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Roar (Stealing Storms Series #1)
     

Roar (Stealing Storms Series #1)

by Cora Carmack
 

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New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar.

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

Overview

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar.

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I am typically not a fantasy reader, but Roar convinced me to read more. Cora Carmack created a beautiful world and I felt like I was transported to Pavan with her vivid descriptions of the city. I was left wanting more and I can't to find out what happens with the rest of her characters.”—Chelsea Riela, New York Public Library

“In her electrifying YA debut Roar, Cora Carmack creates a stormy fantasy full of adventure featuring a charismatic ensemble cast. Roar introduces YA readers to Cora’s signature talent for balancing authentic characters and a captivating romance, this time set in a striking new world that will sweep readers away.”—Mary Hinson, Irving Public Library and Mary Had A Little Book Blog

School Library Journal
05/01/2017
Gr 8 Up—Princess Aurora is the only heir to the Pavan throne. She was born a Stormling, the youngest member of a family whose line carries the magic necessary to defeat the destructive magical storms that threaten her country during the Rage season. But Rora hides a terrible secret: she was born without the storm-fighting gifts. Now the young woman is faced with a marriage to a man who does not love her—but whose Stormling talents are meant to cover for her own lack. She strikes out to make her own way in the world and gives herself a new name: Roar. In the world of YA fantasy, Rora's lack of talent is a welcome change and allows the character's will and intelligence to take center stage. Carmack's background as a romance writer is evident in Rora's slow-burning scenes with her betrothed, Cassius, and her fellow storm-chaser Locke, but her prose is denser than that of many of her YA contemporaries. The story moves at a more leisurely pace; this book will appeal primarily to hard-core fantasy fans, although lovers of romance may also find a lot to enjoy. VERDICT A good crossover choice for libraries looking for more traditional high fantasy novels with strong female protagonists and a large dose of romance.—Bobbi Parry, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, LA
Kirkus Reviews
2017-03-29
Carmack introduces weather magic and a girl who will go to great lengths to reclaim her power in the first of the Stormheart series.In Aurora's world, magical storms strike with ferocity, and only a few are born into the magic to combat them. As the sole heir to her kingdom, Aurora is expected to keep the storms at bay. The only problem? She has no magic. With storms fast approaching, Aurora's mother, the queen regnant, orchestrates an arranged marriage between her daughter and a powerful prince from a neighboring kingdom. When the prince deceives her, Aurora is desperate to find a way out of the marriage while still ensuring her kingdom's safety, when she stumbles upon an illegal market where she finds that magic can be learned. Hoping to return with new abilities, Aurora leaves home and joins up with a band of storm hunters. Her quest brings many unexpected surprises, and it is a race against time, as her kingdom is under attack. Carmack introduces an exciting new world that contains intriguing magic and complex social structures, but the worldbuilding feels incomplete. The magic is at times difficult to grasp, and a romantic storyline distracts from the action. While readers are introduced to a number of interesting characters, they unfortunately remain in the peripherals. Aurora is a white 18-year-old; her intended, Cassius, is likewise white. While leaving readers with many questions, Carmack creates enough suspense that they'll be scrambling for the sequel. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765386311
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/13/2017
Series:
Stealing Storms Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
108,029
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cora Carmack has done a multitude of things in her life–boring jobs (retail), fun jobs (theatre), stressful jobs (teaching), and dream jobs (writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and Texas, and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. Her first book,Losing It, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and her subsequent books were also hits.