Eyes of Crow — November 2006, Luna Books

Her Spirit carries the darkest wisdom...

Eyes of Crow

Enter a world where humans and animals meet in magic, where one woman's strength must conquer Death itself.

Every character in Eyes of Crow wields magic bestowed by his or her totem animal or Guardian Spirit—sort of X-Men meets Clan of the Cave Bear.

The Crow Spirit has given our heroine, Rhia, the power to see the approach of Death. This ability doesn't exactly make her the most popular girl in the village, but her rare talents just might save her people in a time of impending war.

Other books in the series:

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Words about Eyes of Crow (Click links for full review)

[A]n absolutely delightful coming-of-age novel...There's an abundance of riches in this book, and Smith-Ready handles them all so well. The cultures and customs are well thought out and rendered, the connections with the spirit guides are wonderfully magical and filled with Mystery, and the complicated relationships of the tribes people are handled with a realistic flare.

Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction

[A]ny fantasy fan who enjoys their novels strongly influenced by mythology and folklore will enjoy this genre-blending hybrid, which is so much more than just another romantic fantasy. The allegorical use of paganism and animism in particular underscores all-too-timely themes like religious prejudice, intolerance, environmentalism, etc...Smith-Ready's Eyes of Crow is just the first installment in what could be an entertaining and profoundly moving series. Jean M. Auel meets Mercedes Lackey.

Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble Explorations

A spellbinding plot and smooth-flowing narrative draw the reader into a world of myth and magic...lovers of fantasy are about to embark on a great new series.

Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4.5 stars Top Pick

The story had me hanging on every word and it was one of those books that made me want to call in sick, stay at home and devour it in one go...Eyes of Crow is a story that will touch everyone with its delicate mix of fantasy and romance and it is something worth keeping to read again and again.

ParaNormal Romance

Smith-Ready is a talented writer who has a firm grasp of both worldbuilding and character development. Both the descriptive parts and the dialogue flow smoothly, and they're well balanced. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a new fantasy series to read. I would also highly suggest that anyone interested in animal totems pick it up, since she does a good job of creating a fictional totemic system.

Pagan Book Reviews, 5 Pawprints out of 5

The world that Jeri Smith-Ready has created is wonderfully realized in EYES OF CROW. Intricate in detail, yet still easy to understand, the mythology comes together flawlessly, lending to the story in rich detail...EYES OF CROW was a fantastic Fantasy Romance, one of the best I've come across. Grade A+.

Musings of a Bibliophile

Jeri Smith-Ready builds an absorbing world and populates it with fascinating characters.

The Plot Thickens, newsletter of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore (PDF format)

Mystical, magical, romantic, suspenseful and action packed, Eyes of Crow is an excellent example of what a fantasy novel should be.

Coffee Time Romance

The first installment in this magical series is an emotional, engaging, and appealing fantasy. Smith-Ready is a born storyteller.

Book Loons

EYES OF CROW is a powerful tale and one that will leave readers begging for the other two books in the trilogy.

CK2's Kwips and Kritiques

This is a novel that catches your attention and rarely refuses to let go. A unique novel with very universal themes. I would definitely recommend this to all who are interested and I can't wait to read the next two in the series.

Shooting Stars Magazine

The detail of the world and the Spirits was well thought out and wonderfully put together. There were some tearful moments and those are always a plus for me. Definitely a great fantasy and a recommended read!

Romance Book Wyrm

This was a beautiful story, and I was warmed by its gentleness, love and compassion.

Publisher’s Weekly Beyond Her Book

Jeri Smith-Ready's lyrical prose brings to life unforgettable characters and a poignant story that haunted me long after I finished the novel. She has a remarkable gift for making the reader care about her world and its people. Highly recommended.

–Catherine Asaro, bestselling and Nebula™ award-winning author of The Ruby Dice

Eyes of Crow lured me into its clutches by page two. Smith-Ready has woven an exquisite tapestry of a world, filled with texture and richness. Beware, reader! You may never want to return...

–PC Cast, bestselling author of Divine by Blood

Fantasy and romance blend to create a wonderfully organic novel. Neither element is predictable, the story woven with a deftness that enhances the power of Smith-Ready's take-no-prisoners style in both love and war.

–C.E. Murphy, bestselling author of Urban Shaman

From the back cover:

She was born to die . . . again and again.

For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart. There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift-her curse-Rhia must surrender herself to the wisdom of the Great Forest . . . and drink deeply of Death itself.

And though two powerful men stand ready to aid her, even to love her, the Aspect of Crow demands unthinkable sacrifices from the one who walks its path.

BOOKS by Jeri

This Side of Salvation — April 2014

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In Jeri's first YA contemporary novel, 16-year-old David confronts his desires and his demons in this novel about what it means to be left behind—literally, figuratively, and spiritually

A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale.Booklist, Starred Review

"Shattered" — December 2013

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Free Shade series novella

The truth about what happened to Zachary in 3A, and how he survived the aftermath.

"Bridge" — April 2013

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Shade series short story

To find eternal rest, Logan must make peace with his brother before Mickey's guilt over Logan's death drives him to take his own life.

Intense and earnest. Kirkus Reviews

Lust for Life — December 2012

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Final book in the award-winning WVMP series

Ciara must battle vengeful vampires and her own demons to win her ultimate happy ending.

"Let It Bleed" — June 2012

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WVMP novella. A can't-miss "bridge" between BRING ON THE NIGHT and LUST FOR LIFE! Now includes the bonus short story "Thief."

Shine — May 2012

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Final book in the award-winning SHADE trilogy

When tragedy spikes a worldwide fear of ghosts, Aura will do anything to save her generation's freedom—and the life of the boy she loves.

Shift — May 2011

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Sequel to the critically acclaimed SHADE

As Aura uncovers new truths about herself and the Shift, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets...and her heart.

Bring on the Night — August 2010

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When a fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses rise from their graves—Ciara not only gets a crash course in zombie-killing, but is forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.

Shade — May 2010

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Jeri's teen fiction debut, now available in paperback

First in a worldwide generation of ghost-seers, Aura's relationship with the dead changes forever when her boyfriend dies and comes back to haunt her.

Smith-Ready changes the world simply by changing our ability to see.

Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Bad to the Bone — May 2009

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Smith-Ready pours plenty of fun into her charming, fang-in-cheek urban fantasy.

Publisher's Weekly, starred review

The Reawakened — November 2008

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The stunning conclusion to the Aspect of Crow trilogy.

Wicked Game — May 2008

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WICKED GAME was consistently surprising and original...I highly recommend it.

— #1 NYT Bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Voice of Crow — October 2007

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To save her family, protect her home, and reclaim her soul, Rhia will travel to the Descendants' towering white city…even to the Land of the Dead itself.

Eyes of Crow — November 2006

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Lovers of fantasy are about to embark on a great new series.

Romantic Times

Requiem for the Devil — April 2001

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A tale of redemption, written with flair and style...Highly recommended.

Library Journal