Now That Glade, Selah’s Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her
Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah’s abilities are growing–along with the list of those out for her blood.
Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story?
The way over the mountains has finally been cleared, but at great cost to Selah, her family, and her friends. Now she must make a fast escape from Tic City and complete the course that will lead her to her final destination. But it isn’t that easy. Part of that route leads her straight through enemy territory, and her clock is ticking.
Is it really possible for action to become tedious?
The Stone Braide Chronicles rarely slow down, yet at the same time it feels slow. We just seem to step from one fight into another, and the quiet moments have the characters mostly just spinning their wheels or being cryptic. Calhoun can write a very good fight scene, she just writes too many. After a while it begins to blur.
The family is well written, each with very individual and strong personalities. We finally get to see a bit more of Amaryllis, but I still had difficulty connecting with Bohdi.
Selah is a somewhat headstrong girl, loyal and determined. Even though getting her to their mystery destination in one piece is their primary goal, she repeatedly puts herself at risk and doesn’t like to listen much. She trusts the wrong people and distrusts the right ones regularly.
Storm doesn’t really make much more sense than the last two books, and while in the end an explanation is given, it didn’t feel too satisfactory. It also felt rushed and just a bit too convenient. The ending does make me wonder if this really is the end though. There are a few hints and loose threads that could become another book, but will it?
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this novel. It has great potential, but just falls slightly flat.
**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a good review. I promise this review is my genuine opinion of the book.**
If you are interested in this book, be sure to check out Surge, a free Kindle short with several extra chapters that take place between Lightning and Storm:
My Rating: Three 1/2 Flames
Drinking/Drugs: a drug called STORM is used by some to prevent illness and promote long life.
Blood/violence: There are a great number of fights, explosions, shootouts, and a few deaths. There is a very small amount of blood. Not as much as was in book 2.