Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: Storm Chase

Today's book review is Storm Chase, a new young-adult urban fantasy by K.M. Carroll.

From the "back of the book":

"Carda is the Strider of Chronos. But figuring out what that means may cost him his life.

Struggling through high school in Phoenix, Arizona was hard enough, but now Carda's hands are burning with magical fire and lightning. Worse, they affect time and space. Now all kinds of people want Carda dead, from a killer angel to the head of the extra-world Council.

Fortunately he has allies—his twin sister Michelle manipulates gravity with dance. His rival Indal is secretly a time mage—until Carda accidentally turns him into a werewolf. There's Ben, a black time-traveling lizard. And Xironi, a gorgeous catgirl with a growing crush on Carda.

Together they face the most horrifying enemy of all—an inept mage with far too much power. This power unleashes a chaotic subspace storm that consumes worlds—and Earth is next on the menu."

This is the authors first book, and, I understand, the first in a series that will follow both Carda and his predecessors adventures.

The plot is fairly straight forward, it's a fun ride the whole way through. It's fairly fast-paced, but from the back of the book copy you'd expect that... and I'd worry if the hero diddled around when the fate of the world is at stake...
Oh, and this book actually has an ending, too!

I love every character here. Carda's a ton of fun and is snarky throughout the book. I actually like this, as the other reaction (and the one chosen by most authors) to dealing with both strange, new powers; a new set of responsibilities; and people trying to kill him is mopieness. The other think I like about him, is he trusts and relys on friends and family, instead of pushing them away.

Xironi is a lot of fun too. She's brave, strong, helpful, friendly, and a cat-girl. What more could a guy want? ;)

The bad guy almost feels one-dimensional, but that's mostly 'cause there's kinda three, yet kinda one. The real bag guy is Inferna (basically a demon), but she's controlling the other two bad guys, Ryane and Demetrius. Demetrius has a little more depth, but Ryane is your stero-typical bully who's messing with stuff that's way over his head...

I've had the pleasure of reading several different drafts of this before the final version (I didn't get paid for any of them, and I don't have any financial ties to the book) and the story and characters still sucked me in. I like that in a book.

If I had to sum this book up by comparing it to something, I'd say it's Spiderman's wit with something akin to X-Men's powers. I eagerly await the next book, and highly recommend it you.