According to Crow

According to Crow

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Five Star Books May 2005
ISBN: 1-59414-308-0
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Clarkesworld Books
Cover painting by Alan M. Clark

Praise and Reviews

“With the wisdom of a Biblical tale and an exotic hint of arabesque, ACCORDING TO CROW resides in a rich fantastic milieu, earthy and nostalgic, yet different from our own. No overt banal magic here, only an echo; thus, true wonder. And at the heart, a living journey of a young man torn—between two conflicting ethnicities, between innocence and maturity, desire and duty, oblivion and memory. This poignant, memorable debut by E. Sedia is a surprisingly complex work that does not shirk from portraying loss and war on a personal level. Above all, it is a human story of choices; of choosing sides, fates, and ultimately choosing self.” —Vera Nazarian, author of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

“A moving coming of age tale about a young man’s struggle to find his own true place in the world. Replete with vivid settings, peopled with memorable characters, rich in thoughtful treatment of themes of love and loss, this graceful fantasy is sure to please discriminating readers. I look forward to more from this promising new author.” —Victoria Strauss, author of THE BURNING LAND (HarperCollins/Eos)

“E. Sedia has crafted a world similar to ours, with hints of the fantastic, but also with echoes of earth’s early history in a time when the world was full of wonder. The directness and simplicity with which the story is told is appealing, and the characters are likable and easy to understand. ACCORDING TO CROW is a good choice for a young adult reader, but complex enough to satisfy older readers as well. It will give all readers much to think about and discuss.” (Read more) —Lisa Baca of Romance Reviews Today

“The real strength of the novel is the development of the sometimes surprising relationships, and the conflicts that such relationships engender.” (Read more) —Sean Melican, Ideomancer

“Ms. Sedia is a new writer with a different slant on fantasy, with a mix of elements intertwined in a captivating way. Racial and tribal intolerance, murder, family values, magic, and love are all tackled with sensitivity.” (Read more) —Pam, Love Romances

“This is definitely a coming of age novel. There is the quest to meet his family, a quest to find himself. But, Josiah makes decisions and doesn’t flinch from the hard choices. He lives with the decisions he makes and takes responsibility for them.” (Read more) —Gayle Surrette, SFRevu

“Fascinating stuff, and no magic lightning bolts or enchanted swords to be seen.” (Read more) —Michael Jasper

“ACCORDING TO CROW is ultimately a haunting tale filled with vivid images and disturbing revelations. With war comes choices, and for Josiah these are the most important ones of his life. <…> Not for the faint of heart, but those seeking a story deep with history and brimming with colorful characters that tear at your heartstrings with their actions, then look no further. It is wholly captivating.” (Read more) — Paul Abbamondi,