on March 5, 2013 :
This book is a typical romance with some dark magic spice thrown in for good flavor. The characters and world are surprisingly well developed for such a short book, as is most of the plot.
I don't know if there was a page limit for this book, but I would have liked to see more body to the ending. The main antagonist is built up throughout the book, but then the entire story and all of the confilcts are wrapped up in about three to five pages. In my opinion, that makes the main anagonist a lot less daunting.
A decent quick read.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on Oct. 29, 2012 :
I absolutely adored this book. I read a lot of romances [especially anything fantasy or paranormal] and this story ticked all the right boxes.
The world is enjoyable and the characters are beautifully developed. Really good book.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2012 :
I must say that I am pleasantly surprised by Master of Crows. I usually don't read this kind of books, they bore me to tears and every time I have tried to read one I have left them fairly soon. Master of Crows is not very surprising or even original but somehow it managed to keep my interest.
The main characters are your typical plain, shy but with something more girl (very Jane Eyre-ish) and the scary, mysterious and gorgeous guy. In truth, I got a bit bored of reading how fine looking he is but, as I said, something kept me interested and I kept reading.
The story is told alternating between the two main characters and follows how they intend to pursue their conflicting goals and how their relationship evolves from fear and disdain to curiosity and love through time and their interactions. Fortunately there is also a plot going on and not just the romance, it is not a very complex one but it is well developed and delivers what it promises with moments of a very welcomed tension.
What I have missed the most is some world-building. I may be too accustomed to stories with some more details on how the world works, the history, cultures or magic, but I think it would have given the story and the characters a bit more depth. Not that the characters are as flat as I expected them to be, on the contrary, they have more to them than it seems despite being quite stereotypical, but knowing more of the world they live in would have helped in understanding their position in society, because we are more than once told that they are outcasts but never really shown.
So, in the end it has proved to be a very simple and entertaining story with non-flat characters and a bit more than a romance going on.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Sep. 16, 2011 :
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this story, and to have the final product in my hands was a real thrill. Grace Draven is a true artist; she paints pictures in my mind with her words. There was no tearing me away from the story with choppy phrasing or anachronistic word choices. Most importantly, her characters live and breathe. If I saw them on the street, I'd know them instantly. The love scenes are steamy but they stir my emotions rather than my libido, which I really appreciate in a love story. And this isn't just a romance wearing swirling mage robes and casting a few spells here an there, masquerading as fantasy. Grace has written high fantasy here as well--the plot isn't complicated, but it's intense, and the world she has created is vivid, with rich and deep human and magical history.
If I could rate 10 stars, I would. You will not regret this purchase--as the other reviewer stated, the price is a steal. Easily worth ten times as much.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2011 :
I just finished reading "Master of Crows" and cannot recommend it highly enough. This is an excellent story, written skillfully and full of passion, magic, and characters so complex that they feel real. Draven's writing is technically clean and a very smooth read, her prose is colorful and evocative without being overly wordy.
Of all the romances I have read this year, "Master of Crows" ranks at the very top. It was a page turner that I couldn't put down and a tale that won't leave my mind. It also happens to be a STEAL at this price. I cannot wait to see what else Grace Draven writes. If it is half as good as "Master of Crows" it is well worth the time to read. Bravo!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)