This book has THE COOLEST CONCEPT IN THE HISTORY OF ALL CONCEPTS IN THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN WORLD. Like, holy crap Cora Carmack, how in the world did you just come up with this world? It is totally unique and beauty and I need more than one story in this world and I also need the next book to just appear in my hands.
So let me just gush more about the world here. THESE PEOPLE FIGHT STORMS. Like they literally will go out and fight a tornado. The only way to stop the tornado is to get the gem that is in the middle of the storm that is called the heart. Let me reiterate: THEY STILL THE HEARTS OF STORMS. I don’t know why this whole thing just blows my mind, but it legitimately makes me contemplate what my life is about. Like here I am waiting for Game of Thrones to happen and Aurora and her people are out there fighting fire that comes down from the sky.
Am I the only person who feels this is the coolest thing to happen to the book community since Rowling’s Wizarding World? Probably, and I’m okay with that.
So back to the actual story, Aurora is a princess. The royalty is who has the power to fight a storm, because not everyone has that liberty. It stays within a bloodline usually, but you also have to fight the storms to get their hearts. So if you have a tornado’s heart, it doesn’t mean you can fight a tidal wave as well as someone who has a tidal wave’s heart. The more hearts you have, the stronger you are as a stormfighter.
So when Princess Aurora shows no powers when she comes of age, her queen mother negotiates her marriage to a powerful family of another kingdom to keep this from becoming public knowledge. No one knows that she can’t actually do what she was born to do.
#Protagonist: I love the character growth with Aurora. Because in the beginning of the book, so is naïve and is kind of a quiet personality; she even feel for a game being played on her in the first few chapters. But, she finds something else that might save their reign, and without having to marry herself off for power instead of love. The whole journey of her finding herself was just so pure and enlightening.
Not to mention the people she meets. It was kind of like their own little version of the gang from Six of Crows (which I found a lot of other reviews also saw that comparison). You had the loud mouth girl, the light-on-her-feet girl, the goofy boy, the brooding boy and the strong-silent-type boy. I mean, there’s also like a wise-old-man in the group and then you have our girl Aurora, but I still kept thinking of Six of Crows, even though these books are vastly different.
#CoProtagonist: Locke is a strong character. Things get a little predicable, but I wasn’t made about that when it came to him. He is about to go ballistic in the beginning of book two though because of what he is about to find out. I am looking forward to hearing more about his past because I think there is more to him than just chasing storms with his gang.
#AntiHero: The betrothal, Cassius, needs more time in the lime-light. He is dark, handsome, broody and has his own agenda and I need to know more about him. I have a feeling that in the next book, he is going to be taken over the pages and I am not even mad about it. I wouldn’t be mad if Aurora ended up falling in love with him because I was after like chapter two so.
#Supporter: Nova, the only friend Aurora ever had, also needs more screen time. The crowns of the Stormling Kingdoms have tried to kill out the witches of the world… and have done a poor job of it because one has been under their nose this whole time. She’s about to break everyone’s world wide open and I am pumped.
I’m also not mad about the love triangle that is about to form, possibly a love square if the author allows it. Love triangles are usually overplayed these days, but I am living for the tension this is going to bring with these characters.
I absolutely loved this book and I plan on reading it again at least three times before the next one comes out.