Book Review || The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

Monday, November 8, 2021


The Angel of the Crows
Katherine Addison
23rd June 2020

This was a really fun read - a really different retelling with some awesome lgbtqia+ elements, and also paranormal elements. I was very very happy to read this. Also just a touch of disability representation, which is always welcome - more on that in a minute.

I was really happy to note that I felt like I was reading fanfiction whilst reading this one and, when I finished it, to find out that this whole book started as a wingfic - as a fanfic writer myself, this was unbelievably cool. (For other AO3 fans' reference, I am definitely throwing the kudos at this one.) I really loved the tweaks that Addison had made to the Sherlock Holmes stories included here, and I honestly feel like I could read loads more of this. (Please.)

All of the characters felt really interesting and real to me, and the paranormal elements were so well-written and explored. Crow's character is brilliant - I wanted to know so much more about him and about the other Angels, and I loved witnessing the meeting and rapport-building between Crow and Doyle. This really was a joy to read and get lost in.

I had a couple of caveats here and there, but they were mostly pretty small. I didn't really like how one of the LGBTQIA+ elements was introduced - it felt a little like it was there for shock value (just a little.) and I didn't enjoy that. The other thing was Doyle's injury/disability and use of a cane - mostly this was absolutely fine, but there were occasional moments, like when he kicked another character whilst standing without any difficulty, that I (as an occasional cane-user) found hard to believe. Other than these, however, I really thought this story was fantastic and would be happy, as mentioned before, to read much more of it.

9/10 raven feathers of sheer joy.

{I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}

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