*I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program*
I will say, I was hesitant to read this after all the controversy I heard surrounding this book. I read it also because I promised to read and review this book after a month and I keep my promises.
For months I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Carmack’s YA debut and I was eager to get my hands on it.
I’ve got to say I really did enjoy it, minus the romance which seemed obsessive to me personally. It was a very well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was a sucker for the storm elements of the novel. I found Carmack’s writing beautiful and lush and loved it so much!
I very much judge books by covers and as soon as I saw Roar’s cover, I fell in love. I’d definitely rate this book ten out of ten and recommend this book to high fantasy lovers and also fans of Carmack’s previous books.
“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.”