Roar by Cora Carmack
Aurora Pavan or Rora, is the sole surviving heir to the Stormling Kindom of Pavan, after her Mother, the Queen, abdicates from the throne it will fall to Rora to protect the Kingdom. Pavan, like all the major cities of Caelira, only survives the storms which ravage and destroy all that lies in their path, because of the Stormlings who so valiantly protect them. Without the Stormlings’ protection, the destructive Storms would swallow every city in their path whole. The protection of the Stormlings who rule cities being last defence against this certain destruction.
The Sacred abilities of the Stormlings allowed them offer others protection and safety in return for tax and fealty. Each Stormling responsible for the faith of hundreds of thousands of people, living all around them. The line of Stormlings ruling Pavan could never have been stronger, each generation growing that much stronger than the last…until Rora.
Lacking the abilities to ensure the safety of the people of Pavan and the continuation of her house, Rora must marry a suitor capable of such a feat of power, all the while hiding from him the fact that she herself lacks these very powers. Of course she herself would have no choice in who exactly she’d marry and whether they’d have time to actually get to know each other first.
Unfortunatley for Rora her Mother’s choice for her is the dark and brooding second son of the Kingdom of Locke, who only sees her as his stepping stone to the throne and nothing more.
Unless Rora can find some unimaginable way to Grant her the sacred gift her ancestors stole, her future with the Prince of Locke looks inevitable and none too bright. But what if Rora could steal magic in the same way her ancestors stole it? What if there was another option? What if her future wasn’t set in stone just yet, what if Rora could carve her own future in that very stone blocking her way?
Teen Rating: Carmack creates a beautifully crafted fantasy realm, bursting full of life and packed full with many ingenious aspects and cleaver ideas. Unfortunately these are all totally and quite completely forgotten about by Carmack, who instead focused on the promise and dynamic of a love story and not on the dept or things going on beyond it. Carmack failed to capitalize on the intericicy of her world, failing to steer her romance away from being so cliche. With the continuation of a vivid, pulsing and real world around Cormack’s romance, the story and book would have become something much more tactile and real than it currently is, giving the romance credibility and realism to surround and nurture the sparks of romance going on in the story allowing them to grow into a flame. All the while avoiding it becoming so cliche. The intent and original groundwork of the story were spot on but, the ability to capitalize on this and keep the story on this route was something to be desired for. 2/5 14+