From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Releasing June 13, 2017, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Order your copy today!
New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar.
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
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I cant even being to tell you how excited I am for this book. I have anxiously awaited the release of ROAR from the moment that Cora Carmack, the woman who introduced me to the world of New Adult literature, announced that she would be writing a Young Adult fantasy series. Fantasy books are my “go-to” reads. They take me to a place that’s like nothing in this world and some days, that’s exactly what I need. Cora’s books will always hold a special place in my heart, so to have the opportunity to read this one early and get to share my thoughts with everyone, has been such a surreal experience.
Okay, so now on to what you really want to know. Cora’s writing is completely captivating. Her ability to weave a tale and create characters that are relate-able and unique is, dare I say, unparalleled. From the opening lines of this book she had me hooked!
“He had waited for this day for many years. It had been the thing that kept him alive when all the others had died, that had kept him sane when madness was his only friend. It drove him forward when his life had not seemed worth living.
Revenge, swift and sweet.”
Intrigued? That’s what I thought! In a world ravaged by storms, the only way to keep her family and her people safe is to control the storms. But Aurora has no storm magic to speak of. Her life has one filled with secrets. Secrets that have been kept in order to her safe. Her mother has arranged a marriage to Price Cassius of Locke. She finds him charming and strong, possibly that savior her people need. But when his true intentions are uncovered she finds herself heartbroken and desperate. Desperate to find a way to save her people and maybe, just maybe, find herself.
"… what she had done felt worse. She had hoped. And hope broke more hearts than any man ever could."
Aurora began looking for answers and finds herself in The Eye; A black market that deals in Storm Magic. She connected with a misfit group of storm hunters and embarked on an adventure that is both dangerous and exciting. Outside the walls of her castle and among people who became her friends, Aurora transformed into someone new. She found a strength, determination and power that wasn't there before.
"How could she explain that she had spent her life dreaming of adventure, while simultaneously hemmed in by fear."
This story was magical. The storm descriptions were breathtaking and unlike anything I've read before. This quote towards the end of the book very accurately sums up how I felt about ROAR "The book was neither unrealistic fairy tale nor harsh cautionary tale. It walked a fine line between hope and despair." If you weren't sure whether to pick this one up, or if you're wary because you're not usually a fantasy fan but you love Cora, make the plunge! I highly recommend this book to everyone. People of all ages will enjoy ROAR.
You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind. You are Stormling, Aurora Pavan. Believe it.
Believe it, and others will too.
It was a vow that her mother, Queen Aphra, made her swear on the day she reached twelve years. She had gripped her daughter’s shoulders tight, and Rora could still remember the pinch of pain, the furious beat of her heart as she saw how afraid her mother was and learned to be afraid too.
Today that fear had led Aurora Pavan to sign her life away before she ever had the chance to really live it.
As she was primped and prettied like some kind of sacrificial offering, her mind remained stuck on her morning spent in the throne room. She recalled the rasping sounds as the treaty was unrolled and the way her fingers suddenly felt too weak to hold a quill. Many days of her sheltered life had been spent writing out ideas and facts and figures for her tutors, yet in that moment, she had struggled to remember the letters of her name. Then she had met her mother’s eyes, and those familiar words came to her again.
Colder than falling snow.
That was what Rora had to become as her shaking hand sealed her fate with a scratchy, bleeding line of ink. And now hours later a stranger peered back at her from the looking glass, powdered white so that none of her flaws would show.
Rora’s white-blonde hair had been curled and bound up in an elaborate ceremonial headdress that was crowded with jewels, flowers, and four jagged crystals cut like bolts of lightning to mimic her mother’s skyfire crown. Headdresses honoring a family’s ancestors were an important part of Pavanian tradition for the upper echelons of nobility to the poor and working class. They were donned for birth and death and every major life event in between, including betrothals. But this headdress was larger than Rora had ever seen. It had to be anchored to the thick metal necklace she wore about her collar with embellished fastenings, and it weighed on her nearly as much as the events of the night still to come.
Her already pale skin had been covered in a shimmering white powder, which made her look like she’d just emerged from a blizzard. Her ribs were tightly bound in a corset that squeezed and squeezed until it felt like all her organs were in the wrong place. Over that was a heavy, beaded gown whose neckline dipped low, revealing far more cleavage than she had ever shown. The fabric clung to her frame until it fanned out at her knees into a long train, and the color of the dress changed from white to ash gray to glittering black.
Rora looked exactly as her mother had always told her to be—lightning made flesh: blinding white and bright against a dark sky, and the train that pooled around her was the ground, charred black by her impact.
It was stunning. Exquisite, really. Even, Rora, who hated dresses of all kinds, could tell that. It was also a lie. Every jewel, every bead painted a picture of someone that wasn’t her. But that was the goal for tonight’s betrothal celebration…to be someone else, to be the perfect Stormling princess. Because if she failed, everything could fall apart.
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