The Storm Crow

The Storm Crow

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 t...

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Title:The Storm Crow
Author:Kalyn Josephson
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The Storm Crow Reviews

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Quick note, because I get asked this a lot-

    - and I'm lucky enough to have read an early version and omgggggg it's so good. So for those of you who get to the end and need more... rest easy! There will be more.

    I don’t want to give away too much, as usual in my reviews, but basically we have Anthia, a cro

    Quick note, because I get asked this a lot-

    - and I'm lucky enough to have read an early version and omgggggg it's so good. So for those of you who get to the end and need more... rest easy! There will be more.

    I don’t want to give away too much, as usual in my reviews, but basically we have Anthia, a crow rider and princess of a demolished nation, who at the beginning is barely able to get out of her own bed, let alone walk around her city after the destruction of her family and the magical crows. The losses she suffered left her in a pit of depression that she can’t seem to claw out of no matter how hard she tries. Anthia's sister - the only family to have survived the siege - is currently queen - but she's barely able to hold up against the enemy country who left their nation in ruin. As a last hope, she agrees to an arrangement for Anthia to be wed to the enemy prince as a plea for peace.

    Enter Ericen, our resident evil-ish prince with a smart mouth and a scowl to match who knows just how to get under Anthia’s skin. Oh, and he’s pretty.

    He arrives at the palace to collect his bride, thus forcing Anthia into action. First of all, he rouses her into a frenzy - and their banter is priceless. Worse, Anthia not only has to marry him, she has to accompany him back to Illucia, his country.

    Only, right before Anthia leaves, she discovers something (that I won’t say because spoilers)… and a little kernel of hope forms within her, despite the depression weighing her down daily. She forms a plan.

    Thus Anthia and Ericen journey to Illucia. And I’m going to stop there because you just have to read it.

    Anthia is the type of character that burrows deep into your soul. When you read her pages, you’ll feel so pulled in by her, you’ll forget you even exist. The depression rep is handled SO well, and SO needed in books these days. I can’t even describe it - the writing struck home so many times for me.

    But it isn’t just Anthia (and Ericen - wink wink) who will steal your heart. In particular, there’s a STRONG female friendship that I can’t even begin to describe, as well as some other certain fun characters I won’t mention because spoilerrrrrs. Trust me, you don’t want to miss them.

    In terms of writing - ohhh my gosh. Kalyn is the author I aspire to be. Her prose is gorgeous. It’s easy to follow, not cluttered with too many details, but also lush and descriptive and the right amount of lyrical.

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    Kalyn is a dear friend and critique partner of mine, and I'm so excited for her book to be released. She's such a gem - and genuinely one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. But even despite our friendship, I seriously loved this book so much. This review is from the heart. In fact, my ARC is loaded with highlights, and I’m pretty sure I sent a billion screaming messages to Kalyn while reading it. I can’t wait to see what you all think! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!

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    Preview:

    Omg. Everyone needs to add this to their TBR!

    Just read that description. This book is going to be SO. GOOD.

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  • Kalyn Josephson

    Hi all! As we creep closer to the release date of THE STORM CROW and early copies start making their way into the world, I wanted to talk a little bit about the book, including some trigger warnings. I love this story deeply and I want to be sure anyone who picks it up is aware of what they’re reading.

    - First, and most notably, this is a book about a girl living with depression. It’s about her struggles and her triumphs, and it’s about hope. As someone who struggles with depression, my hope is t

    Hi all! As we creep closer to the release date of THE STORM CROW and early copies start making their way into the world, I wanted to talk a little bit about the book, including some trigger warnings. I love this story deeply and I want to be sure anyone who picks it up is aware of what they’re reading.

    - First, and most notably, this is a book about a girl living with depression. It’s about her struggles and her triumphs, and it’s about hope. As someone who struggles with depression, my hope is that this book can help others who are too. The most difficult parts are in the first chapter and a couple scenes in the early third.

    - Self-harm is briefly mentioned in the latter half, to do with the enemy kingdom’s religion.

