As the Crow Flies

As the Crow Flies

by Robin Lythgoe

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ISBN-13: 9781484077467
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2013
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Robin Lythgoe was born in Maryland but did most of her growing up in Oregon, with a few trips back and forth between coasts and a short stint in upstate New York. Reading and writing have always been a part of her life, even before she could wield a pen, and she is particularly drawn to fantasy. Today she writes tales about wizards and magic, fantastical places and extraordinary journeys.

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As the Crow Flies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite As the Crow Flies is a fun mystical adventure for fantasy enthusiasts by Robin Lythgoe. Crow, a notorious thief, has chosen the wrong victim for his thievery bout when Baron Duzayan, a cunning yet mad wizard, caught him instead and blackmailed Crow to steal a dragon's egg for him. Crow has no choice but to agree. Worst of all, he has to join forces with Tanris, the guard who has been trying to catch him for as long as he could remember. Throughout the journey, Crow and Tanris' clashing personalities will keep readers amused.  The premise, plot, and characterization are familiar but not cliched. Author Robin Lythgoe is also nonchalant when it comes to names. Crow's horse is named Horse and the dragon's egg is called Egg or Not-An-Egg. Then there is Girl, a mute girl that the duo rescued. My favorite scene is at the dragon's lair, where Crow has to use every bit of his skills to steal the egg without alerting the female dragon. It is tense, fun, and hilarious.  Initially, the monologue drags the early pacing of the book - although it is fun to see the story from Crow's point of view. It often veers to include tangential details, which also hampers Lythgoe's flowing prose. Even so, the story gets better as one progresses. On the whole, Lythgoe has produced an entertaining fantasy journey for fans of the genre to enjoy.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Crow flies over the rooftops of Marketh as a successful thief and gets himself targeted to perform the most amazing heist of all in As the Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe. Crow quite easily removes items of importance and value from all sorts of locations and becomes the means by which the evil Baron Duzayan hopes to obtain the key ingredient for the spell to open a portal to another dimension. Forced to work with the Imperial Agent Tanris, who has been chasing him for many years, Crow undertakes a four-month adventure, surviving all sorts of challenges, spells and encounters with spirits, wizards, and dragons. Together with a mute girl they rescue from bandits, Crow and Tanris uncover secrets that may help them prevent the destruction of the city. Their return home is just as dangerous and leads to a battle with creatures from another realm until some quick thinking turns the tide. Crow, a thief with a well-developed sense of honor and gratitude to the gods, joins against his will with the warrior Tanris to do the bidding of Baron Duzayan who, it is discovered later, is a wicked wizard determined to take over the city and empire with the help of the minions of another dimension. Crow and Tanris must retrieve a dragon's egg for the Baron to be able to complete his spell and they suffer through horrible conditions, tremendous danger, and unbearable loss before they are able to figure out a plan to survive the quest.  Robin Lythgoe has created a delightful tale of magic, intrigue, and plenty of good old-fashioned luck in As the Crow Flies. Following the adventure of Crow and Tanris is quite entertaining and offers an enjoyable look into a mystical world that is also quite realistic. I really enjoyed the combination of characters - especially the dragon. I loved Crow and his group of acquaintances.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite As the Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe is a story of fantasy mixed with fictional characters that are real and likable. Crow tells us the story and we are captured by his spell from the first page, never losing interest until we reach the end. Crow is a thief, Tanris is the man he has tried to avoid his entire career, and yet the two find themselves heading off on an incredible journey to return home with the prize and save their lady loves. The mission given to them by the Wizard is to go to a far-off land to steal and bring home the treasured dragon egg. He has kidnapped their wife and girlfriend and given Crow a slow-acting poison (he will not receive the cure until he returns with the prize).  Along the way, they are faced with hard and scary obstacles. In the real world they are forced into rescuing Girl. She is unable to speak but becomes their faithful traveling companion. They travel through tunnels and meet the ancestors from the fantasy world who stay with Crow and help him get out of many tough situations. In order to steal the "Egg" it is necessary for them to steal, kill, and hide before the mission can be completed and they can make the trip back home.   As the Crow Flies has humans, Wizards, Dragons, thieves, Druids and Robin Lythgoe presents them to us in great detail. We quickly learn to love each of the characters for who and what they are. I am not a great fan of the fantasy genre, but this one kept me reading and wanting more.  As the Crow Flies will keep you up reading long into the night. All fantasy fans must read this one.
