The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black, #5) by Chuck Wendig

The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black, #5)

Official Amazon description:In the fifth book of the “wildly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Miriam Black series, Miriam continues her journey to find answers on how to change her fate and begin to make right some of what she’s done wrong.Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest and learns that she must undo the tragedies of her past to move forward.One such tragedy ...

Details The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black, #5)

TitleThe Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black, #5)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherSAGA Press
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Paranormal

Reviews The Raptor & the Wren (Miriam Black, #5)

  • Steven
    Thanks to Saga Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!I'm floored that a book that was mostly filler could be so much fun! I mean, fun isn't really the best word for it, because Miriam certainly isn't having fun. Losing people left and right, constantly surrounded by death and birds... it's not the best life, but she deals with what she's got. This book tied up a loose end or four (and some of those we w...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    First, I'd like to thank the author for a personalized advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Second, I want everyone to know how difficult it was not to read this in one stretch. I restricted myself to about 30-50 pages each time I sat down to read because these books have a way of being over too quickly for me.And now, for a non-spoiler review:Miriam Black is not the same character we met in Blackbirds. Over the course of five books, sh...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Raptor and The Wren is the fifth book in the Miriam Black series, in which our eponymous protagonist returns to her roots. But instead of living like a vagrant, hopping from city to city trailing people that she knows will soon die in order rob them at their time of their deaths, Miriam is now living in Florida, in a house that used to belong to her mother, and she ha...
  • Brandon
    Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication. All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. What is even more concerning is that someone is out there playing copy-cat to some of Miriam’s more gruesome killings. Can M...
  • Ashley Daviau
    This book DESTROYED me. Granted, each book in this series has destroyed me in its own way but The Raptor and the Wren is just on a whole other level. I feel like I’ve been ripped apart and torn into a million tiny little pieces and scattered into the wind, that’s how bad this book broke my heart. And it hurts SO freaking good! I won’t go into plot details because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet but man oh man,...
  • Emily
    "Fuck you, dude, you have no idea what we 'girls' can do. We wanna kill a man with a chainsaw, we kill a man with a chainsaw."I think this book may have ripped my heart out. Gahhhhhhhhh. The Miriam Black series gives you all the feelings - you laugh, you're creeped out, you're anxious, sad, excited,e etc. The Raptor & the Wren was so good, and I am thoroughly impressed with this entire series. Everything is connected, and the storytelling and cha...
  • Skip
    Miriam heads north from Florida to her old stomping grounds to find out why someone is killing people in the same ways she did (to save lives), leaving behind the people about whom she cares the most: Louis and Gabby, but accompanied by her FBI agent buddy. Readers get a high octane dose of Miriam: her dirty mouth, her will to survive, her swagger and her "never say die" [pun intended] spirit. But, the crazies are out in full force and there a lo...
  • Bradley
    Holy. Shit. Review to come once I process what I've just read.
  • Mindi
    Five books in, and I'm so invested in Miriam's story that I never want this series to end! But alas, it will, and way too soon for my liking. Having said that, I'm also excited to check out Wendig's other books and I can't wait to see what he has in store for readers post-Miriam. If it's anything like this series I'm sure I will love it.BTW, I've been writing super spoilery reviews recently, and I think that is probably scaring people off. It's g...
  • Brittany Constable
    I'd recommend re-reading the rest of the series before diving into this one if it's been a while. This is where everything starts to loop back on itself, and details (some of them pretty minor) from each of the previous four books all come back into play here. Granted, it's not strictly necessary--even though there were some bits that I didn't actually remember from previous books (very little of The Cormorant seems to have stuck with me), everyt...
  • Joy
    I think this series has gotten better with the introduction of more strange supernatual twists. It's not a happy story, major characters die often and sometimes twice. The humor keeps it from being too dire and makes the read enjoyable.
  • Jennifer
    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! OMG. The ending of this book has left me with tears in my eyes, goosebumps on my arms, and a hammering heart. As if Miriam hasn’t gone through enough, now she loses Louis??? Damn. And the next book isn’t due for release until January 2019. Double damn.
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  • Reading Lit
    This was my first experience with this book series, but not the first time I have read this author. Chuck Wendig fashions his verbiage addictively for the reader. This series has been called brutal and visceral, and Wendig’s Writing echoes this tone.The story was fascinating and I was able to delve in fairly easily, recognizing I will need to visit the other books in the series soon. Mystery is not always my go-to genre, but this was a fine exa...
  • Ann
    I really liked this story and I definitely need to find the first 4 books in the Miriam Black series to read. I had a few instances where I would have made a connection quicker if I had read the previous books. Miriam is a good person who is trying to make amends and change her life's course. She is starting with Wren, a teen who is headed down a bad path because of her association with Miriam. Miriam can tell when and how a person will die by to...
