Author: Jane Delaney
Year Published: 2018
- Plot: 3.5/5
- Characters: 3.5/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Overall: 4/5
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Theorie of the Storm was a fun read full of magic and creativity.
It’s set in a world where many years ago, the Fae and humans were at war due a mad Fae king feeling jealous that his queen left him in favour of a human warlord. After a mysterious cataclysmic event, the queen and the majority of the Fae disappeared without a trace and those who were left on the island they inhabited were imprisoned there by an unbreakable magical ward, trapped in time while the rest of the world moved on. In the present day of the book, the Fae have faded into myth and legend and the humans have prospered in the rest of the world, developing technology such as ‘motorcars’ and steam powered ships. They also have mages who enhance their magic using special stones called foci.
The main character was a human mage called Theorie du’Ambrine who had led a comfortable and sheltered life until she got kidnapped by Kyte, a member of a notorious gang, and shipped off to a distant land. The ship hits a terrible storm and sinks, however, Theorie, Kyte and a girl called Sybil inexplicably wash up on the lost Fae island where the war had happened all those years ago. At the beginning of the book, I found Theorie to be extremely naïve but as the book progressed she became more aware of the world and learnt from her mistakes. Also, she was very determined and unwavering in her resolve to survive. However, the main issue I had with her was that she spent most of her time on the island ogling and flirting with Taren, a Fae prince, whilst thinking about how handsome he was. I’m not a fan of insta-love so for me, it was infuriating. Especially because Taren lied to her and tried to use her and she just didn’t seem to care.
Although Kyte had done terrible things, he wasn’t all bad. The way he looked after and cared about Sybil, the young girl who he saved from the sinking ship, was heart-warming and they were almost like siblings. Near the end of the book there are some rather surprising plot twists in regard to Kyte that I just didn’t see coming.
The plot had a slow pace at the start of the book but near the end it picked up considerably. I thought the plot was pretty good but some of the decisions the characters made just didn’t seem logical or feasible at times. They either didn’t notice glaringly obvious things or made plans that obviously wouldn’t work.
Nevertheless, I thought Theorie of the Storm was an entertaining novel with an imaginative plot and immersive world building. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.