    - There are a couple rather violent scenes toward the end, one of which involves fire, and the death of animals.

    If you have any questions about any of these, feel free to reach out to me on here or through my website, twitter, or instagram accounts. I’m happy to go into more detail for those looking to better understand these warnings.

    Thank you for sharing this story with me and I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jessica Bibi

    HEY

    hey ( ° ʖ °)

    You know what's better than crows?

    ELEMENTAL crows.

    I was lucky enough to read THE STORM CROW early and LEMME TELL YOU. It's bloody brilliant. Josephson has crafted such a rich and gorgeous world that is SO REAL, I honestly swear it's out there somewhere.

    And the characters--hello, Ericen is my fav, I call dibs--are so loveable (yes, even the bad ones...especially the bad ones) and complex, that they had me rooting for them from the start.

    One of my utmost treasured things about thi

    HEY

    hey ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    You know what's better than crows?

    ELEMENTAL crows.

    I was lucky enough to read THE STORM CROW early and LEMME TELL YOU. It's bloody brilliant. Josephson has crafted such a rich and gorgeous world that is SO REAL, I honestly swear it's out there somewhere.

    And the characters--hello, Ericen is my fav, I call dibs--are so loveable (yes, even the bad ones...especially the bad ones) and complex, that they had me rooting for them from the start.

    One of my utmost treasured things about this book is the depression rep, which is handled so beautifully. Honestly, our heroine Anthia means so much to me and I would 11/10 die for her.

    THERE'S A LOT I WANT TO YELL ABOUT THE STORM CROW, but I advise readers to walk in blindly and be utterly transported in this lush, immersive world.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    December Fairyloot! Clink on link below the picture to see the goodies.

    I LOVE THIS COVER!!!!!!

    This book was amaze balls!! Welp, looks like another ARC I will be preordering the hardback!

    I’m going to add a few spoilers so

    The shit hits the fan maybe a page out of the gate! Thia is having a good time out joyriding on one of the elemental crows; she was still waiting to get one of her own.

    Thia is out with her friend, Kiva, who

    December Fairyloot! Clink on link below the picture to see the goodies.

    I LOVE THIS COVER!!!!!!

    This book was amaze balls!! Welp, looks like another ARC I will be preordering the hardback!

    I’m going to add a few spoilers so

    The shit hits the fan maybe a page out of the gate! Thia is having a good time out joyriding on one of the elemental crows; she was still waiting to get one of her own.

    Thia is out with her friend, Kiva, who is a warrior. Then all hell breaks loose! The Illucians arrive and kill all the crows and kill many people including Thia’s mom. Thia’s sister becomes the new Queen and decides to marry Thia off to Prince Ericen of Illucia. Thia fought this tooth and nail but had to succumb to her destiny. My ass! And Thia’s ass too if she has anything to do with it.

    Thia leaves with the Prince to go to his home. BUT.... Thia found a crow egg and is taking it with her. Thia’s sister is all for this as Thia must find the way and the magic to hatch the egg.

    Thia meets the handsome boy Caylus, who just happens to be a rebel. Woot!! Oh, and the evil Queens servant, Auma is a rebel as well. Oh happy day!! The evil witch needs to be taken down.

    Anyhoo, Caylus helps Thia find her inner power to hatch the egg!! And we have sweet little Resyries which means “ Stormbringer” and oh does he have a charge!!

    Turns out the prince might not be so bad. Turns out that evil Queen has a whole slew of crow eggs! That bitch! And she needs Thia to hatch them. Not today dear Queenie! The gang escapes and are planning her take down! I hope the next book will have then raining hell down on the Queen. SIDENOTE: The Queen did have some bad things happen to her but she didn’t have to turn out the way she is but...

