She Who Rides the Storm Book Review
Genre: YA Fantasy, High Fantasy, Adventure, Epic Fantasy
Tropes: Slow-burn, Heist, Magic bond, Revenge, Secret Identity, Magic Sword, Secret Illness
Wow. This novel may be YA but it is not for the faint of heart. It tackles some huge themes like power, revenge, sacrifice all wrapped up in an epic dark fantasy. If you like deep, complex worldbuilding, like Brandon Sanderson or Shadow and Bone then I believe you’ll love this book. While the world was deliciously complex, what I really loved was the characters. Specifically Knox and Anwei. Their slow burn romance had me begging for at least one little hand touch.
I mean look at Knox’s POV about Anwei 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
“Anwei gave him a bright smile, the one she used to wrap people up and make pets of them. He fell back a step, surprised. To most people Anwei looks soft and small and bright but it’s been a long time since she bothered pretending with him. Still, she smiled. A sharpen blade beneath a sheath made of wildflowers.”
Ugh 😩 gush and swoon. 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻
Disclaimer: This book is complex and has 4 POV so if you have a short attention span, it might not work for you.
In this atmospheric YA fantasy that is Wicked Saints meets There Will Come a Darkness, four teens are drawn into a high-stakes heist in the perilous tomb of an ancient shapeshifter king. Long ago, shapeshifting monsters ruled the Commonwealth using blasphemous magic that fed on the souls of their subjects. Now, hundreds of years later, a new tomb has been uncovered, and despite the legends that disturbing a shapeshifter’s final resting place will wake them once again, the Warlord is determined to dig it up. But it isn’t just the Warlord who means to brave the traps and pitfalls guarding the crypt. A healer obsessed with tracking down the man who murdered her twin brother. A runaway member of the Warlord’s Devoted order, haunted by his sister’s ghost. A snotty archaeologist bent on finding the cure to his magical wasting disease. A girl desperate to escape the cloistered life she didn’t choose. All four are out to steal the same cursed sword rumored to be at the very bottom of the tomb. But of course, some treasures should never see the light of day, and some secrets are best left buried…
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