Review: Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I picked up Storm and Fury because the idea of a Gargoyle protector sounded so interesting to a Urban Fantasy/Paranormal reader I knew I just had to try this book. Now I need to do some history on this series and read The Dark Elements trilogy that precedes this book.
Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Inkyard Press
on June 11, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.
When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…
Angels, Ghosts, Demons and Gargoyles, what more could you want!? There is romance, action and some serious humor as well as some apt pop culture references. My favorite character was Peanut, a Ghost that stays with Trinity because he is hilarious and absolutely stuck in the 80s.
Imagine a half angel teenage girl under house arrest by a house pf overbearing Gargoyle protectors and you have Trinity. Trinity is a character who is easy to connect with, she just wants a life beyond the compound and so she naturally rebels and puts herself into dangerous situations time and time again. This is unfortunate for her best friend and sworn protector Misha, especially when he just wants a little romance.
One of the most interesting and humanizing things that the author did was give her a rare eye disorder that is causing her to lose her sight slowly causing her to be very reliant on her protectors at the compound even though she is a powerful Nephilim. I found the way the author wrote her frustration with her disorder and her life as a coddled teenager to be a interesting plot device which helped the story and character be more than a 2d image.
While reading Storm and Fury the author totally had me going, ok I got this story, I know where this is going, and loving it and then she threw a huge plot twist in and sent me on a 90 degree angle away from where I thought the story was going. I had the let me sit here for a few minutes like oh my god, did that really just happen! Oh now I need more, and book two yesterday.
I totally recommend this book to readers who would like a Paranormal Romance style novel. Just a warning, you may want to have a friend around to talk about the book to who can sympathize.