The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)
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.

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) Details

TitleThe Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooksFire
ISBN-139781492672937
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) Review

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    Psssst. Want to win a preorder of The Storm Crow? Check out my Instagram to see a giveaway + interview with Kalyn!!The Storm Crow is officially a new all time favorite read. Consider me obsessed x10000. Quick note, because I get asked this a lot- yes there is a sequel coming ;) - and I'm lucky enough to have read an early version and omgggggg it's so good. So for those of you who get to the end and need more... rest easy! There will be more.(view spoiler)[ And we haven't seen the last of Erice Psssst. Want to win a preorder of The Storm Crow? Check out my Instagram to see a giveaway + interview with Kalyn!!The Storm Crow is officially a new all time favorite read. Consider me obsessed x10000. Quick note, because I get asked this a lot- yes there is a sequel coming ;) - and I'm lucky enough to have read an early version and omgggggg it's so good. So for those of you who get to the end and need more... rest easy! There will be more.(view spoiler)[ And we haven't seen the last of Ericen ;) (hide spoiler)]I don’t want to give away too much, as usual in my reviews, but basically we have Anthia, a crow rider and princess of a demolished nation, who at the beginning is barely able to get out of her own bed, let alone walk around her city after the destruction of her family and the magical crows. The losses she suffered left her in a pit of depression that she can’t seem to claw out of no matter how hard she tries. Anthia's sister - the only family to have survived the siege - is currently queen - but she's barely able to hold up against the enemy country who left their nation in ruin. As a last hope, she agrees to an arrangement for Anthia to be wed to the enemy prince as a plea for peace. Enter Ericen, our resident evil-ish prince with a smart mouth and a scowl to match who knows just how to get under Anthia’s skin. Oh, and he’s pretty. "He was everywhere; I couldn’t escape him. Surely, it would only be worse in Illucia. He was in my head, in my thoughts and my emotions. He’d burrowed underneath my skin with his vicious smiles and barbed, caustic words, and everywhere I went, there he was.” He arrives at the palace to collect his bride, thus forcing Anthia into action. First of all, he rouses her into a frenzy - and their banter is priceless. Worse, Anthia not only has to marry him, she has to accompany him back to Illucia, his country. Only, right before Anthia leaves, she discovers something (that I won’t say because spoilers)… and a little kernel of hope forms within her, despite the depression weighing her down daily. She forms a plan.Thus Anthia and Ericen journey to Illucia. And I’m going to stop there because you just have to read it. Anthia is the type of character that burrows deep into your soul. When you read her pages, you’ll feel so pulled in by her, you’ll forget you even exist. The depression rep is handled SO well, and SO needed in books these days. I can’t even describe it - the writing struck home so many times for me. "Still, I clung to the rising hope, feeling as if I balanced on a glass precipice, waiting for it to shatter and send me careening into the nothingness like so many times before.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.” But it isn’t just Anthia (and Ericen - wink wink) who will steal your heart. In particular, there’s a STRONG female friendship that I can’t even begin to describe, as well as some other certain fun characters I won’t mention because spoilerrrrrs. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them.In terms of writing - ohhh my gosh. Kalyn is the author I aspire to be. Her prose is gorgeous. It’s easy to follow, not cluttered with too many details, but also lush and descriptive and the right amount of lyrical. *Special shoutoutKalyn is a dear friend and critique partner of mine, and I'm so excited for her book to be released. She's such a gem - and genuinely one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. But even despite our friendship, I seriously loved this book so much. This review is from the heart. In fact, my ARC is loaded with highlights, and I’m pretty sure I sent a billion screaming messages to Kalyn while reading it. I can’t wait to see what you all think! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one! (Psssst... and check out that COVER!) My sweet friend Melanie hosted a full blog cover reveal post for us, including a trailer (by yours truly) and excerpt! Check it out HERE!***Preview: Omg. Everyone needs to add this to their TBR! Just read that description. This book is going to be SO. GOOD.Also, Kalyn is amazing just FYI.
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  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    Six of Crows really did ruin me for all other books. I just saw the word “crow” and thought, “no idea what this is about but I’m definitely in”
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    December Fairyloot! Clink on link below the picture to see the goodies. THE GOODIESI LOVE THIS COVER!!!!!!This book was amaze balls!! Welp, looks like another ARC I will be preordering the hardback! I’m going to add a few spoilers so Don’t read after the gifs unless you want a bit of spoileryThe shit hits the fan maybe a page out of the gate! Thia is having a good time out joyriding on one of the elemental crows; she was still waiting to get one of her own. Thia is out with her friend, Kiva, who December Fairyloot! Clink on link below the picture to see the goodies. THE GOODIESI LOVE THIS COVER!!!!!!This book was amaze balls!! Welp, looks like another ARC I will be preordering the hardback! I’m going to add a few spoilers so Don’t read after the gifs unless you want a bit of spoileryThe shit hits the fan maybe a page out of the gate! Thia is having a good time out joyriding on one of the elemental crows; she was still waiting to get one of her own. Thia is out with her friend, Kiva, who is a warrior. Then all hell breaks loose! The Illucians arrive and kill all the crows and kill many people including Thia’s mom. Thia’s sister becomes the new Queen and decides to marry Thia off to Prince Ericen of Illucia. Thia fought this tooth and nail but had to succumb to her destiny. My ass! And Thia’s ass too if she has anything to do with it. Thia leaves with the Prince to go to his home. BUT.... Thia found a crow egg and is taking it with her. Thia’s sister is all for this as Thia must find the way and the magic to hatch the egg. Thia meets the handsome boy Caylus, who just happens to be a rebel. Woot!! Oh, and the evil Queens servant, Auma is a rebel as well. Oh happy day!! The evil witch needs to be taken down. Anyhoo, Caylus helps Thia find her inner power to hatch the egg!! And we have sweet little Resyries which means “ Stormbringer” and oh does he have a charge!! Turns out the prince might not be so bad. Turns out that evil Queen has a whole slew of crow eggs! That bitch! And she needs Thia to hatch them. Not today dear Queenie! The gang escapes and are planning her take down! I hope the next book will have then raining hell down on the Queen. SIDENOTE: The Queen did have some bad things happen to her but she didn’t have to turn out the way she is but... Either way, I loved the book and look forward to the next one! Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾MY BLOG
