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They say you can never go home again. If only that were true… Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation. Until her estrange They say you can never go home again. If only that were true… Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation. Until her estranged father shows up begging for help. Someone or something is murdering the crow shifters of Three Feathers ranch and her father believes sorcery is the only way to stop the killings. Faced with an unknown foe, a family that exiled her decades before, a deepening relationship with Alek, and Samir’s ever-present threat, Jade will need all the power she’s gained and then some to stop the Murder of Crows. Murder of Crows is the second book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series.


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They say you can never go home again. If only that were true… Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation. Until her estrange They say you can never go home again. If only that were true… Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation. Until her estranged father shows up begging for help. Someone or something is murdering the crow shifters of Three Feathers ranch and her father believes sorcery is the only way to stop the killings. Faced with an unknown foe, a family that exiled her decades before, a deepening relationship with Alek, and Samir’s ever-present threat, Jade will need all the power she’s gained and then some to stop the Murder of Crows. Murder of Crows is the second book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series.

30 review for Murder of Crows

  1. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Paintball. Magic training in preparation for the big showdown. Cultish relatives of a sect of crow shifters. Gaming refs still get -1 star. Q: I needed my brain to be able to think outside the normal physical limitations of the world. (c) Q: It’s easy to pick up a couple rocks or paintballs with magic when you can just extend it as a gesture your body and mind are already used to. But visualizing having three or four or five hands? Tougher. The human brain isn’t used to being able to lift five things Paintball. Magic training in preparation for the big showdown. Cultish relatives of a sect of crow shifters. Gaming refs still get -1 star. Q: I needed my brain to be able to think outside the normal physical limitations of the world. (c) Q: It’s easy to pick up a couple rocks or paintballs with magic when you can just extend it as a gesture your body and mind are already used to. But visualizing having three or four or five hands? Tougher. The human brain isn’t used to being able to lift five things at once in all directions. In order to get my brain to do it, I had to break reality a little, starting in my thoughts. Break reality. I clung to that thought. I had been flinging paintballs at them like I was the gun, but there was really no need to do so. I didn’t need to conform to the physics of a gun when I threw. I could be like that one cheesy movie where they bent bullets and stuff. Theoretically. (c) Q: grab my talisman, the silver twenty-sided die around my neck, for a focus. (c) Nooow. This must be where the series gets its name. Q: “Alek,” I said. “Would you kindly slam the door in my father’s face?” (c) Q: It wasn’t until years later when I talked it over with my adopted family that I had seen how dysfunctional they really were. Before that, all I knew was that I was different and had to leave. (c) Q: Someone needed to witness the total crazy, I guess. (c) Q: They say you can never go home again, but I think that’s more for poetic value. That or it should be changed to “you really shouldn’t go home again” which applied a lot harder in my case. (c) Q: It wasn’t like there were a lot of sorcerers in the world. We tended to kill each other off ... (c) Q: “But what is the killer trying to say?” ... “Hi, I’m totally bug-fucking crazy?” (c) Q: Places can have their own power, their own energy. Sometimes from ley lines and other earthly sources of power. Sometimes from events like earth quakes or eruptions. Sometimes from people... (c) Q:

