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The Crow Rider
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The Crow Rider
Storm Crow Series, Book 2
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The thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.

Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res's show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can't trust but can't seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res's magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

Praise for The Storm Crow:
"Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine make this book a must-read."—ADRIENNE YOUNG, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back
"Dragon fans should get ready for their next favorite creature. I loved this."—JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

The thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.

Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res's show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can't trust but can't seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res's magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

Praise for The Storm Crow:
"Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine make this book a must-read."—ADRIENNE YOUNG, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back
"Dragon fans should get ready for their next favorite creature. I loved this."—JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

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  • Kalyn Josephson is a fantasy writer living in the California Bay Area. She loves books, cats, books with cats, and making up other worlds to live in for a while. She is the author of The Storm Crow and The Crow Rider. Visit her at kalynjosephson.com.
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  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2020
    The follow-up to the debut duology that began with The Storm Crow (2019). The titular magical crows, large enough to ride, were once the cornerstone of Rhodaire's power until they were all killed in the violent attack that launched the war and nearly destroyed Princess Thia. But now Thia has successfully hatched one of the few remaining crow eggs, fled evil queen Razel's grip, and fought free of her own depression, leaving behind Razel's son Prince Ericen, the enemy and fiance Thia can't forget. Uneven pacing with a glacial opening eventually giving way to a rushed climax and some striking tonal shifts (especially scenes with the smirking, bantering Ericen) detract from notable original details, particularly the way mental health is deeply interwoven in the characters of Thia and her crow, Res. Thia must constantly grapple with the cost of violence, trying to choose mercy but finding it backfires on her, which conveniently propels significant plot movement. Overreliance on trite similes and centrally cast side characters, like the vaguely Asian Auma, who dispenses sage advice over steaming tea, are somewhat balanced by the generally diverse world, with named characters of varied skin tones and sexual orientations and gender identities (Thia is brown-skinned and straight). Not a highflyer but fans will flock to it regardless. (map, guide to characters/setting) (Fantasy. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    April 24, 2020

    Gr 6-10-In the closing volume of the duology that began with 2019's Storm Crow, Thia is a princess of Rhodaire, a kingdom broken and under attack by the rival kingdom of Illucia. She has succeeded in hatching a storm crow-a member of a magical race of crows that can be ridden, and that once anchored the kingdom and gave it its power-until they were obliterated in a fire that also killed Thia's mother. Now it is up to Thia and her crow, Resyries, to gather supporters and defend Rhodaire. But Res is young and untrained in crow magic-not the inspiring symbol that Thia needs him to be. Nevertheless, with the help of Thia's friends, family, and some unexpected allies-who all have their own agendas-they rally for a final confrontation. As magic and revenge collide, Thia must decide who to protect, and at what cost. The complex cast of characters allows for exploration of love, loyalty, and trauma, with motivations explored on all sides. VERDICT In tension-filled scenes, themes of friendship and trust shine through, making this a satisfying conclusion to a fantasy duology with appeal for younger teenagers beginning to explore the genre.-Zo� McLaughlin, Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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