Master of Crows by Grace Draven

Master of Crows


What would you do to win your freedom? 

This is the question that sets bondwoman, Martise of Asher, on a dangerous path. In exchange for her freedom, she bargains with her masters, the mage-priests of Conclave, to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith. The priests want Martise to expose the sorcerer's treachery and turn him over to Conclave justice. A risky endeavor, but one she accepts without hesitation--until she falls in love with her intended target. 

Silhara of Neith, Master of Crows, is a desperate man. The god called Corruption invades his mind, seducing him with promises of limitless power if he will help it gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption's influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclave sends Martise as an apprentice to help him, he knows she's a spy. Now he fights a war on two fronts--against the god who would possess him and the apprentice who would betray him. 

Mage and spy search together for a ritual that will annihilate Corruption, but in doing so, they discover secrets about each other that may damn them both. Silhara must decide if his fate, and the fate of nations, is worth the soul of the woman he has come to love, and Martise must choose continued enslavement or freedom at the cost of a man's life. And love.


Master of Crows was my online book club pick for this month. It is not a book that I ever would have picked up to read on my own, which is why I love book club. It gets me to read books I otherwise wouldn't. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

The story opens with Martise being taken to Neith to work with Silhara and spy for the Conclave and I instantly loved it. Why? Well it reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie growing up. I must have watched it 8 billion times. The opening is very reminiscent of that, and the story as a whole. Yes, it is very different, but basically it is the same. I might be the only one who thinks that though....

Martise is spying on Silhara for the Conclave, but she is only doing so so she can earn her freedom. Silhara knows she is spying, but that doesn't stop him from starting to care for her. It is a very slow build up, and was so sweet once he realized he just wanted her. When Gurn brings Anya back to the manor with him...that was just ended up being so sweet! I loved it. One of my favorite parts of the book.

Of course everything can't be sunshine and roses since there is the God Corruption trying to get Silhara. Of course Martise could help, but he tries to protect her and sacrifice himself in the process. It was really quite obvious what would happen at the end, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It was so cute and fun and happy and everything just worked out great. It was really nice, and I really enjoyed reading it, even though there were only really 3 characters for most of the story. A great read and I will have to look for more stories similar to this one.

Rating: 4/5


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