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TITLE: Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
SERIES: The Harbinger #1
Publisher: Inkyard Press
PUBLICATION DATE: June 11, 2019
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Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
Setting the Scene:
Thoughts Before Reading
Really excited, but scared to read this – I loved The Dark Elements series (White Hot Kiss, Stone Cold Touch, Every Last Breath). I was so happy when I was approved for an ARC.
Okay, before we begin, it’s important to note that Storm and Fury is a spin-off of The Dark Elements series and that spin-offs are always hit or miss for me. (This was a hit, btw). You don’t have to read The Dark Elements (can we just call it TDE?) before reading this, but I recommend that you do as it’d give you some more backstory into the world and also Zayne.
Speaking of Zayne, he’s a tad weird in Storm and Fury. Not weird, weird, but just… different. Sometimes it was hard for me to believe that this is the same guy from TDE – he’s changed THAT much. Granted, after everything he went through, it’s not unwarranted, just surprising. I do kind of hate that a lot of his development happens off the page and isn’t fully shown in the story.
Trinity, our female lead, on the other hand, goes through a LOT of development throughout the story. I enjoyed seeing her grow, although she’s still a bit too impulsive for me to really like her. Just a bit! One of the things Storm and Fury does so well is discuss real-life topics despite being a fantasy novel. It was a joy to read about retinitis pigmentosa, a real-life eye condition that Jennifer L. Armentrout, herself, has. Despite her eye disease, Trinity is still a major badass.
I also loved Zayne and Trinity’s relationship and watching it progress. Their bickering was so fun to read!
Still, despite all the things I enjoyed, Storm and Fury is not without its faults. While the plot bought some surprises, it was kind of (a wee bit) predictable. And as much as I love Trinity and Zayne, they have a hard time competing for my love of Layla and Roth. Low key, Layla and Roth’s guest appearances, along with that of a certain snake familiar’s, were some of the biggest highlights of the story for me.
I really enjoyed Storm and Fury! It’s a fantastic spin-off to a series I love. There’s action, romance, chemistry, and so much more, all with a hint of sass courtesy of Trinity. I can’t wait to read the sequel!