The Storm Crow

The Storm Crow

by Kalyn Josephson

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Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life...until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492672937
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Series: Storm Crow Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 18,439
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kalyn Josephson is a fantasy writer living in the California Bay Area. She loves books, cats, books with cats, and making up other worlds to live in for a while. The Storm Crow is her debut. Visit her at kalynjosephson.com.

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The Storm Crow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BriBri22 10 days ago
Loved this book!!! From the beginning this book drew me in. I loved how the author engaged the readers from beginning to end. I'm excited for the second book, just hoping that we don't have to wait so long for the release!
Brooke Allen 28 days ago
Overall, I really liked The Storm Crow. The story was interesting and the concept of having magical crows that help a country was unique. The last part of this story had me on the edge of my seat. The story began a little slow, which was why I didn't give it a full five stars. I really liked the main character. Thia was a girl whose life circumstances pushed her into a debilitating depression. It wasn't the kind of chronic depression that a person with chronic suicidality might have, but it is the kind of depression a person might feel after a traumatic event. Eventually, she had to rise above her circumstances and fight (which I realize might not be possible for some people, but it was possible in her case). Thia is forced, against her will, to leave her homeland to go live in another country with a royal family she's supposed to marry into. I can imagine how this would be an uncomfortable situation. Another thing I liked about this book was the friendship that Thia had with Kiva. There aren't enough friendships in YA books, but her friendship with Kiva is nice. Then there are the villains. There is one main villain here, and a few smaller villains, but I don't want to give too much away. Things might not be exactly as they seem at the beginning of the book. Thia, Kiva, and a few allies they run into along the way grow as people during The Storm Crow, find out what is going on and by the end of the book, they get to a point where... while it's not a cliffhanger, you'll want to read the next book to find out what's happening. I plan to read the second book in this series.
Kaleena 3 months ago
Words cannot express how much I loved this book: so much that I bought a finished copy when I was only 10% into my eARC. If you enjoy books that feature good sibling relationships, intricate world-building, female friendships, then this book is for you. “Words pierced like talons, hooking deep.” The world-building is all-encompassing and you can tell that Josephson spent a lot of time developing the religious and cultural beliefs for each of the regions, though we learn the most about Rhodaire and Illucia in this book. You can tell how integral the crows are to Rhodaire through language: words cutting like talons, feathers in the stomach for excitement, and counting crows to go to sleep being examples. I really enjoyed how the book starts with the action and slowly reveals bits about the world through the narrative (although I was a bit hungry for descriptions of the crows and how the magic worked a little sooner than was revealed). “Mist had begun to gather along the bridge, turning the Sona lamps into spots of blurred color that blended into each other like paints on a canvas.” Josephson has a way with words and I really connected with her writing style. The book is fast-paced and descriptive, I could visualize myself among all of the action. The writing is lush but isn’t over-burdened; the writing flows with almost a poetic cadence. The story is told in the first-person perspective of Anthia, or Thia for short. Strong-willed and passionate, she was on the cusp of becoming a rider. Until Illucian invaded and destroyed their way of life, that is. Thia is overcome by her grief and the depression representation in this book is amazing. Not only does Josephson nail the struggles of simply getting out of bed and the feelings of guilt and shame associated with it, but also in how friends and family struggle to understand something they have no reference for. There is a particular scene where Thia’s sister Caliza, meaning well, asks if she has “anything productive planned for today,” and the conversation which followed tugged at my heartstrings. It is worth it to note this story is about Thia’s situational depression and her journey to conquering it. While the symptoms are similar to chronic/clinical depression, it’s important to note that the cause and recovery process are completely different. “I couldn’t remember feeling anything other than pain and misery and fear, all of it overlaid by a layer of guilt thick and suffocating as smoke.” I loved the characters so incredibly much. All of the characters, even the villains, are three-dimensional with complex feelings and motivations. Thia and Kiva’s friendship is such a treat to experience, and it shows how someone can be there for a friend with depression. Thia is a main character I couldn’t help but root for. She is strong but not broken, her sarcastic defiance and unwillingness to buckle stokes a fire, giving her a purpose and helping to process her grief. “I knew what I needed to do, but working up the will to do it felt like trying to fight my way above water in a depthless ocean. It was so hard not to drown.” The Storm Crow touches on cycles of violence and vengeance being carried on through generations. The question then becomes will they be doomed to continue the cycle? I love stories where the protagonists want to right the wrongs of the previous generations. Thia is determined to save Rhodaire, and I am excited to see how everything plays out. I honestly recommend highly!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Anonymous 3 months ago
