It’s been a few weeks (or more!) since I tackled a literary road trip. In honor of my book of the month, Roar, I decided to go thematic instead of geographic. So let’s look at books that have storms! I know they can be really destructive as I used to live on the US gulf coast and experienced many hurricanes (category 1 and 2’s don’t scare me much, but a 3 will make me anxious, and a 4 or 5 will give me flashback nightmares.) I’ve seen tornadoes closer than I would like, and I’ve been through many blizzards and ice storms. The safest place to experience a storm is definitely within the pages of a book. So let’s get started with chasing some storms in literature!
Roar by Cora Carmack
I’ve covered this book a lot recently, so check out the Roar page for more details if you’ve missed out! I really loved this first book in the Stormheart series. Can’t wait for the next one.
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.
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Alina, Mal, Nikolai and the crew have their own storms (literal and figurative) to contend with–not the least of which is the whole issue of the Unsea. This second book in the Grisha trilogy was probably my favorite… no… the third one… no, the first one. Haha. They’re all really good! Okay, seriously the third one is my favorite. I’m sticking to it. But this one was really wonderful, too.
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1) by Rick Riordan
No god or goddess is complete without some storm magic, right? Percy is a demigod son of Poseidon–a dad who is surely known for his tempestuous nature.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t need to say much about this one either… because you all know I love SJM… but this book did indeed have a whole lot of storms. Once magic is restored to their world, there is a danger from all directions.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Okay, so I haven’t read this one (please don’t hate me)… but living in the north, I have to assume that the snow in the title comes from a storm. Because that’s where snow comes from. Clouds in the sky. It’s on my shelf, so I will read it someday!
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
And that’s where we will end for this week! There are lots of great options in adult fiction and movies as well. The Perfect Storm, Cast Away, The Day After Tomorrow, Everest, Twister… so, so many revolve around storms. Do you have a favorite storm movie or book?