Review: Rage by Cora Carmack

 “A new type of magic emerged with the coming of the tempests, and its users called themselves stormlings.”

– Cora Carmack

Release Date: August 27, 2019
Thank you Edelweiss+ and Tor Teen for an eARC of this book!


Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan. 

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent. 

This feels like more than rage. 
It feels like war.


Roar was published back in 2017 and I still remember the first time I read it. It was magical and so different from anything I’d ever read before. A world destroyed by storms and those with the power to control, fight against and even best storms. But what happens when you’re expected to have the power to fight these storms but you don’t and your kingdom is relying on you or their survival? That was Princess Aurora in Roar. Rora is such a strong female character who decides to take her future into her own hands by leaving her kingdom to find her strength. In Rage we finally get to see the repercussions of what her leaving were.

So I highly suggest re-reading Roar before diving into Rage. It had been about a year since I’d read it and I immediately was lost trying to remember who everyone was. We get the POVs of Aurora, Kiran, Novaya, Cassius and even the Stormlord. I definitely spaced on who Nova, Cassius and the Stormlord even were. It was also a struggle to recall what exact kind of powers Rora even had. There was really no summary of what happened last book and I feel like that could’ve been a bit helpful, but then again I was slacking on my preparation on reading Rage. Once I got the e-ARC I needed to start it ASAP.

Rage is such a strong female emphasis book. Besides Aurora there was Jinx and Nova who really came into her own this book and will be such an asset in the third book. We also were introduced to Zephyr who has powers of her own but it also just smart in using being a female to her advantage to gain information. While there are a lot of men in the books, a lot of them blur into the background or are more for muscle power. It’s the girls that run the show. Even between the dynamic of Aurora and Kiran this holds true. He assists her in whatever she needs, whether she asks for it or not, but always in her interest and never undermining her no matter how he’s feeling at different times in the book.

The pace of Rage was a bit slow compared to Roar and I did find myself wanting to race forward at times. It felt like a lot happened but looking back nothing really happened at all. I feel like this book fell into the slump that most second books in trilogies do. It didn’t really have much action until the end aka the last 10% or so. While we learned a lot of what had happened since Aurora had left it felt more like a set-up for the final book.

Aurora is a bad ass and that ending? *Swoon* Not a fan of love triangles but for once I’m praying for one. Who doesn’t want a bad boy that’s only good for you? Sign me up. There are also a few plot lines I’m interested to follow into the next book. I need answers now which is quite unfortunate since this book was about 2 years in the making. I pray for Carmacks’ health and until then I’ll be re-reading Roar.  

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