My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Genre: YA, contemporary fantasy
Released: September 29th
Review refers to a review copy supplied by the publisher.
Storm is the sequel to Salt, in which we met Penelope, a witch with no magic, and Carter. Storm picks up soon after the events of Salt. Pen and Carter are working as Enforcers, protecting the Nons from demon attacks, when suddenly Statics start manifesting magic. With no knowledge of how to control it, Statics and Enforcers are soon getting hurt. It seems that the events at the end of Salt have led to this, and Penelope, now able to access magic from the Void, feels responsible. Things start unravelling and she turns to an unlikely ally to help reset the magical balance. Carter is convinced that Pen can't trust the demon, Lia, but Pen wants to undo the damage that she's done. Her chosen path could save or destroy them all.
The copy I read was a pre-release review copy, which I assume had yet to be copy edited as there were quite a lot of mistakes. I mention this because it really did interfere with my enjoyment of the story. Hopefully the copy now on sale is free of errors.
Those who loved Penelope and Carter and wanted more of them won't be disappointed. Penelope's story develops in a believable way. Having access to the void is like a drug, and she soon develops a dependence on it. Like any addict, she starts to show outward signs and rejects the concerns of those around her.
This is an enjoyable sequel and worth reading for those who enjoyed Salt.
From the publisher:
Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away?
But power has a dark side.
Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears...