Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision

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Mmm, Caden…

Goodreads description:

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium– the kingdom she’s just learned is hers.

But with the King’s ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming danger—and to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.

The only trouble there: Bree can’t bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.

It’s not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King’s strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown… but she won’t let her kingdom down without a fight.

Cover of Riot of Storm and Smoke

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Review by Katy Haye:

Now, this was rather a book of two halves for me. I found I was way more interested and engaged in what Caden was doing than I was in Bree’s storyline.

I found Bree really frustrating. She didn’t seem to be trying to develop her water throwing abilities – and I know she’s finding it frustrating because her skills aren’t working how she thought they would, but I wanted more gumption and persistence. I couldn’t see why she wouldn’t trust her friends and ask them for help – it would have been more convincing and made Bree seem more human.

Caden, on the other hand, I loved. He’s going to make a great ruler (fingers crossed)! I loved his interactions with the Moonstone women, and his struggle to do what was right.

And I did enjoy the ending – dramatic and twisty. Now, I’ll warn you, it does end on a cliffhanger, but I don’t mind that in a book 2 because I’ve had plenty of time to decide whether I liked this world and want to spend a while here. I definitely do want to go back and see how it all works out!

Katy Haye writes fast-paced fantasy for YA readers. Check out The Last Gatekeeper (you can read it for FREE right now!) and Rising Tides.

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