Even though this is a spinoff series, you don’t have to read the previous novels to enjoy the story. If you’re interested, check out my reviews for the original trilogy! White Hot Kiss, Stone Cold Touch, and Every Last Breath.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
Storm and Fury is the first book in the spinoff series of The Dark Elements. This first book follows Trinity and Zayne. Trinity has a secret that could change the world and Zayne grapples with the events of the original trilogy.
There’s always a fine line to walk when writing a spinoff series in terms of how much information to include in regards to the events of the original story. Armentrout walks this line flawlessly as the pertinent information is parceled out slowly and clearly to the reader as the story progresses. I’ve read and loved the original trilogy, but it’s been awhile so my memories were quite foggy. While reading Storm and Fury, I never felt as if I was missing out on anything by not remembering the events of the original trilogy.
Storm and Fury is told from Trinity’s perspectives, so readers get an in-depth look at Trinity’s genetic eye disorder that she shares with the author herself. The emotion that comes through the pages when Trinity discusses her failing eyesight is palpable.
If you’re an avid of Armentrout’s work then this comparison should delight you, if not… #sorrynotsorry. The dynamic between Zanye and Trinity is reminiscent of Seth and Alex from the Covenant series. Though Zayne and Trinity aren’t as intensely sensual as Seth and Alex, their friendship, their immediate connection, and chemistry are undeniable. If I were in the prediction game, I would say Zanye and Trinity are about to get a lot more intense.
What I’ve always loved about Armentrout’s fantasy novels is her perfect balance between fantasy and romance elements. Neither of the storylines takes a backseat to each other. The fantasy elements of the story are always well plotted out with rules while the romance is always alluring. Storm and Fury is no exception. The only criticism I’ll levy at the romance in this novel is that it is very much PG compared to some of her other fantasy novels. It is straddling the line between young adult and new adult, so that should come as no surprise.
The only actual criticism that I have is that some of the story elements at the end of the novel are predictable. However, the direction of the story is one I was rooting for from the first few chapters when certain ideas are introduced. Sorry that I’m being vague, but spoilers. Just know, that I am 100% there for this story and am dying for the sequel.
Overall, Storm and Fury is easily some of Armentrout’s best fantasy work.
***I received and ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.