Series: Stormheart #1
Published by: Tor Teen on June 13, 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, The Publisher
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In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
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. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. 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. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. 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.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. 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.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
I received this book for free from NetGalley, The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: All Lined Up, All Broke Down, Inspire, All Played Out
One Line: A very different and interesting story.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Roar is one of those books where you’re just happy to have read it, even though you loved some parts and didn’t care for others. The fantasy world and storyline are amazing and I was really captivated with it all. Despite my busy schedule, I would make a point to read as much as I could to see what would happen next. However, there were a lot of lulls that had me wondering when something big would happen or if there would ever be that “attention grabber” I was hoping for. Also, the romance wasn’t my favorite aspect of the book, which is a bummer, because I tend to love Cora’s romantic plotlines.
I loved Cora’s world of dangerous and magical storms and those who could control them. I haven’t read anything like it and while it took me a minute to really wrap my head around the essence of this world and all the magic, I still really enjoyed it. I think Cora does a great job at giving readers information about the storms, storm hunters, and other people with magical abilities. She painted a cool picture, that’s for sure.
As for the characters, I liked them a lot. Roar and Locke are strong, interesting characters in their own right, and Cassius is a tough one to figure out, which made me even more fascinated by him. Sure, I hated him, but as the story progressed, I wanted to also know more about him and what made him tick. I loved the cast of secondary characters, particularly Jinx, Bait, Duke, and Novaya, as it’s a wide range of personalities in the Storm hunters group and castle attendants. What didn’t draw me in so much was the romance. Sure, it was cute and funny at times, but not exactly my favorite type of relationship. It was missing that spark, and while I didn’t mind it, I didn’t fall for it.
I will also say that this book didn’t wow me like I was hoping. It’s not that epicness I expect when I start a fantasy novel, but it’s pretty darn good and different. I’m looking forward to reading the second book and seeing where Cora’s imagination takes readers. There’s still much of this world I hope to learn about and even more in regards to the characters and how their story will play out, so I’m definitely going to continue with this series.
From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Releasing June 13, 2017, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Order your copy today!
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“You taught her?” Cassius asked.
“Yes, Your Highness.”
He surveyed Taven for several long moments. Then Cassius turned to Aurora and their eyes met. Anger clawed up her throat, and she struggled to keep her face blank. Better for him to believe he still had the upper hand.
“You taught her well,” Cassius said without looking away from Aurora, “but I’ll take it from here.”
Over Cassius’s shoulder Tavan met her gaze, eyebrow raised. She nodded; she had kept him away from his soldiers long enough, and she could not avoid the prince forever.
“You are full of surprises, Princess.”
She smiled, ignoring the bile threatening to rise in her throat. “As are you, Price Cassius. As are you.”
He circled behind her, and she felt the weight of his touch against one of the knives still sheathed near her shoulder. His breath fanned over her ear as he asked, “May I?”
Without waiting for an answer, he lifted the blade from her. “Good balanced weight,” he said. “I imagine it flies well.”
“Like a dream.”
His mouth was at her ear again—too close, too warm. “Show me.”
She stepped away like it burned. “I think I’m done for the day.”
“Come now, Aurora.” She flinched at his use of her name. Had he used it yesterday? She could not remember. But now it felt too familiar, far too intimate. “What will it take to get you to show me? How much of my pride shall I bargain away?” His hand touched the small of her back. “Or what shall I offer you in return?”
She spun, and before she realized what she was doing, she had the point of her knife beneath his chin. The courtyard went still around them, but Cassius only smiled wider in response. She was unnerved by the darkness that licked at the edge of her thoughts, of the voice inside whispering to push the knife a little harder, to show him she was not so easy to control. All she knew was that she had let fear rule her for too long, and now it was time she took the reigns.
“Do you trust me?” she asked, and slowly let the knife drift along his jaw.
His eyes narrowed. “Trust…is not one of my skills.”
“If we are to be married, if we are to someday rule, there is nothing so important as your ability to trust me, and I you.” He watched her warily. “You want something from me,” she continued, “but you’ll not get it unless I trust you.” She was talking about far more than knives, and from his long pause he seemed to know it.
“I’ll hand over my trust in this. What would you have me do?”
She led him to the largest target, the one with an outline of a person meant to test the thrower’s ability to hit a body’s weak spots. She pushed against his chest until he thumped back against the target. Then she snatched the knife from his hand and said, “Stay there.”