The Storm Crow
Author: Kayln Josephson
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Synopsis: 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.
I absolutely adore the cover for this book! It is super pretty, and it matches the subject matter of the book so well. It’s probably one of the nicest covers I have seen for a fantasy novel in a long time!
I absolutely adore fantasy with touches of magic. They can be so special if written right, just like The Storm Crow. There is so much emphasis on magic – the main aspect of the book deals with magical crows! I have to say I have never read anything that featured magical crows. Magical animals, yes, but crows? That’s completely original and I was so excited to read this because of that!
I feel like a lot of fantasy books, especially ones that deal with magic, feel rehashed and kind of the same. I’m always hesitant to pick up a fantasy unless it really stands out from the crowd, and if that’s what you’re looking for, too, then you definitely will be pleasantly surprised by The Storm Crow.
The world building in this book wasn’t just satisfactory, but I felt like it went above and beyond. There was so much attention to detail which really made me feel like I was a part of the story, and like it really came to life. I adore that in a book, so I felt right at home in this one. To be honest, there were times when I had a bit of difficult moving from the story back to real life, because I was so immersed in the magical setting and story.
I also really liked the whole sister theme going on. I love books that focus on family and have a lot of family elements to them, so once again, this was right up my alley. I thought it was kind of unique in that way, too, since it can be difficult to find an awesome fantasy read that takes close family ties into consideration.
All in all, I have to recommend this book to everyone who is a fan of fantasy, as well as those who are looking to try something new. It’s such a great book, and I couldn’t put it down!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Kalyn Josephson is a Technical Writer in Silicon Valley, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA, but now lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an even tinier owl). When not writing YA Fantasy, she loves baking, reading, playing sports, and watching too many movies.
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