Today I bring a book I got in a subscription box. Not Fairyloot or Illumicrate like usual – this one is from Magic Chest and I’ve had it for ages now. So long, in fact, that Magic Chest doesn’t even do subscription boxes anymore. 😂 Well, I finally got around checking it out!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
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.
I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick up The Storm Crow. ‘Cause once I’d gotten started I couldn’t stop.
The world and the concept we get here are rather cool. A country where just about every branch of the economy hinges of a certain type of crow. I only wished we would have gotten a bit more info on the different types of crows. Sometimes I got a little confused and had difficulties imagining things as intended.
Nevertheless, I found this to be a thrilling read. But let me warn you. This novel basically sets the stage for the second installment. So, although there is some stuff going on here, we don’t get a rounded story by any means.
The only good thing about waiting so long to pick it up is that the second part is already out and I could continue reading straight away.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing! The story isn’t dragging on in any way. The pacing is good and never felt bored. It’s just the right length to set things up without being too long for what it wants to achieve.
However, I know many people get annoyed by books like this, so I wanted to throw a little warning out there.
While the story is pretty cool, I found it a little far fetched. Not the world-building, but the plan the main character hatches. When it first came up in the novel I had my doubts as to whether this really makes sense and even after an entire book I am not fully convinced. This takes a bit away from the story as a whole, but it was still an enjoyable read.
Although The Storm Crow has some flaws, I found it to be a thrilling novel and couldn’t help but pick up book #2 straight away!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!