The Raptor & the Wren

The Raptor & the Wren

Official Amazon description:In the fifth book of the “wildly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Miriam Black series, Miriam continues her journey to find answers on how to change her fate and begin to make right some of what she’s done wrong.Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest and learns that she...

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Title:The Raptor & the Wren
Author:Chuck Wendig
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The Raptor & the Wren Reviews

  • Emily

    "Fuck you, dude, you have no idea what we 'girls' can do. We wanna kill a man with a chainsaw, we kill a man with a chainsaw."

    I think this book may have ripped my heart out. Gahhhhhhhhh. The Miriam Black series gives you all the feelings - you laugh, you're creeped out, you're anxious, sad, excited,e etc. The Raptor & the Wren was so good, and I am thoroughly impressed with this entire series. Everything is connected, and the storytelling and characters are so fantastic. I am so damn excited

    "Fuck you, dude, you have no idea what we 'girls' can do. We wanna kill a man with a chainsaw, we kill a man with a chainsaw."

    I think this book may have ripped my heart out. Gahhhhhhhhh. The Miriam Black series gives you all the feelings - you laugh, you're creeped out, you're anxious, sad, excited,e etc. The Raptor & the Wren was so good, and I am thoroughly impressed with this entire series. Everything is connected, and the storytelling and characters are so fantastic. I am so damn excited to read Vultures next year, but I will be heartbroken when this journey is over. I feel like something tragic is going to happen (or a lot of tragic things), but everything is going to tie up, and we'll be happy to have read these stories. I can't even express how much I love this series, and I think this book is either my favorite or second favorite (in competition with Mockingbird). Go read these books!!

  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    First, I'd like to thank the author for a personalized advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Second, I want everyone to know how difficult it was not to read this in one stretch. I restricted myself to about 30-50 pages each time I sat down to read because these books have a way of being over too quickly for me.

    And now, for a non-spoiler review:

    Miriam Black is not the same character we met in Blackbirds. Over the course of five books, she has evolved and it's been a real source of enter

    First, I'd like to thank the author for a personalized advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Second, I want everyone to know how difficult it was not to read this in one stretch. I restricted myself to about 30-50 pages each time I sat down to read because these books have a way of being over too quickly for me.

    And now, for a non-spoiler review:

    Miriam Black is not the same character we met in Blackbirds. Over the course of five books, she has evolved and it's been a real source of entertainment to discover all the changes she's been through. The Miriam we encounter in The Raptor and the Wren makes some *interesting* decisions that I don't think the Miriam of previous books, would have made.

    It's painful, actually because she's our protagonist and we've come to love her--we love her dirty mouth, her unflinching will to survive, her swagger and her "get back up again" spirit--so when we see uncharacteristic behaviors from her, it's difficult to watch--sometimes I read this book like I was watching a train wreck through my fingers--"this can't have a happy ending".

    Ouch. Crash. Shit.

    And it's not just Miriam we have fallen for, nope. There are other characters in this series that hold a huge place in our hearts. And some of these major players have returned--whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing, you'll have to buy this book in January and decide for yourself.

    If you've read Thunderbird, then you'll know at the end of book 4 we stood in shock and awe and we shook our fists at Mr. Wendig for leaving us at such an obvious, gut-punchy cliff hanger.

    Well Birdies, don't be in such a rush to know what happens. Just take your time with this book. Savor your time with the characters and the story and the words and the dialogue because Vultures is coming soon and I'm not sure any of us will be able to stand afterwards.

    **By now you've realized I won't be sharing any plot points here. You don't need any! Just know that as I read this book, I was flooded with several, conflicting emotions. I laughed (out loud!) I cursed (WHAT THE----!!) and I cried. Steel yourself my friends. This one is going to tear through you with sharpened talons and hurts so good. Well done, Chuck.

  • Ashley Daviau

    This book DESTROYED me. Granted, each book in this series has destroyed me in its own way but The Raptor and the Wren is just on a whole other level. I feel like I’ve been ripped apart and torn into a million tiny little pieces and scattered into the wind, that’s how bad this book broke my heart. And it hurts SO freaking good! I won’t go into plot details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet but man oh man, The Raptor and the Wren is truly fantastic. I mean, the who

    This book DESTROYED me. Granted, each book in this series has destroyed me in its own way but The Raptor and the Wren is just on a whole other level. I feel like I’ve been ripped apart and torn into a million tiny little pieces and scattered into the wind, that’s how bad this book broke my heart. And it hurts SO freaking good! I won’t go into plot details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet but man oh man, The Raptor and the Wren is truly fantastic. I mean, the whole series is phenomenal but The Raptor and the Wren just knocks it so far out of the park, it’s unbelievable. Chuck Wendig, I bow down to you. You are truly a master at your craft!

  • Bradley

    Holy. Shit. Review to come once I process what I've just read.

  • Mindi

    Five books in, and I'm so invested in Miriam's story that I never want this series to end! But alas, it will, and way too soon for my liking. Having said that, I'm also excited to check out Wendig's other books and I can't wait to see what he has in store for readers post-Miriam. If it's anything like this series I'm sure I will love it.

