Author: Cara Carmack
Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
First off, I bought this book which means… I had to finish it! I think I’m more pissed I bought the book instead of waiting for it at the library. The story itself was good, but my main issue were the characters. Aurora was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read in my life. Mare from Red Queen is still at the top of that list.
So, we get this guy Cassius, and he seems pretty awesome with a slight bad side. Insta love kicks in with Rora which is fine, that crap doesn’t bother me. Her reactions were ridic instead of just confronting the guy after overhearing him instead of act like a fool. Then Cassius (the one character that I find great) is gone for most of the book.
Enter Locke, who by the way I did like. Rora is ridic to him right off the bat, and bitchy for no reason except for her newly developed “trust issues”. I’m sorry but if someone was rude to me all the time why the eff would I have “feelings” for them? Come on, Locke!!!!! Then Aurora makes out with him and then gets angry with him again??? Get real! I did like Locke, but maybe he has some self esteem issues to put up with the BS.
Anyway, the story itself could have been truly original if we didn’t have cliche after cliche after 5 billion cliches with these characters. I don’t even mind cliches in the books I read if the characters are good or have a personality. But dang!
Also books just need to drop the eff bomb or something else. We don’t need made up words used in a weird way. “I don’t scorching care!” “Scorch that!” “For skies sake!”
Cora does know how to write romance scenes, though. I thought the same thing with her other books I have read. I just wanted more. Needed more! I will still read the next book to see what happens.
Have you read this book yet?