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.
This book was a great read and I loved the beautiful storm descriptions we get from the author. She takes you right into the heart of the storms and weaves this magical story about a heroine who is hiding that she even though a part of a magical history of people with magic when she is tested she found lacking in that department. Our heroine discovers that what she always knew about storms and their treasures are not all true.
In this world their is storm magic that some possess they can manipulate power of various storms, hurricanes, dust storms, thunderstorms etc. If these characters which are referred to as “stormlings” are powerful they can dispel storms and even take the storms heart and those are turned into gemstones. With these stones the royalty set themselves apart from those without magic. Here is where our princess finds that their are those who are called storm hunters who attempt to contain the magic of the storms and with dreams of gaining the heart of the storm. I would call them treasure hunters.
Of course we have a triangle romance as well where our princess has to pick the best political match for what will help her keep her secret. She ends up like most ya fanatasy she has a prince and of course someone below her station and that the storm hunter. Throughout the book our princess struggles with her secret, the truths she discovers, and what is best for the world. This is a great start to a unique story and if you pick it up ya won’t be let down.