Book Title: Storm Raven
Book Author: K. Hanson
Page Count: 287
Publishing Date: December 15th, 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Date Read: March 18th, 2018
Synopsis: Captain Nereyda and her first mate, Brynja, lead a band of pirates as they seek out grand adventures and loot vulnerable merchant ships. However, when they attempt an overly ambitious raid, Nereyda and her crew are captured by Commander Erhan of the Imperial navy and separated. Nereyda is pressed into service aboard a ship to patrol the treacherous waters of the Shattered Sea. Meanwhile, Brynja and the rest of the crew are sent to a life of hellish labor deep in an Imperial mining prison camp.
While serving her sentence, Nereyda is shipwrecked on an unknown island. As she explores it, she stumbles into some ancient ruins and finds…something. Whatever it is, it wakes a part of Nereyda that she had not felt before. Something that could help her free the rest of her crew and return to life on the sea, if only she can learn to control it. Unfortunately, Commander Erhan is also on the island. Nereyda must escape him, get off of the island, and rescue her crew before the commander can stop her and before her crew withers away in the oppressive mines.
Storm Raven was fierce, feisty, and fast paced! It was engaging and jolly good fun! It was Pirates of the Caribbean meets Throne of Glass with a Daughter of the Pirate King twist!
Despite the comparisons, this one held some unique aspects all its own. It was a refreshing take on a pirate’s attitude. It had a bad ass, female pirate captain with a Robin Hood conscience!
I loved the excitement and atmosphere of the story! I felt like I was on the high seas, dodging ferocious storms with Nereyda at the helm! I was shipwrecked right along side our pirate captain, and imprisoned in the mines with our crew, and first mate Brynja!
Nereyda reminded me a bit of Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King, but also of Captain Jack Sparrow. She had pride and confidence, and was full of wit and sarcasm. She was a fierce pirate, but also held a few morals, and gave respect when it was due.
Brynja stood out to me the most. She could become the next Celaena. She reminded me of Celaena from Throne of Glass because of her experience in the mines, and her will to survive.
Erhan could have used a little more personality. I couldn’t get fully invested in his character. He felt like he was just there to annoy Nereyda a little bit, but I felt like he had potential that will come too fruition in the next book.
Though the story was a little predictable at times, it had several surprising moments. I enjoyed the writing and only found a couple places that felt awkward in regards to repeating words or phrases. The story definitely took a turn I did not expect, and I really enjoyed it.
Storm Raven was daring and bold! K. Hanson didn’t try to draw readers in with cheap tricks of “hate to love” romance, or the usual “rape and pillage” pirate attitudes. What he did was create a unique story that offered some nicely developed characters, an intriguing world, and a typical YA plot with several enjoyable twists and some grittiness!
Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and as part of the book tour!
About The Author:
K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful fiancee, Bobbi. Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.
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