Three French Hens

December 3rd, 2014 • Kate

TextingtheUnderworld_100212Well, not hens so much as ravens. Sort of. In Ellen Booraem’s Texting the Underworld, they’re just called The Birds:

There they were, the three Birds perched on a roost thirty feet away. They were huge, almost as tall as Conor, plump and glossy, with cruelly curved bills. The bird on the left had a purple bill, the one on the right was white-billed. On the center perch was a bird with a golden bill, which glistened in the faint electric light. […]

“Allow me to introduce you,” the Lady said. “This fellow on the left with the purple bill is Crakk, who sings the dead back to life. On the right is kindly white-billed Graw, whose song lulls the living into the sleep of death. And this beauty with the golden bill—ah, she is the one you want to please. She is Kawla, who conveys the power over life and death.” The Lady bowed to Kawla, who inclined her head majestically.

“Uh, hullo,” Conor said. “Pleased to meet you.”

Crakk opened and shut his bill with a snap, then made a noise like a rusty hinge. The Birds eyed Conor expectantly.

Today’s prize is a rare ARC of Texting the Underworld plus a hardcover of Ellen’s prior novel Small Persons With Wings. Leave a comment below to win!

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18 Responses to “Three French Hens”

  1. Jordyn Says:

    Ooh, sounds awesome!

  2. Sarah Meral Says:

    Sounds really cool!

  3. Kristin Boldon Says:

    This morning, a giant crow followed us up the street to the bus stop. We wondered what at its agenda.

  4. Kristin Says:


  5. Cherish Ann Says:

    Sounds great. Would love to read it!

  6. Sarah Says:

    I’m intrigued! I’d love to read it.

  7. Kate Says:

    Congrats, Sarah! You won! Email me your address and I’ll get your books out asap! (Will also send you an email.)

  8. Anna Swenson Says:

    Another great prize! I’d love to win 🙂

  9. Manju Howard Says:

    The cover of Texting the Underworld is intriguing.

  10. Julia Muldoon Says:

    This looks delightful, or rather interesting.

  11. Kiri Jorgensen Says:

    Sounds great! Sign me up!

  12. Tyler Says:

    This just sounds interesting.

  13. Kitty Says:

    You got me at the title. Sounds interesting!

  14. Alex Says:


  15. Tess Says:

    This sounds so cool omg. Thanks!

  16. Safah @ Midnight Pageturners Says:

    Ohmygosh this sounds amazing! And gorgeous cover!

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  18. Cowmage Says:

    That sounds quite fun.