{ARC} Review: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson || The Crow Comeback

The Storm Crow

The Storm Crow #1

Kalyn Josephson

the storm crow by kalyn josephson

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. 

Publishing: SourcebooksFire

Publication Date: July 9th, 2019


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Graphic Animal Death, Death, War Themes, Grief, Depression- on page wordage, PTSD, Mention of Alcoholism, Gambling, Parental Abuse/Negligence, Torture, Assault

Buddy read with Stephanie

 “Because I, like everyone, knew what you were.”   “A delinquent?”                                                                 “A storm.”

This review is a bit late think a month late, but I can still firmly say: this was okay. 

I could blame it on the pacing, which not only was kind of slow, but was kind of a struggle to get through. The imagery was vivid, because it was very easy to get lost in the descriptions and the different types of crows and even the before and after, the way the tragedy affected not only Anthia but the world in general.

And that’s not saying the plot’s not up my alley either: princess is in an enemy kingdom, put in an political marriage while harboring a secret that can turn the tables back in her kingdom’s favor, I was definitely feeling it.

I mean, the world-building in general was intriguing, but it was slow trekking and that’s never fun.

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I knew what I needed to do, but working up the will to do it felt like trying to fight my way above water in a depthless ocean.
It was so hard not to drown.”

Which segue into this: Anthia has depression and PTSD. And I can firmly say the depression rep was amazing. There are so many highlighted quotes in my copy that just resonated with me so much; it doesn’t just go away. There are good moments and bad moments and yeah, book is increasingly sad like a wet blanket of sadness. Yet I can’t describe it – it just spoke to something deep inside of me and I appreciate it so much.

Yet, I will say I think the main thing that disappointed me other than the pacing was the romance?? Because it’s not what you’re expecting. Will there be future set up of what I was expecting in latter books? Maybe??? 

And I can’t say I didn’t like it; but it was on the most basic of levels I’m saying this in the least mean way possible

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“Crow or no crow, one way or another, you will fly. You were always meant to rule the sky.”

But that’s all okay, because the other relationships formed damn near made up for it. Anthia’s relationship with her best friend Kiva with their loyalty and support, hell even the budding romance between Kiva and Auma (which is oh so sapphic and made my heart singgggggggggg).

Yet I was really a fan of Anthia’s relationship with her sister. It was actuaally complex and I’m glad it didn’t go to her sister was just the bitchy older sibling that puts duty over family; they talk out problems and are close. and she’s not made out to be the enemy.

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And segueing into enemies I am on a roll, the villain was actually scary. Their backstory made them sympathetic while still making them a despicable character which is my favorite thing; make your villains sympathetic and horrible and I’ll be a happy reader.

I do plan on reading the sequel, especially with how book one ended I’m expecting a lot of angst and death #sorrynotsorry and I’d still recommend. For the elemental crows alone.

3 thoughts on “{ARC} Review: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson || The Crow Comeback”

  1. Ooh, you had me at villain with a sympathetic backstory but is still damn-right despicable. Those are the BEST kinds of villains ever! Haha! I’ve seen a few mixed reviews for this one, but am glad you still enjoyed it, despite the slow pacing and okay world building. It’s nice to hear that there is also a nice, complex sister relationships. I’m always a huge fan of those! Great review, LaRonda! ❤

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