Book: Daughter of Storms (Daughter of Storms Trilogy Book 1) Review

“Earth, Wind, Fire, Air…”

Author: Louise Cooper

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s

Released: 18th May 2001 (UK version)

Shar is raised on the Summer Isles with her uncle and her feline friends. After overhearing a plot to assassinate the leader of the Circle, the magicians who train people with magical abilities, Shar finds herself estranged from everyone who could help her. Being held captive by her Uncle, she discovers her magical abilities, which are more impressive than she could ever imagine.

Daughter of Storms, the first book of a trilogy, promises an entertaining story with power and action.

Read the review below!

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It turns out that Shar has not one, but four extremely rare magical abilities that have manifested themselves. Shar’s affinity with cats is rare, as is the ability to call elemental beings of Earth, Water Fire and Air from other planes.

Shar is also a Dark-caller, being able to call on intelligent-but-evil beings, as well as being the titular Daughter of Storms, who can summon storms to warp to any location.

Overly powerful characters are usually uninteresting but Louise Cooper manages to make Shar likable.

Her rare abilities are well noted by the uncle, who is so evil that he almost counts as a mustache-twirling baddie. His accomplices are never expanded as anyone of importance or ambition. They hold Shar captive while her Uncle goes away to plan for evil things.

Shar’s parents were long disposed of, before her Uncle raised her away from the Circle, were she rightly belongs. The assassination plot seems to be going well and is underway, until Shar’s recently-made friends Hestor and Kitto step in to prevent it.

The cast is fairly small, and the young reading age means that every character is overly basic.

Yandros, god of Chaos with ever changing eye colours is the most complicated character. After being summoned to desperately stop the assassination, Yandros simply tells the children that gods aren’t omnipotent, and he won’t help.

At some points in the book, the ritualistic magicians, the eclipse, the assassination plot, and new-found powers seem like generic fantasy. I wondered why I enjoyed this book, but I expect it’s because it first introduced these themes to me.

Overall, it contains themes such as lead female characters, medieval  fantasy settings, magic and deities in the mortal realm. It’s an interesting read that flared up my passion for fantasy books. After reading this I worked up to Tamora Pierce books.

Anyone older than the intended audience will read at lightning speed, so you manually have to slow down your reading speed to be able to enjoy the story.  It’s clearly showing the young readership, but should be read, if only for nostalgia.

Rated – 2.5/5 Nostalgic quick read, with generic story elements, For younger readers.

Read the review for The Black Magician Trilogy: The Magicians’ Guild!

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