When Among Crows by Veronica Roth Book Review

When Among Crows by Veronica Roth Book Review

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When Among Crows by Veronica Roth is a fantasy novella based on Slavic folklore. It’s dark, gritty, and full of pain.


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When Among Crows

Author: Veronica Roth

Narrators: Helen Laser, James Fouhey, & Tim Campbell

Pub. Date: May 14, 2024

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Pages: 176

Rating: 3 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: death, swearing, gore, blood, & violence


We bear the sword, and we bear the pain of the sword.

Pain is Dymitr’s calling. His family is one in a long line of hunters who sacrifice their souls to slay monsters. Now he’s tasked with a deadly mission: find the legendary witch Baba Jaga. To reach her, Dymitr must ally with the ones he’s sworn to kill.

Pain is Ala’s inheritance. A fear-eating zmora with little left to lose, Ala awaits death from the curse she carries. When Dymitr offers her a cure in exchange for her help, she has no choice but to agree.

Together they must fight against time and the wrath of the Chicago underworld. But Dymitr’s secrets–and his true motives–may be the thing that actually destroys them.


Book Review

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for the ALC of When Among Crows by Veronica Roth. All opinions are my own.

My only experience with Veronica Roth’s writing was reading the Divergent series years ago. I absolutely loved Divergent, so I wanted to give this book a try. Plus, the synopsis for this story sounded super interesting!



That being said, this book just wasn’t memorable for me. The only parts that stand out to me a few days after finishing the book are the parts where there was gore. I remember these because they made me feel a bit queasy.

This isn’t a bad book, but I feel like there’s a reason that most fantasy books are not novellas unless they’re part of a series. I just didn’t get attached to these characters. They were fine, and maybe I would’ve loved them more if they were part of a longer book or series.

The setting was interesting, and I do feel like I could picture the world considering that this book didn’t have the length for elaborate world-building.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this book was okay. I think some people may really love it, but I don’t think I would really recommend it to a lot of people.

The narration for this audiobook was great! I liked the accents, and the fact that there were three narrators for the different parts.


Where to Read & Purchase

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Have you read When Among Crows or any other books by Veronica Roth?

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