Series: Stormheart #2
Author: Cora Carmack
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: August 27th, 2019 (Tor Teen)
Synopsis: Princess or adventurer.
Duty or freedom.
Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.
If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different – they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
This feels like more than rage.
It feels like war.
Thank you to the publisher, Tor Teen, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aurora’s adventure and brief freedom has drawn to an end as she returns to Pavan, now determined to retake the kingdom from the Lockes who have established themselves as the rulers following her “kidnapping”. Still using the alias Roar, she ends up joining a rebellion even as fiercer and more violent storms descend on Pavan.
Seeing as it has been more than two years since I read Roar, a refresher on the plot so far would have been really useful, as piecing together the facts from the initial chapters of Rage was quite a task. It was atleast a quarter of the book before I was fully caught up, and it might have been better to just reread Roar. The strongest point about this series for me was how unique the world and magic systems are, and Rage certainly did not disappoint in that aspect. I also liked how some of the side characters were developed in this book, particularly Jinx.
Aurora is still very naive in some ways, and the events of this book force her to step up and face the state of the kingdom and its people. She has learnt a lot from her time as a Hunter adventuring in the wildlands and now has magic at her disposal, if a different kind, but turns more than a little reckless at times, running off and placing everyone else at risk. Aurora also spends an inordinate amount of time mooning over Kiran, which, in my opinion, is quite ridiculous considering the state of things. She does go through some major character growth though, and is starting to understand what kind of queen her people need.
The side plot of Nova’s POVs as she learns to use her fire magic with Jinx’s help were given too much focus and story time, especially since what is happening with Aurora, Kiran and Cassius is much more interesting. I got the feeling that Nova is going to be important going forward though. Aurora telling Kiran (and everyone else) the truth of her identity was another plot point that was stretched far longer than it should have been. I did like how supportive of Aurora Jinx was though, a complete opposite to Kiran.
The seventeen years ago flashbacks on the other hand, were very interesting, as was meeting the Stormlord for the first time. There is still a lot of mystery surrounding this character and I’m rather curious to learn about the remaining pieces of his past. However, despite the Stormlord being one of the main antagonist, his character largely took a backseat in Rage to the machinations of the Lockes. Cassius’s character arc seems to have taken a rather intriguing turn as well, and I’m rather skeptical if he is going to keep his word (please don’t let it turn into a love triangle), but I really liked the ending!
Overall, Rage was a solid sequel, and it did a good job of not dragging out the plot as often happens in the middle books of a series. If you enjoyed Roar, I would definitely recommend this book. Action-packed and fast-paced, it was a delight to return to this world and learn more about the magics at work in Caelira.
Rage releases on August 27th, 2019.
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