Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Review: Stormbringer

Stormbringer (Weather Witch, #2)Author: Shannon Delany
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Series: Weather Witch # 2

The second book in the Weather Witch series in which Jordan Astrea learns of her true powers

In the intrigue-filled follow up to Weather Witch, Jordan Astraea, once a young Philadelphia lady of good social standing, is now in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft. Meanwhile, Rowen, determined to rescue her after losing his only other true friend and being wanted for murder, has found himself forced aboard a much different air vessel, this one manned by a dangerous crew and carrying a cargo so treasonous, that, if finding its destination, will herald a storm of revolution for the still young United States.

With a spirit for adventure, romance, fantastic world building and cunning imagination, Shannon Delany delivers the sensational follow up to Weather Witch in the second book of the trilogy.

He needed a strategy to get from this ship to the other. He needed a strategy to get to Jordan (whom he certainly was not in love with, no matter what people suggested).

Things could never go back to what they had been before with the money and the parties and so much promise ahead of him. There was no returning to life as he’d know it when he was simply another cog fitting comfortably in the wheel of Philadelphia’s wealthiest society, the social ranks living high on the Hill.

Toss lightning into a government building in protest?
Destroy crops by withholding rain from a region?
Drown an entire town?

There were a multitude of reasons to maintain Witches, and even more reasons to maintain control over Witches.

After reading the first book in this series back in June of last year, I was anxious and excited to find out that the second book was going to release rather quickly. This book picks up almost exactly where the last one left off, and I was very intrigued to continue this story in Delany’s world of magic, steampunk, and lots of adventure. Our heroine, Jordan Astraea, has recently landed herself in a bit of trouble, and not all by her own doing. On her birthday she was outed as a witch, which is not a good thing in Delany’s imagined world. Now Jordan is training to fulfill a prophecy that could be set out for her. She is angry and somewhat confused but full of willpower; this is truly what makes a makes a great heroine, right?

There are things that I do not like about this series, or should I say an issue that I prefer not to read about. However, I have tried to put my feelings on that topic aside because there are so many more things that I enjoy about this book. The characters in this book have grabbed a hold of my soul, heart, and mind and I am constantly rooting for them to come out on top. I have read some reviews in which people were not too fond of Jordan, but I for one cannot agree. Jordan is a phenomenal character and a stand up witch! I love following her through this world that Delany has envisioned. Jordan faces dangerous situations and a lot of action and adventure around every corner.  I love that she handles herself and others that she cares about as well!

As I alluded to earlier, this book is full of some dark elements, but at the same time is so wonderfully imaginative that it just cannot be passed up. I am very excited for the next book in this series, which I am hearing will release in May of this year. If you are a fan of witchcraft or steampunk then I highly recommend this book to you!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for my honest review***

1 comment:

  1. OOoh nice review! I got this one last week and plan on reading it this week! I LOVED Shannon's 13 to Life series and I liked the first one in this one. I struggled a bit to adjust to the new world and rules and all that, but I am ready to get back to it! Again, great review!