Title: The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2)
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: July 9th, 2020
The thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.
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’ 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’ 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.
Sequel to The Storm Crow (review linked if you missed it), The Crow Rider continues Thia’s journey to save Rhodaire from the invading Illucians. In this book we learn a lot more about the magic system and history of Rhodaire and the surrounding kingdoms, which was exactly what I was hoping for out of this book.
Without going into spoilers, I will say this book went about the way I expected it to. Of course there were curveballs, but it was mostly predictable within a typical YA fantasy novel. I was still really interesting in the world-building, though it’s weird it was mostly done in the conclusion novel not the beginning. I imagine Kalyn could return to this world pretty easily in the future and write more stories, and I would likely read them. As much as it is fairly predictable YA, I still love it – hence I read YA fantasies all the time! If this isn’t your jam, this might not be the duology for you.
I respect the way the romance went, again without saying anymore than that. I do feel like there were some strings that were not tied up by the end with supporting characters – but that’s where I again feel the author could use that to return to this world in the future.
Overall, I’m glad I continued on to read this one after feeling somewhat meh on the first book. If you do check this one out, I hope you enjoy it!
Happy reading, folks!