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson Publication Date: July 9th, 2019 TW: depression, self-harm, abuse (mental & physical) I initially requested this book because I saw the author talking about it on Twitter and got hyped for it. Once I was approved though, it took me a minute to pick it up because that’s how I am with fantasy sometimes. Anyway, I’m really glad I picked it up sooner than later because I ended up really enjoying it. The Storm Crow follows Anthia, or Thia, as she deals with the travesty that befell her people 6 months ago, when their capital was attacked, and all their magical giant crows were slaughtered. In the aftermath of their loss, Thia must figure out who she is, who she wants to be, and how she can possibly help her country and her people. What I Liked: There’s something different about The Storm Crow. It brings an awareness/focus to mental health, that is unusual for fantasy, but quite refreshing. Thia is constantly supported by her best friend through her depression and assumed guilt. I enjoyed all the tough female characters in this book. Most of the cast is female (so far), and I hope to see this trend continue. I really love reading about strong women kicking ass. I like that the main character, Thia, isn’t the queen in this story. She’s actually her little sister, which was a nice change. It’s still a story of a leader trying to save her people, but it follows an alternate route than usual. What I Didn’t Like: I am disappointed we didn’t see much of the legendary Magic Crows, but I expect they’ll be making a large contribution to the plot later on in the series. There’s a love triangle, or something close to it in this book, which I’m not overly fond of. I’m leaving it at that though, otherwise I might spoil something. Recap: Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and kept me hooked the entire time. I can’t wait for magical shenanigans to resume and (hopefully) increase. The Storm Crow left me with so many questions, and I’m desperate for answers. Really, the worst part about this book is that I’m going to have to wait an unknown amount of time for the sequel to be released (no publishing dates yet). 5/5 stars *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Bookishly_Nerdy 3 months ago
I was really surprised. I thought this book was going to blow me away. The Storm Crow was more about how Anthia, Thia, was dealing with the terrible night that had thrown her into the depression. Which was great. I really loved the manner in which Thia surpassed that. The darkness of the depression was strong with this book. But Thia was stronger and I thought that was a great example to show. Her friendships were amazing. The relationships were greatly developed. The characters were very well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but I didn’t love it. I can’t really tell you, my fellow readers, why. I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a hit or miss with fantasy genre. And this one wasn’t either. It wasn’t amazing. But it wasn’t terrible. I honestly was very blase about it. It was greatly written, greatly developed, greatly everything. I just couldn’t get into it that much.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This high-flying fantasy (pun intended ;)) will have you wishing you had a magical crow of your own—I know I do! Having a MC with depression in an action-oriented book is not at all easy to pull off and still make seem realistic, but Josephson made Thia’s actions (and lack of action) feel real and nuanced. For me, the story really took off (;D) after Thia arrived in Illucia, and I really enjoyed seeing the differences between Illucia and Thia’s native Rhodaire. Usually, the country with magic is the most interesting, but the fact that all the other countries surrounding Rhodaire had to function without the magic of the crows makes for a fascinating juxtaposition and made me even more interested to see the other countries that seem poised to make an appearance in the next book. Josephson handles the reasoning behind what the Illucians do to Rhodaire with sensitivity (reminding one that things are rarely black and white when it comes to conflicts with long histories) and though the reader has no doubt who is evil by the end of the book, it’s the characters in that grey area in between good and evil who the reader is left thinking about. SPOILER: AHEM, Ericen! END SPOILER. I can’t wait to see how Josephson finishes this captivating duology!!
Thetalesofabookishmom 3 months ago
3.5 stars. The writing was good, the idea was good, the characters are fully developed and interesting BUT the pacing was very slow for the majority of the book. I had to force myself to keep reading at times. I ended up enjoying this book and I definitely plan to read the next book but this book was lots of set up. I feel like parts were pretty predictable but i’m enjoying the characters enough to be ok with it. I feel like the next book will be better because it will have more action and be more focused on plot vs setup. I’m interested to see what happens next. I really did enjoy the characters and I feel like some betrayals are coming! So i’m hoping to see some ruthless twists and turns in the next book. I hope the next book has less predictability and more oh my gosh did that just happen. Because this book was a good setup to what could potentially be a very good series.
