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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Edition Language:English

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 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.

  • 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.

  • Brittany Constable

    I'd recommend re-reading the rest of the series before diving into this one if it's been a while. This is where everything starts to loop back on itself, and details (some of them pretty minor) from each of the previous four books all come back into play here. Granted, it's not strictly necessary--even though there were some bits that I didn't actually remember from previous books (very little of The Cormorant seems to have stuck with me), everything is given enough context here that I never fel

    I'd recommend re-reading the rest of the series before diving into this one if it's been a while. This is where everything starts to loop back on itself, and details (some of them pretty minor) from each of the previous four books all come back into play here. Granted, it's not strictly necessary--even though there were some bits that I didn't actually remember from previous books (very little of The Cormorant seems to have stuck with me), everything is given enough context here that I never felt lost. Still, I think I might have appreciated it all even more if it were fresher in my memory. And for my money, it's those structural loops and echoes, the evidence that this has all been a very long game and it's all coming back together, that makes this book so deeply satisfying. One thing I've always liked about the Miriam Black books was that they felt a little more episodic than most series, like each was a self-contained adventure on its own. It's really only here that we see how it all ties together into a single plot with a single antagonist, how everything is connected and building on itself, without invalidating any of those previous impressions. Hell of a trick to pull off, and it's got me really excited for the finale next year.

  • 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.

  • Joy

    I think this series has gotten better with the introduction of more strange supernatual twists. It's not a happy story, major characters die often and sometimes twice. The humor keeps it from being too dire and makes the read enjoyable.

  • Skip

    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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