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Author: Josephson, Kayln
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9781492672937
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

The Storm Crow

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Debut fantasy writer Kalyn Josephson has masterfully crafted a fantasy adventure laced with racial and sexual diversity, and romance, the first of a duology. Her unique and original premise includes lush and immersive world-building that features magical and legendary crows with elemental powers to control weather and more, effecting everything from storms to healing, working together with the humans. The interesting yet flawed main characters are two sisters – Princess Anthia, a brave and stubborn storm crow rider, and Princess Caliza, a level-headed girl acting as queen – who start a rebellion to bring back the crows from the Illucian Empire who invaded their kingdom, stole their magic, and killed their mother. The loss of her mother, her lost future as a storm crow rider, and her betrothal to an evil prince of their enemy, lead Anthia to anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This amazing fantasy includes the clash of kingdoms, an evil and blood-thirsty rival queen, a beaten yet strong heroine on a complicated journey, a handsome prince and an alluring inventor, genuine friendships, subtle romance, well-developed LBGTQ characters, and a rebellion brewing around all of it. Unexpected twists lead to a surprising conclusion that will lead middle and high school readers to eagerly anticipate the sequel and conclusion of this imaginative tale.

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