Having enjoyed Witchmark, I was already intrigued by the sequel, Stormsong. Then I found out it featured a f/f romance and I instantly moved it to the top of my TBR pile.
Avia Jessup is a fallen heiress with a press card and a camera, trying to break out of the leisure pages when she’s handed the story of a lifetime: a parade of otherworldly invaders materialize outside the palace, right in front of her lens. With them is Grace Hensley, the beautiful scion of the most powerful family in Kingston, and she wants a favor: help her stop a revolution before the execution of her peers dooms the nation to endless, catastrophic storms.
Avia’s caught between preserving Aeland’s safety or revealing a truth that would ignite the fire of revolution—and risk the budding romance between herself and Grace.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Stormsong continues the fabulous and atmospheric world building from Witchmark, while expanding on the tension. Continuing to balance the actions of the past as well as the pursuit of our future lies firmly on Grace’s shoulders. Stormsong is a book that revolves not only around political tension or an electric romance, but around Grace’s struggle to figure out who she wants to be. There are so many forces pulling her in different directions, never free of people’s expectations, and amidst it all Grace needs to figure out who she is.
Will she forever be the person her father trained her to be? Can she find the bravery to turn her back on her family and her legacy which was built on ghosts and injustice? Are we responsible for the sins of our family, our ancestors, and how do we make it right? Grace is a clever and powerful heroine who must balance Queens, witches, and her own family’s atrocious mistakes.
The romance in this book is fabulous. It is relatively minor considering the political scope of Stormsong, but I love how they’re both incredibly clever and passionate. Avia is a character I instantly loved. A woman who turned her back on privilege and determined to find the truth. Stormsong is full of plots for power and blame. It asks us how we can enact change. If we should try to do it from within or attempt sudden changes? Sometimes we cannot afford to wait another day.