Review: Season of Crows by Prix Gautney

When a banished mousemaid and her crippled companion race across a field in the dark of night to warn Evershade of the impending crow attack, Ash and the other Walnut Keepers must choose to stay and fight for their beloved home—or flee for their very lives. 

But how can a peaceful, weaponless society of woodland creatures ever hope to defeat the murderous crows? In the midst of the worst drought in Evershade history, Ash and the others must call on their talents and their allies in neighboring kingdoms if they are to have any hope of surviving the coming war. 

And if they survive, what will they do when the water runs out for good? 

4 of 5 stars

Prix Gautney has created a heart-warming story that is not without strife and risks. The writing is clean and concise, easy to enjoy. The pace picks up greatly in the second half of the book, and I often found it hard to put down.

This is a lovely middle grade book. It starts slow, introducing and showing the reader around Everglade. The large community is made up of several different types of small animals: mice, chipmunks, insects, snails and more. Their allies extend into the forest, including squirrels, turtles, and beavers. Everglade is known as a peaceful community that vows to help creatures in need, and because of that reputation it is a sanctuary.

Stakes rise when a drought becomes imminent, and two members are exiled for bullying. In frustration, they rashly put the entire community in grave danger.

The citizens work together to store food and water and reach out to allies in an unprecedented effort to save their forest haven. Will it be enough? And if they succeed, will they have anything left to survive the drought?

If you're looking for a charming story of talking forest animals who have to work hard and get creative to defend their homes, this is a book you won't want to miss!

You can find it here on Amazon and here on Goodreads.

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