Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – REVIEW
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 knew what I needed to do, but working up the will to do it felt like trying to fight my way above water in a depthless ocean. It was so hard not to drown.”
I was kindly invited to take part in the blog tour for The Storm Crow and immediately accepted as I still hadn’t read the ARC included in the December Fairyloot box and knew this would be the perfect time to finally start it. I loved the idea of elemental crows possessing magic allowing them to exhibit powers related to wind, shadow, battle, water, earth, storm, fire and sun. The enviable descriptions of the crows and their riders were some of my favourite parts but I was a little disappointed we didn’t get to see more of them. Fingers crossed the sequel addresses this and I can revel in the crows again.
“Crow or no crow, one way or another, you will fly. You were always meant to rule the sky.”
The book felt similar in style to Crown of Feathers which I recently read but was also able to stand on its own. Princess Thia was the character I most identified with due to the portrayal of her nuanced struggle with depression. The mental-illness representation read as authentic and I too-easily recognised Thia’s feelings of self-loathing, shame, fatigue, and disengagement with the world. However, my favourite character was Kira, Thia’s best friend and skilled guard. She was always unapologetically herself, confident in her vast fighting abilities, and endlessly supportive. I also can’t wait to see more of her developing relationship with Auma (who was incredible too, by the way, and I already have a theory about her identity).
“I won’t let my scars define me. Not anymore. From now on, they’re a symbol of what I have left to fight for.”
The male characters weren’t quite as interesting for me and I felt the romances were a little insta-love, without enough development to allow the reader to become invested in them. Prince Ericen has the potential to become a great character though, especially if the growing tension between his loyalty and sense of honour continues to clash with his desire to better himself and his people. Now onto my new love – Resyries, the most adorable crow ever. I would end up exactly like Caylus and give in to his every whim. As long as Res remains safe then I’ll be happy with whatever book two gives me. Overall, The Storm Crow is a solid debut with an action-packed ending that leaves the reader eager for the sequel. If certain elements are developed further, it has the potential to be a fantastic duology.