What an unique story!!!!
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.
I loved the blurb!! And when I read an excerpt I was totally intrigued by the world, the plot and the idea of storm chasers, magic, and danger.
And on top of that it’s written by Cora Carmack. I love her style, and couldn’t wait to jump in and be swept off my feet.
And it did sweep me off my feet, at least the first half of the book was as enchanting as I hoped it would be.
I adored Aurora Pavan, she had to be so strong in the face of an arranged marriage and being ungifted. When she decided to take her fate in her own hands I was cheering from the sidelines. I loved that she was strong-willed, and willing to go the extra mile to get what she wanted most – being gifted. Her entire life she was forced to hide the fact that she had no magical gifts at all. As a royal heiress, being ungifted was something that had to be hidden, but hopefully by marrying a stormling prince her secret would never be discovered – at least those were her mother’s plans.
Aurora had different plans.
After hearing that someone ungifted could catch storm hearts she decided to change her fate. Joining a band of storm hunters, she was being taught how to survive storms and how to steal storm hearts.
It didn’t hurt that her teacher was a good-looking storm chaser himself – powerful, mysterious, and someone that made Aurora forget her past and look into a promising future.
I loved the plot, especially the elements of fantasy and magic.
The band Aurora joined consisted of interesting and compelling characters. Each one was unique and brought different characteristics and personalities to the book. I even liked the brooding prince that she was supposed to marry – he was an alpha to boot!!!
At the end, I was missing the action and especially the storm chasing. I expected that to be a much more bigger part of the book and it was a bit of a let down for me. I had the feeling the book fell a bit flat in the middle and towards the end. Which made me skip paragraphs and fighting boredom. But I have high hopes for book2.
It looks like ROAR was just the first book of a series, and the ending clearly indicated that book 2 was coming. Without a doubt ROAR intrigued me enough that I’m looking forward to the next novel, because Aurora’s journey is far from finished.
What I can say with certainty is that the idea and plot of the story were fascinating. It was unique, spellbinding and thrilling. Cora Cormack knows how to write exceptionally well. Her prose is vibrant and captivating and I can’t wait to read what’s coming next.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.