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From Storm and Shadow by Rachel Morgan – Review

Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: 2022
Publisher: Rachel Morgan
Pages: 404
My Rating:

Her eyes squeezed shut. Her face crumpled a bit as she whispered, “Storm and shadow. Thats where they came from. That’s what he told me And he was right. But they’re so much worse in reality.”

I’ve really started enjoying immersing myself in the world of YA Fantasy. This is also my first real taste of urban fantasy which I was different, but exciting.

The story is told from the main character, Silver’s perspective. She had to flee her home, Stormsdrift to live in the human realm after her parents were killed in front of her by Guardians. But then a couple of years later her very childhood friend Ash, seeks her out. He needs her help because something bad is happening in Stormsdrift. The problem is that Ash betrayed her all those years ago and he’s a Guardian, just like the ones who killed her parents. But now he claims to be on the run after he made a dangerous discovery. 

The story was fast-paced at the beginning, slowed down a bit and then ended with a bang. There was so much action in the beginning and it’s just a taste of what to expect as you get further into the story. I usually enjoy books that have dual timelines, but the chapters set in the present were so good with cliffhangers that left me needing to know what happens next and then suddenly there’s a chapter that’s about the past which had me cursing silently 😄

The ‘then’ and ‘now’ chapters take us back to Silver’s past and childhood which I enjoyed learning more about. We also get more insight into the relationship between Silver and Ash when they were younger. The detailed descriptions of the scenery makes you feel as if you are there with the characters. Silver is a strong and independent female protagonist who has faced a huge amount of trauma at a young age.

After losing her parents she had to leave the only home she has ever known and flees to a world where she has to pretend to be someone she isn’t just to survive. And now after all these years she has to face a friend who betrayed her. The twists also came out of nowhere and it was not what I was expecting at all. I enjoyed the descriptions and world building throughout the story, but I’ve heard that if you have read the author’s previous series that you would have a better understanding of the magical world and how it works. That being said, I didn’t feel lost during the story at all and it was quite easy to follow.

Rachel Morgan is a local author from Cape Town and I’m so glad I came across this book and got myself a copy. I’m interested to what the rest of this series holds. 

If you read this book, you should definitely check out the cool accompanying playlist list that you can listen to while you read the book. You can find them on Apple Music or Spotify. It adds so much atmosphere and tension.

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