Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I really like it! I like the back of the girl, she seems majestic and strong. I love the swords strapped to her back as well as the flowing hair and dress.
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 read this book back in February! I had wanted to read this book since I found out about it! And I was lucky enough to get an ARC and I didn’t care when it came out I just had to start it when I got it! Dang it, now I have to wait a whole other year for the second book and I can.not.wait! AH! so good!
I found this book to be completely unique in many aspects. which is rare these days. I loved the writing, world building, character development, pacing, it was all perfect and I never wanted it to end.
This story is about Aurora. Beautiful blonde/white hair and completely talentless. With a brother gone all she has is her strict mother who had kept her secluded to keep her safe due to her lack of talents. Aurora started out so innocent and so naive it was maddening and you really did feel sorry for her. Yet she has a fire within her that once stoked and burn. So she is wary and not at all prepared for her engagement to a neighboring kingdom known for their strength and ruthlessness. Immediately I start liking this Prince who treats her kindly and with the alternating perspectives, you really got to understand where he is coming from. And I was totally rooting for this Prince.
Then the truth comes out and Aurora is angry and completely heartbroken. She desperately wants a way out of her predicament and seeks to find out more about her fiancé. She then finds a black market and gets herself into some trouble. There she learns that there might be a way to obtain powers that she’s only ever dreamed of. Aurora decides to run away for a time in order to obtain the power she’s so long felt she had to have in order to be a worthy ruler of her kingdom.
For a while, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Aurora but I’m not stupid and understand exactly what the author wants me to understand this character. She’s seen nothing, knows nothing but her castle, she never had any real friends, and has always felt a failure to her mother, family name, and kingdom for her lack of power. Along the way, we really get to see Aurora change into Roar, and I really enjoyed that adventure.
The romance really had me going and I found myself struggling which team I wanted to root for! I’m still kind of torn! So yes there is sort of a love triangle. It’s complicated. And honestly, I can’t wait to see where the author takes it all because I honestly still am unsure of who I like more! By the end of the book, I think I know who the author wants me to root for but I’ve seen authors make a switch so I don’t know… It’s fun and I’d love to know who you all are rooting for!
Overall, I really enjoyed everything about this book. The overall plot, unique setting, characters good and evil and all those in between. I can’t wait to read book two and more from this author in this genre.
Sexual Content: moderate
*A HUGE thank you to Netgalley and Tor Teen for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review.*