The Storm Crow
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Publication date: July 9, 2019
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
Today I’m kicking off The Storm Crow blog tour with Raincoast Books! Be sure to check out all of the other blogs for their reviews this week!
So, I’m a sucker for anything crow related. I love crows, I’m drawn to them and any book that has a crow on the cover or in the title, I NEED. When I heard about this book, I was instantly hooked. Tropical setting, magical crows? Sign me up!
Things to look forward to in The Storm Crow:
- tropical kingdom
- elemental crows
- sassy, fierce and strong females
- bloodthirsty queen
- dashingly dark and evil prince
- did I mention elemental crows?
The Storm Crow starts off with a bang (literally) and instantly has you hooked. The world Kalyn Josephson has crafted is very complex, filled with different kingdoms, peoples , cultures and climates. The story begins in the Kingdom of Rhodaire, which is where the main character Anthia is from. Rhodaire is a tropical place and home to the elemental crows which, help run everyday life. I really enjoyed that the first bit was set in a tropical kingdom, that’s not something that I have seen in fantasy books too often. Usually they are set in temperate climates or the desert, so that was really refreshing.
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written, easy to read and fast paced. I kept turning the page and couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved the plot of the book, Anthia is forced to marry the Crow Prince of Illucia to save her Kingdom from ruin. She’s been obsessed with the Crows her entire life and when she finds an egg, that might just be the kingdoms saving grace her and her sister devise a plan to hatch it. The only trouble is, she’s in enemy territory and what she’s doing is incredibly dangerous. Yes, hello, love it, need it. I also really enjoyed the magic in this world, it’s not fully explained but that’s because the character don’t fully understand that, so I’m hoping in the sequel we”ll get o explore a bit more of it.
The two main characters Princess Anthia and Prince Ericen are fantastic. Anthia is complex, she’s dealing with depression after a tragic accident that left her kingdom in despair. She doesn’t know how to move on with her life, how to get out of bed and how to live anymore, she feels like she’s fallen apart. I think the author did a wonderful job at portraying a form of depression that people can relate to. She also did a great job of showing Anthia trying to overcome her mental illness. Besides her depression, because that doesn’t define her, Anthia is opinionated, intelligent, passionate and willing to do anything to save her people.
Ericen, the “evil” Prince form the Illucian Empire comes off as cold, condescending and thoughtless, but that’s obviously not the case. He’s a bit hard to read but he has a sharp tongue on him, he’s protective, maybe slightly rebellious and loyal to a fault, he follows his orders even if he doesn’t agree with them. I really enjoyed the interactions between these two characters, they were often funny and endearing even if they were berating each other.
The only things that kept this from being a five star for me were: 1. the world building, I know Rhodaire is tropical but It didn’t give me complete tropical vibes, I would have liked just a bit more descriptions about the world, 2. the romance, it wasn’t for me, but I know tons of people are going to love it!
Lovers of fantasy, pick this one up, it’s a fun read full of magic, danger and rebellion that deals wit hard topics like grief and depression.
I will definitely be impatiently awaiting the sequel to The Storm Crow, as this is a duology I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Thank you to Raincoast Books for the advanced copy and for having me kick off this blog tour!