    Either way, I loved the book and look forward to the next one!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • Lola

    For some people, what apparently drew them to this book are the crow element as well as the allusion to Six of Crows, which I have yet to finish. Feel free to hate me. But what made me excited to start this personally was the fact that mental illness is discussed, even though fantasy worlds prefer to focus on the action and magic more than the relationship one has with themselves, their own body - mental health. I think bringing something typically contemporary into a non-contemporary genre can

    For some people, what apparently drew them to this book are the crow element as well as the allusion to Six of Crows, which I have yet to finish. Feel free to hate me. But what made me excited to start this personally was the fact that mental illness is discussed, even though fantasy worlds prefer to focus on the action and magic more than the relationship one has with themselves, their own body - mental health. I think bringing something typically contemporary into a non-contemporary genre can be refreshing, interesting and the pavement for new establishments in the said genre.

    I could go on and on about why this is so important but I want to discuss the other elements that make this story worth your while. There is mystery surrounding the Crows, especially the ways in which they make Thia's world go round. Her kingdom relies on them almost completely. There is also mystery surrounding Thia's enemy, whom she must marry. It's not simply a love-hate relationship between these two, even though that's a type of relationship I find very entertaining. I was genuinely curious to learn more about the prince and understand his true role in the story. I don't know about you but I do so love when characters surprise me and many of these protagonists managed to make me raise an eyebrow.

    It feels familiar, seeing that kingdoms are often in danger and so forth, but there's more than a touch of originality. Plus I'm on vacation far, far away so it's not easy for a book to hold my attention when so much over here is tugging at my sleeve. But this book succeeded.

  • jessica

    i am pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed this. its a very original and unique premise, which held my attention pretty much throughout the entire book.

    i would definitely consider this a foundational book. its sets the scene for the story, but its quite slow in terms of plot. not a lot happens other than getting a feel for the characters and seeing how the different kingdoms interact with each other. i dont want to say the world building is lacking, necessarily, but i learned more from the

    i am pleasantly surprised by how much i enjoyed this. its a very original and unique premise, which held my attention pretty much throughout the entire book.

    i would definitely consider this a foundational book. its sets the scene for the story, but its quite slow in terms of plot. not a lot happens other than getting a feel for the characters and seeing how the different kingdoms interact with each other. i dont want to say the world building is lacking, necessarily, but i learned more from the glossary in the back of the book than i did from the actual story itself. still, the freshness of the story is what kept me reading.

    for a debut, i think this is a pretty good start for an author and for a new series. like i said, this definitely laid down some great ground upon which the story can build, so im excited to see where it goes from here.

  • Tucker

    Here are the top five reasons you (Yes, you!) should read the storm crow.

    1. Just look at that cover. Even if you never read it, you need this book on your shelf. It is gorgeous and will be a great edition to your bookshelf.

    2. The writing will satisfy every reader. If your a reader who needs fast paced writing with lots of action, The Storm Crow is for you. If you love amazing images painted with words, The Storm Crow is your book.

    3. The story. I won't go into it because I don't want to spoil bu

    Here are the top five reasons you (Yes, you!) should read the storm crow.

    1. Just look at that cover. Even if you never read it, you need this book on your shelf. It is gorgeous and will be a great edition to your bookshelf.

    2. The writing will satisfy every reader. If your a reader who needs fast paced writing with lots of action, The Storm Crow is for you. If you love amazing images painted with words, The Storm Crow is your book.

    3. The story. I won't go into it because I don't want to spoil but the story is basically a combination of

    and

    . Anyone and everyone will love it.

    4. The Storm Crow has a wide array of characters. Each one of them strong, brave and kind. (Well, most of them 😉😂). Every reader will become instantly attached to a character (or two of three or four...)

    5. The Storm Crow will rock your emotions. It will make you laugh and cry. You'll fall in love with some characters and hate others.

    In short: READ THIS BOOK!

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  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 Disclaimer: I received and E-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review!

    🌟 I think this book was just another general YA book that did not blow my mind! I am sure some people will like it and some won’t and I will try to be objective as always.

    🌟 When it comes to the writing style, it was not bad! I found it easy to read and kind of

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 Disclaimer: I received and E-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review!

