Title: The Storm Crow
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
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.
It’s easy to fall for a book where the words flow, the banter is on high, and the villain is vicious as they come. Not to mention the amazing mythology behind the crows and the detail that went into creating different types. Right from the first page I got a feel for the heart of the story and the main character Thia. Her entire life has led up to her choosing a crow and becoming a rider. She knows nothing else except for the freedom she feels in the sky.
Until the enemy attacks and she’s driven into a deep depression. Everything she lived for is suddenly gone and all she has left is her best friend Kiva. The friendship they have runs deep and they would do anything to protect each other. I also loved how playful and sassy they were towards each other.
Thia and her sister Caliza also ended up becoming closer as they hatched a plan to fight back against Illucia. I really respected that they were willing to do whatever it took to claim Rhodaire back, even if it meant the ultimate sacrifice. While they were kind of polar opposites, I really loved the strength they found in each other to fight back against their enemy.
Now I have to talk about Ericen. Oh, do I love a bad boy with a smart mouth. Every interaction he has with Thia is just him pushing her buttons and it always seems to end with him smirking and her fuming. Their banter had to be one of the highlights of the book.
The romance really threw me off in this book because things kind of took a turn and then there was this rushed thing happening and I was left feeling whiplash. It just didn’t make sense to me and it was super under-developed in my opinion.
I really loved the villain in this book! She was cruel, cunning, bloodthirsty, and just straight up ruthless. I totally loved hating her so much and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does in the next book. Give me more of her pleaseeee.
I’m definitely excited to see where this story goes next and I need the sequel like right now. This book has everything from giant crows and magic to secrets and betrayal. I really loved Thia, Kiva, and Ericen the most, but I also have to hand it to the villain for just being downright terrible in the best ways. I feel like if you enjoyed Red Queen and Grace and Fury, you’ll definitely fall for The Storm Crow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kalyn Josephson currently works as a Technical Writer in the tech industry, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. Though she grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and a degree in English (Creative Writing). Currently, she lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay Area and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an ever tinier owl). THE STORM CROW is her debut novel.