Book Talk # 31 ( 2017 ) : Roar ( Stormheart #1 ) by Cora Carmack

Hardcover, 380 pages

Published June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen

Original Title : Roar

ISBN0765386313 

(ISBN13: 9780765386311)

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 didn’t expect to love it as much as I did but I do! It was beautifully written despite the various point of views. I liked that it had variety of characters and secrets and twists and mystery that makes up a good first book of a series. I am definitely hooked! I love the plot and the execution. It didn’t end in a cliffhanger, Thank God, but I am so freaking excited what happens next. 

The way the characters were presented were amazing. They all had different voices and different secrets with some air of mystery on each of their own. I also love that we have a squad here! I love fantasy books with squad goals. 

I am not saying anything more for the nonspoilery part so I’m giving this book 4 Royal Stars for a job well done. 

At first, I was so annoyed with Rora. She wanted to be so strong and fearless but dhe was just a little naive princess. Cassius flustered her the moment she saw him and that was when she lost me. 
Cassius, on the other hand, I honestly don’t know how to read him. I don’t know if he’s a Tamlin or if he’s really genuinely nice. I need more information on the second book.
Novaya! Damn girl. I love the fire in this girl, literally. I am looking forward to seeing more of her in the next book. 
Locke. Oh you cinnamon roll. I have found a Chaol. I assure you once he knows Roar’s secret, he will flip. Maybe he’ll accept here but he’ll flip I tell you. 

I need more character growth for Roar and Locke. Less romance please and more focusing on the task at hand. You can show a little love here and there but focusing every decision on that? Stop. 

I am excited to see more of Stormlord on the next book and Duke and the hunters too. I want more back story but so far I am so loving this series. Yay!

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