Crows Like Shiny Things [First Impression]

“Crows Like Shiny Things” bothers me on so many levels. The protagonist is so stupid. Don’t kill me, please.

Alt Titles까마귀는 반짝이는 것을 좋아해
CreatorsMr.C [씨씨] (Author) – Mijoo [미주] (Artist)
Licensed?English (R15)English (R19)Indonesian (R15)
Release2021
NovelYes
GenreDramaFantasy, HistoricalRomanceSmut
Sahara looking like a model

Summary of Crows Like Shiny Things

“The war is over. The one who cut the neck of the Norkans’ leader, who antagonized the great empire for 37 years, was a young woman.

Her name is Sahara Illaud/Illoud, the captain of the 128th Knights’ Division. She was summoned by the emperor and goes to the capital, where, for the first time in her life, she meets a man who catches her eye.

Crown Prince Cheisha, who is handsome to the extent that there are sparkles around him.

Sahara, who is beautiful and knowledgeable but arrogant and insensitive.

The fresh and heart-warming story of their lives.”
Crows Like Shiny Things
The main issue is honestly the main character. She’s described as being so amazing at being a swordsman yet she’s so naive it’s difficult to continue reading.

I am getting the feeling she’s honestly stupid. She should have more common sense considering she was killing people left and right and eating eyeballs.

Honestly I feel like the character of Sahara is a lot like a Mary Sue. She’s strong because she is, but naive because she just happens to be like that, too. There’s no explanation or reasoning behind it. In “I Tamed a Tyrant and Ran Away“, at least Charlize had thousands upon thousands of experience and magical abilities to justify her being so strong.

Our protagonist, Sahara Illaud is described as “beautiful and knowledgeable but arrogant and insensitive.” I’m honestly surprised, are we talking about the same character here?

She’s waiting outside in the freezing cold, for a letter, without a coat, hat or gloves. She refuses to open a letter the majesty sent because she’s “not of appropriate rank/noble”.

Come on… It’s such a cheap and stupid way to introduce the rest of the squad that we won’t see for a while once she gets to the capital, anyway.

There’s one thing to be behaving appropriately for your rank and one to be so stupid you get caught up with red tape.

ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE’S NO ONE THERE TO PUNISH YOU FOR BEHAVING INNAPROPRIATELY.

Sahara also decides to leave for the capital, despite a snowstorm coming. Is she for real? Not to mention “we’re leaving in 10 minutes”!? It takes longer to pack everything up than 10 bloody minutes. She’s supposed to be a captain and at least have some experience leading people.

The male lead is a typical Gary Stu too. He’s a playboy, asks for some type of reward for helping and is just off-putting. He seems to be a calculating bastard yet falls in love with Sahara? If he’s supposed to be true to character, he’ll sleep with her and leave her. Hate the bad boy gone good trope when done like this.

Crows Like Shiny Things
The female lead just randomly kills people, too. Hate to break it to you, sweetheart. But you’re not above the law – if there’s criminals you should let the guards handle it, not massacre them yourself.

She’s the type of person who keeps getting used by people and then time travels back into time and decide to take revenge. Like we see in other series.

The art is pretty decent, at least the bodies. Which is good, because we went all smut in chapter 13. At least some saving grace for this train wreck. Not that it matters because it’s still a giant mess and so unrealistic in the most basic and simple things.

Recommendation: I know people like this story, but Sahara is honestly pissing me off so I’m going to drop this one.

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