RELEASE DATE: July 9th 2019
AUTHOR: Kalyn Josephson
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance.
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.
The Storm Crow is one of the debut books that I’ve been looking forward to this year and It turns out to be a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the story but It didn’t completely meet my expectations. Except for the crows magic element, it was a typical YA fantasy read. The characters were good but not that great either. My favorite was Resyries. He was totally adorable. There’s a super insta-love in the second half which I’m really not fan of. Another thing that I was bummed about is nothing major happens until you get to the last part. I would’ve given it a three stars if it wasn’t a debut novel. The world building and magic was pretty good though.
The story starts with Princess Anthia of Rodhaire and her best friend having a good time enjoying their city’s annual festival, but everything falls apart when they’re suddenly invaded by the powerful Illucian Empire. They destroy all the Elemental Crows leaving their empire vulnerable. In the chaos, Thia loses her mother the Queen. As a last attempt to save her kingdom, Thia’s elder sister Caliza who has taken the crown after their mother’s death agrees for the marriage proposal which was sent from the Illucian Empire. Anthia is reluctant to marry the prince of her enemy kingdom, but she’s their kingdom’s only hope. So she finally agrees to the marriage and gets ready to travel to Illusia. When Thia stumbles upon an unhatched crow egg which somehow survived the massacre in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister plans to hatch it so they could get back what was taken from them. While hiding this dangerous secret from the prince and the Illusians, they need to figure out a way to hatch the egg before it’s too late.
I wouldn’t say the main characters Anthia and Ericen were totally incredible but they’re not too boring either. Ericen’s character reminded me a little bit of Prinz Soren from the Ash Princess. I liked him more than Anthia. The only thing I don’t get is was his obsession to prove to his mother who’s actually the villain in this book. Anthia is your typical teenager who has her own dreams and she don’t want to sacrifice them. At the beginning, she was a bit selfish and bratty which was realistic. Some of her actions annoyed me, but overall she was okay. As for the romance, it was a triangle, the love interests were interesting but the romance could’ve been better. The insta-love in the second half really made me cringe. It was super fast without any buildup. However, after the events at the end of the book, I can’t wait to know how the drama unfolds in the next book. The friendship was greatly done and I’m totally rooting for a certain queer relationship. The secondary characters were nice. I liked Kiva, Auma, Caylus, and Resyries. For me, Resyries is the best part of this book. I loved his silly tantrums for food. He was so adorable and cute.
The Plot was engaging but don’t expect for anything major happening until the end. It was mostly a slow read so if you’re looking for something fast paced and action packed then this won’t be the best book for you. I don’t know for everyone but personally a lot of things were predictable for me in this book. I think people who read too much YA fantasy can easily figure them out. The writing was great, I have no issues with it. The book was written in first person POV but I would’ve preferred third person POV. The world building, the unique magic, and the culture was great. I really loved them. The crows in this book are pretty huge, they’re not really short like the regular ones in the cover.
All in all, I liked the book but It wasn’t my favorite. Despite issues, I think it was a good start to a new series and I’ll look forward to the next one. I hope it’s even better than this one.
I recommend it to all the YA fantasy lovers!
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