My first reread of 2024! And it just so happens to be from one of my priority reads of 2024. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson is a powerhouse fantasy that I loved so much when I first read. (Wayyy back when it was self-pubbed and then again when it went trad.) But apparently, when I migrated my blogs a million years ago, my review of We Ride the Storm…vanished?
No good, this book deserved to be hyped! Especially because now I can finally continue reading the rest of the series (RIP).
An ARC copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Publisher: Orbit Books | Release Date: June 2020 | Pages: 528
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Paperback | Source: ARC
In the midst of a burgeoning war, a warrior, an assassin, and a princess chase their own ambitions no matter the cost in Devin Madson’s propulsive epic fantasy.
War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.
Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.
In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.
In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.
And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.
As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.
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- Multi-POV. I absolutely loved the balancing of the POVs between Miko, Rah and Cassandra. Especially how I really didn’t have major preferences between which one I read about, because I enjoyed them all so much!
- Cassandra, in particular. You know, it’d been so long since I read this, I’d forgotten a lot. But the moment we got to Cassandra’s chapter, I immediately remembered who she was and how much I fucking love her.
- Fascinating worldbuilding. Seeing three distinct characters from such distinct worldbuilding is one of the best parts of this book. The cultures are fascinating and make me want to continue to push boundaries with my own novels.
I enjoyed We Ride the Storm just as much the second (technically third?) time around as I did previously, if not more. It was so hard to put down. Devin Madson is a powerhouse writer. I am SO excited to finally be continuing on with this series. I hope to read a book a month and finish this series by April. (If I can stop myself from not just binging straight through it). That way, I’m caught up on this series before becoming enamored by Madson’s new series, dropping later this year!