    🌟 I think this book was just another general YA book that did not blow my mind! I am sure some people will like it and some won’t and I will try to be objective as always.

    🌟 When it comes to the writing style, it was not bad! I found it easy to read and kind of intriguing. I finished it in 2 days. I think I just had enough of the same stories that it is becoming Eggshausting!

    🌟 The main problem was the characters, they fell flat for me, there was the bad guy becoming good trope which I don’t mind! I just think that I didn’t care about any of the characters, if they died, I wouldn’t even care. This is a real problem for me as it turns out characters may be the most important thing in a story for me.

    🌟 The other thing that left me disappointed was that not much happens in this book, the synopsis mentions elemental crows, I started to imagine the possibilities which were dissipated as soon as I started reading. The crows apparently appear in the prologue and few mentions here and there! There was a lot of time for crows eggs and while I was excited for that, the eggcitement died when it took so much time for anything to happen. I think this is like all a preparation for book 2 but some of the potential was lost in this one!

    🌟 The world building was Okay, the magical system was not well established because there were not many crows as I mentioned! But some of the past events and clarifications were good to be honest.

    🌟 Summary: Storm Crows was a book that promised things more than it could deliver! It was like many of the new YA books in terms of the structure, it has good writing but flat characters. It wasn’t what it was cracked to be (Enough with the egg puns! I don’t know how you read my reviews guys ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). Will I continue book 2? I am not sure for now, if it was a trilogy, it would have been a no, but since it is a duology, I may give it a chance!

    BR with

  • Azrah

    In the Kingdom of Rhodaire the people rely on magical giant crows with elemental powers to help them with everything from growing crops, producing weapons and controlling the weather. The crows are not slaves but are revered. They work together with humans and are a part of their way of life.

    This book starts out with Rhodaire being invaded by another Kingdom, Illucia. The crows are killed, several people close to our main character Thia die, including her mother the Queen.

    Rhodaire finds themse

    In the Kingdom of Rhodaire the people rely on magical giant crows with elemental powers to help them with everything from growing crops, producing weapons and controlling the weather. The crows are not slaves but are revered. They work together with humans and are a part of their way of life.

    This book starts out with Rhodaire being invaded by another Kingdom, Illucia. The crows are killed, several people close to our main character Thia die, including her mother the Queen.

    Rhodaire finds themself in chaos, having depended for so long on the crows they no longer know how to survive without them. Supplies are running out and Caliza, the new queen, has hard decisions to make. One being - having to marry off her sister Thia to the enemies son.

    If you're thinking this book will be like Eragon the only similarity it had was that Thia finds the last egg and she has a connection to it. The similarities end there.

    After that action filled first chapter the plot mostly revolves around the hatching of the egg. The plot started out with a bang and then it died down and..... stayed dead.

    And normally I hate it when people complain about a book being too slow in the beginning because most of time that is world building and the plot picks up. THE PLOT DID NOT PICK UP. I was waiting for

    to happen.

    It was a kind of plot that I've seen too many times before to the point where I could predict what would happen next.

    I enjoyed the writing, it really hooked me in. The characters were likeble, some even loveble. The concept of giant crows with elemental powers was also highly intriguing and the diverse representation was really well done.

    I especially liked that this book included depression. It was very new for me to read in a YA fantasy. I have no experience in depression so I cannot fully say if the rep was accurate. But as someone looking in, I learnt a lot about what people with depression must be going through.

    About half way through the story line fell flat. I just wish I could connect with the characters and what they were going through and I feel that there was not enough background information on certain things. The ending was disappointing but I sincerely hope the sequel will fill in what lacked in this book.

    You might think I'm being harsh but I did enjoy this book. It just did not blow me away. Keep in mind that this is an ARC and perhaps the final copies will be improved.

    Will I read the sequel? Probably. If only for Caylus who is my favourite character and deserves all the happiness in the world.

    Buddy read with

    💫

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    Six of Crows really did ruin me for all other books. I just saw the word “crow” and thought, “no idea what this is about but I’m definitely in”

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