  • Joel Ward
    Damn. This series keeps getting better and better. I'm not sure how I feel about that, knowing the next one is the finale, but I'll enjoy the ride while it lasts. Highly recommended, if you like intensity, action, horror and some very dark humor mixed in.
  • Rich Rosell
    Book five in Wendig's Miriam Black series dials up the shit storm that is her life, calling back a number of characters from past books in a swirling mass of death and discovery. The body count is high and the revelations are huge as Miriam exponentially expands on her 'abilities'. While I thought book four (Thunderbird) was the darkest of the series I was clearly wrong (at the time). This one is a gut punch that goes to some pretty nasty places,...
  • Essi | morrisongrl
    Noooo! I need more! The wait for the next (last!) book is going to be torture! Review soon.
  • Deni Skeens
    I had heard or read that the next Miriam Black, was going to be the last; if that's true, then The Raptor & the Wren is a damn fine penultimate for this finale.I absolutely loved this chapter in Miriam's existence. It's non-stop Miriam snark and saltiness, non-stop action, non-stop wanting to smack Miriam in the head and non-stop thinking that Louis is the best-damn thing. Louis, yes Louis is back and he's all over the place adding that awesome a...
  • Chris Bauer
    I have to confess difficulty at reading Chuck Wendig's work with an objective eye. Simply put, I'm a rabid fan of all his work and a devotee of his amazing blog "Terribleminds"From a purely technical standpoint, "The Raptor and the Wren" is a terrific book. The mechanics are rock solid, the plot / pace are just dead on and characters! Oh, the characters. Wendig has a real talent for creating horrible, nasty, profoundly broken people with whom the...
  • Rosa
    Ooooohhh what a bucket full of dark goodness this book is! After a stretch of saccharine reads this book hit the spot with its twisted darkness.Mariam Black is the antithesis of a hero. She has special powers...but these powers are nothing like your typical super powers. Mariam has the ability to see how people will die just by touching them. You can imagine how such a dark power would effect a person. In previous books in this series, Mariam is ...
  • Andrea
    I can't state often enough how much I love Miriam Black. She is a classical anti-hero, a broken woman with a pottymouth and terrible habits, and a power that lets her find out how someone dies with a touch. So why did The Raptor & the Wren not get 5 stars from me? It's too short! The ending felt very abrupt, the whole book just an introduction to the grand finale 'Vultures' coming in 2019. We've known since Mockingbird that Miriam isn't alone in ...
  • Catherine Evans
    SPOILERIFFIC REVIEW FOLLOWS. You know what? At least I didn't have to wait long for it, and by the time Vultures arrives I'll be pretty much over the disappointment, but this book is 90% filler. The 10% that's not filler is the methodical stripping away of every good thing Miriam has left. Which would be powerful if it didn't happen every book. And as the (bizarre, zombie ex machina) antagonist of this book demonstrated, nothing necessarily stays...
  • Rachel Chiapparine
    I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet. My personal review of the book is as follows:In my personal opinion this book specifically is the beginning prequel to the heart of the(for lack of a better way of phrasing it) “nightmare” that makes up the series as a whole; This entire series feels to me personally as if it’s telling you the story of a person’s very dark, vivid, and complex nightmare.A lot of plot points felt like th...
  • Elizabeth
    I don't think I've giving a Miriam Black book a less than 5 star review. And that's not because I'm super generous with stars. I honestly love these books.The Raptor & the Wren tore out my heart and stomped all over it, but I enjoyed every moment of it and can't wait for the final (NOOOO I'M NOT READY FOR THIS SERIES TO END) book. Miriam's life couldn't be much more of a s*show from start to finish, this installment just as much as any other. Tre...
  • Amy Braun
    Wow, this was a gut-puncher for sure. The story was as gritty and aggressive as any other in the series, though I have to say this one was had a very bleak ending. I found this to be the most engaging story, short as it was. Miriam continued to evolve and prove herself a fighter. There was also a lot more regarding the magic and the entities that follow Miriam around. There were frightening visits from old enemies and a looming threat that led to...
  • Jin
    I love books, especially fantasy sci-fi sorts with what should be unbelievable actions and premises that make you not only believe the journey but form an attachment to the characters. I don’t want to give away anything, for those that have not read this series or this the newest chapter I’d just like to say that you should. Read it now. Read it immediately. If you are drawn to an imperfect hero. If you enjoy seeing someone real even in a set...
  • Jeff Frane
    Don't pick this up if you anything critically important to tend to for the day. Expect to be thrown down the waterslide with no hope of climbing out until you crash at the bottom. And, whatever you do, do not start this book unless you have read the first four Miriam Black books or you will be lost from page 1. I love Atlanta Burns, but I guess we're never seeing another story about her. That leaves Miriam Black as the uncontested champion of Chu...
  • Angie
    Chuck Wendig's candid take on insomnia. "Other times it's like, hey brain, hello brain, what the fuck brain, no, no, sure, let's lie here and just think and think and think about things like hey let's go over every mistake and every moment of trauma and terror and let's wad them together and force them to fight inside my head like coked up squirrels." 😄Excellent story! Ugh, I am devastated. 💔 Counting down to 2019!
  • Bill
    Chuck Wendig always comes through with Miriam Black. Was in a bit of a reading funk, but I read this in a couple of days over the holiday. She is one messed up cookie, but I will miss her when she is gone. Of course, I prefer my enjoyment of Miriam from afar, don't want to get too close to that train wreck.