The Merciful Crow
Debut author Owen crafts a powerful saga full of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice. Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. She comes from the reviled but necessary Crow caste who are immune to the plague. Their task is to dispose of the dead victims and to offer mercy killings for those near the end. When Crown Prince Jasimir and his bodyguard fake their own deaths to escape the murderous queen, Fie is drawn into a desperate scheme that pits her against a host of enemies. Jasimir strikes a deal with Fie: if she promises to restore him to the throne, he'll guarantee greater equality and protection for the Crows.