abcas100 3 months ago
I really liked this book. I'm very surprised that this is the debut by this author. I thought it was well written. I loved the characters and the idea of the magical crows. I liked that the author delved into the issue of depression. I will definitely be reading the sequel, because this is the first book in a duology. Princess Anthia, her sister Caliza, and the Kingdom of Rhodaire have suffered a great loss. They were attacked during a celebration by the neighboring Kingdom of Illucia. Their mother and many others were killed in the attack. Anthia is forced into an engagement with the crown prince of Illucia, Ericen. When rummaging through the rubble of the rookery, she discovers a crow egg. She and her sister devise a desperate plan to save their kingdom. I had a very hard time putting this book down. There is lots of action and intrigue. I can't wait for the sequel. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yolanda_LM 3 months ago
**4.5 stars!** Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for this free e-arc in exchange for an honest review. When I read the book blurb for this story, the thing that caught my attention were the words "elemental Crows". I thought, I must have it. I was very excited to be allowed to read this from NetGalley. This story grabbed me at the first page. The writing is beautiful. I am introduced to Thia on top of a crow, flying above her beloved home, the Kingdom of Rhodaire in Aris. I felt like I was flying with her or at least I wished I was her. I wanted to belong to this kingdom. I wanted to be a crow rider! We are drawn into this magical kingdom with a lush setting, where there are crows in every aspect of their world. But Thia's beautiful world is turned into chaos and turmoil when the Illucian empire invades them in a calculating move. Thia is in a haze of grief and depression for most of the beginning of the book. I could relate to her trauma and grief on every level. I felt it, I've been through that same tunnel of grief before. Everyone deals with grief differently, some like Caliza can put it behind them quickly and keep moving forward. Some are like Thia, who can't get out of bed. Depression can be debilitating, yet many people chalk it up to cowardice, like some do in the story. But I was cheering Thia on, with every step she took in the book. I admired her courage to try and move forward, even if some days were bad days. Thia is forced to marry her enemies' son, Prince Ericen, to save her kingdom from utter ruin. They do not get along at first but try to tolerate each other's company. The only part I didn't quite enjoy about this story was the romance aspect to it. It's not a love triangle...yet, and maybe it won't become that but I wasn't quite convinced of her choice in this book. Will it change in book two? We shall see! And then there is her friendship with Kiva. I loved their banter and love for each other. Kiva and Thia together are friendship goals. This is a wonderful debut filled with magic, intrigue, friendship, courage, love and a twist in the end that left me with hope for Thia's future. Hopefully the next book in the series, which I am anxious to read, will have even more crows to fall in love with!
courtofbingereading 3 months ago
***Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy in exchange for an honest review*** The Storm Crow is a YA Fantasy debut novel by Kalyn Josephson. I thought that this book would be a perfect fit for me. It’s compared to Eragon meets And I Darken--well, quite frankly, I didn’t get those vibes at all. This book starts with a bang. The kingdom of Rhodaire is invaded by Illucian soldiers. The soldiers destroy everything in their wake--in particular the magical crows that sustain the Rhodairen way of life. This devastation leaves not only the kingdom in bad shape but Princess Anthia too. Anthia has always been connected to the crows. They take up nearly every aspect of her life. Their loss throws Anthia into a deep depression. I wanted to love this book. But, the pacing of this book was just way too slow for me. There’s basically zero action until the very end of the book. Things might have been better if I felt connected to the characters. I’m not sure if it was the writing style or what, but I wasn’t connected or invested in this story at all. The only character I liked was Ericen and we didn’t get that many scenes from him in the second half of the book. However, that being said, I do plan on reading the sequel so I can see where the author takes this series. PSA: If the idea of the main character being depressed deters you from this book, don’t let it. The author captures depression very well. She depicts the feelings of depression accurately and in a relatable way.
