Friday, November 4, 2016

5 Wine Glass #Review for Master of Crows by Grace Draven

Title:Master of Crows
Series: Master of Crows #1
Author:Grace Draven
Format:print, 276 pages
Published:July 13th 2009 by Amber Quills Press
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: my personal library
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 5 out of  5 Wine Glasses
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 hi mover to Conclave justice. A risky endevor, 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 gain dominion over the world. Silhara struggles against Corruption’s influence and searches for ways to destroy the god. When Conclae 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.

Lexi's Thoughts:
When you receive a book recommendation from someone you bookishly trust you have some level of expectation. The blurb was interesting, the cover intriguing, yet MASTER OF CROWS sat in the TBR pile for months. After reading this fantasy romance the only question left is ‘Why did I wait so long’!
Draven weaves a beautiful tale of love and not the lightning strike immediate sense of love but an evolving, rich, based in shared moments kind of love. Martise and Silhara must work together, neither of them trusts the other and knows there are hidden ulterior motives, and they are constantly attacked by a god. With so much going on between and around them the romance happens exactly when and as it should. 

As his apprentice, Silhara works with Martise to try unlock her magic. He is a harsh teacher and you get to the kind of person Martise is, and he uncovers some of her truths. Martise is continually on the lookout for anything Conclave can use against Silhara but she slowly comes to realize that he is more honorable than all of the old dirtbags. 

There is an excellent scene when they go to market and Martise secretly watches Silhara and her ex-lover. Silhara maintains his superiority while showing he knows what it takes to fight street dirty. This moment makes him the kind of hero that can outsmart a god. 

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