    BTW, I've been writing super spoilery reviews recently, and I think that is probably scaring people off. It's going to be hard to really talk about this one with

    Five books in, and I'm so invested in Miriam's story that I never want this series to end! But alas, it will, and way too soon for my liking. Having said that, I'm also excited to check out Wendig's other books and I can't wait to see what he has in store for readers post-Miriam. If it's anything like this series I'm sure I will love it.

    BTW, I've been writing super spoilery reviews recently, and I think that is probably scaring people off. It's going to be hard to really talk about this one without some spoilers, so I'm going to start hiding the spoilery bits for those of you who would like to read my reviews but not have the book ruined for you.

    The Raptor & the Wren really shows the evolution of Miriam Black. She definitely isn't the lone and wandering woman readers met way back in book one. She's quit smoking, and is actually trying to become healthier (who would have ever predicted THAT way back in book one?). Basically, she matured, she's developed relationships, and now she's taking responsibility for her actions. This is not the Miriam we met in Blackbirds, but she still has enough of the old Miriam in her that we know and love so well. She's still sarcastic AF, and swears like a sailor, and she's still has a pretty sketchy idea of morality. However, she has lived and learned, and now she realizes that she has to own up to some of her past mistakes and make them right.

    The parts of the book that I love the most contain spoilers!

    The end of this one is pretty much a punch in the gut, though. We are nearing the end game, so you sort of have to expect things to get real, but it's still sad. Poor Miriam just can't catch a break. I'm really curious now to find out how Miriam gets out of her current situation. And what she's going to do with the new information she has?

    Seriously guys, this is a fantastic series. Give book one a try, and I promise you will be hooked.

  • Brandon

    Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication. All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. What is even more concerning is that someone is out there playing copy-cat to some of Miriam’s more gruesome killings. Can Miriam track down and extinguish this hunter before the l

    Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication. All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. What is even more concerning is that someone is out there playing copy-cat to some of Miriam’s more gruesome killings. Can Miriam track down and extinguish this hunter before the legend of Miriam Black, “The Angel of Death”, grows out of control.

    Guess who’s back? Back again. Miriam’s back, tell a friend.

    In The Raptor and The Wren, Miriam returns with her filthy mouth and lovely nihilistic demeanor and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Wendig hasn’t missed a step over the course of these five novels in keeping Miriam consistent in both her actions and her creative use of the muddy side of the English language. Despite her overall negative disposition and self-inflicted emotional damage, she’s very much someone I enjoy spending time with. Hell, she makes me laugh.

    As brutal as the past four books have been when it would come to the violence and emotional damage placed upon Miriam, Chuck Wendig takes it to another level with The Raptor and The Wren. How exactly Miriam finds the courage to continue on is beyond me, but Chuck writes in such a way that you feel Miriam is performing a delicate balancing act upon a shaky tightrope when only a slight breeze could push her over. She thrives on the razor’s edge of life.

    We’re five books into Miriam’s world and the supporting cast that make up her life are integral to the story that Chuck is telling. Not one character feels like a cardboard cut-out; the consequences of Miriam’s actions in relation to those that she both cares for as well as those she vehemently hates leads to swift and often destructive consequences leaving little room for wasted time within a brisk four hundred pages.

    At the conclusion of the novel, Chuck warns the forthcoming installment, Vultures, will bring about the end of the series. As much as I would want to keep on keeping on when it comes to these books, I’m happy that Wendig has an end goal in mind increasing the likelihood of an incredibly tight six book saga. If you haven’t read any of these novels yet, you need to get your priorities in order. Read this now!

  • Steven

    Thanks to Saga Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

    I'm floored that a book that was mostly filler could be so much fun! I mean, fun isn't really the best word for it, because Miriam certainly isn't having fun. Losing people left and right, constantly surrounded by death and birds... it's not the best life, but she deals with what she's got. This book tied up a loose end or four (and some of those we weren't even aware were ends that somehow got loose

    Thanks to Saga Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!

    I'm floored that a book that was mostly filler could be so much fun! I mean, fun isn't really the best word for it, because Miriam certainly isn't having fun. Losing people left and right, constantly surrounded by death and birds... it's not the best life, but she deals with what she's got. This book tied up a loose end or four (and some of those we weren't even aware were ends that somehow got loose!) and showed Miriam grasping more of her power.

    I'm a little disappointed in how the book ended, and it felt like a copout. I guess I can kind of see how it could push part of the narrative of the next book, which is the last, but it just feels... copouty. Copoutlike. Copoutish. Whatever the made up word would be.

    But still, I love how much Miriam has grown throughout the series, even though she's still got a filthy mouth (which I think is hilarious because she says what most of us are thinking, maybe in a cruder way, but she shares the feelings rather than internalizing them like most of us do).

