Storm and Fury is a spin off from The Dark Elements series, another one I’d recommend to anyone. It's been some time since I read the original series so I wasn't even aware that there was a spin off due to be released. But I was browsing Goodreads for a new read when I stumbled across this beauty.
I found this to be a such a profound and heartfelt story that literally took me on a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. The descriptive nature of Natasha Ngan’s writing literally manifests in the reader's mind, from the simple but worn down land of the Paper castes to the grandeur and dark opulence of the palace and the city that surrounds it.
The sequel seems to be a lifetime away from the first book. Set in a time of chaos, war and loss, we see the characters take their own paths in this fight whilst dealing with past consequences and new dangers.
I'm really into my fantasy novels lately, luckily I seem to be finding genuinely enjoyable books that are worth a read (so far, touch wood). After seeing this book continuously throughout the Twittersphere and Goodreads lists, I decided to give it a go.
I had seen this book countless times in different Goodreads lists and on bookshelves in stores, but it wasn’t until I was at Waterstones with my friends that I really took an interest and had the urge to start reading it right away.
Any book lover worth their salt has experienced those dreaded book withdrawals. When twisting plotlines, emotional scenes, quality characters and intense cliff hangers have taken you on an emotional journey of epic proportions. You can't help but feel emotionally drained after all of that. I myself get incredibly invested in every book I read, to the extent that I'm balling my eyes out with every character death, laughing at witty monologue and pining after every heart wrenching hero/heroine.
I read this being completely familiar with the Fall Away world. So reading how Jared, Tate, Madoc etc grew up into adults and how they act as parents was so surreal and interesting. I was never Madocs’ dad (Jason) and Jared’s mothers (Katherine) biggest fan. I was the reader rooting for the teenage rebellion against the messed up adults. But this book provided a great backstory to how they both came to be and the strength of their connection to each other.