Author: K. Hanson
Published on: 15 December 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates
Format: Kindle Edition
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Captain Nereyda and her first mate, Brynja, lead a band of pirates as they seek out grand adventures and loot vulnerable merchant ships. However, when they attempt an overly ambitious raid, Nereyda and her crew are captured by Commander Erhan of the Imperial navy and separated. Nereyda is pressed into service aboard a ship to patrol the treacherous waters of the Shattered Sea. Meanwhile, Brynja and the rest of the crew are sent to a life of hellish labor deep in an Imperial mining prison camp.
While serving her sentence, Nereyda is shipwrecked on an unknown island. As she explores it, she stumbles into some ancient ruins and finds…something. Whatever it is, it wakes a part of Nereyda that she had not felt before. Something that could help her free the rest of her crew and return to life on the sea, if only she can learn to control it. Unfortunately, Commander Erhan is also on the island. Nereyda must escape him, get off of the island, and rescue her crew before the commander can stop her and before her crew withers away in the oppressive mines.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the author, K. Hanson for giving me an opportunity to review his novel. 🙂
The synopsis of ‘Storm Raven’ piqued my interest and I decided to give it a go. I’ve never read a fantasy novel from a pirate’s perspective before so I was pretty thrilled when I first started reading it. I love losing myself in a fantasy world and especially those who catch me off guard.
I was hooked initially. The world is breathtaking and the characters are one of a kind. I was having a blast with the storm raven crew and their adventures to rob the nobles. They have a noble clause so I couldn’t really disagree with where they are coming from.
With that said, the plot took a turn after around 70% into the novel. I started to get confused at some of the events which occur and I couldn’t see the link between the previous and the current events. It feels like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces which can’t seem to fit. Do note that this is just my own personal opinion. I’m sure some readers out there who have read this novel thinks otherwise. I feel that the story could be better elaborated and portrayed.
My favourite character would be the storm raven’s captain, Nereyda. She is a female protagonist who follows her heart more than her head most of the times. That is not a flaw about her, however. I would like to see it as her being responsible for her crew’s safety. Moreover, she is a comrade which you can be 100% confident that she will have your back in a battle. Such a person is hard to come by. That is what I admire about Nereyda the most and that might just be the reason why her crew members trust her so much.
All in all, I enjoyed reading ‘Storm Raven’ but it didn’t blow my mind away. I would still recommend readers to give this novel a shot as it might just be a read which you truly enjoy.