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Here are the top five reasons you (Yes, you!) should read the storm crow.1. Just look at that cover. Even if you never read it, you need this book on your shelf. It is gorgeous and will be a great edition to your bookshelf.2. The writing will satisfy every reader. If your a reader who needs fast paced writing with lots of action, The Storm Crow is for you. If you love amazing images painted with words, The Storm Crow is your book. 3. The story. I won't go into it because I don't want to spoil bu Here are the top five reasons you (Yes, you!) should read the storm crow.1. Just look at that cover. Even if you never read it, you need this book on your shelf. It is gorgeous and will be a great edition to your bookshelf.2. The writing will satisfy every reader. If your a reader who needs fast paced writing with lots of action, The Storm Crow is for you. If you love amazing images painted with words, The Storm Crow is your book. 3. The story. I won't go into it because I don't want to spoil but the story is basically a combination of Six of Crows and Brave. Anyone and everyone will love it.4. The Storm Crow has a wide array of characters. Each one of them strong, brave and kind. (Well, most of them 😉😂). Every reader will become instantly attached to a character (or two of three or four...)5. The Storm Crow will rock your emotions. It will make you laugh and cry. You'll fall in love with some characters and hate others. In short: READ THIS BOOK!Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | Buy |
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  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    In the Kingdom of Rhodaire the people rely on magical giant crows with elemental powers to help them with everything from growing crops, producing weapons and controlling the weather. The crows are not slaves but are revered. They work together with humans and are a part of their way of life. This book starts out with Rhodaire being invaded by another Kingdom, Illucia. The crows are killed, several people close to our main character Thia die, including her mother the Queen. Rhodaire finds themse In the Kingdom of Rhodaire the people rely on magical giant crows with elemental powers to help them with everything from growing crops, producing weapons and controlling the weather. The crows are not slaves but are revered. They work together with humans and are a part of their way of life. This book starts out with Rhodaire being invaded by another Kingdom, Illucia. The crows are killed, several people close to our main character Thia die, including her mother the Queen. Rhodaire finds themself in chaos, having depended for so long on the crows they no longer know how to survive without them. Supplies are running out and Caliza, the new queen, has hard decisions to make. One being - having to marry off her sister Thia to the enemies son. If you're thinking this book will be like Eragon the only similarity it had was that Thia finds the last egg and she has a connection to it. The similarities end there. After that action filled first chapter the plot mostly revolves around the hatching of the egg. The plot started out with a bang and then it died down and..... stayed dead. And normally I hate it when people complain about a book being too slow in the beginning because most of time that is world building and the plot picks up. THE PLOT DID NOT PICK UP. I was waiting for something to happen. It was a kind of plot that I've seen too many times before to the point where I could predict what would happen next.I enjoyed the writing, it really hooked me in. The characters were likeble, some even loveble. The concept of giant crows with elemental powers was also highly intriguing and the diverse representation was really well done. I especially liked that this book included depression. It was very new for me to read in a YA fantasy. I have no experience in depression so I cannot fully say if the rep was accurate. But as someone looking in, I learnt a lot about what people with depression must be going through. About half way through the story line fell flat. I just wish I could connect with the characters and what they were going through and I feel that there was not enough background information on certain things. The ending was disappointing but I sincerely hope the sequel will fill in what lacked in this book. You might think I'm being harsh but I did enjoy this book. It just did not blow me away. Keep in mind that this is an ARC and perhaps the final copies will be improved. Will I read the sequel? Probably. If only for Caylus who is my favourite character and deserves all the happiness in the world. Buddy read with Hamad 💫ARC received from Edelweiss+ and publishers in exchange for an honest reviewDate of publication: 9 July 2019
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  • Jessica Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    HEYhey ( ° ʖ °)You know what's better than crows? ELEMENTAL crows.I was lucky enough to read THE STORM CROW early and LEMME TELL YOU. It's bloody brilliant. Josephson has crafted such a rich and gorgeous world that is SO REAL, I honestly swear it's out there somewhere.And the characters--hello, Ericen is my fav, I call dibs--are so loveable (yes, even the bad ones...especially the bad ones) and complex, that they had me rooting for them from the start. One of my utmost treasured things about thi HEYhey ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)You know what's better than crows? ELEMENTAL crows.I was lucky enough to read THE STORM CROW early and LEMME TELL YOU. It's bloody brilliant. Josephson has crafted such a rich and gorgeous world that is SO REAL, I honestly swear it's out there somewhere.And the characters--hello, Ericen is my fav, I call dibs--are so loveable (yes, even the bad ones...especially the bad ones) and complex, that they had me rooting for them from the start. One of my utmost treasured things about this book is the depression rep, which is handled so beautifully. Honestly, our heroine Anthia means so much to me and I would 11/10 die for her.THERE'S A LOT I WANT TO YELL ABOUT THE STORM CROW, but I advise readers to walk in blindly and be utterly transported in this lush, immersive world.
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    Very easy to read but had more potential! RTC soon!BR with My new bestie, Queen of the winter court, the ravenclaw in our crew and a best reviewer! ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review
  • Kalyn Josephson
    January 1, 1970
    Hi all! As we creep closer to the release date of THE STORM CROW and early copies start making their way into the world, I wanted to talk a little bit about the book, including some trigger warnings. I love this story deeply and I want to be sure anyone who picks it up is aware of what they’re reading.- First, and most notably, this is a book about a girl living with depression. It’s about her struggles and her triumphs, and it’s about hope. As someone who struggles with depression, my hope is t Hi all! As we creep closer to the release date of THE STORM CROW and early copies start making their way into the world, I wanted to talk a little bit about the book, including some trigger warnings. I love this story deeply and I want to be sure anyone who picks it up is aware of what they’re reading.- First, and most notably, this is a book about a girl living with depression. It’s about her struggles and her triumphs, and it’s about hope. As someone who struggles with depression, my hope is that this book can help others who are too. The most difficult parts are in the first chapter and a couple scenes in the early third.- Self-harm is briefly mentioned in the latter half, to do with the enemy kingdom’s religion.- There are a couple rather violent scenes toward the end, one of which involves fire.If you have any questions about any of these, feel free to reach out to me on here or through my website, twitter, or instagram accounts. I’m happy to go into more detail for those looking to better understand these warnings.Thank you for sharing this story with me and I hope you enjoy it!
