 2020
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