CaitsBooks 3 months ago
Quick Stats: Overall: 4/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Plot and Themes: 4/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5 Review in a Nutshell: The Storm Crow is a great start to what will definitely be a magical and amazing fantasy series. "It’s difficult to walk against the wind. It takes strength.” // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Depression, Self Harm, Animal Death, War Themes, Mental Illness, PTSD // "Gone was the world I knew, and I’d let it be taken.” I really love the world this book built. Kalyn Josephson clearly spent a lot of time developing each kingdom mentioned in The Storm Crow. They all have such unique cultures and politics, some of which is only ever hinted at. I really hope the sequel continues to shine a lot on each fascinating kingdom. I also am really excited to learn more about the magic in this world (and, of course, the Crows)(I really want my own Crow now). The writing itself is also really good. It’s easy to jump in to, and accessible for anyone new to fantasy. "I knew what I needed to do, but working up the will to do it felt like trying to fight my way above water in a depthless ocean. It was so hard not to drown.” I have to admit,the beginning of this book is a little slow. It took me a good hundred pages to really be immersed in the story, but once I got to that point, I just wanted to keep reading. There’s a lot of world-building and character set up in the first few chapters, but it’s so worth pushing past that! The characters are really where this book shines. First off- Thia. I really loved her. The one thing about her (and this book as a whole) that stood out was her depression. Kalyn Josephson does not shy away from depicting the reality of living with depression. She wrote it so well that I had to step away from it a few times. Thia’s depression is very accurate and definitely hit home for me. It made me so happy to see a YA protagonist with a very real mental illness, and still be the awesome heroine we’re so used to seeing. The other stand out character was Ericen. I’m definitely a sucker for the bad-boy-with-backstory type, so I should have predicted that I would love him. I really enjoyed how complex of a character he was, and I’m so excited to see more of him. Also, a little side note that I wanted to mention- there are so many LGBTQ+ side characters!!! As for relationships-- I really adored the friendships in this book. It’s rare to see such a strong female friendship in YA, but this book definitely had that going for it. However, the romance plot line seemed weak. I felt like Thia had way more chemistry with some of the other characters than she did with her love interest. But maybe I’m biased. "The lion fears only the fox.” - Conclusion - Pros- Very well written mental health representation, the Crows, great characters & setting Cons- The romance felt forced Overall- 4/5 stars. The Storm Crow is a great debut that will have you dreaming of having your own Crow. I know I will be. *All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change* *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.*
NovelKnight 3 months ago
I feel like I’m constantly hitting a wall of generic YA fantasy with books lately and, unfortunately, The Storm Crow fell into that category. Aside from the fact that I should have put it down long before the end, I found the characters fell flat and the story far too predictable to make it an enjoyable read for me. I was instantly drawn into the idea of a world filled with magical creatures (in this case crows) that are integral to the way of life. Reminded me a lot of Dinotopia in that aspect which was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Unfortunately that world exists for all of. . . the prologue. If I’m being perfectly honest, it’s the primary reason I was interested in this book because, beyond a pretty cover, the synopsis read with the strong potential for a “rebellious princess” and “chosen one.” I like a well-used trope as much as the next person but it wasn’t working with The Storm Crow for me. The princess in question, Thia, read pretty flat. I felt like Thia was more of a bystander in a larger story and tended to be more curious about what her friend and guard Kiva was doing — except her friend was soon reduced to a bargaining chip to get Thia to obey. And then the prince Thia is supposed to marry is typecast as a total jerk with a tragic history that’s made him tough. It didn't make me feel bad for him though, only confused with the personality 180 he pulls halfway through the book. Then there’s the romance. Every romantic encounter in this book read as majorly insta-lovey. The relationship between Thia and one of the side characters came completely out of left field and felt unnecessary. She didn’t need to have a thing with him to make anything else in the story happen, and the romance seemed like it was added in last minute. I will say that I really appreciated the diversity of the cast. Thia is described as a woman of color and the races of the various kingdoms are described across a wide range of racial backgrounds. In addition, several same-sex couples pop up as secondary characters and are simply part of the world which I thought was well done rather than calling it out. It felt natural. Granted, I can’t read into how good the rep for either aspect. When it comes to the story, I can’t deny that the writing is solid. The pacing is good and isn’t bogged down with flowery descriptions. With the clean writing style, this book was a very quick read even though I wasn’t invested in any part of it beyond finishing. The actual plot is predictable at best, with an evil queen who is nothing but evil (seriously, can we get a better motivation to her because the one that’s given never felt strong enough to support her character) and a princess who doesn’t want to get married. Throw in the last crow egg and suddenly we’re dealing with a serious Chosen One dilemma. I’m okay with predictability. Most books are to some degree, especially if it’s a genre you read a lot (and I read a lot of YA fantasy). But what finally lost The Storm Crow for me was the fact that everything came so easy for Thia. I never felt like she was in danger. There was no tension. And so I didn’t care what happened to Thia because everything would work out. I had the ending pegged halfway through the book. It follows what I’ve seen time and again in other books and sets up for the sequel. I gave it a star for finishing it and another for the clean writing but can't give more than that unfortunately.
