Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review: Storms by Kevin L. Nielsen

"The Bleeder froze with his hand half way to his quiver, eyes widening slightly. Then the sword took him in the chest. For a moment, the sword crackled with surging light, the buried hilt deep in the Bleeder's chest. Then the smell of char grew stronger and the man toppled into the sand."
- Storms by Kevin L. Nielsen

{If you have't read the first book in this series, Sands, then this review will contain spoilers. Check out my review for the first book here.}

So after the crazy ride that was, Sands, we all expected it to calm down a little in the second book right? Wrong. If anything this book was crazier, and more intense than the first. Everything you believed in the first book to be true you will question. 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Storms rage across the Sharani desert. Those clansmen who survived the devastation in the Oasis take refuge in the Roterralar Warren. But just as they grew to understand in the Oasis, maybe they weren't meant to be together at all. Change is in the wind. The Orinai are coming. 

Gavin struggles to find his place within the clans while Beryl begins to recognize that what he did in calling the Orinai will have devastating consequences. In an effort to atone for that, he sets in motion events that will lead to the end of safety and, possibly, the destruction of the Rahuli people. 

After waking from weeks of troubled slumber, Lhaurel struggles with what she had to do in the Oasis and the burgeoning powers within her. As everything she holds dear begins to fall apart again she is plagued with the one, most important question. Can she save her people once again or is she unwilling to pay that price?

My Review:

At the beginning of this story, Lhaurel, is asleep and we get to see more of Gavin. At the end of the first book he brought the clans together to fight against the Genesauri and hes now trying to figure out his role in this new life while living in the Roterralar Warren. Hes one of the quirkiest characters in the book and I loved getting to see more of him. His and Lhaurels relationship is also something I loved to see develop throughout the story. Their both aware of the other and they treat each other like siblings. Something I found really sweet.

There are so many characters in this story and you'd think as the author starts introducing more, and more characters you'd get aggravated but each of these side characters add something to the story and they've all become these unique people fighting for their lives. 

When I started the book I got really frustrated with Beryl, but as the story continued I just started to feel sad for him. When he called the Orinai we got to learn more about the magic and powers all the characters in the story have and it explained so much. For some reason I really liked Samsin. He's a jerk to just about every other character but I liked him (is that weird?). The Orinai are some characters I want to see more of in book three. I need it now please!

When Lhaurel entered into the story she was different. After what happened at the end of book one when she saw what her magic could do shes worried about hurting someone and wondering just how powerful she is. She's a much more vulnerable and fragile character but I liked seeing that side of her. I felt like we were meeting a whole new person. But don't worry she's back to her usual awesome self by the end of the story. 

This story was so full of suspense. The entire story we're wondering just whats gonna happen and the ending was shocking. Literally I'm still reeling. There are so many twists in this book that it was hard to keep up at times but it was all worth it in the end.

I'm giving this one four stars and I think if you're a fantasy lover (or just a book lover) you should definitely give this one a try. Honestly this book was such a fun read. Bring on book three!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Author: Kevin L. Nielsen
Genre: Fantasy
Published: 2015

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