ARC REVIEW | THE STORM CROW BY KALYN JOSEPHSON | WEAVING FICTION

STORM CROW

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Writing Style/Quality: 3
Plot: 3
Characters & their development: 3
Originality: 4
Pacing: 3
Personal enjoyment: 3
Final rating: 3
WHERE DID I GET THIS FROM? New South Books AUS
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I liked
-The Crows
-The magic System
-The history

I disliked
-The constant Cliches
-The love triangle

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GOODREADS BLURB

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.

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MY THOUGHTS

I was overly hyped for this book, because, y’know, crows. But it wasn’t mind-blowing. Storm Crow starts with Rhodaire being invaded and we witness it from the eyes of one of the princesses, our main characters, Thia.

At this point I’m going to mention that there is alot of violence in this novel but it’s never explicit honestly. I’d you’re not comfy with that and some very light torture via fire, this may not be the book for you!

This is a politically charged YA fantasy, where we see the aftermath of this country being invaded and having all of their crows killed. They become weakened and must have an allied marriage between the youngest princess and the attacking kingdoms prince.

Straight off the bat, this has AMAZING depression rep. The MC is highly depressed in the start of the novel, and battles with it throughout the story. To me, it was so reminiscent of what I have dealt with which made me feel really understood.

In saying that, my favourite part of this novel was the crows. They are these massive crows that you can ride on, and they all have magic. Earth crowd help things grow, sun crows bring healing and light, there are fighting crowd with steel-like feathers and storm crows who can bring the most intense storm to level a battlefield.

I found the addition of crows made this fantasy really unique and brought something I had never seen before though.

This world was well built, filled with a rich history that felt realistic, but unfortunately, that’s where the good things end.

This was full of cliches. Like, the most gag-worthy love triangle (though I do like the MC’s honesty when she says she doesn’t feel the same as one of the love interest feels) the horrible queen, the chosen one trope and so many more. If cliches don’t bother you much, then I’m sure you’ll be able to look straight past all of them, but for me it was too much, it really hindered my love for this novel.

Overall, besides the tropes, I had a really fun time with this one. I think it’s got the potential to turn into a great series. I also think this author could come to write some amazing stuff in the years to come as she comes into her writing more.

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