Review – The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Title The Storm Crow

Author Kalyn Josephson

Description from Amazon

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.

Release Date July 9, 2019

Initial Thoughts

I pre-ordered a copy of this book last June and received it July. Honestly, I was excited about reading it but since I didn’t have an ARC or commitment obligating me to read it, I think I absentmindedly bumped it lower on my TBR. So, why am I reading it today? It’s not because I’m reading backlogged books (like I should be). I am on the blog tour for the sequel and my stop is tomorrow 😱 – I am officially the Queen of Procrastinating.

Some Things I Liked

  • Arranged marriage trope. I actually didn’t know that this trope would be featured when I originally purchased this book. I saw it in @xenatine’s story on Instagram yesterday while she was recommending books. I was pleasantly surprised, because this, like enemies to lovers, is a trope I really like.
  • Enemies to lovers. Again, a feature that I was super excited to see. I knew this trope would be here and it was very well done. Ericen sort of reminded me of Zell from Royal Bastards and I liked that.
  • Mental illness representation. This is a dark topic and the nature of YA novels is typically to shy away from it. I was so happy to see it featured here, especially since this is YA fantasy.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • I have to say it. I didn’t like the love triangle. I very, very, very, rarely like love triangles in literature. Unless I actively hate one of the characters involved, I almost always feel bad for everyone involved and have a terrible time deciding who to ship. That was most certainly not the case here. Ericen was the clear choice in my opinion.

Series Value

As mentioned above, I am on the blog tour for this book tomorrow so I have approximately 8 hours to read the next book. However, that being said, I would have wanted to read the next book regardless. I enjoyed these characters and the ending left me wanting more of this story.

One thing I will note is that I don’t know if I’d need to re-read this one (for the sequel, or ever). I’m not obsessed with this series in a way that makes me want to re-read it and the details were not so great that I’d need a re-read before diving into a sequel.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. So, thank you to the FFBC for choosing me for the tour for the sequel.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson – I already started this one and I’m really enjoying it. Look out for my full review and tour stop tomorrow.
  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts – as mentioned above, Ericen really reminds me of Zell and there are some dark themes in both books. I think if you liked one, you’d like the other.
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – if you liked the themes of birds, specifically crows, try this series by Margaret Owen. Book two is coming out in August and MacMillan is hosting a read along of the first book next month.

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