The Faithless Hawk

The Faithless Hawk

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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 ruthless bid for the throne.

Queen Rhusana wins popular support by waging a brutal campaign against the Crows, blaming them for the poisonous plague that wracks the nation.

A desperate Fie clings onto a prophecy that a long-forgotten god will return and provide a cure to the plague. Fie must team up with old friends - and an old flame - to track down a dead god and save her people.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 163 x 235 x 35mm | 576g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250191947
  • 9781250191946
  • 109,140

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An NPR Best Book of 2020
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

A richly textured story of rage, romance, and rebellion. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Owen's fledgling chief and her Crow family stay on the move in this action-oriented sequel [and] the tension only escalates as the story advances... swift and unexpected turns propel it forward breathlessly. --Booklist
The Merciful Crow series will appeal to fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, Sabaa Tahir and Christelle Dabos (the Mirror Visitor Quartet). --Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Merciful Crow:

A Best of 2019 Pick
A 2020 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick

One of the most exciting, exceptionally crafted fantasy debuts I've ever read. I did not want to leave this world! Absolutely breathtaking. --Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Furyborn

Packed to the teeth with fresh worldbuilding and righteous fury . . . It's a ride that is wildly fun. --Emily A. Duncan, New York Times-bestselling author of Wicked Saints

The Merciful Crow is an intense, romantic adventure with unforgettable magic and a ferocious heroine I'd gladly follow down a long, dark road. --Tessa Gratton, author of The Queens of Innis Lear

A passionate blend of adventure and intrigue wrapped around strong worldbuilding . . . Memorable and filled with diverse characters with fluid sexualities and identities. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Rich, harrowing, and unafraid to tackle discrimination--perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tomi Adeyemi. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Elevated by a fresh dialect-tinged voice and creative world-building that calls to mind issues of today. --Booklist

An excellent next read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kristin Cashore, and Moira Young. --School Library Journal
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About Margaret Owen

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail and has worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned. She now spends her days writing and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. She is the author of The Merciful Crow. She resides in Seattle, Washington. You can find her on Twitter @what_eats_owls.
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Rating details

4,527 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 48% (2,172)
4 39% (1,762)
3 11% (497)
2 2% (78)
1 0% (18)
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