    So overall, I'd say 3.5 stars. One star lost for the copout ending, and half a star lost for being MOSTLY filler/positioning characters for the final book.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    The Raptor and The Wren is the fifth book in the Miriam Black series, in which our eponymous protagonist returns to her roots. But instead of living like a vagrant, hopping from city to city trailing people that she knows will soon die in order rob them at their time of their deaths, Miriam is now living in Florida, in a house that used to belong to her mother, and she has taken her scam to the next level. With no shorta

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    The Raptor and The Wren is the fifth book in the Miriam Black series, in which our eponymous protagonist returns to her roots. But instead of living like a vagrant, hopping from city to city trailing people that she knows will soon die in order rob them at their time of their deaths, Miriam is now living in Florida, in a house that used to belong to her mother, and she has taken her scam to the next level. With no shortage of death in retirement mecca, where folks expire naturally from old age or health conditions all the time, the world is her oyster. No one will miss a little breaking and entering, or a few missing valuables or bottles of prescription drugs. To some extent, Miriam has accepted her dark powers, and there’s no sense in letting a good opportunity go to waste.

    And yet, a lot of things still bother her. With just a touch, Miriam can see how someone will die, and this is how she knows that her good friend Louis, whom she still loves, will murder his fiancée in just a few months’ time. The mistakes of her past have also come back to haunt her, inspiring the actions of a new copy-cat killer. Those who have the misfortune of being caught up in Miriam’s trail of destruction often end up damaged and broken, even if they manage to survive, as Lauren AKA Wren can attest. The girl we first met in Mockingbird is now a teen, struggling with her own dark side. In order to save Wren, Miriam must confront her own demons, right the wrongs of her past, and continue her journey to understand the origin of her powers.

    While I still love Miriam to bits, I can’t help but feel that the series has lost some of its edge since Thunderbird. In my review of the previous book, I noted how the plot developments and characters failed to impact me as strongly, and the series as a whole has become…well, more pedestrian. Likewise, The Raptor and The Wren continues this trend, recycling old plot points and limiting the story’s potential. It probably didn’t help that this book was mostly filler. It was a fast read, but after finishing it, I was left with a nagging feeling that not a lot happened, and that none of the newer, more interesting conflicts introduced here ended up being resolved. In other words, it felt like the entire purpose of this book was to be the setup for the next one, which I believe will be the last book of the series.

    Thank goodness for Miriam. She is the one bright spot in this general state of stagnation, because of the way she has grown with each book. It can’t be denied, Miriam Black has come a long way since Blackbirds, despite certain aspects of her life coming full circle. She has wrestled with the horrific nature of her powers, emerging stronger if not victorious. She has forged new relationships, learned to care about people other than herself. Some of Louis’ goodness has also rubbed off on her, teaching her the value of responsibility and the power to shape her own life through her own actions. The days of running away and never looking back are over; this new Miriam tackles her problems head on, even when the fear threatens to overwhelm. Rest assured though, all the things that have made her character so entertaining and addictive to read about have been left intact. Miriam is still the undisputed queen of the potty mouth and dirty metaphors, and we should all cherish her for it.

    All in all, The Raptor and The Wren was fun to read, even though it was short and most of the plot was bridging and biding time for the final installment. The ending was pretty shocking though, I won’t lie. Poor Miriam never seems to catch a break. I’m still sitting here, thinking “Please don’t let me to be so!” but as with all of Chuck Wendig’s books, you never know what will happen next. Despite this one being an overall lackluster sequel, at least compared the earlier volumes in this series (which, in my opinion, ranks as some of the author’s best work), I’m waiting on pins and needles for finale. If the foundations built here are any indication, Vultures promises to bring an epic conclusion.

    Audiobook Comments: I took a break from the audiobooks in this series after Mockingbird, but I was glad to pick this up again and see that Emily Beresford is still the voice behind Miriam Black. I’ve always felt there is a quality to her voice that makes her the perfectly suited for the main character, a certain sharpness that brings out Miriam’s devil-may-care ways and sass. I’m glad that hasn’t changed. It was a joy coming back to her superb narration.

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    Miriam heads north from Florida to her old stomping grounds to find out why someone is killing people in the same ways she did (to save lives), leaving behind the people about whom she cares the most: Louis and Gabby, but accompanied by her FBI agent buddy. Readers get a high octane dose of Miriam: her dirty mouth, her will to survive, her swagger and her "never say die" [pun intended] spirit. But, the crazies are out in full force and there a lot of killing and near killing. The owl was awesome

    Miriam heads north from Florida to her old stomping grounds to find out why someone is killing people in the same ways she did (to save lives), leaving behind the people about whom she cares the most: Louis and Gabby, but accompanied by her FBI agent buddy. Readers get a high octane dose of Miriam: her dirty mouth, her will to survive, her swagger and her "never say die" [pun intended] spirit. But, the crazies are out in full force and there a lot of killing and near killing. The owl was awesome.

    I hasten to add that while Wendig's last book cover was pretty cool, this one's way better. I think the same about the cliffhanger endings. The final book in the series,

    will be published next year.

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