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.
This was a throughly fun read and I gave it 4.5 stars. Nothing wrong with it, it just lacked that spark of something to give it 5. However, I enjoyed it just as much as I hoped I would. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued and really looking forward to reading it 🙂
In many ways the story unfolds a little like you might expect, but it has just enough intrigue and twists to keep you reading on, trying to find out what happens next.
I liked Aurora, she’s not always solid as a character but in that light it’s actually nice to see someone not always sure of herself and with multiple elements to her personality.
My only quibble is it ending where it did! It felt a little like it should be one book that a publisher cut in two, though I have no idea how long this series is due to be.
I am definitely going to be picking up the next one 🙂