Book Tour: The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen – Review & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Book Tour for The Faithless Hawk (The Merciful Crow #2) by Margaret Owen hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was super excited to see that TBR and Beyond Tours got The Faithless Hawk. I had only recently read The Merciful Crows and was desperate to read the sequel. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway near the bottom of this post, US and Canada only, and make sure you enter! Check out the Tour Schedule at the bottom of the post for more great reviews and other creative content.

Meet Margaret Owen

Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen first encountered an author in the wild in fourth grade. Roughly twenty seconds later, she decided she too would be an author, the first of many well-thought-out life decisions.

The career plan shifted frequently as Margaret spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.

Fortunately, it turned out that fourth-grade Margaret was onto something. She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.) In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations, and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations.


About The Faithless Hawk

Title: The Faithless Hawk
Series: The Merciful Crow #2
Author: Margaret Owen
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publishing Date: August 18, 2020
Page Length: 400
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
CAWPILE: 8.79/10
Synopisis: Kings become outcasts and lovers become foes in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.

As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.

With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.

A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.

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My Thoughts

After reading The Merciful Crow only a few months ago, I couldn’t wait to dive right back into this world. This story carries on from the ending of The MercifulCrow, so we missed nothing much in between.

We are still following Fie and her band. Fie has grown in her leadership and we follow her through even more growth. We learn more about her past, even more than I had expected (and I’m all for it). I still love how strong Fie is and her stubbornness for her found family makes her even more determined. I love seeing her passion for them and keeping her loved ones safe.

Most characters return from The Merciful Crow and we even gain another. It was interesting to see how Tavin, Jasimir and their new ally interact with Fie’s goals and story. We gain more insight into he society and its belief/moral system too. I loved how Owen’s wrote each character’s opinions and thoughts on the events and the Crows. Somehow managing to shoe the sameness and differences between castes.

Unlike The Merciful Crow, the Faithless Hawk spends majority of the story in the castle, which honestly I was ok with. The castle seemed expansive and I didn’t find it ever got stale.

The twists near the end of the book were surprising, unless you paid extra close attention (or are reading it for a second time like I was). I loved hoe the story wrapped up and connected everything between the two books. This is one of my favourite endings to a Duology. I do not feel cheated in any way and I am left feeling satisfied.

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed hidden histories, betrayals, and redemption. Oh and if you love cats, you definitely need to read this! I will absolutely be picking everything else that Margaret Owen’s write and can’t wait for more.

Let me know in the comments below, are you Team J or Team M? I’m Team J!

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Prize: Finished copies of The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk (US and Canada Only)

Start date: August 23rd, 2020
End date: August 29th, 2020

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Book Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

August 23rd
TBR and Beyond – Welcome Post
Mel and Her Books – Review
Ideally Inspired Reviews – Review, Favourite Quotes & Playlist
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 24th
Kait Plus Books – Promo Post
The Bookwyrm Den – Review
Jena Brown Writes – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 25th
Confession of a YA Reader – Review
Metaphors and Miscellanea – Review & Favourite Quotes
Starlight Reads – Review & Moodboard

August 26th
Books with Joy – Interview
In Between Book Pages – Review & Favourite Quotes
Bookablereads – Review

August 27th
Tales Of Dreams And Nightmares – Promo post
Rambling Mads – Review
Paragraphs and Pages – Review

August 28th
Stuck in the Stacks – Interview
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
Kerri McBookNerd – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 29th
Allisa White’s Book Blog – Review
Lore of the Books – Review & Favourite Quotes
Levicorpvs Blog – Review & Favourite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

August 23rd
Mel and Her Books (blogger’s choice)
Lore of the Books (blogger’s choice)
Sunflowerreads (blogger’s choice)
Allisa White’s Book Blog (blogger’s choice)
Moonlight Rendezvous (blogger’s choice)

August 24th
Kait Plus Books (blogger’s choice)
The Bookwyrm Den (blogger’s choice)
Jena Brown Writes (blogger’s choice)
Mixed Matched Socks (Review)
Young at Heart Reader (blogger’s choice)

August 25th
Confession of a YA Reader (blogger’s choice)
Metaphors and Miscellanea (blogger’s choice)
Starlight Reads (blogger’s choice)
Paragraphs and Pages (blogger’s choice)
DjReadsBooks (Review)

August 26th
Books with Joy (blogger’s choice)
Bookablereads (blogger’s choice)
Levicorpvs Blog (blogger’s choice)
Kerri McBookNerd (blogger’s choice)
Shelf Blame (Review)

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