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    🎲 A Let's Play Dice with the Slightly Awesome Crow Sorceress Buddy Read (LPDwtSACSBR™) with the MacHalos of Mischief and Mayhem (aka M³) 🎲 ➽ And the moral of this reread is: this is light and fun and entertaining, but this also dark and emotional and dramatic and complex and deliciously gruesome and there are evil bastards and lying assholes and slightly unbalanced cultists and yummy Russian shifters and Super Extra Cool Pets (SECP™) and awesome pop/gaming references that make me feel like I’m 13 🎲 A Let's Play Dice with the Slightly Awesome Crow Sorceress Buddy Read (LPDwtSACSBR™) with the MacHalos of Mischief and Mayhem (aka M³) 🎲 ➽ And the moral of this reread is: this is light and fun and entertaining, but this also dark and emotional and dramatic and complex and deliciously gruesome and there are evil bastards and lying assholes and slightly unbalanced cultists and yummy Russian shifters and Super Extra Cool Pets (SECP™) and awesome pop/gaming references that make me feel like I’m 13 and a quarter again and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts just so you know and oh, by the way, I want to be Jade Crow when I grow up. P.S. KILL ALL THE TROPES, Annie Bellet! Be ruthless as fish! Go go go! [Original review: December 2015] Do you realize how lucky you people are? You don't? Such a shame. You should be rejoicing right now. And considering yourselves really really REALLY lucky ← this is your cue to ask me why you are such a lucky bunch. "Why are we so lucky," you ask? ← I love it when you humor me. Why? Because I just finished reading all the awesome books in this awesome series. "And your point is," you ask? My point is that I'm way behind in my reviews. And that I won't have time to write full-lengths reviews for all the awesome instalments in this awesome series. Which means that I won't put you through one of my why-the-hell-can't-she-just-shut-up-and-get-it-over-with-once-and-for-all, never-ending, ever-rambling reviews. If that doesn't make you the luckiest bunch on the planet, I don't know what would. Okay, first things first. Some people seem to think Jade (our awesome Native American sorceress/gamer/nerd heroine) is TSTL. Sigh. It seems that I am once again up against Silly People who read a book wrong. And failed to grasp its utter coolness. Sigh. I am afraid this is becoming a recurring trend. And I have made it my mission to prove all the Silly People wrong. Yes, this is my personal crusade. My cross to bear. I shall make all the Silly People realize what crappy book taste they have. I shall rescue them from the Dark Recesses of their Silly Souls, and they shall see the Light. They shall learn to appreciate books like this one, and shall be ever grateful that I showed them the path to complete and total UF Enlightenment. So listen up, Silly People! Jade Crow isn't TSTL. She has good intentions. But she knowingly makes bad, sometimes morally ambiguous, decisions. See the difference there? No? Well, I can't say this comes as a surprise. You are, after all, pretty hopeless. But I shall not let that deter me. Oh no. I am as tenacious and persistent as a rabid dog. Besides, I am (as usual) right. And all the Silly People are wrong. Because? ★ Because Jade Crow is amazing. ★ Because Jade Crow kicks ass. ★ Because Jade Crow doesn't do magic, she IS magic. ★ Because Jade Crow eats hearts. ★ Because Jade Crow grew up in a freaking crow shifters cult. ★ Because Jade Crow sometimes smells like bacon, albeit unwillingly. ★ Because Jade Crow wonders why her life can’t be more like a porno than a horror movie. ★ Because Jade Crow's friends would make any zoo owner pale in jealousy. ★ And because Jade Crow has got a reverse Darth Vader thing going. Now how's that for awesomeness, I ask you? I rest my case and stuff. · Book 1: Justice Calling ★★★★ · Book 3: Pack Of Lies ★★★★ · Book 4: Hunting Season ★★★★★ · Book 5: Heartache ★★★★★ · Book 6: Thicker than Blood ★★★★ · Book 7: Magic to the Bone ★★★★ · Book 7.5: Harper's Tale: Tribes - to be published whenever · Book 8: Dungeon Crawl ★★★ · Book 9: River of No Return ★★★★ · Book 10: Balancing the Scales ★★★★

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    Annie Bellet’s 2014 follow up to her Twenty-Sided Sorceress debut Justice Calling was better than expected. While Justice Calling was fun escapism (and this is too) Murder of Crows has some depth and better character development than did the first book in the series and that makes for a better and more enjoyable book. In Bellet’s world building, protagonist Jade Crow lives in a contemporary fantasy setting where were creatures (shifters) live secretly alongside the rest of us and some other parano Annie Bellet’s 2014 follow up to her Twenty-Sided Sorceress debut Justice Calling was better than expected. While Justice Calling was fun escapism (and this is too) Murder of Crows has some depth and better character development than did the first book in the series and that makes for a better and more enjoyable book. In Bellet’s world building, protagonist Jade Crow lives in a contemporary fantasy setting where were creatures (shifters) live secretly alongside the rest of us and some other paranormal folks – like sorcerers, old gods and ghosts. Like most contemporary fantasy, Bellet has a deep well from which to draw and makes good use here. Jade was cast out from her Crow shifter family decades ago but trouble in the old tribe draws her back in to some nasty business. We learn more about the shifter and Justice community, get some attention-grabbing backstory and follow up with bad guy Samir (an epic showdown is coming down the pike). What’s cool is Bellet’s liberal and imaginative use of pop culture references and Dungeons and Dragons gamer yore to fill in the gaps and make this a thoroughly approachable and fun series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3.85 *** "...“They say you can never go home again, but I think that’s more for poetic value. That or it should be changed to “you really shouldn’t go home again” which applied a lot harder in my case.”..." This was so much better!!! I enjoyed the story of the Sorceress and Native-American protagonist, Jade Crow , going back to her tribe, or the "cult" as she calls it, after finding out the People are being killed by magical means in terrible ways and her father begged her for help. Her cu *** 3.85 *** "...“They say you can never go home again, but I think that’s more for poetic value. That or it should be changed to “you really shouldn’t go home again” which applied a lot harder in my case.”..." This was so much better!!! I enjoyed the story of the Sorceress and Native-American protagonist, Jade Crow , going back to her tribe, or the "cult" as she calls it, after finding out the People are being killed by magical means in terrible ways and her father begged her for help. Her current boyfriend, the gorgeous Tiger-shifter Alek, is also a type of a law-maker among the shifters, and chooses to go with her, despite being told not to. When they get to the tribe, it is not a shock that people are weary of them and eventually even become hostile to Jade, who finds a way even with the best of intentions to make a mess of things... "...“Why can’t my life be more like a porno than a horror movie,” I muttered as I walked.”..." While she is much more of a lover not a fighter, the sorceress in hiding from her evil and powerful ex-boyfriend Samir, has the suspicion that that evil ex is behind all the bad things happening as of late. She has been getting post-cards from the sucker, and none of them are of puppies and rainbows. While being in hiding for years, Jade has not used any magic, weakening her in her skill and power, but necessary, because Samir could feel her energy and come after her, which would result in him killing her and eating her heart... Yeah, apparently this is the way in this world for powerful Sorcerers to gain more power - eat the hearts out of their brethren and sisters:) Yuk!!! So, Jade goes prepared for war, but a weird spirit turns out to be her main adversary. Good thing she watches a lot of NCIS and L&O, so she has learned some investigating and survivalist tricks:):):) "...“He drew a large knife from a sheath at his waist. I wondered if it had always been there but hidden by illusions, or if he had come back here to weapon up. I thought of Gibbs’ rule nine from NCIS. Always carry a knife. Another thing I was going to change if I made it out of this situation.”..." As I said, despite the story being of a novella length, the substance was just right and it was very engaging. I enjoyed it and am planning to proceed with the series:) Now I wish you all happy reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good book!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Charlton

    The book was entertaining,so many shifters, it's like watching an episode of Grim.I like the way the author writes,she keeps it just light enough. We start with Jade practicing the use of her magic,because it doesn't hurt to be stronger and she has a crazy ex-boyfriend (who is also a sorcerer) after her. Then at some point her dad shows up requesting help.This is where the meat of the story is.We learn more about Jade and her past,it's mostly native american.And then there's the fight with the s The book was entertaining,so many shifters, it's like watching an episode of Grim.I like the way the author writes,she keeps it just light enough. We start with Jade practicing the use of her magic,because it doesn't hurt to be stronger and she has a crazy ex-boyfriend (who is also a sorcerer) after her. Then at some point her dad shows up requesting help.This is where the meat of the story is.We learn more about Jade and her past,it's mostly native american.And then there's the fight with the spirit All and said and done it's an entertaining read.:)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    When her father shows up on her doorstep, Jade's first thought is to slam the door in his face. Then she learns that 11 people have been murdered at the cult compound that was her home. She returns to hunt down the killer and end the curse. Murder of Crows isn't all that original but even if it doesn't deliver any surprises it's entertaining enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    Having enjoyed the first book, I was looking forward to the next in the series. It had a beautiful cover which is always a bonus. But sadly everything that made the first book so good was lacking in this sequel. Jade's estranged father comes to her for help, asking her to come back to the tribe to solve the murdered and find those who are missing. Despite serious misgivings, Jade agrees as a Justice investigating in the area has also vanished. However the tribe are not welcoming and family secret Having enjoyed the first book, I was looking forward to the next in the series. It had a beautiful cover which is always a bonus. But sadly everything that made the first book so good was lacking in this sequel. Jade's estranged father comes to her for help, asking her to come back to the tribe to solve the murdered and find those who are missing. Despite serious misgivings, Jade agrees as a Justice investigating in the area has also vanished. However the tribe are not welcoming and family secrets are going to be a shock to her. The first thing I loved about the first book were Jade's shifter and gaming friends, all of whom were absent for pretty much all of the book. I certainly missed them and the fun they bring to the plot. Instead we had Jade and Alek meeting her family from hell and those characters did not appeal to me in any way. They kicked her out of the tribe for not becoming a crow shifter, they ignore and abuse her and tell her to leave again, they don't try to help the investigation, they offer no thanks for what she does...why is she even there? It is a total waste of time and the non stop family angst got old really fast. The second thing was her relationship with Alek. Despite his friend being missing and him being a Justice, Jade is determined to trust him with nothing. She continually goes off to do her own thing and solve things all alone, getting into trouble all the way. Alek was a good alpha male in book one but here he is reduced to wandering about trying to see what Jade is up to, and being there to fight with. Their fledgling relationship crashes and burns here which adds more angst than the book can cope with. The fast paced plot all vanishes as well. Instead we are left with Jade talking to people, Jade wandering around mine shafts and woods, and Alek wandering around trying to locate Jade. It is repetitive and boring, and has little relation to the first book in this series. Jade herself becomes whiny and annoying, doing things that hacked me off as much as the dull plot did. Did I care what happened to the tribe and its members? No. We already knew that Jade had a bad upbringing so we didn't need to see it for a whole book and at the end of it all, were things resolved to give her closure? Well, no! So I saw no point to this entire storyline. I was so disappointed by the standard of this book that I decided not to read on with the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    This is the second in Bellet's "Twenty Sided Sorceress" series. As I said in the review for the first book, "Justice Calling", this series has a more straight forward process than the usual UF. It's not that it's simplistic, though. There are elements being layered in over the course of the books that are interesting and memorable as they're introduced this way. I don't feel like I have to remember a million things from an infodump, so I'm enjoying getting to know this world. The books are not lon This is the second in Bellet's "Twenty Sided Sorceress" series. As I said in the review for the first book, "Justice Calling", this series has a more straight forward process than the usual UF. It's not that it's simplistic, though. There are elements being layered in over the course of the books that are interesting and memorable as they're introduced this way. I don't feel like I have to remember a million things from an infodump, so I'm enjoying getting to know this world. The books are not long, but they're decently priced, so that's a plus. Jade Crow is a sorceress in a world where sorcerers are feared and hated. She's been hiding out in the town of Wylde, hoping to remain invisible to her former lover and mentor, Samir. Samir's been alive too long. In many ways. He's a dick. And far too powerful. He's likely the reason of all the hatred toward sorcerers in this world. The town is set on a cluster of ley lines (magic lines criss crossing the planet) and it's filled with supernaturals. We learn in the first book that this is why it seemed the perfect place for Jade to hide -- her magic being camouflaged by all the other supernatural elements. After five years it stops working out so well. Maybe because her problems aren't the only problems and she gets involved. We learn more of Jade's back story in this book. We learn about other aspects and history of Shifters and there are some poignant and effective scenes played out. I've had a hard time finding more "girl power" UF (already a fan of Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs) so I'm very happy it looks like I've found something to trip my trigger ... for a while anyway. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanny

    The only thing awesome about this book is its cover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I had a really good time reading part one, but part two has let me down. I was totally digging Jade in the previous book and it looks like she's headed downhill development-wise. Jade keeps running off to face The Big Bad by herself. She knows she shouldn't be going alone, she knows she should not try to keep her uber experienced friends away from the fight. She knows she's not strong enough to do this alone. Does she do it anyway? YES. Which makes her TSTL. Honestly, she is constantly talking ab I had a really good time reading part one, but part two has let me down. I was totally digging Jade in the previous book and it looks like she's headed downhill development-wise. Jade keeps running off to face The Big Bad by herself. She knows she shouldn't be going alone, she knows she should not try to keep her uber experienced friends away from the fight. She knows she's not strong enough to do this alone. Does she do it anyway? YES. Which makes her TSTL. Honestly, she is constantly talking about how she isn't powerful anymore and she's straining herself doing all this magic, but she never suffers any consequences for using too much magic. Apparently she is a neverending font even though the author has repeatedly clarified that no, Jade's power is not unlimited. Don't tell me that the magic is limited and then never have her run out or push it too far. Anyway, Jade is kinda TSTL in this book. And she basically ruins her brand new relationship with Alek because she did some horribly shitty things. I haven't read even the blurb for the next book in the series, but I assume we'll spend a good bit of time watching Jade pout over Alek. I'm definitely going to read the next book, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that our main character doesn't continue to deteriorate.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    So this series came as quite a surprise! I absolutely love the geeky characters, they're amazing. I read the first book in this series and was really impressed with the author. So of course I read the second one immediately after I finished the first one, and of course it was even better. My only concern was the shortness of the novel, because you want more in-depth feelings and thoughts from some of the characters sometimes. But I can still appreciate that the story isn't dragged out as some ot So this series came as quite a surprise! I absolutely love the geeky characters, they're amazing. I read the first book in this series and was really impressed with the author. So of course I read the second one immediately after I finished the first one, and of course it was even better. My only concern was the shortness of the novel, because you want more in-depth feelings and thoughts from some of the characters sometimes. But I can still appreciate that the story isn't dragged out as some others easily can become. So yeah, a bit annoying that the story isn't longer because I really want more from this series NOW, hopefully Annie Bellet writes fast! :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    ☀Rachael☀

    Good little read bring on the next audiobook!

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.A. Copen

    I almost didn't read this book. After being unimpressed by the first book, I wouldn't have if the opening trilogy hadn't been free on Kindle for a few days. I liked the writing in the first book (even if the plot/characterization had issues), and they were short reads, so I said what the hell and grabbed the trilogy. Glad I did. The second book is WAAAAY better. It felt considerably less rushed, the characters had more depth, and I found the antagonist to be more complex. Jade also grew on me, a I almost didn't read this book. After being unimpressed by the first book, I wouldn't have if the opening trilogy hadn't been free on Kindle for a few days. I liked the writing in the first book (even if the plot/characterization had issues), and they were short reads, so I said what the hell and grabbed the trilogy. Glad I did. The second book is WAAAAY better. It felt considerably less rushed, the characters had more depth, and I found the antagonist to be more complex. Jade also grew on me, and even Alec, her tiger shifter boyfriend got points in the likability stat here. I liked it enough I'll continue the series, likely to the end. If you're on the fence, pick this one up. I finished most of it in one sitting in maybe 2 hours and it was worth the .99 it runs for on Amazon, enough so that I went back and purchased it individually to support the author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    3 1/2 stars. This was a nice addition to the series developing Jade, her background story and her relationship with Alek. Good story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    A couple of months after the events of book one. Jade and Alek are together. He and her other friends are training her for the inevitable showdown with her sorcerer ex Samir. She kind of levelled up after eating the power of another sorcerer. This time it’s her family at stake. Not that they consider her family. The fact that her father has even come to her to ask for her help is a miracle. The Crow Cult she was booted out of, for not being a crow shifter, is being hunted. A dozen dead, children A couple of months after the events of book one. Jade and Alek are together. He and her other friends are training her for the inevitable showdown with her sorcerer ex Samir. She kind of levelled up after eating the power of another sorcerer. This time it’s her family at stake. Not that they consider her family. The fact that her father has even come to her to ask for her help is a miracle. The Crow Cult she was booted out of, for not being a crow shifter, is being hunted. A dozen dead, children missing, and another Justice, Alek’s friend Carlos, is missing. They know they’re not welcome but they’ll investigate it anyway. *** Shifter cults make a kind of sense. I also like that Jade still gets ideas from D&D manuals. That also makes sense to me. I reckon magic is like a belief system. Know you can do something and you’re already half way to executing it. So for Jade, if the manual says you can cast a ‘detect magic’ spell, then she ought to be able to do that. Here she and Alek head off on their own. There’s a bit of back story explanation, and more of her family history than even Jade knew. (view spoiler)[ Her father is not her biological father. Gasps. All her mother will tell her is that he was a sorcerer. She has a moment’s panic at the thought it might have been Samir but phew - he was NA. And he may still be alive. They are pretty hard to kill. (hide spoiler)] She has a tendency to try to do things herself. But that also makes sense given her background. She’s hard growed as my grandfather would say. That makes her determined to try to do it herself, even when she maybe shouldn’t. And here she also makes some morally dubious decisions. 4 stars PS: after I posted this I saw a few other reviews that call Jade a mary sue or say she is too stupid to live. I hate the term ‘mary sue’; it is too easily applied to ANY female main character. To quote http://ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com/... So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong. God, what a Mary Sue. I just described Batman. So here, if Jade sat on her ass and waited for Alek to rescue her everyone would rant that she was a useless female love interest, not the main character. She also knows that there is a major showdown coming, and if she tries here and fails, she most definitely isn’t ready to battle Samir. So yeah, she goes off on her own, she pushes herself to magical exhaustion, she makes some mistakes, some people get killed, and she almost kills herself but it has to be done because that’s how you level up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vannessa

