"Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine make this book a must-read."—ADRIENNE YOUNG, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.
Thia was born to be a crow rider.
In her kingdom of Rhodaire, magical elemental crows are what keeps the city running. For her entire life Thia has known she will hatch a crow, train, and become a rider—a warrior.
But when the Illucian empire invades in a calculated attack, they kill all the crows and destroy the eggs in a horrible fire that also robs Thia of her mother and mentor.
When her sister, Caliza, becomes the new queen of Rhodaire, she is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the Illucian heir in an effort to save her people. Prince Ericen is rude and cruel and Thia can't imagine traveling into the heart of an enemy city after so much has been taken from her.
But before she leaves, she finds a crow egg in the rubble of the rookery. Deep in the heart of Ilucia she must hatch the last crow, hold her own against the crown prince, and ignite a rebellion to take back what is hers.
"Dragon fans should get ready for their next favorite creature. I loved this."—JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
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Six months after the Illucian empire murdered her mother and slaughtered the elemental crows upon which the kingdom of Rhodaire depended, Princess Anthia continues to struggle with depression and grief. After she's betrothed to Prince Ericen of Illucia and sent to live with his people as part of a fragile peace treaty, Anthia finds herself surrounded by enemies. But Anthia has a secret: she has discovered a surviving storm crow egg; if she can hatch it, she might be able to rally other countries to stand against Illucia. Politics and subtlety have never been this headstrong heroine's strong point, however, and she's not sure what to make of her mercurial fianc , who seems as much potential foe as friend. Josephson's debut displays ambitious worldbuilding and an engaging premise involving the magical crows, which affect everything from storms to healing; Anthia's battle with depression is portrayed with frank authenticity, and features well-developed LGBTQ characters. The geopolitical intrigue lacks complexity, though, and the language occasionally feels contemporary for the setting. Nevertheless, this first half of a planned duology should excite readers looking for strong characters and romance-laced adventure. Ages 12 up.
The storm crow