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Cover Reveal and Excerpt: THE MERCIFUL CROW by Margaret Owen

THE MERCIFUL CROW looms over all in this dark fantasy cover reveal!

Love dark fantasies full of grit, corruption, and a fight for survival? Tor has a new YA duology just for you!

Stuffed with magic and chilling twists, Margaret Owen‘s The Merciful Crow follows Fie, the leader of a clan focused around death, who finds herself caught up in a plot to smuggle the Crown Prince and his loyal bodyguard away from the corrupt royal queen. Described as a perfect fit for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake, we’re definitely anticipating this one!

Tor recently revealed the cover of the novel, as well as an excerpt. Check it out below!

Chapter One
The Empty Throne

Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats.

Near ten minutes had run dry since he’d vanished into the quarantine hut, and Fie had spent the last seven of them glaring at its gilded door and trying not to worry a stray thread on her ragged black robe. Taking one minute meant the Sinner’s Plague had already finished off the boys inside. Taking three meant Pa had a merciful end to deliver.

Taking ten was taking too long. Ten meant something was fouled up. And from the whispers sweeping the pristine tiles of the courtyard, their throngs of onlookers were catching on.

Fie gritted her teeth until the queasy pinch in her gut retreated. Pa knew what he was doing. Twelve hells, just yesterday morning he’d led their band of Crows to answer a plague beacon, collected corpse and coin, and had them all back on the roads before noon.

That town had no shortage of gawkers either: A man slipping looks through his loom threads, a woman steering her goat herd past the sinner’s hut to steal a better view. Children had twisted from their parents’ grasp to stare at the Crows and ask if monsters hid under the beaked masks and black robes.

Fie reckoned the answer changed depending on whether a Crow could hear.

But Fie had seen gagglers and worse near every day she could recall. As the only caste untouched by the plague, the Merciful Crows were duty-bound to answer every summons.

And as Pa’s chief-in-training, she hadn’t the luxury of a faint heart. Not even here. Not even now.

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The Merciful Crow hits shelves on July 30, 2019. It is available for preorder via Amazon or Indiebound.

Check out the official synopsis below.

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary