Book 1

June 13, 2017

Tor Teen




by Cora Carmack   


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.


"Spectacular"  By Ashia 8 months ago

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Roar is an incredible coming-of-age story of a young girl searching for her identity in a world where she didn't seem to belong. To fit. The world that Cora Carmack has built is spectacular and fascinating. I mean, I have sometimes seen a storm and was both awestruck by its ferocious beauty and at the same time fear its immense power, but I had never imagined how this could be taken further and developed into a world where storms ruled the kingdoms and everything revolved around it. Truly amazing.

Aurora, the heroine, grew on me. I like her strength, her bravery, her stubbornness, her determination to search for a future for herself instead of just accepting the one that has been arranged for her by her mother. Does Aurora really have no magic of her own? Will she be able to learn to hunt the storms and perhaps attain magic for herself? After all, the young hunter that she saw in the markets didn't have magic initially, but he was able to acquire some.

And what was up with Cassius, Aurora's betrothed? While he was undoubtedly attractive and powerful, I can also sum him up in one word--intense. That's the thing I remember the most about him in his scenes with Aurora. And it's obvious he's hiding something. Still, as you read on, you'll find Cassius a contradiction--not quite a good guy, but not really evil either. He's a complex character that you couldn't get a hold of, until you realize something is forcing his hand...

The story was told from different viewpoints in third person that enhance the storyline and move the plot onward. The story was well written with good pacing, and compelling enough to make me continue to turn the virtual pages.

As for the title, Roar? I thought it's fitting. You'll have to read to find out.

Take note though that the story does not end here. There's a book 2 coming, where the stakes are even higher for all our characters.