Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack



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.

My Thoughts:

I only read this book because my friend wanted to buddy-read it.  I wasn’t really interested in reading it, but fuck was I wrong! This book was SOOOOOO good! The author is also really nice. I have messaged her a few times about Roar on Twitter, and she has always responded! ❤ It’s ironic really, because the friend that wanted to read it, didn’t end up liking it.  I was totally obsessed with Cassius and then Roar runs away, and we don’t get much of him anymore. My main issue with the book is the huge cliffhanger and the end, and no release date for book 2. The storm magic was really cool. In real life, I am obsessed with the sky and with storms and I wasn’t sure how the storm magic was going to work, but I thought it was soooooo cool! I thought the book was going to be cliché where Roar doesn’t have storm magic even though she was born into, and so she runs away, and then of course she DOES have storm magic and surprise saves the kingdom, and her mom is finally proud of her. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS! And I was so glad for that. I was in love with Locke, because swoon, and how can you not be?!?! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!


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