Descending into the ancient world of Fal, Ayla discovers she can conjure storms. Ayla and her friends travel further from home and deeper into the strange and ancient world of Fal. The chase leads them through a land of ever-deepening magic, populated with characters bizarre and beautiful, wondrous and dangerous. It leads them to the Old Ones, where Ayla’s newfound powers are greeted with fear and trepidation. They will meet allies and enemies, old and new, with the lines blurred between friend and foe. Battles spiral into war, and not everyone will fall on the same side… (via Goodreads.com)
Storm Weaver was an action-packed, adventure filled book, considering it only comes to 250-odd pages. I was sent Storm Weaver by the publisher O Brien Press, and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I managed to complete this book in less than a day–it had me hooked, considering there was an element that I had completely missed, going into this book, which I’ll tell you about further down in this post.
I’d recommend this book to anyone from the age of 12+. The publishers informed me that it was aimed at 10+, but a lot of things surprised me as I was reading it, which makes me think, would this really be suitable for a ten year old? Maybe a mature one, at that. This book opens in the first 20-30 pages and the main thing that pops out at me are the words dead and death. To be honest, if I was ten and had the main character freaking out over death, I would put the book down. In it’s defence the book does lighten, slightly, throughout. What I am trying to get at is, that maybe it’s a bit dark for a ten year old and that’s why I would recommend it for probably 12+.
This book though, appealed to me immensely. Supernatural challenges, special abilities and a war between the humans and an ancient magical race–all things I really like! The special abilities of the main characters Ayla, Finny, Sean and Benvy were fascinating. I loved how they all had an enchanted weapon, and that Ayla herself, was an enchanted weapon. The author, Matt Griffin, really has a way with words when describing Ayla and the others as they unleash their abilities, and you can really see where his artistic background comes in, when reading the book as he has a great way of using colour to describe the scenery and what’s going on.
If I were to pick out something negative about the book, it was that I was completely clueless as to what the hell was going on. But that was mainly due to my own silly mistake. I went into this book unaware of it’s prequel, A Cage of Roots. There is a lot of reference to it in this story, and I’m sure if I had used my common sense before starting this book, I would have realised that this was the second book in a series.
Leaving my stupidity aside, this was a thumper of a book, and after quickly adapting to the story and finding my feet within it, it was a thoroughly entertaining read. I loved how it was brimmed with action and anticipation of what was going to happen next. Matt has really created an amazing world here, and has left this book leaving me wanting more, and by gosh, if there isn’t more to come, let’s just hope there is. Now excuse me while I go track down a copy of A Cage of Roots to go fill in the blanks.
Until then 😉