    Jade, our favourite Dungeons & Dragons playing sorceress is just recovering from the ordeal of the crazy man from the last book and enjoying her new relationship with Alek, the tiger shifter Justice member, when her estranged father appears on her doorstep asking for her help. Her first instinct is to slam the door in his face. After all he did turf her out of the crow shifters community they lived in when she was only 14 and sent her to live with an abusive family instead. She has had no contac Jade, our favourite Dungeons & Dragons playing sorceress is just recovering from the ordeal of the crazy man from the last book and enjoying her new relationship with Alek, the tiger shifter Justice member, when her estranged father appears on her doorstep asking for her help. Her first instinct is to slam the door in his face. After all he did turf her out of the crow shifters community they lived in when she was only 14 and sent her to live with an abusive family instead. She has had no contact with him or her mother since that day so why does she feel compelled to help them? Against her better nature maybe, she, along with Alek, goes to help find out who is killing off the crow shifters. The community did not exactly welcome her with open arms and only when she finds some missing children does her mother finally talk to her a little. Jade, I think, was a little naive in this book. She feels very strong resentment against her family, especially her grandfather, the leader of the Crow Nation, yet at the same time she almost acts as if she has to prove to them that she is better than them, or at least is able to be as strong as they are despite what they did to her. Personally I would have told them where to go! At least this adventure gives Jade some much needed practice in using and controlling her magic even if it does leave her exhausted. I wasn't totally expecting the ending with Not Afraid's oath, but I probably should have done! I love this series and do wish the books were a bit longer,, but at the same time, love that they are a little shorter than average and I can read through the excitement quite quickly! Hey I just want it all!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite (M)

    Rating : 3.75 stars The sups and their imagination... Badass sorceress, part time hearts eaters & lover of a very-yummy-tiger, Jade Crow could almost enjoy her life. Key word : Almost. Her psycho ex still wants to kill her and is sending her postcards & out of the blue her dad that kicked her out when she was a teen comes out of the blue to ask for her help. And guess what, he's not her real dad & she doesn't really want to help. ✓ Jade Crow was raised by Pearl and Jasper Crow in a crow shifters only Rating : 3.75 stars The sups and their imagination... Badass sorceress, part time hearts eaters & lover of a very-yummy-tiger, Jade Crow could almost enjoy her life. Key word : Almost. Her psycho ex still wants to kill her and is sending her postcards & out of the blue her dad that kicked her out when she was a teen comes out of the blue to ask for her help. And guess what, he's not her real dad & she doesn't really want to help. ✓ Jade Crow was raised by Pearl and Jasper Crow in a crow shifters only village. And she was wondering why she would name her wolf spirit Wolf. The apple does not fall far from the tree, as they say. ✓ This said wolf spirit might look ultra mega badass, she's practically never around, chasing butterflies and stuff. ✓ Jade mounted a huge lion, that's kind of awesome. Oh, you dirty minded perverts, not that way! She already has her yummy tiger to do naughty stuff with. ✓ There are about 100 crows shifters in the village and they all bred with each other. But the only deficiency they seem to have is being dicks. Conclusion?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bookmom

