Review: The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen – The Sequel We’ve All Been Waiting For

Hello everyone! Today, I have a very fun post for you. It’s a review (and moodboard) for The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen. I was lucky enough to be included on a blog and Instagram tour with TBR and Beyond Tours. Check out my Instagram later today for a fun photo I took of the book. 😉

A big thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours ad the publisher for sending me a physical ARC of this book to read! Be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule at this link for more fun content and reviews.

About the Book

Title: The Faithless Hawk (The Merciful Crow #2)

Author: Margaret Owen

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

POV: 3rd person

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: 8/18/20

Page Count: 400 pages

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author

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.

Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr



  • It’s the second part of a duology, and it wrapped everything up so nicely.


  • 3rd person POV (not a big con, but just a personal preference. I almost always prefer 1st person POV)
  • The series is over!!!
  • The ending seemed just a little bit rushed, and I wish it were drawn out a bit more. (I definitely would not mind

I’ll start my review with an apology for never reviewing The Merciful Crow on here when I read it last year. I was so busy with schoolwork that even after loving book #1, I let it slip through my fingers without reviewing or even recommending it much. This duology definitely deserves so much love, attention, and respect, and I’m glad that I get to talk about it now that the duology is officially finished! Just as a warning, there might be some spoilers for The Merciful Crow, as this book is a sequel, but none for The Faithless Hawk. (I’m not that mean lol)

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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