Title: The Storm Crow
Author: Kalyn Josephson
# of Pages: 368
Anticipated Release Date: 07/09/2019
* I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
First of all, let me say how excited I was to receive a copy of this ARC in advance! The first thing I heard about The Storm Crow was its comparison to both the novels Eragon and And I Darken. As a huge fan of the Inheritance Cycle, I was super excited to read this. There are many similarities between these two novels. To avoid spoilers, I will not specifically state them, but there were very noticeable. One thing that also caught my attention easily were the few tropes in which the author incorporated within the story. In my opinion, the use of the tropes were ok. I believe that they could have been used better.
When it comes to stories like these, I wish I could dive into the rich backstory of Rhodaire prior to the events that transpired. I was so fascinated with the stories of the crows. I wanted to know so much about their history, reliance upon them, etc. It is always a good sign if the first few pages can catch my attention so easily. Another aspect to this novel that I enjoyed was the main character Thia. As a character, she felt so raw and real to me. I enjoyed the mental health representation as well. It felt real and added a whole new perspective to her character.
All in all, I really enjoyed The Storm Crow. I suggest picking up this fantasy novel when it releases on July 9th?