cover image The Storm Crow

The Storm Crow

Kalyn Josephson. Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4926-7293-7

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 fiancé, 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. Agent: Carrie Pestritto, Laura Dail Literary. (July)