Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2)
by Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 7th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
This is a book two.
The ocean had always reminded me of the sky.
Both were vast, ancient domains that we could never hope to control, and each time we entered them, we placed our lives in the hands of something that could crush us.
Something about that thrilled me.
I stood at the bow of the Aizel dressed in my flying leathers and a thick green cloak the ship’s captain, Samra, had reluctantly lent me. Salt air nipped at my face, the wind running long fingers through my curls and lifting them to dance like ribbons.
A shadow rippled across the water ahead of the ship. I lifted a hand, feeling the brush of feathers a moment before Resyries landed on the railing before me. Wings outstretched against the wind, the crow balanced effortlessly, the gossamer shine of his dark feathers blending into the blue predawn light. The connection between us thrummed with quiet contentment, something neither of us had had much of in recent days.
After our flight from Illucia, we’d headed to the Ambriel Islands but had decided to skirt around them rather than make land, since the islands were likely full of Illucian soldiers searching for us. Their queen was not going to let me escape so easily. Not when I was the only one who could hatch the crow eggs she’d stolen from Rhodaire. Not to mention I was technically still betrothed to her son.
I winced at the thought of Ericen. Unexpectedly, we’d become friends during my time in Illucia. The fingerless leather gloves I wore each day had been a present from him, a symbol of strength when I’d needed it most. But the prince was loyal to his kingdom. Loyal to his mother.
“I have to let him go, Res,” I said into the wind. So why couldn’t I?
I thought this was a trilogy and I’m not sure why. But it definitely had an ending, so it must be a duology. I’m really happy with how it ended, so I’m ok with it even though I kind of want more.
This is a book two, so there are spoilers for book one in my review.
Thia realizes that she needs to unite the different kingdoms if she wants to defeat Razel. Her crow, Res, doesn’t have control of his powers yet, but Thia is determined to get him ready. Res is special and is showing that he has stronger magic than they’ve ever seen in a crow before. They still haven’t flown together and time is running out. There are just weeks left before everything blows up. Thia and Res are on Samra’s ship with Kiva and Caylus. Ericen shows up with a warning to Thia. He tells her that the Sellas are still alive and Razel is working with at least one. But then another person shows up and it seems like Ericen has set Thia up. She wants to trust him, but it’s been hard. And Kiva doesn’t make it easier. Thia has finally realized that she has feelings for Ericen. He says he wants to leave his Razel and fight with Thia’s group.
Thia not only finds out more information about the Sellas, but there are other things that were kept from her. She has to figure out how to fight what are essentially gods, figure out if she can trust Ericen, try to get the kingdoms to fight, get Res ready, and keep everyone she loves alive. There is a lot of pressure and she definitely struggles to trust herself. The connection between Thea and Res continues to grow and she starts to feel the magic connection. There is a lot of stress and pressure, but Thia knows that she needs to be a leader that people will follow, even when she feels like there is no way to win.
The Crow Rider is fast paced and most of the plot has spoilers that I can’t include. I loved so many of the characters though. Thia is relateable with her insecurities. I adore Ericen. Kiva is always fun. And then there is Res. I seriously want a six foot crow.
I gave this 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 stars. I loved it as much as The Storm Crow and I think everyone will be happy with the ending. Not that everything is happy. Just that it ended without questions. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for abuse, fighting, blood, death, and a parent who doesn’t love their child.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll spend your whole life searching for it.
Who says because they are fairy tales that they are not real.
A real storm had a life to it, almost a soul.
The anger inside me was a constant simmer, simply waiting for a breath of fuel to ignite into an inferno so hot, it could consume anything in its path.
Reading silences my mind.
Magic was a tool, but it was also a burden and sometimes a weapon.
Kalyn Josephson currently works as a Technical Writer in the tech industry, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. Though she grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and a degree in English (Creative Writing). Currently, she lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay Area and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an ever tinier owl). THE STORM CROW is her debut novel.
If people who pre-order TCR submit their receipts, they can choose a bonus scene from either Kiva or Ericen’s POV, and be entered to win a TSC bookmark + character cards. Open US and CAN only. Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKAtn7VR_2l2y_oW6h6Zxst5XJbQLRJbmtLksneThz9ioddg/viewform
Also, if they order TSC (hardcover OR paperback) or TCR from Kaylyn’s local indie store, Keplers Books, before July 7th they can get a signed, personalized copy. Readers need to say in the order comments if they wanted it personalized through. Link: https://www.keplers.com/pre-order-your-copy-crow-rider-0
Prize: Win (1) a (signed) copy of THE STORM CROW and a (signed) copy of THE CROW RIDER by Kaylyn Josephson (INT)
Starts: June 23rd 2020
Ends: July 7th 2020
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