The Lord of Thunder has passed, leaving daughter Evelyn Stormbourne to overcome her kingdom's greatest enemies, but first she must embrace her dominion over the sky.
"...it's got swords and horses and dirigibles and pirates and magic and caravans. A fun mix of Lord of the Rings-type high fantasy and steampunkish tech (did I mention there are dirigibles??), blended into a delightful Europe-inspired universe that feels at once new and familiar. ... All in all, this was a delightful read and just the kind of heroine-centric fantasy adventure I've always loved." ~ Mary Fan
The Lord of Thunder's sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie's ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father's young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they're separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.
In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.
If she's to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the "Stormbourne Chronicles" series of young adult fantasies, where you'll discover an extraordinary new world, epic adventure, and memorable characters. [DRM-Free]
Books by Karissa Laurel:
- Heir of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles: Book 1)
- Quest of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles: Book 2)
- Crown of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles: Book 3)
- Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles: Book 1)
- Arctic Dawn (Norse Chronicles: Book 2)
- Molten Dusk (Norse Chronicles: Book 3)
More Great YA Fantasy from Evolved Publishing:
- Kingdom in Chains by J.W. Zulauif
- Two Moons of Sera by P.K. Tyler
- Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease
- The "Chosen" Series by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
About the Author
Some of Karissa’s favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and superheroes, and she can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for speculative fiction. Sometimes her family convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin, or they’ll haunt flea markets, searching for rusty scraps to reuse and re-purpose. Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky named Bonnie.
Karissa is also the author of the adult Urban Fantasy series, The Norse Chronicles, where she puts a modern twist on ancient myths. The first book, Midnight Burning is available now. Her first effort with Evolved Publishing will be the Stormbourne Chronicles, a Young Adult Fantasy series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Evelyn Stormbourne finds herself on the run with her deceased father's horse master, Gideon, she discovers she has nothing to lose but her life. Her inheritance, the throne of Inselgrau is destroyed by rebels, her home is lost to a fire, and the servants she has known all her life are stripped away, as they run for their lives. All she can do is rely upon Gideon, who claims to have promised her father to protect her, if the need ever arose. Evie comes from a long line of Stormbournes. Their incredible skill is that they can control thunder, lightning, and rain. For Evie, at seventeen, her father had just begun her training when he dies. So, she has a power that she can't always control; when she's angry a storm soon appears and she can direct lightning only if she concentrates. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to her power that her father had not touched upon. At the age of eighteen, Evie will come into the full extent of her power, but is ill-prepared for it. Evie and Gideon have a wild ride across country, followed by her father's traitorous armed guards. Gideon has warned her to never reveal who she is and at one point sends her ahead to find an inn, while he stays to fight. He arrives at the inn, obviously wounded, but prepares as quickly as he can for the last leg of their journey, which is a seaport in Braddock, where they will sail to Dreuth. Gideon has finally explained that she has family there that her father failed to mention to her. During a storm, Evie falls overboard and is quickly lost. In time, she is pulled from the sea, sunburned and dehydrated. Her rescuers speak a language that is foreign to her, but she gets the gist when she is pushed into a cage and finds several other women in the adjoining ones. Her heart sinks, as she realizes her rescuers are actually slavers. The story only builds from there, as adventure ensues and revelations are brought to light. I highly enjoyed this book. It is well-written and there is never a dull moment. In the beginning, I thought Evie would jump into Gideon's arms and basically I would have a very long story to read. Not so! There is continuous action and she proves to be a very resourceful young woman. I definitely recommend this book even though it is YA. Adults will enjoy this adventure, too. Now for the rating: Genre and general reading age - Young adult, but it's good for everybody. Level of sexuality - very low. Was there graphic language? None. Did I cry? No. Did I laugh? No. Is this part of a series? It is the first book in the Stormbourne Chronicles. Level of character development - Evelyn's character matured a lot. Overall, I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.
I’m not normally one for reading YA, but when I was offered the chance to read another Karissa Laurel novel to break up the nail biting wait for the next book in the Norse Trilogy series, I obviously jumped at it without the barest semblance of dignity. As usual. I don’t regret my choice in the least, every single characters if beautifully written and the world building is most beautiful of all. The different cities and countries in this world are comparable to our own, with alternate versions of France, Germany etc. Evie (Evelyn Stormborn, to give her full title) is our main character, a 17 year old girl, who has lost almost everything after her father dies and her kingdom is destroyed. She flees the kingdom with her eligible and grumpy stable master, Gideon, who was enlisted by her father to protect her should anything like this happen. While trying to find a safe harbour, she realises that there’s a lot about the wider world and even herself that she has yet to learn. She is the descendant of the god of thunder and it’s her birthright to wield his power. She knows some of this already but she doesn’t know how important this birthright is to the rest of the world. Different factions in this world don’t agree that Evie should wield this power and are determined to manipulate it to their own ends, it’s just lucky for her that her trusting personality and startling good luck win her some pretty useful friends to back her up. This is very much a classic coming of age story but it’s a damn sight darker than your average YA novel! It reminds me of the Garth Nix Abhorsen series, a staple of my teen years, in terms of tone and more mature themes. I mean, this one covers death, rape and sex slavery in a non-graphic way. It’s not suitable for the younger end of the YA spectrum, that’s for sure! (That said, I would have read this quite happily at 13 then asked my mother some pretty harrowing questions like ‘maaaaaam, why do pirates sell young girls to brothels?’ and ‘maaaaaaam, what’s a brothel?’) The only fault I can possibly find in this book is that Evie gives in far too quickly to the young male characters she meets, Gideon is outstandingly rude to her and barks orders without giving her any explanation as to what’s going on and she doesn’t seem to be that bothered that he takes out his bad mood on her at every turn. I know she’s meant to be naïve, but as a princess she should know when to tell a stable master to reign in his temper (pun intended. I thank you.). As always, Laurel’s writing is gorgeous and just makes me happy to be reading her work. It brings a fresh perspective to an ancient mythology and makes you feel like a part of the proceedings. I’m more than ready to dive into the sequel of this book and follow the series to its conclusion, which now leaves me with TWO Karissa Laurel series on my watch list. Mythology, phenomenal writing and worldbuilding to blow your socks off. This book has it all.