I have been waiting for this book forEVER. Cora teased us with is 2 years ago and since then I have been itching for her to write it. I couldn't be MORE excited with how AMAZING this book is. For real, it was WONDERFUL and EXHILARATING and everything you love in a high fantasy and more.
Storms, magic, royalty, OH MY.
Aurora has a kingdom to rule and in order to do that she must have magic. Only, she has none. She is a fierce woman with the will to do all she can to save her kingdom, to protect those she loves and to be true to who she thinks she has to be.
So Aurora leaves her life and future marriage to find a way to save her kingdom. She will do everything she can to find storms and rule them one by one. Well, once the troupe of hunters she has joined teaches her.
ALL THE FEELS!
And they are because of ONE word with SO many meanings in this book: Hunter.
I was SO lucky to read an advanced copy of this book. BUT that also means I get to sit on my feelings for ALL THE DAYS while I wait for the second book.
Each character in this book was more wonderful than the next. Cora could write a novella for each of them and I would pay anything she asked. They became my family reading this and I wasn't to know everything I can about them.
Then we had the book itself! THIS WORLD. It was such an adventure. You can tell that Cora did her research because this world felt like somewhere I have lived. I felt a kinship to it and OBVIOUSLY that isn't possible, but it goes to show how much at home Cora makes you feel. The Storms, the family, the cities, all of it feel familiar enough for you to get lost in the words.
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.