A Storm Rises

Bloodlines Legacy

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
268 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Storm Rises is penned by Rose Garcia in the epic fantasy, adventure, and interpersonal drama genres, and is part of the Bloodlines Legacy series. It is intended for the young adult reading audience to enjoy. Fae Princess Avalynn Stromm, destined to rule Faevenly, seeks adventure in the Summit Range Hunt instead of palace duties. Mateo Vela, a lowborn half-fae, sees the hunt as his chance to change his family's fate. Amidst whispers of prophecy, they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous competition. As they face a common enemy, secrets surface, old rivalries reappear, and Avalynn and Mateo must unite to survive the hunt, despite the unexpected attraction growing between them. Garcia utilizes every opportunity to craft an electrifying journey into a world of prophecy, adventure, and forbidden romance.

Readers will find themselves totally immersed in a richly imagined realm where Faevenly's future hangs in the balance, and I was really impressed by the detail and internal logic that holds the world together so convincingly. The dynamic between Avalynn and Mateo crackles with tension, their individual quests intertwining in unexpected ways. I loved the dynamism of the dialogue which characterizes them as individuals, but also as a driving force of the shared plot. The unfolding of the prophecy is well-paced as a core timekeeper for the plot, and I felt there was a great balance of tension versus action so that things were never quiet for long. As Avalynn and Mateo navigate treacherous challenges and confront their own desires, the stakes escalate, culminating in a thrilling climax that leaves readers craving more. Overall, A Storm Rises by author Rose Garcia delivers a compelling tale of destiny, danger, and the enduring power of love, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of accomplished YA fantasy everywhere.