Monday, July 6, 2020

Review: Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

Title: Stormrise
Author: Jillian Boehme
Published by: Tor Teen
Released: 2019
Source: Library

Synopsis: A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom in Jillian Boehme's epic YA Fantasy debut, Stormrise, inspired by Twelfth Night and perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce.
If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.
Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.
As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I liked this. It reminded me a lot of Mulan. Maybe too much? I do love Mulan though. It had a lot of the same situations as Mulan had. A girl taking the place of her father by dressing up as a boy. There was even the same arrow task as the one that was in Mulan. I'm not saying that that was a bad thing, it was just something that was definitely noticeable.
This had different dragons then I was expecting. The had hair, six legs, and I don't think they could fly, but they could run really fast. It threw me a little bit.
I also liked that it was a standalone. It was a story that didn't need a sequel, a trilogy, a five book deal to tell it's story. I also really enjoyed the ending. It was sweet.
I enjoyed this. It wasn't exactly the story that I was expecting, but it was fun to read. It also has an awesome cover. A+ for cover design.
If you like a story with dragons that is kind of like Mulan, then I'd definitely recommend this one.

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