Title: The Storm Crow
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Series: The Storm Crow #1
Genre: YA fantasy
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC from publisher which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 4 stars
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.
While I don't know if I got the whole giant crow bit to start with, there was a lot of good fantasy built into this world. The world was very interesting, and a lot to learn about and figure out. The characters were really good, all with a lot of background that made them more than two-dimensional, and gave you reasons to maybe not hate them, until they kept doing things that made them evil. There was a definite twist I didn't see coming, although really, it should have been something I wondered about, because how wonderful of creatures were these crows, and to get rid of them completely makes no sense. I had really grown to want maybe something to happen for Ericen, even with him being the son of the enemy, her being forced to marry him, in his own way, he seemed to be maybe coming around. I'm glad that who I thought might be a double crosser didn't turn out to be one. Guess I've been reading too many books with that kind of person. The betrayer was really someone kind of unexpected, but not anyone that would devastate my opinions of the characters. We left off at the end with a hope for what comes next, and I look forward to reading the next part of the story.
About the Author:
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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Starts: July 9th 2019
Ends: July 23rd 2019