Welcome to my blog! Today i am taking part in the blog tour for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson organised by Midas PR. Check out the other blogs taking part down below.
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 story is told in first person, following our main character Anthia. At the beginning of the book, Thia is suffering from depression, which i am always delighted to see in any book as long as it’s done in the correct way. I think it is the perfect way to explore the characters in a book, and I tend to love books that do this even more. That being said, personally, I found it a little difficult to really connect to Thia and the story, and therefore empathise with her. I do think her depression was done extremely well. I did like Thia quite a lot, although I did feel sometimes she was quite naive, or that she was very easily duped. I think it’s because she is a very passionate character in some ways, and that led her to throw herself into things.
Not only do we have a strong main character, we also have an amazing cast of side characters! Kiva is my favourite. She was a really dynamic character and I loved the friendship between her and Thia – they have such a deep love for each other and Kiva acts as a protector for Thia. Kiva also begins to develop a relationship with another girl, and I am anticipating such a sweet romance in sequels to come! We also have Ericen, the prince. He seems pretty rude at the beginning, but you begin to discover his reasons later on. I am strongly shipping him with Thia! However, the main love interest in this book is Caylen, who is basically quite sweet and cute but I don’t feel it like I do with Ericen. I need that enemies to lovers trope – I never like the sweet, sickly love interest. I prefer bad boys and a journey to falling in love.
It is very mature and there are beautiful phrases of description without it ever getting annoying. Kalyn Josephson is certainly very talented! I can’t believe that this was a debut, and I will be eagerly awaiting more books by this author. The world-building was flawless. In this world there are elemental crows, which i mean sounds awesome right? I love elemental magic.. I thought the cultures of each kingdom had a lot of depth and development, and I feel like we are going to see a lot more of them in books to come.
I see big things for this series, and with longer and more complex plots, and think this could really become a favourite! This comes with a high recommendation from me, and I suggest you preorder or buy it or borrow it when it comes out!
I rated this book 5/5 stars!
This book comes out in hardback in the UK August 1st! Make sure you preorder it today!