by Jillian Boehme

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A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom in Jillian Boehme's epic YA Fantasy debut, Stormrise, inspired by Twelfth Night and perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce.

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.

Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.

“Martial arts, a bold girl, a kingdom under attack, magic everywhere—I devoured it in one sitting! This book is one wild ride!” —Tamora Pierce

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250298898
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 63,873
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

JILLIAN BOEHME is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee. Stormrise is Boehme's debut novel.

JILLIAN BOEHME is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.

Stormrise is Boehme's debut novel.

Customer Reviews

Stormrise 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade 9 months ago
When I picked this book up, I thought that it was going to be just another average dragon book. I started reading this book and I loved it but, I realized that I’ve heard this story before. There is a war going on and a male from each family needs to go to war, but the daughter/main character can’t let her brother or father go so she disguises herself as a male. Then I realized that this book is basically Mulan but with different names. As, Rain, the main character, makes friends and her identity was revealed because she got stung by bees and her friend saw her without her shirt on. So, after I realized this book was a knockoff of Mulan nothing was surprising, and I expected all of what was going to happen. This book had a lot of potential I just wish that the author could have been more creative because she is really good at writing and I would have loved to see how this book would have ended if it wasn’t the book version of Mulan. I recommend this book to ages 14+ as there is foul language and two scenes when a man inappropriately touches a woman. Reviewed by Giovanna P., Age 12, Connecticut/Western Massachusetts
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
STORMRISE is a story of a girl's fierce love for her family who sacrifices herself to a war that she believes she won't come home from. Readers will find much to love with this motley crew of characters and a plot that is thrilling from beginning to end. I loved this story from the start. Rain's family is an important piece of the story as her purpose began with them and with them is where this story begins. It allowed me to easily relate to Rain and see who she is as a character, such as what drives her and what her strengths and weaknesses are. Her character continues to develop as she is vulnerable in trying to keep her disguise intact and excel as a soldier. I love stories with good character development and where friendships and camaraderie are strong points. I liked how Forest is introduced in the story as well and how Rain slowly gets to know him and the others in her group over time. Their relationship grows naturally and they're friends before anything else. I know in the summary it says this story is supposedly based on Twelfth Night, but to me it felt much more like a Mulan retelling. The similarities are quite strong. Regardless, I liked how this story was reimagined and how the author made it her own, particularly in regards to the dragons. The myths behind them and their magic were interesting. I also liked that the dragons weren't exactly what you might expect. The overall plot had moments of character development, romance, and then some intense training and action. It felt balanced, besides just being quite entertaining. The beginning of this story all the way through to almost the end I loved. However, towards the end I had a few issues. There was one character that the author let have more reign than I liked and there was a part that was pretty crude, vulgar and descriptive that I felt could have been more vague while still making the point or carrying out the scene. It went from a completely clean book to one I can't let my daughter read. That same character continued to be a thorn in Rain's side and then there was a suggestive scene added as well. I just didn't feel it was needed. The story would have felt more realistic to me without the scene under the situation and the romance could have remained sweet (as well as not trying to take over the story). It also seemed that some of the characters towards the end weren't consistent. Such as a tough, smart leader suddenly letting emotions rule and letting his soldiers get out of hand. It was like the steadiness he had at the beginning disappeared. I got the situation and shock he was under, but it just didn't feel consistent to his character up until that point. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was definitely a page-turner. I loved most of the story and definitely loved the characters. If you're a YA fantasy or Mulan fan, you'll find much to enjoy about this story. Content: Lots of b-words, one attempted rape that is fairly descriptive, a non-descriptive love scene, violence. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley and the Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
MiyukiNightShade More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Fantastic Flying Book Club, and Tor Teen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. Content Warning: Animal Violence, Bullying, War Representation: Disability Rep Okay, fam. You know that I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to read a book about dragons, okay? Seriously, though. Give me all the dragons, okay? Because I think that Boeheme did an amazing job with this novel, and I’m kind of bummed that it’s over? I mean… imagine having a dragon that can speak to you in your mind, and having the magic of a dragon physically alter your appearance. It sounds like my kind of book, and I absolutely adore why Rain did what she did. But let me back up a bit. Rain and Storm are twins, and since they both got sick when they were babies, and the doctor ended up giving the cure to Rain instead of Storm, she was the one that ended up getting better. Her brother didn’t end up recovering fully, and it seems like he has a learning disability from it. While his body is correct in age, his mind and his mannerisms are of a younger boy. I don’t know what they call it in his book, but from my experience, it would seem like he has a learning or developmental disability, but it came about from this illness. Rain and her father train her to be a Neshu warrior, and she is a freaking bad ass. The only thing is, as a female, she isn’t allowed to be one because patriarchy, am I right? So she pulls a Mulan on us, gets some medicine from this sort of shady lady that gives her dragon powder to stop her monthly bleeding so she can disguise herself as her brother Storm and take his place in the war because we all know he is not made for battle. What makes it worse is that their father was going to go with him to make sure nothing bad happened to him, which meant that both men in the family would be gone. And of course, my girl Rain does an awesome job in warrior camp, and not only does she end up bonding with her fellow soldiers in training, but I think she may have eyes for both her tent-mate Forest and her Commander? I don’t know, man, but I’m curious to see what you guys think about a dragon talking to you in your head asking to be released, you know? This book got crazy! It was definitely a wild ride, and I think some of my dragon loving friends would like this story.
JASoran More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge fantasy fan but the description - and the gorgeous cover - did grab my attention, so why not. What a wonderful surprise - I loved a fantasy! Even more so, I loved the main character. I felt like I grew to know her - as a daughter, sister, friend, and soldier. Just when I thought I could not love Rain more, she would say or do something that made me want to keep reading. I finished this book in one day, simply because I could not, nor did I want to, put it down. I then handed it off to my 15 year old daughter, who also devoured it. Next up was my 12 year old son, who gave it two thumbs up. We not only thoroughly enjoyed this book, it promoted some good discussions among the three of us. My husband just began reading it and may have packed it to take along on a business trip with him. I highly recommend you read the story of Rain. The protagonist alone makes it well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Stormrise, I had tears in my eyes by page 26. I was immediately drawn into this new, fascinating world. The pacing of the book was perfect, and I could not put the book down!! Every day I was eager to read more. Rain, the main character, is strong and unstoppable but also vulnerable and relatable. I was rooting for her within the first few pages! I also loved the dragon. I was holding my breath waiting for the moment when the dragon would appear-and I wasn’t disappointed! Do yourself a favor and read this book!!
DJenn More than 1 year ago
I received and ARC of this book. This is not my normal genre so I was a bit apprehensive when starting this book. It hooked me in the first few pages. It was an easy read as it flowed at a nice pace. This book is a story about; love of family, love of country and finding your place in the world. I look forward to Jill's next book and watching how she grows as an author.
JessShrock More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to score an advanced reading copy of this fantastic debut novel, and I could NOT. STOP. READING!! Such a powerful story--written first person--of a young girl finding her place in a man's world, true courage deep within her own heart, some humor, some romance, magic, dragons...couldn't be better. Jillian drops you right into the action and ties your heart up with the characters barely a page in. Fantasy novels can get a little heavy on the descriptive text, but there isn't a single unnecessary, dry word in Stormrise! This is a book that will be a part of my life forever.
AdamHeine More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun. It starts off feeling familiar, but it soon twists into its own unique and gripping story complete with dragons, martial arts, and forbidden love. What's not to love?