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  • Stephanie Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Trigger and Content Warning:  Depression, Self-Harm,Violence,I really LOVED this book! The Storm Crow is filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter, the characters are all amazing and the magic is uniquely written. With a large variety of majestic crows that can control the elements they provide everything needed for it's country.  The crows gave me major  How to ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Trigger and Content Warning:  Depression, Self-Harm,Violence,I really LOVED this book! The Storm Crow is filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter, the characters are all amazing and the magic is uniquely written. With a large variety of majestic crows that can control the elements they provide everything needed for it's country.  The crows gave me major  How to Train your Dragon vibes. Josephson has created such a rich and gorgeous world!"It's difficult to walk against the wind. It takes strength."The story begins in Rhodaire,a magical kingdom where the elemental crows reside. Everything happens so quickly in the first chapter,Rhodaire is attacked by Illucia during the crow hatching festival. The queen,some other residents and the crows are killed and the kingdom is left in ruins. The crows being gone changes everything as the residents relied on them for their way of life, the kingdoms continues to suffer. Enter our protagonist Anthia, princess of Rhodaire, when her sister announces she is to marry the prince of the kingdom who destroyed them she is desperate to escape. As luck would have it she finds a crow's egg. When Thia and Ericen set off for Illicia  she takes Kiva along with her and the egg."A storm. A tempest of lightning and thunder with the kind of heart found only in legends. A heart full of kindness and courage and strength." "Thia" : She is the princess of Rhodaire described as having brown skin tone ,and a born crow rider.She suffers from depression, the way its written was so well done,I have never read a fantasy novel that talked about depression before.Josephson does not sugar coat how crippling depression can be. I love how she continue to strive to help her country and overcome her negative feelings. I related to Thia in many ways.I especially loved her connection and passion for the crows.To help create a truce between Rhodaire and Illucia Thia is to wed their Prince.Kiva: Is Thia's best friend,she is also a warrior who is assigned to protect the princess. Kiva and Thias friendship was everything! They have such love for each other, and their fierce loyalty. Kiva has also begun to develop a relationship with servant girl, I am anticipating such a cute romance in the sequel!Ericen: Prince of Illucia, described as having pale skin, he is very sassy and reminds me a little of Rhysand which I'm so here for! I had a good feeling about him from the start even though he comes off as rude to Thia, I am cheering them on from the sidelines. I think there is more to him than we see right now.Caylus : He is sweet and has some really cute moments, but I am not feeling him like I am Ericen. I felt like the romance between him and Thia was not necessary, but the author seems to be building up towards a long triangle.It honestly feels like she just fell for Caylus because he wasn’t an Illucian. It felt like he didn't have much of a personality and  Ericen is clearly the better choice.“People are their truest selves at their most desperate.”This is the first fantasy I have read in a long time that had me completely immersed into the story and I flew through this book.  At times it was a little predictable but It was a great first book in a series. I highly recommend picking this book up when it comes out and I am very much looking forward to the sequel as I have a feeling it's going to be amazing! Buddy Read with LorandaBlog |Instagram |Twitter
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars I can't believe this is a debut book! I was in a book funk for two weeks. It never happened to me before but nothing tasted really exceptional. Nothing kept my attention. I got this ARC of Storm Crow in a Fairyloot box (I confess that I ordered this box as I knew an ARC was included) and opened it without too high expectation but also I was curious.The first sentences I nearly stopped because it happened in a universe that I did not get at first sight and as I said I had a hard time focu 5 stars I can't believe this is a debut book! I was in a book funk for two weeks. It never happened to me before but nothing tasted really exceptional. Nothing kept my attention. I got this ARC of Storm Crow in a Fairyloot box (I confess that I ordered this box as I knew an ARC was included) and opened it without too high expectation but also I was curious.The first sentences I nearly stopped because it happened in a universe that I did not get at first sight and as I said I had a hard time focusing these past weeks. Yet I was soon immersed in that first night of celebration with huge magical crows raining sparks and fire or storm and rain or... I had these pictured of magical fireworks and colors in a night sky created by these birds till...all Hell broke lose. This dream began a nightmare. A night of destruction and annihilation of a country. A night of betrayal. You got it I WAS IN! I was engrossed in Thia's journey.  First through grief and depression. And that's another feather to the author's hat because how many times do you read about heroes being depressed in fantasy books?And by depressed I mean really lost and wanting to hide under the covers all the time.Depressed to the point you can't simply will to move and be better. Because it is not so simple. It does not work. It is beyond your control. “This was why I’d hidden in my room, why I wanted to run there now. Alone, no one could make me feel like an ungrateful little girl, rejected and inferior. No one could look at me like Caliza was now: disappointed, impatient, accusatory. As if this were all in my head and it’d go away if only I tried hard enough.” Hiding in your room and shirking your princess's duty making your people despise you?The answer is simple: never. Or I have never encountered it so far. Even Feyre in ACOMAF was bad but Sarah J Maas did not go as far as Kalyn Josephson did. Yet Thia before Rochnog was buoyant and daring. Full of life. She will have to put herself back. For her country. For herself. It was like the destruction of the crows snuffed all her vitality.When she discovers the sole egg left unscathed from the disaster she knows she has to hatch it. It is the only chance of her country.If she and her sister hope winning against queen Razel one day they have to get this last storm crow. Especially when prince Ericen heir to queen Razel and owner of a horrible reputation has to marry Thia. This is the first book of a series, not published before seven months yet I want the sequel already! You have all that makes epic fantasy and extraordinary read: -Magic and magical crows;-The clash of kingdoms;-An evil and blood thirsty queen;-A beaten yet strong heroine;-A journey spiritual to regain her former self; intellectual as you have to solve the mystery to hatch crow's eggs and physical as Thia will follow prince Ericen to Rodel;-A rebellion brewing undercover;-A handsome enemy prince and an alluring inventor former fighter;And many other things sure to enthrall fantasy readers. I am really impressed and grateful to Kaylinn Josephson as she had my rapt attention and she gave back my love of reading. Mark my words this is a future bestseller and bestselling series.  Do you want to read this one now?  Thanks for reading!  Sophie Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • Sydni
    January 1, 1970
    where do i even start i-this book is going in my all time favorites i can’t comprehend what I just read. what a FABULOUS way to start off 2019 glad this was the first read of the year wowOKAY HERE WE GO.・。.・✭・.・✫・・。.The characters have got to be some of my all time favorites. Kiva and Thias friendship was everything. Their banter. Their loyalty. THEIR BFF RELATIONSHIP WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED. Thia was a character I related to in small ways but also wish I was more like. Her anger and passion for where do i even start i-this book is going in my all time favorites i can’t comprehend what I just read. what a FABULOUS way to start off 2019 glad this was the first read of the year wowOKAY HERE WE GO.・。.・゜✭・.・✫・゜・。.The characters have got to be some of my all time favorites. Kiva and Thias friendship was everything. Their banter. Their loyalty. THEIR BFF RELATIONSHIP WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED. Thia was a character I related to in small ways but also wish I was more like. Her anger and passion for the crows was completely real I felt everything she was feeling and was cheering her on in every direction she took (even if it wasn’t one I wanted her to) because I LOVE THIS CHARACTER!Her very real struggles with depression was something I was surprised about. I haven’t read many fantasy books where things like depression are brought up. I’m glad it was because it was comforting to see this badass character who suffers from something that I suffer from as well. I love that Thia wasn’t this perfect hero—but a very genuine girl who was working to better her own mental health, while also doing all the things that a strong—kickass princess does. Her and her sisters relationship was great! So glad it wasn’t just annoying sisters not getting along but they actually own up to their faults and create ways to figure their problems out together :”) we love mature characters IM EXCITED FOR EVERYONE TO READ THIS. Now I can definitely see a love-triangle forming and eh i usually hate love triangles bc it’s my way or nothing obviously....but this one I can tolerate because I like the bookBUT ERICEN. Give me a guy with a smirk glued to his face and a bad attitude and IM ALL IN. The other guy is sweet & all but....ERICEN. That can’t be all. I refuse. Overall i’m very sad that this was AN ARC because that means an even longer wait for the next book which doesn’t have much info yet ;(. READ. THIS. BOOK. Thanks fairyloot for including this masterpiece in your December book box! ON SALE 7.9.19!!