onemused 3 months ago
THE STORM CROW is an engrossing and imaginative YA fantasy. Anthia (Thia) is a princess of Rhodaire and eagerly awaits when she will be able to bond with a Crow. Rhodaire is a unique kingdom for its magical Crows, who have abilities that can be used to make the kingdom more livable and also protect it, making it a formidable enemy. One of the other kingdoms, Illucia, has been conquering kingdoms, but the crows have prevented them from doing the same to Rhodaire- until they burn all the rookeries and destroy the Crow eggs, also killing Thia’s mother, the Queen. As Thia’s sister takes over Rhodaire, she is also facing the imminent threat of invasion and takeover by Illucia. To prevent their attack, Thia must wed the crown prince of Illucia, Ericen. However, she is not sure what awaits her as she travels with him into enemy territory. She is also carrying a secret, a Crow egg which she recovered from the rubble, and a plan for allying with the other kingdoms against Illucia. Accompanied by her BFF and guard, Kiva, their journey is just beginning. What I loved: There are so many things to love about this book- the premise is so unique, the world-building is perfect, and the pacing is fantastic. There is also great diversity amongst the main characters in terms of LGBT representation and skin color, which varies between the kingdoms. Another strong secondary theme is about Thia’s depression, which is well described and paints a vivid portrait of the difficulty of living with it. There is also mental illness representation for PTSD in places (for two characters). While the kingdoms don’t have therapists, there is an acknowledgement for the difficulty of such illnesses and depression is named. In terms of the plot, it flows really well, and builds up until the end, leaving us eagerly awaiting the sequel. The Crows are really interesting with different types having different abilities. The villain (Queen of Illucia) is evil- but also understandable from a certain vantage point, making her multidimensional. I also really love how many of the kingdoms have female rulers. There are some mysteries, and people have unexpected roles in later parts of the book. The information we get about other kingdoms is quite intriguing, and I am curious to learn more in the next book. Be prepared to get completely pulled into this story! Final verdict: I highly recommend this exciting page-turner to all lovers of YA fantasy. I only wish the next book was already out! Thia, Ericen, and other secondary characters grew very close to my heart, and I can’t wait to get back into their well-crafted world. Fans of ERAGON, THE RED QUEEN, and GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will enjoy this delightful new story. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own
TheLibraryEnchantress 4 months ago
I read this book as an ARC but I got it from my library's ARC section. Neither the publisher nor the author knew I was reading it and I received nothing for this review. So everything I say is 100% my own! I know, I know. I usually don't post my #berryenchantingreview until later because I like to wait for the feels to not be as strong when I write the review but I finished The Storm Crow yesterday and OMG I had to write it now. This book releases in two days and OMG GO PREORDER IT IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY! First of all, I love the characters. I love Kiva and Thia's friendship and all the romance aspects that are in this world! (Did I mention there are a few LGBT characters in this brilliant novel?). It is also written really well. Her writing is rich and descriptive but not in a way that makes you go "what on Earth are we talking about?". And yes...I may or may not have met another bookboyfriend ... or two. But let me talk about what I loved the most about this book: mental health. It isn't very often that a YA fantasy book will deal with mental health. When they do, it is often a nameless and brief instance. The last series I've read that dealt with mental health in such a powerful way was the brilliant work of Sarah J Maas...and now Kalyn Josephson. I suppose it's only fair to warn that if depression is a trigger for you, don't read this book. Because this book...this book deals with depression in a realistic and stunning way. Watching the character battle with wanting to stay in bed, being unable to move, seeing a fierce female character who is anything but weak deal with the gripping effects of depression throughout the novel was a breath of fresh air. I was inspired, no. I AM inspired. I closed the book and aside from needing the next novel (like NOW PLEASE), I felt like I could do it. Like no matter what life throws at me, I can do it. I can get through those hard moments and those hard days by focusing "One step at a time". And Kayln...thank you. Thank you for writing this book. It isn't easy to write fantasy as rich as yours in such a catchy way...and to add in a character who doesn't have the swagger and confidence that many YA heroines do, who battles with her mental healthy constantly...you have, in my humble opinion, broken ground and written a book that I hope will inspire many authors to do the same. Your book has jumped to become one of my favorites and you are now on my bucket list of authors I would give anything to meet and have their work signed. Thank you for writing this book! My rating: 5 stars Favorite quote: "Welcome to the life of a woman. Men say stupid crap to us all the time."
S_Garrity 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this from a Fairyloot box. All opinions are my own. I adored this book to no end and can't believe it took me so long to read it. The magic system in this book is phenomenal and unique. I love the idea of giant magical crows and the connection between crows and riders is beautiful. I had a lot of trouble putting it down, I was so drawn in. The main character, Thia, is a very relatable character and I instantly felt like I knew her. Her connection with the crows is obvious and her story with them is beautiful. The wording was very descriptive, which helped the imagery of this world come across to me. I never found a dull moment, the story-line was smooth and all the major events had a place where it fit in. The story wasn't all over the place and wasn't chaotic. The characters in the story were well written. Along with being relatable, the characters also grew throughout the story. The subtle love story was also a nice touch. It was refreshing to have an adventure story with a side love story, where the side love story did not take over. It helped push the point that saving the crows and kingdoms were the most important thing. I can not wait for the second book!