Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout

Storm and Fury (Harbinger, #1)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout, the #1 New York Times , USA Today and internationally bestselling author of the Dark Elements novels and the Lux series, returns with book 1 of The Harbinger trilogy, a contemporary fantasy set in the world of her New York Times bestselling Dark Elements series. In this fantastical universe, gargoyle shapeshifters are sworn to guard humanity from the evils of the underworld. One guardian is about to meet a girl with an explosive secret. Should she fall into the wrong hands, her unique powers could unleash an all-out supernatural war.

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 shapeshifters 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...

Reviewed by Beth C. on

4 of 5 stars

This may be the first book of hers I've read, but...I like it. The main character, Trinity, does some growing through the story, but can be a bit annoying at the beginning. Her impulsiveness is, at times, to the point of ridiculousness. However, I do like that she is a is a strong female character. Yes, she can kick ass - but it's more than that. She has an inner strength that begins to show more throughout the story. And to me, that ability to just put one foot in front of the other and keep going no matter how bad things may get is more important than being able to physically kick ass. And I have a great appreciation for a main character who is...less than perfect, physically (no spoilers). It can go either way with something like that, either horribly whiny or TOO independent in a way that feels false. That is certainly not the case here, and it's excellent.

The different elements of the story - the gargoyles that are truly alive, the ghosts and spirits, the demons...all make for an interesting twist on the typical fantasy story. It kept me reading - all day. It's been a while since a book kept my attention that thoroughly. And honestly? One of my FAVORITE characters was...a ghost.

I will certainly be looking out for book two to find out where things go from here!

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