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  • Jessy
    January 1, 1970
    Don't judge a book by its cover.This cover is absolutely gorgeous. When I first saw it, I was already half in love with it, and I hadn't even read the synopsis. The word 'crow' immediately made me think of Six of Crows and the girl reminded me of Inej.So yeah, I was ecstatic when this cover was revealed, and I still was when my brain registered that this is not another book in the Six of Crows series.But The Storm Crow was just another generic YA fantasy that had me rolling my eyes and yawning f Don't judge a book by its cover.This cover is absolutely gorgeous. When I first saw it, I was already half in love with it, and I hadn't even read the synopsis. The word 'crow' immediately made me think of Six of Crows and the girl reminded me of Inej.So yeah, I was ecstatic when this cover was revealed, and I still was when my brain registered that this is not another book in the Six of Crows series.But The Storm Crow was just another generic YA fantasy that had me rolling my eyes and yawning from boredom.The evil empire destroys the magic in the good kingdom. Nothing new, very common in YA. That's exactly what happens in Children of Blood and Bone too. That book was so popular this year, and I don't think we need the same plot over and over again. Side note (and unpopular opinion): I didn't even like Children of Blood and Bone. I'm only halfway through and I'm not sure if I will continue it.So, the premise is nothing new. That wouldn't be such a problem if the rest of the book was good. It's not.Literally nothing happens. Nothing. I don't think you can even spoiler anything, because it is so predictable, and you'll know everything from reading the synopsis. Empire attacks, destroys magic. Protagonist has to marry evil prince. Protagonist finds magical egg. Protagonist has to hatch magical egg. That's. It.The characters are shit.Our evil prince is a complete asshole, and not the kind of asshole that is still likable, y'know? Then suddenly, he's super nice and supposedly 'charming'. The author tries to sell that through a tragic backstory and all that jazz, but I just didn't buy it. His change of personality didn't make any sense to me and he seemed like a completely different person. Not believable.Also, he constantly says 'I'm not as bad as you think I am' or 'I don't want to be your enemy' or some variation of that. So fucking annoying.The love interest Caylus gave me a little hope. At the beginning he's adorable and he's got that distracted scientist vibe. He reminded me a lot of Lazlo Strange (the protagonist of Strange the Dreamer. If you've read my review, you know that I love him).The thing is, later he's still like that, but I just can't stand him anymore. I've realized that Caylus is just a cheap Lazlo Strange copy. He too gets a tragic backstory that I don't care about and his personality doesn't go beyond 'adorable and confused'. He's also supposed to be a really good fighter/warrior/whatever, but there's also a scene where he bangs his head so hard that he starts bleeding. That doesn't happen in like a fight or something, but in his room. Because he wasn't looking. Some warrior he is. I hate this 'clumsy person who's also a really badass fighter' trope.Protagonist Anthia is just dumb. She thinks she can outsmart everyone but she's just really dumb. I was excited for a depressed main character but I just didn't care for her.A weird thing that I've noticed: basically every side character is gay. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against gay people and representation does matter, but it just struck me as weird. It's like the author is saying: "Sorry for making the protagonists straight! Let me make it up to you by making everyone else gay!"Still, this wasn't the worst thing that I've read. The writing is solid and reads easily. I appreciate the author trying to put a twist on an over-used trope. Instead of people having magic, it's the crows that have it. Could've been cool.P.S. Why do I have the feeling that Anthia and her crow are going to be the Avatar of this universe?Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*4 Stars* I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book! The Storm Crow is absolutely filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter and the magic system is unique and fun. With a variety of majestic crows that can control the elements, and even bend light, they provide the foundation for a country’s way of life. How could you NOT get sucked into the story immediately?! The relationships between ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*4 Stars* I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book! The Storm Crow is absolutely filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter and the magic system is unique and fun. With a variety of majestic crows that can control the elements, and even bend light, they provide the foundation for a country’s way of life. How could you NOT get sucked into the story immediately?! The relationships between the crows and their riders is charming and gave me all the feels, reminding me of my own relationships with my two kitties (who, unfortunately, cannot control the elements, but they do a pretty damn good job at controlling my emotions).This book was easy to keep reading and not once did I feel bored or want to put it down. There were some things about it that made some of the story difficult to believe because I did not want to believe that the main character, Thia, was that naïve. That being said, the character is young and, in my opinion, her actions are representative of the mistakes that a young person may sometimes make as they are trying to figure out who they are and how to navigate their interpersonal relationships and environment.I felt that some of the characters did need more depth and complexity to them to make me really feel like I could conceptualize their personalities and development throughout the story. Because of that, it would have been 3 stars for me. However, the reason I am giving this 4 stars is because there is a mental health component. Thia battles a depressive episode and her experience is written well. The mental health focus is a strong addition to Thia’s character as I feel it is something a lot of people will be able to relate to; therefore, allowing the reader to empathize with the character. With YA fantasy being, well, fantasy, it could be hard to relate to the experiences of the characters. Adding a mental health component to Thia’s story really gave me the ability to empathize with her and provided the story with more realism.I highly recommend picking this book up when it comes out and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the series progresses.
