I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: The Harbinger #1
Published by Inkyard Press on 2019-06-11
Length: 512 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2019, 2019 New Release Challenge
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…
Oh my heart!!!! Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout is the first in her spin-off series The Harbinger. I’ll be honest, when I started reading, I didn’t know that this was a spin-off series. I have not read The Dark Elements, despite that I felt comfortable reading and did not get too lost in the world building or characters. If anything, this book just makes me want to binge the series prior to it 😀
Storm and Fury follows Trinity Marrow, a girl with a very unique gift, a gift that she must keep hidden from all those around her except for a minor few. You see, this gift could get her or those protecting her killed. Feeling like a caged bird, Trinity comes off as impulsive and naive at times, but she will quickly grow on you. I fell in love with her curious nature and easily related to her feelings of not being in control of her own life. Add in the fact that she is also going blind and you’ve got a character that truly stands above the rest. When demons attack her community and take someone Trinity is close to, it is up to her to find him and bring him home. A Warden from another clan offers to help Trinity, and for the first time in years, she leaves her home.
Zayne is from the DC Warden clan and unlike any Warden Trinity knows. He lives alone, separate from his clan, essentially he’s cut himself off from his family. Like Trinity, he understands the need to protect someone you love at all costs. For those that have read The Dark Elements, Zayne and his clan should be familiar. For me, he was entirely new and I fell for him in an instant. He hides behind his pain with snark, but Trinity sees right through him. He cares with his whole heart and is sensitive to Trinity’s needs without seeming to realize it. Can you tell I have a new book boyfriend? I’m gushing and I know it 😂
What made this book stand out though is the world-building. Y’all l was completely engrossed in Trinity’s world. Wardens are gargoyles, and I have had an unhealthy obsession with these creatures since I was a little girl in the 90s. Is it bad that I kept picturing Goliath as Zayne when he’d take his Warden form? Voice and all 😂 Despite that or maybe because of it, when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about reading. The characters and what was happening to them was never far from my mind. Even weeks later as I write this review, I can’t stop thinking about them!
Overall I loved Storm and Fury. Y’all Zayne may very well have replaced Daemon for me and I never thought that could happen! From the first words to the last, I was hooked. Fast-paced action and twists and turns that will leave you guessing right to the very end make Storm and Fury your summer must-read.