My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 9th 2019
Trigger Warnings: Violence, death of a parent, grief, depression.
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. – synopsis from Goodreads
“Crow or no crow, one way or another, you will fly. You were always meant to rule the sky.”
I wanted to read this book from the moment I learned about it last year. It looked so interesting and different and can we take a moment to gush over the cover? Like really how gorgeous is it? Let it be known that if you want to make sure I buy a book, just put a crow on the cover or in the title. Even better if it’s in both.
When Illucia attacks Rhodaire, all that Anthia ever knew is destroyed. With the loss of her mother and the precious crows, Anthia will be forced to leave her lands and go live in the last place she wants to be: Illucia. Before she sets off she will find the last hope her kingdom may have of fighting off the Illucians: a crow’s unhatched egg. But Anthia is tired of being inactive and with this new discovery, she decides to fight back.
I loved this book. It was unique, diverse and highly entertaining. The magic system, to me, felt different and fresh. I haven’t seen a lot of books where the magic system comes from an animal that isn’t a dragon. Don’t get me wrong I love dragons, I’m not a monster, but it’s fun to see something out of the ordinary. The crows here help in every aspect of life in Rhodaire. From controlling the weather to helping with agriculture. They are the key to the kingdom’s prosperity and you get a sense that without them it will crumble.
Princess Anthia, our main character, was such a great character. She was strong but wasn’t afraid to show her weaknesses as well. After losing everything including her mother, we see her go through hardships and depression. It also seems that she has PTSD, which seemed very realistic to me after everything she went through. I loved that Kalyn decided to show this side of Anthia. Most times in YA fiction, well probably in most fiction, we see characters go through traumatic events and a lot of the time it seems they walk off without any sort of damage. This depiction of Anthia’s anxiety and depression to me felt possible, real. It was very well done and genuine. It also shows her struggling to get past her fears and anxiety. I thought her character arc was on point.
One thing I love in a story is a good villain. Razel, the queen of Illucia, was one of the best female villains I have seen in a while. She reminded me of characters like the Evil Queen or Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Though there are reasons behind her evilness if you will, she was just so nasty that I had to love her.
The story went at an even pace. There was always something going on even if it was just transitions to more important part of the story. I was always interested in what was happening.
I can’t wait for the next installment of The Storm Crow. Is it out yet? If you liked books like Snow like Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, I highly recommend that you pick up The Storm Crow.