*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a very calm kind of book, no action-filled scenes or nail-biting moments, but it was a book I wanted to keep reading nonetheless.
The book was mostly focused on the romance and character growth, so it was a very sweet, “warm and fuzzy” kind of story. It did have its somewhat more intense moments and sad/touching moments that made me feel for the characters, but ultimately there was nothing too dark. As for the characters themselves, Rowen and Kristoff were a little on the too-perfect side for me, but they were likeable, and I was happy with Rowen’s growth especially.
I also liked the disability representation. Rowen was mute from an incident during one of the heat spells, and there was no magical cure. He learned to write and was able to communicate that way. And Kristoff learned not to treat Rowen as less capable simply because he couldn’t speak.
All the Storm Lord stuff was interesting too. Lots of weather-related supernatural abilities.
Overall, this was a low-action but well-written romance/character-focused book with a nice story that will most likely give you the warm fuzzies from reading it.
Anyone who likes M/M high fantasy and low action, sweet, romance/character-focused books.
The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.
Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.
Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.