It’s been a quick minute since I’ve read in this genre, and I am kicking myself that I let so much time pass by! I love YA fantasy!! How could I forget that!? Thanks, J.W. Golan, for sending your book my way. It has reignited my passion.
I love the team element of the story structure. It really opens up world-building possibilities and POV dynamics. The perspective transitions are smooth for the most part; I can only think of one place in the novel where I felt jolted out of the story flow due to the POV change.
My worst criticism of the story is Garth. He seems overpowered in my opinion. This character comes in during every conflict and dispatches the bad guys. It seems he’s there as the plot’s problem solver, a deus ex machina. But, he is very likeable. I have a small suspicion that this world’s hero, Garth/Gwythyr/Gyaltso, will give the ultimate sacrifice sometime later in the series.
Another point about Garth—I didn’t realize the title of the book was referring to him until the most of the way through the novel. I assumed the “storm’s herald” was referring to the girl on the cover, Lynette. She has some magical abilities which is noted to be rare for a human, but I did find the descriptive phrase “naturally gifted/attuned/talented” overused. Perhaps the author can find a different way to describe her in the upcoming books or, at least, harp on another trait of hers once in a while.
All in all, a lovely read. The story is very engaging. I fell in love with the characters, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in their adventure!