Started: March 23, 2018
Finished: April 1, 2018
Rating: 3/5 stars
You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind.
Well, this book held a bit of a mixed bag of sour and sweet.
When it comes to world building, it’s amazing. The world of Caelira feels incredibly real – and terrifying, considering all the sentient storms that ravage the land. The only reasonably safe places are the cities populated by Stormlings, people who can control storms – force them to obey – but between those cities, you are at the storms’ mercy.
Aurora Pavan is the sole heir to one of the oldest Stormling families – and she is quite the special snowflake. Stunningly beautiful, fierce, skilled – and completely unable to wield storm magic. Which means she has to marry another powerful Stormling in order to ensure that her people are safe – without anyone knowing that she cannot save them if a storm comes in. Her fiancé stirs up conflicting feelings in her, especially after she overhears him talking with his brother about conquering Pavan, and to find out more she trails after him outside the castle, ending up at a black market that trades in storm magic. Which is where she meets a group of Stormhunters – and decides to run away and catch herself some storm magic of her own to avoid marriage. And at the same time she also becomes attracted to the lead Stormhunter – and him to her.
The romance in this novel is far from perfect, which is a bit surprising, considering Cora Carmack’s background as a romance writer. It’s far too instant and, from the men’s point of view, far too possessive. Feelings go from 0 to 100 in a few pages. I honestly think I would have preferred if there had been no romance at all until the next novel. That would have made a lot more sense.
The characters are also a bit “standard YA fantasy stereotypes”; the mysterious, dark prince, the beautiful, enchanting princess and the overly masculine adventurer. It’s a bit sad that these characters were not more diverse, as others in the novel certainly were.
But, yes, I will continue with this series, simply because of the world and the promise of adventure. And who knows? Maybe the next book will achieve better points for characters and romance.