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 Leigha on

4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Trinity Marrow has a secret destiny in this spin-off to the Dark Elements trilogy.

I was not a fan of the Dark Elements series for two reasons – I didn’t like the main character and I hated the love triangle. When I saw this book available on NetGalley, I originally passed. Once I realized the main character suffers from retinitis pigmentosa (the author has the same disease), I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did!

I loved Trinity. Like many of Armentrout’s leading ladies, she was snarky, spirited, and brave. Her vulnerability about her degenerative eye disease as well as the other events driving her life felt genuine and believable. Her growing relationship with Zayne was so precious. I didn’t particularly like Zayne in the original series, but he definitely grew on me in this book. Roth, Layla, and several other secondary characters pop-up on occasion, but they never detract from Trinity and Zayne.

I’ve read most (if not all) of Armentrout’s young adult fantasy novels and they have a similar ebb and flow to them. This book, for the first time in a long time, actually managed to surprise me. While the jury is still out on whether or not the gargoyle lore is hokey, I am actually looking forward to seeing how the world expands.

tl;dr A likable heroine, a sweet romance, and some surprising turn of events make this novel a must read for fantasy romance fans.

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