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  • Raquel Flockhart
    January 1, 1970
    “People are their truest selves at their most desperate.” I did it. I finished it. I don’t know why I did this to myself, I should have DNF’d it at some point. But I can be a bit stubborn and I wanted to see if something good happened towards the end. Guess what? It didn’t. The Storm Crow begins when Rhodaire, a magical kingdom with elemental crows, is attacked by Illucia, another kingdom. The queen and the crows are killed and the kingdom is left in ruins. That changes Princess Anthia life, wh “People are their truest selves at their most desperate.” I did it. I finished it. I don’t know why I did this to myself, I should have DNF’d it at some point. But I can be a bit stubborn and I wanted to see if something good happened towards the end. Guess what? It didn’t. The Storm Crow begins when Rhodaire, a magical kingdom with elemental crows, is attacked by Illucia, another kingdom. The queen and the crows are killed and the kingdom is left in ruins. That changes Princess Anthia life, who is dealing now with depression and forced to marry Illucia’s crown prince. But Anthia is about to discover that hope is not completely lost when she finds a crow egg, the last opportunity of Rhodaire to get a chance to fight Illucia.The premise sounds really cool. That’s the reason why this book had been on my radar for months and the reason why I got really excited when I saw the ARC included in Fairyloot’s December box. But the thing is that it’s been a while since the last time I disliked a book this much. No matter how much I try to find a single aspect I enjoyed about it, because I can’t find anything.Let’s start with the first of my problems: the lack of descriptions. The settings aren’t described at all in The Storm Crow, which made impossible for me to imagine the different kingdoms, castles and streets. Descriptions are one of the most important aspects in a book, especially in SFF. You can’t mention only the colour of a couple of buildings and a few objects in a room. That’s not enough, it denotes a lack of care in the world created. The simple writing and the overuse of pet phrases didn’t help either.Then we have the various inconsistencies and plot holes. The majority of the strategies don’t make any political or military sense. How is it possible for rebels to enter the castle that is described as the most guarded of all kingdoms? How the crown prince goes to enemy territory and eats the food without anyone testing it before? How is the princess allowed to go out of the castle without guards when she’s a political prisoner? How can Kiva choose to expend time with a girl she literally met the day before than protecting her princess and best friend the second day they are in Sordell’s castle? How can her people promise her a boat waiting for her in enemy territory when they are improvising the plan? And don’t make me start with all the inconsistencies around the ending.The characters are completely flat and one dimensional, but at least we get to see some racial and sexual diversity in The Storm Crow—the main character is a WOC and there are some f/f and m/m relationships briefly mentioned. The thing is that all the characters fall in love after having literally met the other person just two days ago; insta-love everywhere. Anthia has interesting and emotional thoughts on depression, which I liked. But her actions contradict some of those thoughts, which was weird. Also, I can understand why she abandones her obligations about her kingdom because of her depression, but I can’t comprehend how she’s the first one critiquing the decisions other characters make when she’s so selfish. Her sister become queen and interposed her obligations above everything else, having to do something as hard as not taking her time to mourn her mom. I couldn’t understand how Anthia can blame her sister for the difficult decisions she had to make for her kingdom when she didn’t get the space or the time that Anthia was granted. She algo gets to blame her mom, Auma and Ericen for making some decisions when I don’t think it was her call to make some of those recriminations.And getting back to the depression, I think using a psychiatrist word introduced in the 18th century in a medieval setting wasn’t the best decision. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s necessary to introduce something as important as mental health in a book and I liked how depression is handled in this one. But it would have been better if it had been included with accurate language that makes sense with the historical context in which the book is inspired. Something similar happens with the word 'anxiety'. Summing up, I really wanted to like The Storm Crow, but it didn’t work for me. The crows idea is pretty cool, but I couldn’t ignore the lack of descriptions, the flat characters, the various inconsistencies and plot holes, the unnecessary and multiple insta-loves and the overuse of some pet phrases. But this is an ARC, so hopefully some of those things will be improved or fixed in the final copy. “Welcome to the life of a woman. Men say stupid crap to us all the time.” P.S.: I'm not English, so if you see any mistakes let me know so I can correct them, please.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second 'Crow' book being published this year. I have no idea what it's gonna be about, but you can bet I'm reading them. Thanks a lot Six of Crows. See what you've done to me!
  • Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
    January 1, 1970
    People, this was a really good book, and I hope you are all looking forwards to it in 2019! This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and so I was so delighted to receive an arc of it in my December Fairyloot box (which was amazing). And this was such a great read which I would totally recommend, whether you want to start reading fantasy or whether you have been reading it for years - I think it could appeal to anyone. It is masterfully crafted in many ways, and is reminiscent People, this was a really good book, and I hope you are all looking forwards to it in 2019! This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and so I was so delighted to receive an arc of it in my December Fairyloot box (which was amazing). And this was such a great read which I would totally recommend, whether you want to start reading fantasy or whether you have been reading it for years - I think it could appeal to anyone. It is masterfully crafted in many ways, and is reminiscent of many well loved fantasy books while still being new and refreshing, incorporating rebellion, romance and mythical creatures. It reminds me of a book, but I cannot remember it at all, and perhaps it is just that beautiful nostalgia that this book creates, while still being so original. You should definitely look out for this one later this year, all of you! The story is told in first person, following our main character Anthia, or Thia, as she is mainly known by characters close to her. At the beginning of the book, Thia is suffering from depression, which is the first time I think that I have really come across this representation in a fantasy book. On a slight side note, seeing diversity and representation in a fantasy is one of my favourite things! I think it is the perfect way to explore them in a book, and I tend to love books that do this even more. That being said, personally, I found it a little difficult to really connect to Thia and the story, and therefore empathise with her. I do think her depression was done extremely well - and I am still not sure whether my difficulty in connecting with the book was actually the book itself, or just my mood. Who knows? It could be either. I did like Thia quite a lot, although I did feel sometimes she was quite naive, or that she was very easy duped. I think it is because she is a very passionate character in some ways, and that led her to throw herself into things. But aside from that, she was a very well developed character. But not only do we have a strong main character, we also have an amazing cast of side characters! Kiva is one who comes immediately to mind! She was a really dynamic character and I loved the friendship between her and Thia - they have such a deep love for each other and Kiva acts as a protector for Thia. Kiva also begins to develop a relationship with another girl, and I am anticipating such a cute romance in sequels to come! We also have Ericen, the prince, a bit of a (dare I say it) Rhysand character, or so I felt. Bear in mind, I am not 100% sold on him yet, but...I am intrigued. He seems pretty rude at the beginning, but you begin to discover his reasons later on (although I do think these could maybe have been a little stronger?). Also...I am strongly shipping him with Thia! However, the main love interest in this book (yes, I do see the threat of pining and a love triangle in the next book- gulp) is Caylen, who is basically quite sweet and cute and yes, he is a fine love interest, but I don't feel it like I do with Ericen. I need that enemies to lovers trope - which is something else this book has taught me. Enough about the characters - the writing is also very good. It is very mature and there are beautiful phrases of description without it ever getting flowery. I mean, I adore flowery writing, but all of you who hate it, have no fear! There really isn't long spools of it in this book. Kalyn Josephson is certainly very talented! I can't believe that this was a debut, and I will be gobbling up everything that they turn out. And the world-building was flawless. In this world there are elemental crows, and people, I love me some good elemental magic, however overused it may seem. I thought the cultures of each kingdom had a lot of depth and development, and I feel like we are going to see a lot more of them in books to come. There were so many beautiful details! I think the only things holding me back from rating this five stars was a) the fact that I found it a little hard to connect to the story and b) the plot didn't really blow me away. But I see big things for this series, and with longer and more complex plots, and think this could really become a favourite! Maybe upon a reread my feelings will intensify and I will be able to fully gush about this book for you all. But this still comes with a high recommendation from me, and I suggest you preorder or buy it or borrow it when it comes out! I think this is going to be a very popular series in the YA community. (Although still not really sure how it is anything at all like And I Darken, and even Eragon - aside from the mythical creatures?) PREREAD Eragon meets And I Darken? Heck yes.
