The two hunting dogs that belonged to G-Man's father ran out of the backyard, spotted the birds, and tore into them with a savagery that made Wild Dog feel excited and a little sick. A couple of the birdsz flapped their wings in a feeble attempt to escape, which did nothing but draw the dogs' attention to them — and to the girl standing frozen next to a garbage can.
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Crows are being slaughtered. It seems the new drugs are involved; drugs that either make people go insane and attack indiscriminately, or that make people docile to the point where their survival instincts no longer work.
And Meg dreams of blood and broken black feathers in the snow.
I really like this new series. It is different enough from most urban fantasy that I would call it original. That it is written in with a third person point of view is a detail, though that too seems to be uncommon for urban fantasy. The setting is what sets this apart. This is not a world where the supernaturals are still in hiding, or where they recently came out of the closet. Here, they rule most of the world.
As several others of Bishop's books, this one is, at least, partly, about stupidity. Stupid humans are unable to see past their own greed or fear (or both), and are about to cause trouble that might well destroy the world they live in.
Anne Bishop writes very well. There is a good flow in the story, and I like her characters as well. Given their nature, none of them are paladin wannabees, which is a good thing. Too many authors tend to have main characters that are a bit too pure, too good, too forgiving, to feel real.
Bishop's books can be brutal. This book is no exception. Still, it never feels like a part of the world. Not as it should be, but as it is. The violent undertones in the Others' attitude to humans, for instance, is a natural part of what they are. As for the humans, well, that is human nature.
I like the Others as a concept. Bishop manages to make them seem fairly alien, compared to humans. They are not just humans who become furry once every month, or undead creatures that burst into flame (or just sparkle) if they are exposed to sunlight.
And they are not the most dangerous of the Others, simply the most visible and probably the most comprehensible. Others such as the Elementals are quite fascinating. Having powerful supernaturals taking the shape of ponies is a fun idea.
All in all, I find this book a very good book, in a very promising series, and I am looking forward to the next book.
About the author Anne Bishop
Book 1: Written in Red
Book 2: Murder of Crows
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