    In the three months since Jade used a great deal of power in order to save her friends, she’s known her ex, Samir, would be coming for her. So Alek and her friends have been working with her to both flex her power muscle as well as to find create ways to work it. Her father, who drove her away from the tribe over 30 years ago, telling her she was dead to them because at fourteen she’d proven not to be a crow shifter, shows up on her doorstep begging for her help. The very people that exiled her In the three months since Jade used a great deal of power in order to save her friends, she’s known her ex, Samir, would be coming for her. So Alek and her friends have been working with her to both flex her power muscle as well as to find create ways to work it. Her father, who drove her away from the tribe over 30 years ago, telling her she was dead to them because at fourteen she’d proven not to be a crow shifter, shows up on her doorstep begging for her help. The very people that exiled her are being killed off and it’s believed magic must be involved. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the situations Jade finds herself in as well as the interesting ways she deals with problems. And the bad guy was fairly unique. I read it in one sitting and immediately downloaded the next book. But one thing I can’t do is feel Jade’s emotions. She says to us how she feels, and with everyone in the tribe against her no matter what she does, that’s something that I would think we should be able to feel. So while I liked it, I can’t claim to have loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I barely made it past chapter four before I put it down with the intention of deleting it, then picked it up again during a wait. And my only response is... ugh. I found the same plot issues and lack of attention to character from the first book. If anything, it's gotten worse. The friendships are verbally highlighted again and again, and you just... don't feel it. You have no idea where the heroine is in her romance and end the book with another... why is this so short? I have the answer my frie I barely made it past chapter four before I put it down with the intention of deleting it, then picked it up again during a wait. And my only response is... ugh. I found the same plot issues and lack of attention to character from the first book. If anything, it's gotten worse. The friendships are verbally highlighted again and again, and you just... don't feel it. You have no idea where the heroine is in her romance and end the book with another... why is this so short? I have the answer my friend. Because no one would read the next one if it wasn't. It's like reading a tellanovella, everything is on the surface and overly dramatic and if it were two hours every day you'd run screaming. But a solid half hour with commercial breaks? That you could do. This is my last book by this author. I can't stand not caring about the characters. The action and concept are fantastic, a little gruesome for my tastes, but I can barely remember her love interests name. That's a problem. So I won't be continuing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Jade's training is ramping up, her romantic life is moving forward and...well, that's when the unexpected always happens, doesn't it? Things like her estranged father popping up and pulling her back into the life she'd been banished from. Jade, being a person with a modicum of empathy, agrees to help. That's pretty much where everything falls apart. Because Jade's in a rough place already when she shows up at the old homestead and she doesn't make the best choices from there. Which isn't to say sh Jade's training is ramping up, her romantic life is moving forward and...well, that's when the unexpected always happens, doesn't it? Things like her estranged father popping up and pulling her back into the life she'd been banished from. Jade, being a person with a modicum of empathy, agrees to help. That's pretty much where everything falls apart. Because Jade's in a rough place already when she shows up at the old homestead and she doesn't make the best choices from there. Which isn't to say she doesn't get things done, but she also allows something to happen that goes against...well, suffice to say, it's not a good thing. And it leads to worse things. Which leaves Jade in a bad place. Oops? Anyway. I'm ready to see how things are going to play out. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana Berglund

    I found this book more problematic than the first book, since Jade goes back to her Crow family of origin to stop some murders and solve some mystery. it turns out that her Crow family is really a community of crow shape shifters, brought together by a charismatic dictator, who is her grandfather and actually Native Crow. Not everyone in the cult is, however; they are from a variety of tribal affiliations and non-Native cultures as well. This is not a good turn for the series to make. It sets up I found this book more problematic than the first book, since Jade goes back to her Crow family of origin to stop some murders and solve some mystery. it turns out that her Crow family is really a community of crow shape shifters, brought together by a charismatic dictator, who is her grandfather and actually Native Crow. Not everyone in the cult is, however; they are from a variety of tribal affiliations and non-Native cultures as well. This is not a good turn for the series to make. It sets up the Native characters to look like crazy cultists (who may or may not be true believers). Problematic, coming from a white writer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessie H.

    Oh man! This was so good! The world is expanding and it is awesome! I love how diverse this story is in terms of race and sexuality but also in the diverse mix of shifters and other magical entities. There's even a leprechaun! My only wish is that these books were longer and more lead up to the action. Each book kind of feels like a monster of the week episode which isn't a bad thing. They are still amazing urban fantasy stories! I can't wait to read the next book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Well I am certainly burning through these! Partially because they're a bit on the short side. I love Jade, but I wish there was less off screen happenings and more on screen. Like with Jade and Alek's relationship, I would have been okay with a slower build throughout the plot but.... The series is still really good and I'm enjoying it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Riotkittin

    These novellas are like popcorn. And popcorn are my favourite snack. I think this one was equally well written as the last. Not as many popculture references as in the first but that was fine. Solid story. The only thing that bugs me a bit is that Jade is so harsh when she talks. but that may be a cultural thing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    oh yes, this book was better than the first one and I like how things are working out. the plot was really good, although it took our main characters away from their usual playground. nevertheless, we got some character development with Jade here and I really like that

  26. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    See my review of the  omnibus: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3  See my review of the  omnibus: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Series, Books 1-3 

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phaedra Weldon

    So far I am loving this nerdy sorceress. Good job Annie!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This wasn't as good as the first book, but I did like it. It took me quite some time to remember who everyone was.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Fantastic sequel. Can't wait to read the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Very good. Nervous about book three. :)

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