The Crow by Alison Croggon (The Third Book of Pellinor)

Young Bard-in-training Hem finds himself in the midst of a war, recruited into a vicious army of children enslaved by evil magic.

The Crow got off to a very slow start, but once it got going I was enthralled by the uniqueness of the world and the beauty of the writing. I fell in love with Hem, a deep thinker whose life has been marred by tragedy, and his friend Zelika, an impetuous girl who is the last of her family. The war scenes rival any found in Tolkien, and Alison Croggon doesn’t shy away from darkness and tragedy, even while filling her story with light and hope.

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