The Angel of the Crows

Katherine Addison

fiction fantasy historical
adventurous mysterious slow-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, returns with a fantasy novel of alternate 1880s London, where killers stalk the night and the ultimate power is naming.

This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

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adventurous 83%
mysterious 73%
funny 33%
dark 16%
hopeful 16%
lighthearted 16%
tense 16%
emotional 13%
relaxing 13%
reflective 10%
inspiring 6%
challenging 3%


medium 69%
fast 21%
slow 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 21% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 24%

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