Grey, Jacob: Ferals: The Crow Talker.
Ferals: The Crow Talker
HarperCollins, 2015, pp284, 6.99 [pounds sterling]
978 0 00 757852 8
'The night belonged to him', are the opening words to this dark and unusual story. Caw was thrown out of a window by his parents eight years ago when he was only five. He was saved by crows and has lived a lonely existence, with only the crows for company, in an abandoned park ever since. Caw remembers little about that night, but recently he has been troubled by nightmares. Who visited his parents as the crows carried him away? Who is the man in black with the spider ring?
One night Caw witnesses the escape of three prisoners and intervenes to save the life of the Prison Warden and his daughter, Lydia. As Caw and Lydia become friends, Caw realises that his gift of communication and control over the crows is growing, and that he is not alone. He meets other Ferals, people who can control different animals, and they join forces to stop the escaped prisoners bringing their evil master 'The Spinning Man' back from the dead.
Ideal for readers who like suspense, fantasy and a little bit of horror. Caw is a believable character, resourceful, loyal, impetuous and stubborn. There are several twists to the story and enough lose ends to continue the story in a promised sequel. Jacob Grey has created a dark desolate world for fans of Darren Shan and Harry Potter.