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The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

tcrThe Crow Rider
Author Kalyn Josephson
Publisher Sourcebooks Fire | 2020
Pages 368
fantasy 

5 stars

Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be. (from Goodreads)

e-ARC provided by Netgalley. All opinions are my own. This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂 

“You can’t scare it with a little rain and wind. Eventually, you and that crow are going to have to spill blood.”

WOW. This was AMAZING. It’s gonna be a struggle to accurately express my emotions about this book without spoilers, but I’m gonna do my best!

I’ll admit that I was a bit underwhelmed by The Storm Crow, but I was interested enough in the world and the characters that I knew I wanted to read this sequel. And WOW, it was SO MUCH BETTER than the first book! I was hooked from the beginning; the plot moved at a great pace and it was filled with action, romance, betrayal, and friendship!

“I told you before and I’ll tell you again: you are a tempest of lightning and thunder, and people cannot look away from you. There is a strength to you that lifts others up, and that’s what this world needs right now. Not another politician. You.”

I liked Thia in the first book, but I loved her in this one. I thought she totally grew into her leadership role and it was easy to root for her throughout. Sometimes battle politics in a fantasy book can be grating, but I was super invested in all of that here! It never felt slow, it all built up to the battle at the end and totally paid off. Characters that are just wholly good and will do anything to save their friends are just really great characters. Also, her battle with depression is still very much a battle in this book, and it’s awesome to get some more representation of that. To see her constantly struggle with it but still manage to get sh*t done is inspiring. 

The side characters are also amazing! Res is super adorable and really steals the show in this book. It was so fun to see him grow into his powers! I looooved the idea of having different trainers help him with different crow powers. Kiva is always at Thia’s side to argue with her when needed (and sometimes when NOT needed, like let’s all calm down, Kiva) and Caliza was great again. Elkona was a definite favorite, and I’m so pleased with how her relationship with Thia played out! ERICEN, LOVE YOU BUD. He was fantastic in this book. I gravitated towards him a lot in the first book and his overall character arc was great.

“I’m on your side. It’s the only place I want to be.”

The romance was a definite highlight and it had just the right amount of everything. I thought everything romance-wise was handled perfectly and I’m so happy! I really don’t want to give any spoilers so all I’ll say is: MY SHIP PREVAILED. I HAD FAITH AND I WAS REWARDED AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE. NICE!!!!!!!

I’m so over the moon with how great this was! I thought the ending was fantastic and I’m 100 percent happy with every single character’s ending! Will definitely be buying a copy of this as soon as it hits shelves (I mean, look at that cover, it’s gorgeous) Out July 7th!

 

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