Record Details

Catalog Search

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library Y OWE (Text) 33500013103494 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y OWE (Text) 33500013103502 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library ya OWE (Text) 35500006201014 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250191922
  • ISBN: 1250191920
  • Physical Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Series information from
Summary, etc.:
Fie, a sixteen-year-old chieftain from a lowly cast of mercy-killers, must rely on her wits and bone magic to smuggle the crown prince of Sabor to safety.
Fie's Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin; when they're called to collect royal dead, she's hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. But Crown Prince Jasimir faked his death, and Fie's ready to cut his throat. He offers a wager that she can't refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he'll protect the Crows when he reigns. Hawk warrior Tavin, Jas's bodyguard, magically assumed the prince's appearance and shadowed his every step, but is beginning to want something to call his own. The trio must form an uneasy alliance to escape Queen Rhusana. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    When Fie and her father (the Crow Chief) answer a plague beacon at the Dumosan palace, Fie hopes it will be routine, but nothing about that day is normal. By the end, the crown prince and his body double have been smuggled out of the palace and a deal struck tying the Crows and the two royals together until they get the prince to his allies. Unfortunately, being presumed dead in a traitorous country means allies are rare, and the Crows have their own battles along the way. A familiar plot from this first-time author—a girl from the wrong family falls for a boy from the most powerful family—is elevated by a fresh dialect-tinged voice and creative world-building that calls to mind issues of today. The talent-based caste system, based on, for example, being able to see lies (Crane Caste), be lucky (Pigeon), or control fire (Phoenix), contrasts with the caste-less Crows who are pursued by hooded Crown-endorsed enemies despite their essential role in society. Though the end here is predictable, the journey is more than worthwhile. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Margaret Owen was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. The Merciful Crow is Owen's debut novel. She resides in Seattle, WA.

Subject: Euthanasia > Juvenile fiction.
Euthanasia > Fiction.
Plague > Fiction.
Witches > Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Young adult works.
Fantasy fiction.

Additional Resources