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  • Trish C. Arrieche
    January 1, 1970
    Top 5 reasons why "The Strom Crow" should be read:1. Vivid imagery. From the first page, Josephson sets the foundation for this magical world and introduces us to the protagonist, Anthia, and you find yourself instantly part of her world. 2. The strong female friendship is fantastic... and their sharp tongues! (love the witty comebacks)3. If you like action, Josephson gives it to us right from the beginning. 4. You will find yourself attached to a character, or two, or three. (I'm on four and on Top 5 reasons why "The Strom Crow" should be read:1. Vivid imagery. From the first page, Josephson sets the foundation for this magical world and introduces us to the protagonist, Anthia, and you find yourself instantly part of her world. 2. The strong female friendship is fantastic... and their sharp tongues! (love the witty comebacks)3. If you like action, Josephson gives it to us right from the beginning. 4. You will find yourself attached to a character, or two, or three. (I'm on four and one of them you don't get to see much of, but will definitely be a major player in the next book)5. Depression is a topic that is talked about in the book, which I enjoyed because there are many teens that struggle with depression; an opportunity is created for people who suffer from depression to connect to the character. Josephson has created a character that is trying to figure out how to overcome depression and not letting it consume her.Negative: having to WAIT for the next book. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. I'm looking forward to the next book to see Prince Ericen's (I like him and am rooting for him, but maybe I shouldn't LOL) character development, Res and what he'll grow into, and of course, Anthia, bringing the storm. By the way, this cover is everything! This is definitely a book that I will buy in hardcover when it is released!*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    THE STORM CROW blew me away. It’s one of those books that snatches your attention and won’t let you go until you’ve turned the final page. I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of this book, and I inhaled it. Masterfully done. Gorgeously written. Soooooo much tension.THE STORM CROW is a truly unique fantasy. The tropical kingdom of Rhodaire is home to magical Crows that are built into the society’s infrastructure. (Like the end of How to Train Your Dragon, but with super cool bird magic. THE STORM CROW blew me away. It’s one of those books that snatches your attention and won’t let you go until you’ve turned the final page. I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of this book, and I inhaled it. Masterfully done. Gorgeously written. Soooooo much tension.THE STORM CROW is a truly unique fantasy. The tropical kingdom of Rhodaire is home to magical Crows that are built into the society’s infrastructure. (Like the end of How to Train Your Dragon, but with super cool bird magic. I WANT A CROW. YOU WILL TOO.) When an enemy kingdom, Illucia, attacks and kills all the Crows, Princess Anthia is thrust into a deep depression.I won’t get too far into it, but the depression rep in this book is fantastic. I kept seeing new aspects of Anthia’s struggles and thinking “Yes. This is exactly what it feels like.” Anthia felt incredibly real from page one and the depth of her character only grew with every chapter. THE STORM CROW addresses the very real question of, “How do you face an enemy when your worst enemy is yourself?” and does so beautifully. A girl with mental illness gets to be the hero, and I wish we saw that more in SFF.Anthia’s problems get worse when her sister, the queen, announces she’s being married off to Illucia’s prince. So Anthia is sent to live in the frozen kingdom of her enemies—with the last Crow egg, a secret she carries that could save Rhodaire. From behind enemy lines, Anthia must reach out to other kingdoms under Illucia’s thumb and persuade them to start a rebellion. She finds some allies along the way, but no one is quite who they seem. My jaw dropped so many times while reading this, I lost count.The stakes are high, and you’ll be cheering for Anthia through it all.There’s political intrigue, romance, and strong female friendships. And more than one kingdom has women in power and it is GLORIOUS. Plus there are plenty of swoony moments. Oh, the swoons! I could gush about this book all day. But most importantly, you should pre-order it so you can read everything I’m talking about for yourself on July 9th.This is going to be one of your favorite books of 2019.
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  • Alexandra Overy
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read this book in one of its early drafts, and let me tell you: you guys are not ready for this amazingness. There's giant magical crows, beautiful writing, tortured princes, and lots of badass female characters. It has a wonderfully diverse cast full of interesting and flawed characters who you will just fall in love with, and I can't wait to read more from them in the sequel. Not only that, but The Storm Crow does a really good job of depicting depression and looking at d I was lucky enough to read this book in one of its early drafts, and let me tell you: you guys are not ready for this amazingness. There's giant magical crows, beautiful writing, tortured princes, and lots of badass female characters. It has a wonderfully diverse cast full of interesting and flawed characters who you will just fall in love with, and I can't wait to read more from them in the sequel. Not only that, but The Storm Crow does a really good job of depicting depression and looking at dealing with depression, which is not something I've seen much in a fantasy setting and was something I really appreciated. I can't wait to see the final version (and read the sequel!), and for everyone else to read this gem of a book! 2019 can't come soon enough!
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  • Vivianne
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 4,25 stars!I really enjoyed reading The Storm Crow, it was gripping, funny, heartbreaking, fast paced and very well written. Furthermore it has awesome characters, a great villain, great LGBTQ+ representation and a fantastic mental illness rep (depression). I absolutely loved the original world and the elemental crows and am so excited what the next book will bring! Things I didn’t enjoy as much were the pacing, that was a bit too fast at times, and that the plot wasn’t as original Actual rating 4,25 stars!I really enjoyed reading The Storm Crow, it was gripping, funny, heartbreaking, fast paced and very well written. Furthermore it has awesome characters, a great villain, great LGBTQ+ representation and a fantastic mental illness rep (depression). I absolutely loved the original world and the elemental crows and am so excited what the next book will bring! Things I didn’t enjoy as much were the pacing, that was a bit too fast at times, and that the plot wasn’t as original as I’d have liked to see. But I would still really recommend!! ”Strength comes in many forms, the lion fears only the fox.” Contains spoilers from down here!__________________________________________ Things I liked! - This book has a very gripping beginning. Not only has it a heartbreaking, action packed, mouth gasping prologue (which was a tiny bit info dumpy with all the crows, but that could be forgiven), but also the chapters after the prologue really entertained me. This book sucked me right in and it was hard to put down.- I really REALLY R.E.A.L.L.Y! appreciated the mental illness rep in the beginning. As someone who has struggled all her life with depression, I come across it too little in the genre I read. And I felt sooo bad for Anthia and really recognized myself in her and her symptoms. It was just so well done and so relatable. I also loved that throughout the book she kept struggling and mentioning this and when she has a hard time she again threatens to fall back into it.- It was very interesting to see a kingdom that has been relying for so long on these magical creatures, loose them in one instance and then how they needed to cope with that. I really enjoyed the political aspects like how are they going to get food when they can’t get water from the water crows and all crops are dying since they don’t have system for water while they always relied on the crows.- This book had some very refreshing things about it. The magic system, world and elemental magical crows were so original! So enjoyable! So renewing! I enjoyed every minute of that and I’m almost sad that we only got to read the prologue with how the world with the crows used to be (but I have high hopes for the future!!)- I appreciated the bond between Thia and Kiva so much. I really felt like they were true friends! How Kiva tried to help Thia get out of her depression; not by saying you’re an adult get over yourself but by taking her on walks through the cities, getting her out of bed. But also the other way around and how Thia helped Kiva. I loved their humor and them teasing each other with e.g. potential suitors.