TammyJRizzo More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for a review. Having read the book, here's my honest review: I thought this book rocked! The main character, Crow, was smart and snarky, and very funny. Living in his head was a real hoot. Of course, he seemed to have superhuman stamina, keeping on keeping on with injuries that would have put me in a hospital bed, but hey, it is quest fantasy - you expect your heroes and your antiheroes to be, you know, heroic. Crow's characterization was brilliant. I loved him, and I loved his story. I loved his smartassery, and his matter-of-factness about thieving and climbing sheer rock walls and such like. I loved his snarking at every little thing that was going wrong, even as he praised all the gods that he was so beloved of them that they constantly smiled down on him. I loved his naming convention for things that he felt needed names. I loved his banter with his best enemy, Tanris, the guard who had been trying for so long to catch him. I just loved everything about Crow, and his story, and the world that Robin created for him. The story was well-crafted and kept me guessing as to just HOW they would get to the most-likely-though-apparently-impossible ending. There was only one false note with me, as a reader, and that was that Crow complained about everything about his first time on a horse, except he didn't even mention being saddle sore. Of course, he had lots of other things on his mind to complain about, but it just felt like the saddle soreness would have been the tiny little topper to top everything off, you know? I've been on a horse, and I missed that detail, but not enough to stop reading. The rest of his story was just too enthralling to let one false note ruin the symphony! I would certainly recommend this book, even without the saddle sores - it's a funny, witty, tight adventure with a thoroughly enjoyable narrator in Crow, and it's well worth the time and money you'll put into reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AS THE CROW FLIES tells the tale of Crow, a witty, sarcastic thief who steals your heart from the earliest pages. Truly, there are so many things to love about As the Crow Flies, that it is hard to know where to begin. The author’s characters are neatly drawn and are given quirks and manners of speech that are unique and consistent. The reader will never forget that Crow is a thief, for if not his first, then his last thought in nearly every situation in which he finds himself, will be Crow’s consideration of what he can do to “re-arrange” the goods of others. Likewise, Tanris, a man who for years had pursued Crow to bring Crow to justice, but who is now Crow’s partner in a quest, is always the consummate law-and-order man. We get glimpses into his personal life from time to time that make him more real and more loveable as events unfold.  I note that As the Crow Flies is told in first-person. I must say that I’ve rarely read a story told from a single character’s perspective that didn’t leave me aware of that fact all the while--but Robin made it seem effortless and it was, throughout, seamless, consistent and fun! One of the things I liked best about As the Crow Flies, was the author’s wit. Robin is quick! From the opening scene when Crow refers to the wife of the target of his intended theft in the same manner in which does her husband (“'Your turn, Darling,'" Crow says as he prepares to tie her up) to the last when Crow realizes that his scathing look at Tanris did not turn Tanris to ashes (“but rather produced a curious noise I realized was laughter”), the author kept me laughing. All that said—here is my favorite thing about As the Crow Flies: it has to do with voice. Have you ever heard an old movie running on your television in the background and you suddenly said, “I know who that is! That’s. . .that’s. . .that’s. . . ,” and you search your memory for where it is you had heard the voice before. Or, it happened to me when I took my son to NYC some years ago. We picked up last minute tickets for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with John Lithgow, and Leo Norbert Butz (and laughed until we were sick)! When the female lead first entered the stage and spoke, my head jerked up! The voice was so distinct. There was no mistaking who she was or where I had heard that voice before. “That’s Sherie Rene Scott!” I gasped to my son. “I didn’t know she was going to be in this! I saw her as Princess Amneris in Aida! She’s fabulous!” Well, I tell this story because voices often seem to blend in with others—but once in awhile one comes along that has a unique resonance, a startling clarity, a rhythmic musicality—or something—that makes it stand out from amongst the crowd. It is a rare thing—but now and again, an author will come along with a voice that you think you will never mistake for another. This is what Lythgoe has—voice. It comes from a choice of playful words and phrases, like “the steady rising of the sun was making my hiding place less and less ‘hidey’ by the moment,” or “eyeballs and elixers and other wizardly knickknacks,” or “careful, Crow, you fly a very fine line,” or “victims of recent precipitation,” or “there were personal belongings amongst the crowd to rearrange.” The voice is also heard in Crow’s way of naming things (Horse? Girl? Not-an-Egg?). Finally, there is unique voice in the character’s internal thoughts, such as in “at least we could enjoy spring on the return trip—flowers budding, birds singing, poison creeping inexorably through one’s system, and all of that,” or “ending my life as a snack did not come high on my list of glorious ways to die” or when referring to his new hat that had already managed to become mangled, Crow notes that “only a few short minutes in my possession and already it was achieving character.” Yes, Robin has voice—a voice I want to hear sing again. Finally, I must say that I’ve read a fair number of indie-published works of late. This work stands out as one that any major publisher worth its salt ought to know what to do with—publish it and promote it. Well done, Robin! Very, very well done, indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent, epic read! Lythgoe's worldbuilding excites. Her attention to detail is spot on. This tale is full of magic and mythical creatures sure to intrigue and delight. There is just enough mystery to engage the audience and keep pages turning until the satisfying end. The action is fast-paced, the characters believable to a wonderful degree. Crow is so arrogant and sometimes annoying! I didn't like him at first, but I was captured by the story and his supporting, well rounded cohorts (especially Tanris). Once their journey was underway, I was hooked, eager to see how men at such odds, at the opposite ends of the law - and occasionally at one another's throats - could work together to a common end. As for the bad guy, he proves time and again that he is no cheap villain. He is absolutely the wrong man to steal from! As the Crow Flies serves up action and adventure, wit and wizardry. I would love to see a sequel, but whatever she writes about, I can't wait for Lythgoe's next book. I hope it will be soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, but not terribly unique. It's still a fast read given the genre.