The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow #1)
by Kalyn Josephson
Pub Date: July 9th, 2019
Hardcover, 352 pages
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.
*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC BY THE PUBLISHER IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOESN’T AFFECT MY OPINION*
As one of the most hyped up books of Summer 2019, I was pretty desperate to get my hands on this book. Having read it, I can say that it was definitely worth the emotions.
The beginning of the book was a little rough around the edges. It was very fast-paced, attention grabbing, and then it slowed to an almost complete stop. It proceeded slowly for the few chapters after, and then it picked up pace again.
I’ll be honest, I was considering DNFing it because of that section. But then the middle came and saved the book from that decision. This book was very action-driven, and when there wasn’t any action? It felt like something was being left out. However, after that stump in the beginning, it felt like I was reading the hyped fantasy I’d been looking for.
I loved the characters (except for the queens. They both pissed me off), and I loved the plot. I was very emotionally involved in this book, which meant I got pissed off at the right parts, and I squealed at others. I can tell you, I loved all of the mystery elements that had been added into this.
The characters were well developed by the end of the book, and the plot had left its mark and message. For that, I rate The Storm Crow 4 stars. I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read whatever comes next from Kalyn.
I cannot thank Kalyn enough for agreeing to do an interview with me! This’s my very first one, so it’s a huge honor. I love all of the answers she gave, and I can’t wait for y’all to finally read her book.
BELLE: How did you come up with the idea for The Storm Crow?
KALYN: I read an article about a little girl who fed her neighborhood crows. In return they brought her gifts and her neighbors called her The Crow Queen, which was the original book title. It really stuck with me and gave me the idea for a kingdom whose way of life was based on these magical, elemental crows, and what would happen if they were suddenly gone.
BELLE: Is there a specific song you would pair up with your novel?
KALYN: Alive by Sia! Aside from the great storm imagery, it also has a raw emotional power to it that I think fits my MC, Thia’s, journey.
BELLE: If you had to take one of your characters out to lunch, which would you choose and why?
KALYN: I’d take the MC’s best friend, Kiva. I think she and I would get along really well. We have the same energy level and she’d totally sit on a park bench and people watch with me.
BELLE: Can you give us any hints for Book 2?
KALYN: Not much! We haven’t even reached the editing stage yet. The most I can tell you is the magic and action really get ramped up in the sequel.
BELLE: Do you have a specific place you write at/in?
KALYN: I write almost exclusively at my desk in my room. I live with four roommates, so I need the privacy to get stuff done. I keep thinking one day I’ll go write at cafés, but I always end up people watching instead. I’m easily distracted!
BELLE: If there was only one author you could read from, for the rest of your life, who would it be?
KALYN: Oh that’s a tough question! I’d say V.E. Schwab. I just love the worlds she builds so much, and her characters always find a place in my heart.
BELLE: Who do you hope to reach with your book?
KALYN: I hope to reach people like myself who can find comfort in Thia’s story. This book was a healing journey for me to write, and I hope it can be the same for the readers who need it.
Kalyn Josephson is a Technical Writer in Silicon Valley, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA, but now lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an even tinier owl). When not writing YA Fantasy, she loves baking, reading, playing sports, and watching too many movies.