On the night of Ronoch, the Illucian army came and destroyed all of the crows that supported Rhodaire’s way of life. Princess Anthia’s sister is left to run the kingdom and she falls into depression. Just as her sister is forced to accept an arranged marriage between Anthia and Crown Prince Ericen of Illucia, Anthia finds a surviving crow egg in the rookery. Now it’s up to them to hatch a plan to save their kingdom and stop Illucia from conquering the rest of the world.
The Storm Crow is a beautifully immersive read. Thia’s world is rich with cultures and societies that are so different from one another. Each character has a varying experience of their culture and brings a unique perspective to the story. This also plays a huge role in their characterization, as this cultural experience works to shape their personalities. Certainly, it mirrors our own world in this aspect. I’d love to see a more apparent cultural impact in books like this.
I also very much enjoyed the plot as a whole. It doesn’t shy away from the fact that Ronoch horribly affected Thia. Throughout the story, she struggles with having the motivation to keep going, which forces her to constantly rely on the people around her. However, it shows the importance of having a strong support system to hold you up when you feel like surrendering. It also shows that personality does not always belie who is struggling. In the end, I appreciated how The Storm Crow addressed these issues and kept them important rather than central to the plot. This is certainly a book I would recommend.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): animal death, assassination, arranged marriage, violence
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