Book Review: Daughters of the Storm, by Kim Wilkins

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With the King of Thrysland in a magic-induced coma, his kingdom is at great risk, especially if his greatest enemy, Hakon the Raven King, finds out. But his five daughters are determined to keep the secret.

Bluebell, the eldest daughter, a warrior, and army commander, will stop at nothing to find out who harmed her father—and to reverse the spell. Rose, unhappily married but loyal to her family, will stop at nothing to keep her daughter safe, even when her father lies on the verge of death. Ash, who has powers she should not possess, knows who can help her father—but doesn’t dare to approach the woman. Willow is hiding a dark secret from everyone—and she’s not sure how she can help her father, or if she should. Ivy is concerned with Ivy and doesn’t care who she hurts to get her way.

The sisters must stand together to heal their father, but even their stepbrother seeks to stop them from saving their father.

I need to open by saying I don’t think this was a good fit for me. Because my overwhelming impression of this book is quite negative. The world is vivid and well-drawn. The writing is solid and descriptive, allowing me a clear picture at all times.

The characters… I didn’t like any of them. I’m not even sure why I finished reading this, I disliked the characters so much. Bluebell is an aspiring dictator who has no qualms about doing what she wants and using people as she sees fits, and she doesn’t care who she hurts, even her sisters. Rose is selfish and self-absorbed, and I have zero sympathy for her. Ash, I kind of liked, but her penchant for hiding things and lying was troublesome. Willow was either crazy, completely deluded, or possibly both, in addition to being oblivious to reality. Ivy was just plain hateful, one of those selfish mean girls. Even the secondary characters were unlikable.

So…clearly not a good fit for me.

Kim Wilkins writes everything from historical fantasy to young adult fiction. Daughters of the Storm is her newest novel.

(Galley provided by Del Rey in exchange for an honest review.)

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