Title: Roar (Stormheart #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Genre: YA fantasy
Published: By Tor Teen on June 13th, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
I liked and disliked the main character, Aurora, at different times throughout the story. She is talented, capable, determined and strong, but also falters spectacularly in some places. The supporting cast fared much better – complex and having agendas of their own. The world-building was done very well, with just enough information to get a good grasp of the politics, geography and magic system. I was utterly captivated with the different types of storms and the magic they held. The plot was well-paced and gripped me from the very beginning. The writing style doesn’t come off as remarkable – it’s neither impressive nor badly done. It is a series I’d like to continue with for sure. A few flaws, such as the romance, put me off, which is why this book didn’t make it to my favourites shelf.
If you’re looking for YA fantasy set in a world with a unique magic system, then this book is definitely for you. For the music, I would turn to Lindsey Stirling’s album Brave Enough, mostly because the blurb has these words and also because her violin music is amazing. For the food, I’d suggest something piping hot and comforting (like sweet corn soup) because it is going to get stormy.
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