Title: Song of Storms
Author: Kayla Maya
Pub. Date: May 1, 2020
For Bryn, life is rough in the city. Her father passed away in a mining accident, her mother is deathly ill, and her elder brother has taken their fathers place. She could do what any girl would do in the village and work as a seamstress, but that life doesn’t suit Bryn all that well.
When Bryn meets North, she thinks her life could get better—or not. North is an enigma and he has asked her to do the impossible. A heist. Steal the king’s mask and bring peace to the kingdom or die trying. If that weren’t enough, she is constantly being followed by strange men in hoods. With her ever growing powers, Bryn begins to wonder just who is the bad guy, her or the king.
This will be a spoiler free review. I was provided a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a totally honest review.
When the author reached out to me to potentially review her book, I was intrigued and excited. I enjoy helping out newer authors and hope that one day there are reviewers who will do the same for me. The cover is stunning, and the synopsis sounded like something I would really enjoy. I’m on a YA fantasy kick right now, so it seemed like the perfect book.
I will preface the following comments with this – in all fairness, I received a PDF version of this book, and it may not be the finished, published copy. I reviewed this on a Kindle, which I’ve since learned can screw with formatting. As a reviewer, I looked at this book through a critical lens and not for solely entertainment purposes. As an aspiring writer, I would want the feedback that would help make my book the best.
As much as I tried to like this book just wasn’t it for me. The constantly changing formatting, the grammatical and spelling errors and the continuity issues within the plot, meant that I was constantly confused and pulled out of the story. The concept of this book is pretty cool and with some more editing and restructuring – to make it more cohesive – this book could easily be a fantastic read.
In spite of it all, I am curious to see where Bryn and North end up in book 2 and the adventures they go on. I wonder how their relationship will progress and how they’ll move past what happened between them at the end Song of Storms.
Song of Storms is the first new book in a fantasy series by Kayla Maya and it’s currently out, so if you’re interested, feel free to check it out.