- Speaking of Kiva, I absolutely adored her as a character. While she starred in her friendship with Thia, she was also a great character by herself. Loved how protective she was, her background was super interesting, and I LOVED that she was into girls and how open she was, I really hope she and Auma can have a future! - Which brings me to the next point: it was soooo refreshing to have a world where women are equal to men. I’m a bit tired of the fantasy were the girls have to prove so much more because they are girls, or where they are denied opportunities, and scolded. I loved that Illucia has a queen, loved that the woman could rule by themselves, loved that they were all powerful fighters, loved that Kiva and her mom were guards. Plus a world where bisexuality and being gay is totally normal. No looking weird, no scolding!- It was also incredibly funny what made the bonds between characters even stronger. - During my reading experience I kept thinking “this book is so short with only 338 pages, what could happen in the end that makes me want to continue the series”? Well this could happen. I was soooo stressed for the characters to get out of there. - I think Razel is the flawless villain for this story. Something in her past happened that drove her to be blinded by insanity and hate. But she is also very smart and strong. I really loved her for some reason and felt bad for her. I don’t know it was just perfect for this story.- The writing style was also great. I love it when an author can tell a lot in little pages. - The romance between Thia and Caylus wasn’t my favorite thing in this book because it develops over a short amount of time but I didn’t find it annoying and by the end of this book I could appreciate it a lot. Things I didn’t like - The plot is not renewing. And I’m a bit tired of seeing things repeated in YA all the time. Some examples; a society is overthrown by others and they must work in an alliance to overthrow the big bad tiran, the prince that seemed cruel and stuck up is actually nice and caring and will help, the main character is married off and doesn’t agree, a divergent crow, a sort of love triangle (even though Thia clearly makes up her mind fast), a rebellion is already there and the MC uses that to her advantage. I would have liked to see some more originality in the plot.- Furthermore I think everything moved a bit too fast. Usually I’m a fan of that, since fast pacing books keep me interested and invested in the story. However with a character with depression I would have liked to see some things more flashed out and slow down. For example; it was kind of ridiculous how Thia called a meeting with the highest ranking officers and started to dictate and throw suggestions out about overthrowing Illucia around page 80 while at page 70 she couldn’t get out of bed or even think about rebellion because she was so weak. I would have liked some time in between, some recovering period to make it more believable. I had the same experience with Thia’s time in Illucia and with Caylus. It just felt a bit too rushed and I would have liked some things more flashed out. This book is short enough and could have used another 100-150 pages. - The only thing I wasn’t a fan of with the plot and with Thia’s character was that she was too naïve to understand that Razel would just let her get to the city and bakery unfollowed. Thia is the princess of the enemy kingdom, Razel is smart and cunning, she is not going to be let roamed free around the city to start rebellions and hatch and raise her crow. And thus I wasn’t surprised that after a while Razel stole Res and tried to blackmail Thia by torturing her friends. Furthermore I also saw it coming that she stole the eggs instead of destroyed, even though I really enjoyed this twist!
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  • Amélie Zhao
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this book. I'm a sucker for classic YA fantasy, but Kalyn puts a whole different spin on that take. First off, the magical creatures in this book are giant, magic-wielding crows. How amazing even is that? There are not only different types of elemental Crows, but there are Crow Riders as well, and Kalyn begins the book with an entire nation that was brought to its knees with the destruction of these fantastic beasts.And then we meet Ana, the brave, stubborn, yet determined princess wh I devoured this book. I'm a sucker for classic YA fantasy, but Kalyn puts a whole different spin on that take. First off, the magical creatures in this book are giant, magic-wielding crows. How amazing even is that? There are not only different types of elemental Crows, but there are Crow Riders as well, and Kalyn begins the book with an entire nation that was brought to its knees with the destruction of these fantastic beasts.And then we meet Ana, the brave, stubborn, yet determined princess whose country has been ravaged by war and whose heart is broken after the death of her mother and the destruction of the Crows. Unlike most other heroines, who tend to verge on super confident and determined and "go-getter" from the start, Kalyn begins Ana's arc in a different light and carries it out beautifully. Ana starts very much on her knees, much like her kingdom, and in a mentally fragile state. And there is nothing more amazing than watching Ana struggle against events that always seem to turn against her -- and prevail. Absolutely 10/10 to the character development in this book.The world Kalyn paints is beautiful, and we get to visit not just one, but two countries in this book. Plus, we get an enemy prince that is more than he actually seems, a sweetheart rebel boy, plucky and fleshed-out side characters, and an ending that really blew me away and had me craving the sequel already. I'm so, so excited for this book (and the next ones!) and I hope you are too.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    THE STORM CROW is a fantastic debut fantasy, with amazing characters and an incredibly lush, immersive world. It’s not often that I’m able to sink so full into a setting, but what Josephson does with Rhodaire is truly amazing. And that’s not even touching the Crows! Honestly, I’m still waiting on my Shadowcrow…But what really makes the book near and dear to my heart is the wonderful depression rep in this book. Josephson handles it with such grace and care, and to see it so deftly handled—in a k THE STORM CROW is a fantastic debut fantasy, with amazing characters and an incredibly lush, immersive world. It’s not often that I’m able to sink so full into a setting, but what Josephson does with Rhodaire is truly amazing. And that’s not even touching the Crows! Honestly, I’m still waiting on my Shadowcrow…But what really makes the book near and dear to my heart is the wonderful depression rep in this book. Josephson handles it with such grace and care, and to see it so deftly handled—in a kickass fantasy—really launched this book to the top of my favorite reads of 2018. So when this comes out, don’t walk, don’t run, fly to the store. This is the fantasy that you’ve been waiting for.
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  • Raquel Baggins
    January 1, 1970
    «You were always meant to rule the sky» The premise of this book was so cool I got really excited when I received the ARC in December’s Fairyloot! Two friends and I even happily planned our first buddy-reading of the year to be this novel… but I was led to disappointment.Being honest, at first it was entertaining and I liked some puns and witty dialogues between some of the characters; and I also appreciated racial and sexual diversity, as well as the depiction of depression, but there were too «You were always meant to rule the sky» The premise of this book was so cool I got really excited when I received the ARC in December’s Fairyloot! Two friends and I even happily planned our first buddy-reading of the year to be this novel… but I was led to disappointment.Being honest, at first it was entertaining and I liked some puns and witty dialogues between some of the characters; and I also appreciated racial and sexual diversity, as well as the depiction of depression, but there were too many inconsistencies, contradictions regarding character’s personality and actions, plot-holes and YA tropes I don’t like. The worst for me was that you could foresee what was going to happen from chapter one. I wouldn't recommend this book.If you want to read an extensive and perfect review that summarises all my thoughts, I recommend you to read my lovely namesake Raquel's reviewP. S. I'm not English, so if you see any mistakes let me know so I can correct them, please
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  • Samantha Hastings
    January 1, 1970
    THE STORM CROW dives right into the action with the destruction of the royal crows by a neighboring kingdom. Princess Thia is devastated. Her sister, now the queen, insists she marries the prince of that kingdom to avert war. Thia is determined to find another way to save her kingdom...What I loved:🖤🖤🖤1. Loads of verbal sparring 2. An original fantasy world, including the magic of the crows 3. Simmering romance4. Loyal female friendships 5. Unexpected twists leading to a surprising conclusion Th THE STORM CROW dives right into the action with the destruction of the royal crows by a neighboring kingdom. Princess Thia is devastated. Her sister, now the queen, insists she marries the prince of that kingdom to avert war. Thia is determined to find another way to save her kingdom...What I loved:🖤🖤🖤1. Loads of verbal sparring 2. An original fantasy world, including the magic of the crows 3. Simmering romance4. Loyal female friendships 5. Unexpected twists leading to a surprising conclusion This book is a soaring read that will leave you breathless with anticipation for the sequel.
