Welcome to What-To-Read Wednesday. Each week our Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they think you need to read ASAP. This week Angela recommends:
Master of Crows by Grace Draven
I think I first heard of Master of Crows on either Amazon or Goodreads. It was mentioned under one of those “other books like this” or “if you like then you should read” lists. The stunning cover immediately caught my attention and most of the one and two star reviews stated the detailed sex scenes as being the main hindrance to enjoyment. Well, as we all know, detailed sex scenes are not something that bothers me. 😉
Crow Mage Silhara needs help defeating the god wanting to use him in order to take control of the world. Regardless of his overwhelming hatred for the Conclave, he has no where else to turn and finally reaches out for help. He asks for an apprentice schooled in knowledge of the archaic languages to help him find a way to defeat the powerful god. What he gets is Martise, a woman who is enslaved to one of the most powerful priests in the Conclave. Her main purpose in being sent into Silhara’s household is to spy on him and give the Conclave proof that he is corrupt. In fact her freedom depends on it.
I’m actually surprised I haven’t heard of this book before now. The world-building is rich and vibrant and is the backdrop that enables this author to create some wonderfully remarkable characters. From the main protagonists to the secondary characters, each one is fully fleshed out and drawn in a way that allowed me to easily connect to each one. Silhara and Martise have a slow build romance that was hauntingly beautiful. Nothing is rushed. They have an intense connection that became magical as it unfolded on the page.
I made the mistake of starting this one on a weekday when I had a full schedule. Throughout the day I found myself taking sneak peeks on my phone, anxious to finish. That’s how connected I was to this love story. I highly recommend this to lovers of fantasy romance.
He loved her to the point of madness, to obsession and even sacrifice.