The Storm Crow(The Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson
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.
Trigger WarningsDepression, on page violence,self-harm
Should You read The Storm Crow?
“A storm. A tempest of lightning and thunder with the kind of heart found only in legends. A heart full of kindness and courage and strength.”
The Storm Crow was a love at first sight. The moment I laid my eyes on the dark gorgouesness of a cover, I was smitten and it didn’t matter that one of the crow’s beady eyes was staring at me from the said cover. *Enough said* Did the inside of the book captivate me as much as it’s outside did? Let’s find out..
The story starts with a beautiful scene where Princess Anthia or Thia is riding on top of a crow. Anthia is the princess of the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire where elemental crows are the most important, albeit sacred, things since forever. A future without the crows is unthinkable, but that is what will happen next.
This should be time of merriment as a festival is going on to celebrate the sacred (crow)egg hatching ceremony. However, sounds of laughter are soon replaced with horrified screams when fire breaks out in the Royal rookery(where the eggs are kept). Thia escapes the fire with the help of her warrior friend Kiva, but her mother and godmother does not.
Months after the fire, Thia is left with painful memories and burn scars, all because of a handful of Rhodairen nobels who betrayed their country to their enemy kingdom Illucia. Thia’s problems, however, is only just beginning as she learns that she has to marry the prince of Illucia, Ericen. Thia is helpless, as her sister (who’s the Queen now) explains that Illucia has the power to destroy what’s left of Rhodaire and without a single crow, they would be helpless in a fight against Illucia. Thia has no choice but to meet with the ‘cruel’ Illucian prince and go with him to Illucia. However, it seems that not all hope is lost for Thia when she finds a lone crow egg in the destroyed rookery. Thia must carry the egg to Illucia as a royal has to present during the hatching. Will Thia be able to survive Illucia, the Illucian Queen and do all of this while trying to get the egg to hatch?
Okay. It's time to dissect even further
I loved the writing. It wasn’t flowery or magical but I wasn’t left wanting for it. The story kept me engaged and sometimes on edge with the anticipation of what’s to come. With that said, The Storm Crow is the first book in a duology so there wasn’t much of a worldbuilding or action. This was a purely character-driven story where we accompany Thia on her journey from her home to uncharted enemy territory; all the while trying to cope with depression, mental and physical torture, basically escaping death and protecting the allegedly last crow egg. I loved watching Thia and sister communicate(even if it wasn’t for long) and I also loved Thia and Kiva’s relationship, Thia and Ericen’s banter so very much.
Click to view spoilersEricen, as it turns out, was not entirely a bad guy. I mean, he was tortured(implied) by his mother and technically, he had no hand in the slaughter of the crows and people. All of Thia and Ericen’s conversations were giving me hope of a marriage of convenience OTP; however, it was not meant to be 😦
“He was everywhere; I couldn’t escape him. Surely, it would only be worse in Illucia. He was in my head, in my thoughts and my emotions. He’d burrowed underneath my skin with his vicious smiles and barbed, caustic words, and everywhere I went, there he was.”
Also, I loved that a fantasy protagonist mentioned that she’s depressed out loud and there’s also a scene where Kiva is seen describing PTSD, and Kive is also gay and Ericen is bisexual am just assuming..
“It isn’t self-pity!” I screamed. “I’m depressed!”
There was a slight hint of a love triangle in the end but I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that in the sequel because this woman is NOT a fan of them.
Overall, I highly recommend this epic fantasy to you if you would love reading about magical crows, feuding kingdoms, bloodthirsty queens, lovable sister and friend relationships, broody and mysterious princes, an herione “who is slowly growing to a badass” you can relate to, an underground rebellion and so many other things!
|Thanks to Midas PR for including me on the blog tour and for gifting me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review.|
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