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  • Jennifer Gruenke
    January 1, 1970
    Damn 2019, coming in STRONG.I enjoyed this so so much. Fierce princesses, sassy princes, amazing magic (ELEMENTAL. CROWS. LIKE WHAT? SO COOL IS WHAT). What more could you want, really? Banter? Because there’s plenty of that too.If it’s not at the top of your anticipated reads, what are you even doing? Add it now, read it in July, make all the fan art so I can stare at it forever and forever. K thanks.
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    Right when you start getting over the elemental scene....AND THEN YOU'RE INTEREST IS PIQUED AGAIN!
  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.Where do I even begin? Let's start with the premise: elemental crows. Seriously, these creatures are the coolest. Not only do you have your standard elements like Earth Crows and Fire Crows, but you have Battle Crows with knife-like feathers and Shadow Crows that blend into the night and of course Storm Crows that buzz with lightning (the cutest!). Think Zaptos, Articuno, and Moltres, but EVEN BETTER.The Crows are amazing - and so are the characters. It's so fun an HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.Where do I even begin? Let's start with the premise: elemental crows. Seriously, these creatures are the coolest. Not only do you have your standard elements like Earth Crows and Fire Crows, but you have Battle Crows with knife-like feathers and Shadow Crows that blend into the night and of course Storm Crows that buzz with lightning (the cutest!). Think Zaptos, Articuno, and Moltres, but EVEN BETTER.The Crows are amazing - and so are the characters. It's so fun and so easy to root for our heroine, Anthia. Her relationship with her best friend, Kiva, is one of the best portrayals of female friendship I've ever read. Let's not forget tinkering soft boy Caylus and sarcastic enemy prince Ericen, both of whom will steal your heart. Especially Ericen. If you like witty banter, you will love the complicated relationship between Anthia and Ericen.AND THE WRITING. The prose is gorgeous.I love this book and I can't wait for the sequel.
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  • Christina Haynes
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't know where to begin.I don't know whether to tell you about the book, I don't know whether to tell you about my feelings. All I know is that I cannot wait for the next one. The problem with reading arcs (I received this in my Fairyloot box) is that you have to wait extra long for the next book.Again I'm struggling where to begin. So let's just start with why this book is a five-star. My rating system is based on tea cups. I drink tea all the time, you may even go so far as to say I honestly don't know where to begin.I don't know whether to tell you about the book, I don't know whether to tell you about my feelings. All I know is that I cannot wait for the next one. The problem with reading arcs (I received this in my Fairyloot box) is that you have to wait extra long for the next book.Again I'm struggling where to begin. So let's just start with why this book is a five-star. My rating system is based on tea cups. I drink tea all the time, you may even go so far as to say I'm obsessed. So basically, the more tea I drink the more I'm enjoying the book. Hence why this book is a five tea cups / five-star.I was a storm...In the kingdom of Rhodaire, there lives the elemental crows. There are eight types of crows:1. Wind crow2. Shadow crow3. Battle crow4. Water crow5. Earth crow6. Storm crow7. Fire crow8. Sun CrowThe crows are part of life, it's what makes the kingdom of Rhodaire so special, and it is indeed special. Like all kingdoms they are royalty, in this particular kingdom there is a Queen and her two daughters. The other kingdoms vary in who is the ruler and who is second to rule. But in this particular one, we have Princess Anthia (Thia)Six months ago her mother was killed along with others from her kingdom. But worst of all the crows are gone too. This means her sister will have to be Queen.It's all down to Illucia. The kingdom above theirs, the kingdom who seems to rule everything. The kingdom with the biggest army. The kingdom who's Prince is now engaged to Thia. Prince Ericen of Illucia. Thia as you can imagine is not happy with this. She doesn't want to marry him! The son of the woman who raged war and killed her mother the Queen. But in times like this, alike her sister who had to marry to for allies. She must do what is right for her kingdom. She has been in her room for six months, she's not been herself. After what she's been through, what she's seen. Who can blame her. As luck would have it she finds a crow's egg, she tells her sister, her friend Kiva and Kiva's mother. If they can bring back the elemental crows, they may just be able to save Rhodaire. But there is just one tiny problem, how do they hatch the egg? Ericen and Thia have to travel to Illucia, due to the engagement, which means that if she takes the egg with her it could be found. If not how will they hatch it, when her sister has no idea.Ericen is mean and cruel with his words, but is there more to him than meets the eye. Thia travels with him, and once in Illucia she realises again how much she hates the Queen. Kalyn not just creates an amazing story. But she creates an amazing world. Her writing is honestly amazing. She writes about how Thia feels, how she later realises she's depressed. But it's not one of those books that just focuses on that, it talks about it enough to understand Thia and how she's feeling. But you see her character, her personally change and evolve and I really liked that. I got around half way and instantly had a little peek at the end to see it I could give myself a spoiler and saw there was pages about the crows, about the kingdom's and who rules what. (So make sure you look as it helps you to know more about the world) The ending broke my heart haha but I'm hoping that the next one will make it whole again.Love,Christina(Goodreads only goes up to five stars so I can't give it more than five but for my own rating I give it a 💜 - AMAZING)
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  • Mary S. R.
    January 1, 1970
    So:There's Crow in it!! There's a damn Crow in the title!Did you hear that? Do I need to repeat myself?*clears throat**climbs a twenty-story high building**circle mouth with both hands**SHOUTS*It's about CROWS! (just for good measure 😁)Also ... did I hear Eragon??? Surely not!*rechecks synopsis*YES OH MY GOD IT'S COMPARED TO ERAGON AND THERE'S AN EGG HATCHING and that's me bought...OK, just to be fair: THE COVER! WHAT! HOW! I NEED THAT!That's it; it's already signed up for book two even before So:There's Crow in it!! There's a damn Crow in the title!Did you hear that? Do I need to repeat myself?*clears throat**climbs a twenty-story high building**circle mouth with both hands**SHOUTS*It's about CROWS! (just for good measure 😁)Also ... did I hear Eragon??? Surely not!*rechecks synopsis*YES OH MY GOD IT'S COMPARED TO ERAGON AND THERE'S AN EGG HATCHING and that's me bought...OK, just to be fair: THE COVER! WHAT! HOW! I NEED THAT!That's it; it's already signed up for book two even before being released, so I'm just gonna...P.S. It's also about depression; or at least starts with it. I'd like to see how the author undertook that specific point!
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  • Tracy B
    January 1, 1970
    The breathtaking first pages immediately roped me in, and the rest of the book stays just as strong and immersive. Josephson’s writing is gorgeous; I had plenty of “wow, someone wrote this” moments. Everything about the characters, their relationships, and this world feels so rich and deliberate, and by the end (even with how politically treacherous this world gets), you’ll swear it feels real. And you’ll also want your own crow.
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