Title: The Storm Lords
Author: Ravon Silvius
Publisher: DSP Publications
Length: 254 Pages
At a Glance: A unique fantasy with incredible world building, intriguing characters and beautiful descriptions.
Reviewed By: Lindsey
Blurb: The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.
Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.
Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.
Review: I’ll start this off by saying this is a DSP Publications novel, so though there is a romantic element, it is secondary to the actual focus—the plot. Having read several of the stories from DSPP, I was already expecting this going in, so as far as the romance portion goes, I wasn’t expecting it to be front and center and, therefore, wasn’t really let down by the lack of concentration in that particular area. Don’t get me wrong it is there, just a very slow burn and on the peripheral to everything else happening.
What did I get in this book? A unique fantasy with incredible world building, intriguing characters, beautiful descriptions, and a plot that kept me absorbed and wondering how it would all pan out.
In a world where heat spells threaten cities and villages and kill with their intensity, the Storm Lords are sort of looked at as mystical creatures and God-like in their powers, with the ability to call upon nature to dispel the horror and havoc that heat spells create. Rowen’s village’s heat spells are only getting worse and more horrific—storms aren’t as common, and his village is on the cusp of ceasing to exist. Rowen has suffered in unimaginable ways, but his strength of character and love for his village keeps him going. The problem is that despite his honor and loyalty to his village, his inability to communicate leaves him vulnerable, and eventually his village brands him a thief and turns their back on him as a burden.
This is when Kristoff finds young Rowen and senses something in the young man kindred to his own powers. He saves Rowen and becomes his mentor, and thus begins Rowen’s training to become a Storm Lord.
I really loved Rowen. I found him fascinating and was pulling for him the entire time. His strength of character, loyalty, humbleness, honor and selflessness was amazing to read. He remained empathetic to his village and their struggles against the heat spells, and was driven to prevent more deaths for them despite what his village had done to him. He desired to save people and ensure no one went through the losses he had gone through. He put forth so much effort to learn to communicate, to find his powers, to understand the new and unusual world with the Storm Lords he found himself in. Even in the most difficult of times, he was always thinking of others.
Kristoff Hurricane is the youngest and most powerful Storm Lord around. Check out the name and you can probably guess his affinity. Yet, despite all his powers, which could have gone to his head and made him egotistical, he was a very endearing character. He truly wanted to save everyone he could, and believed in the cause. He was also much more naïve than Rowen, in many ways, though he was a couple years older and more traveled. He was unaware of the fullest extent, the damage, the struggles and the sacrifices of those in places where Rowen grew up. Sure he is a full-fledged Storm Lord, but with much still to learn and see. Rowen being in his life helps him to open his eyes and begin to truly pay attention; Kristoff asks more questions, he becomes more aware of the bigger picture, the things that aren’t talked about—the difficult decisions that are made and the cost of those choices.
I sort of knew where the story was going pretty early on, and guessed at what Rowen’s abilities would be, but what I couldn’t fathom is how it would all play out in the end. So even though his powers didn’t surprise me, the journey to get there, and what happens after they are discovered, was still enjoyable.
This was a great little fantasy read with well-crafted characters and a different type of world building than I personally have ever read. It was refreshing and I was very happy with the way it was all wrapped up. As long as you are into fantasy, intriguing plots and aren’t too hung up on the romance being front and center, I would totally say give this one a go!
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