Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready

Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready is another book I just finished sometime last week.

For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart.

There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift--her curse--Rhia must surrender herself to the wisdom of the Great Forest…and drink deeply of Death itself. And though two powerful men stand ready to aid her, even to love her, the Aspect of Crow demands unthinkable sacrifices from one who walks its path.

I liked Eyes of Crow, though it isn't a perfect book. It follows Rhia from a small child to her as a young adult and deals a lot with her coming to grips with having the aspect of Crow. Smith-Ready certainly put together an interesting world that seems to be set in a future where magic now is everywhere, but once was not. Could be an alternate world, could be our own, but far far in the future. Don't know. But doesn't really matter.

It's mostly a coming of age story for Rhia. We learn how she nearly died as a child, how she knew when people or animals would die, and her fear of her ability. So much of the story is her learning to embrace her aspect and learn to love herself. There's also a bit of romance with Marek, who she meets when she goes to another village to learn about Crow.

All in all, it's a nice story, if a bit slow going at times. There's just not a whole lot of action until the end of the story. No saving the world in this one, but it seems that that might come into play during future books as Rhia's people battle the Descendants (people who believe in one god and think her and her people are savages).

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