There is nothing sweeter then diving into a new magical world filled with political intrigue and empowered female leaders! I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different magic and falling in love with the enchanting women in Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins.
This book is set in a magical world where different tribes rule varied areas of an island. Many of the rulers, kings and queens, of these tribes are Norse-flavored polytheists. The first daughter we meet, Bluebell, is one such queen. Or rather she will be, provided she can keep her kingdom from falling to pieces after her father and the current king is elf-shot. Bluebell is a strong warrior who fights long and hard for her family and her people. It’s hard not fall in love with her strength and wit! She drives the story along and propels readers into this brilliant world.
I loved meeting the remaining four daughters as well. Rose is married to a neighboring kingdom and is stuck in a not so desirable marriage. Ash has profound magical gifts that we see grow and blossom throughout the story. Willow and Ivy are twins. Ivy is a bit boy hungry and desires her own political freedom. Willow has converted to the monotheist faith and listens to the voices of angels guiding her. Each sister has a unique perspective and their narratives are carried out with finesse and vivid detail.
This fantasy novel is sure to be a hit with you if you love fantasy worlds that have rich details and political intrigue. The Pagan vs. Monotheist plot is minor in many ways to the story about family and duty, but will be a pleasure for those who enjoyed Battlestar Galactica or similar plots. I haven’t loved a fantasy world so much in months!
This book comes out on March 6, 2018. I was provided a free, advance reader copy by Absolutely Fiction Books in exchange for a honest review.