One of the things I want to do more often is showcase authors whose work I enjoy. Most often, they’ll probably be indie authors, because these are my people. This week, I want to talk about Grace Draven’s Master of Crows.
*stares at you intensely*
You HAVE to read this book. Have to. Go get it. Now.
But then come back so I can tell you how amazing it is.
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Okay. All set? Good.
I guess the first thing I have to say about Master of Crows is that I’m pretty sure Grace Draven is some kind of writing talent-enhanced cyborg. It’s really the only thing that makes sense. It is unnatural to be able to write this beautifully, to so perfectly capture a scene that your reader feels like she’s right there with the heroine. Draven’s descriptive talent is inspiring, and makes Master of Crows one of those books in which, once you’ve set it down (or your Kindle battery has died on you), you feel as if you’re waking from a dream.
She doesn’t just say things like “the curtains fluttered in the breeze.” No, Draven makes you see it:
“Curtains of faded lapis and rust fluttered outward, snapping in the wind like a Kurman dancer’s skirts.”
Isn’t that gorgeous? Can you see it? I love the imagery there. And that is just one small example of the attention to detail shown throughout Master of Crows; details that make the story feel so alive and vibrant that you never want it to end.
As to the story, I can’t say enough good things (can you tell?) Draven loves her anti-heroes, and Silhara is a complicated, intelligent character. I love that we (as the reader) come to understand his character alongside Martise (the heroine), adding even more to the feeling that we’re there with them. As Martise comes to know him deeper, to learn about his code of honor and his history, we see a character who started the story very much as the villain become so much more. Silhara’s character development was exceptionally well-done.
Martise is my favorite kind of heroine: intelligent, resourceful, complex, and with plenty of backbone. Again, we see wonderful character development with her. I can confess to not feeling much for Martise either way as the book began. That changed fairly quickly, and, like Silhara, I came to appreciate her so much more than I thought I would.
And because Master of Crows is fantasy romance, the romance should really be discussed. It is intense. A slow burn, an enemies-to-lovers story that flows beautifully. It is the story of two people who really seem not to belong anywhere finding themselves, and then finding a place together. It isn’t instalove (or even insta-like, really) and they have to work their way to the realization that they care.
And when they do… remember how I said Draven is a master of description and detail? Her love scenes are to die for.
Master of Crows has everything: intrigue, anti-heroes, faithful sidekicks, romance, moody settings, beautiful writing… can you tell I loved it?
Grace Draven Online
I know I have fewer comics fans, but if you are into comics, you really should take a look at Thor #1, which came out this week. To see my review, check out my Geekerella blog.