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 Quirky Cat on

4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Storm and Fury through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It seems like Jennifer L. Armentrout has a never ending supply of ideas. Storm and Fury is the start of her newest series, The Harbinger. It fits well into the worlds that she has already created, so fans of her other series will love this one!
Storm and Fury follows Trinity Marrow. Trinity is special, but maybe not for the reasons you might guess. She's the last of her kind, and she's protected by and from Wardens because of it. It makes for a difficult life, to put it mildly. Throw her genetic condition into the mix...and it's no wonder Trinity is so willing to take risks and keep herself busy and entertained.
I truly enjoyed Storm and Fury – and I can honestly tell you that you don't have to be up to date in any of her other series to understand and follow this one. So if you've been meaning to try some of her work, this isn't a bad starting point.

Storm and Fury was as action packed as it was compelling. Trinity was a brilliant main character – the sort that gets into plenty of trouble and keeps us entertained from start to finish. Everything about this novel kept my focus – I hated having to take breaks (stupid real world making me deal with it).
I'll confess that I don't normally love the whole angels and demons plot device, but I really enjoyed it here. Maybe it was the addition of the Wardens that helped balance it out. Maybe it's because the characters were human. Or more likely, it was a combination of the two. I will say that it was really well done, so if you find yourself wavering because of this point, I'd suggest giving it a go.
I think part of the reason I enjoyed everything about Trinity is because her abilities didn't come without a cost. There are immediate consequences for using her abilities. But there are also other issues in her life as well. It made her come off as more human and less overpowered, which I appreciated.
The Warden system was fascinating, and I sincerely couldn't get enough of it. I loved seeing how Trinity fit into the scheme of things, and how they interacted and dealt with her. I don't know what is going to happen with the rest of the Wardens, especially not in the long run. But I'm looking forward to finding out.
The romantic subplot really sold the whole premise, if I'm being honest. It was cute, it was endearing, and I really adored how much they frustrated each other. It's the best form of hate to love out there. Of course, now that I've finished the novel, I'm dying to know what is going to happen to them in the long run. Because I have so many questions.
I'm so happy that I gave Storm and Fury a try. But sadly now I have to desperately wait for any news on the rest of the series...and I'm not exactly known for being patient. Oh well, I have no doubt that it'll be worth the wait!

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