The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson: Already on my Bests of 2019 list! 5 stars review

Synopsis

Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.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.

 

Review

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

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38 Replies to “The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson: Already on my Bests of 2019 list! 5 stars review”

  1. Glad to hear this was so wonderful! I definitely want to check it out! I love when debuts deliver like this 😀

    1. Oh yes please! Give it a chance. I had so much fun reafing it!

  2. Whoa… sounds like you super enjoyed this! So great to find a new to you author you can really get into.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Nina and I can’t wait for the next one LOL

  3. Oh I love it when you find new authors!! Fabulous review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Trisy!

  4. I /do/ want to read this now! Brilliant review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you!!!

  5. I don’t read much about dragons (I do like them in movies but for some reason not in books) but you sound so enthusiastic about his book I want to read it! Isn’t it great when a book surprises you like this and rekindles your love for reading?

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes it is fantastic Daniela!

  6. I really want to read this book, great review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Hanna!

  7. This one is going on my list! I love when a debut novel blows me away. You are off to a great year in reading, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes Laura I know! I hope you’ll love it too!

  8. Awesome! I’m always looking for a new book! I’m glad I opened up to YA. I have found a lot more interesting reads!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes YA are a big pool of inspiration!

  9. This makes me excited to read it now! I didn’t realize it was an ARC when I got it in my FL box. Awesome! Great review Sophie! <3

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Adrienne you got it too? I can’t wait for you to read it!

  10. First off I adore this cover. It is super amazing. I want to get it just for that reason. But, your review has me sold. I love that this was a surprise for you and in a good way. Great review and you know it’s a must for me now!

    Mary

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes!! My job is done here Mary 😉

  11. I also got the FairyLoot box, but it’s sitting on my bookshelf… Now I have to move it to my “read next” shelf!! x

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes please Meeghan!

  12. Sounds kinda cool actually, and i can see it made a big impression on you 🙂 That’s always nice when you find a book that makes you feel like that!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Norrie! I loved the surprise!!

  13. Wow, that’s high praise at 5 stars, Sophie. It must have been a really good read. One for me to look out for, for sure. Thanks!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are so welcome Alexandra!

  14. Sounds like this one was a total surprise. And hooray for it blowing the book funk to bits! That cover is super sinister!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes it was a total surprise Tany! And the cover may be a little bit sinister I still fell in love with it 😉

  15. AHHH! I am so excited for this book and your review is fueling that excitement a lot more!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Then my job is done Jessica! ;-)))

  16. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! It’s sounds awesome. Plus that cover is beautiful.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly my thoughts!

  17. That cover is mesmerizing!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly my thoughts Jacquie!

  18. I got this in Fairyloot too and must admit I was on the fence about reading but now I’ve seen your review I’m going to dive in!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Caro I can’t wait for your review!

  19. Wow… I really really want to read this now, it sounds brilliant wow

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      It is Shalini! And I am happy if you want to read it now 😉

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