Review – Roar by Cora Carmack

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Completely captivating. Every part of this world building has me completely lost in its elegant wildness. With Roar, you start in one place and are quickly swept to many and each place more interesting than the next.

All around, the characters definitely stand out as well. For Aurora, I just adore a protagonists that I have to follow on their journey. She by no means starts out weak, however throughout the story earns a different type of strength that is both innocent and empowering.

Oh Locke, or shall I say Mr. Kiran, what a perfect male specimen. He’s strong, kind, intelligent and comes with that tragic background we all like to cling to. He is essentially just as much of a main character to me as Aurora was. Then there’s also Cassius, who is one of those characters I hate-loved. There are many other characters that build this story, and I hope in the future we find out more about them, especially Sly and Nova.

I admit, I wasn’t very pleased with the ending. Not because it was a cliff-hanger but because I feel like the book built and built leading up to some epic battle that just did not happen. On the other side, I think the epilogue was a perfect lead into what is to come. I honestly cannot wait to Rage on.

4 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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