Friday, February 10, 2017

Heir of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles #1) by Karissa Laurel


Star Rating : 3 out of 5
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Content Rating : MILD

Back Cover :

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.
In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.
If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.”

My Thoughts :

This book is fun. Evelyn, our main character, is just starting to learn about her abilities when her world is turned upside down. There is adventure, romance, magic and more. It’s a young adult book; but, still a good read for older adults too. The story is easy to follow, makes it a good quick read. This book is a good opener to the series; I would love to read the next one.  

This book is rated as MILD. There is one use of minor language. There is also one non-detailed scene with a man groping the main character.

What I liked : 

  • The Characters – Evelyn is strong, brave and loyal. All great qualities for your main character. Gideon is mysterious and protective, a knight with maybe a dent or two in his shining armor. The rest of the characters also had good personality and felt real.
  • The Plot – I like a good fantasy novel here and there; and, I enjoyed this new journey that Laurel takes you on. There are several twists and turns; it keeps you a bit in the dark, letting you discover as you go. I look forward to what adventure is next for Evelyn.
  • Gideon and Evelyn’s story – I liked the interaction between these two characters. A love story in the making. This only really starts to pick up at the end of the book, leaving you wanting more.  

What I didn’t like : 

  • The World – Now I liked the idea here; but, I felt like Laurel could have developed it more. Parts of the world didn’t seem to jive with the rest. For example, there are trains, gas lights, steel boats, and guns. But, at the same time the main character has a chambermaid, uses arrows, everyone mainly rides horses, and plumbing is a new idea. It’s a time of transition from gods ruling to men. I am fine with making up your own rules for a world; just help us out a little with explaining it. I think she was going for a steampunk-old-world setting.
  • Grammar Errors – Not claiming to be an expert in this area; but, there were a few mistakes that I caught. 

What Others Are Saying :

"As soon as I put it down I became impatient to pick the second book up; the first is entirely too short to sate my needs for this amazing story."~ Pirate Lady Pages

"Ooooh, so many different twist and turns, I love it! This was such a fun adventure and I can't wait to read the next book. Right from page one it takes off like a freight train and doesn't stop until the very last word (which then leaves you screaming for more)." ~Loves Great Reads Blog


Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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