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Review: She Who Rides the Storm | Caitlin Sangster

She Who Rides the Storm | Caitlin Sangster

Page count: 608

Publisher: Margaret K Mcelderry Books

Publication date: September 21, 2021

Genres: YA, fantasy, epic fantasy, magic


In this atmospheric YA fantasy that is Wicked Saints meets There Will Come a Darkness, four teens are drawn into a high-stakes heist in the perilous tomb of an ancient shapeshifter king.

Long ago, shapeshifting monsters ruled the Commonwealth using blasphemous magic that fed on the souls of their subjects. Now, hundreds of years later, a new tomb has been uncovered, and despite the legends that disturbing a shapeshifter’s final resting place will wake them once again, the Warlord is determined to dig it up.

But it isn’t just the Warlord who means to brave the traps and pitfalls guarding the crypt.

A healer obsessed with tracking down the man who murdered her twin brother.

A runaway member of the Warlord’s Devoted order, haunted by his sister’s ghost.

A snotty archaeologist bent on finding the cure to his magical wasting disease.

A girl desperate to escape the cloistered life she didn’t choose.

All four are out to steal the same cursed sword rumored to be at the very bottom of the tomb. But of course, some treasures should never see the light of day, and some secrets are best left buried…”

Thank you to NetGalley and Margaret K. McElderry Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

She Who Rides the Storm is an incredibly engrossing high fantasy. I was a little bit nervous for this 600-pager, but it managed to stay interesting the whole time!

Our core cast was a good size, with four POVs and intertwining storylines. They were all unique, and I loved the way the all connected to each other in some way.

When you have a book that’s this long, it has to be a little slow-burn. I definitely don’t mind, I love that! But it does it so well that it never feels slow. You’re always moving, always getting to the next plot point if you aren’t there already.

The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the mid-chapter POV switching. Sometimes it took me a while to figure out who was talking! Maybe it’s just the formatting of my ARC, but there wasn’t even a pagebreak or anything to mark it.

All in all, this was a great book! I enjoyed it more than I expected to, and I would highly recommend it.

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