I received this book for free from Publisher at ALA Midwinter in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Tor Teen on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Publisher at ALA Midwinter
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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.
There’s something magical and intense about the weather and all the crazy things Mother Nature can do to this world. That is what drew me to this novel – how all sorts of weather phenomenons can be intertwined into a fantasy world to create a whirlwind of dangerous and electrifying adventure. And Roar did not disappoint in the least.
Aurora is the princess of her kingdom with all sorts of expectations placed upon her to have the talents of the Stormling, those who can fight the deadly storms thrust upon the lands. Instead she finds herself living a lonely existence, unable to get to close to anyone in case they were to find out her secret, that she does not have the magic of the Stormling despite her royalty status. Determined to find her own magic and break away from an arranged marriage, Rora runs off with storm hunters with the hopes to someday return and be her own force to reckon with.
What makes this story so amazing was how the author worked her magic to create such a clever and interesting spin on what storms could do, how they were alive. It was so unique and unlike anything I’ve ever read and I found it completely fascinating. The more Roar, as she is known to the storm hunters, discovers about the magic of storm hearts and about herself in relation to them, the more I wanted more of this world and everything in it. I often found myself in awe with how certain aspects came together and each time made me fall more and more in love. All the characters were well done with layers I enjoyed peeling back piece by piece. There was one particular hunter she was drawn to, and him to her as well, that added an element of romance to an already captivating story. The sparks between Roar and Locke smoldered from the get go until they caught fire!
The series is off to a phenomenal start and I’m already enthralled and craving more! There’s so much left to discover and secrets to unearth. This is absolutely a must-read!