Storm’s Clouds Review

Storm’s Clouds by J.W. Golan

I could not wait to get into this book, and thankfully I had it within arm’s reach when I finished Storm’s Herald. Like I said in my review of Storm’s Herald, I did indeed receive Storm’s Herald and Storm’s Clouds in exchange for review, but all opinions expressed are my own! VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: this review does contain a spoiler for the first book (Storm’s Herald). Nothing that will change the plot dramatically or ruin it, and I did suspect this once I was about ¾ through the book, but if you want to read it completely spoiler free then don’t read this review! All my other reviews are spoiler free unless explicitly stated.

Everything is really well explained at the start of the book, not explicitly but through the first few pages of character interaction so if you forgot anything in the previous book you can work it out pretty quickly. Of course, I had finished the other book seconds earlier so that wasn’t such a problem. The chapters in this book are really long, and it can be a bit on the nose sometimes, but there are moments of real humour where I genuinely laughed. I loved that they set off on a quest with no clear plan except ‘find a dragon’ when they had no idea where it was. Again there is a lot of jumping to random perspectives for a few pages to see what is happening elsewhere, but I had got used to it at this point and I could generally tell how they were linked to the main story at this point. There was a lot more of the Fae court and the magic school in this book as well as the quests, including lots of focus on Princess Elise and what she was up to. There was more tension in this book than in Storm’s Herald, which had me reading faster and faster!

THIS IS THE SPOILER. Okay, I’m done yelling about it being a spoiler. What I want to talk about here is Garth. Garth has enough personas to fill a city here people, and they are very varied. Garth is actually Gwythr, a guy who was a hero in the Fae’s war. He’s now human and wanders around as Garth, except when he is Gyaltso, an old dude who turned Kalden’s hair white then straight up left him which I found hilariously random. I have several problems with Garth. The first is quite petty but I think Garth’s nickname of ‘little bird’ for Lynette is so creepy and it made me cringe and my skin crawl every time he said it. Maybe it’s meant to be cute, but NOPE. And even weirder, a trope I hate, is Lynette being *strangely attracted* to the bad guy (Garth) who is nice only to them. I know Garth isn’t technically bad, but he isn’t exactly good either. Also, this isn’t a problem but how does Garth get around so fast? Can he teleport? What?!

Anyway, back to the rest of review. Princess Elise was a lot more prominent in this book and although she was a little irritatingly perfect, I did like seeing what she was up to. It was quite stereotypical that the lady in waiting was a spy, like it wasn’t even subtle. At some points I felt there were too many characters, but if I just thought of the characters from the random jump arounds as one time things it was a lot easier to focus on the main ones. There were some giants who inexplicably spoke like Scottish people. Not sure what was going on there. Then there is Waya. Waya is introduced as a boy and it is later revealed they are transgender, or at least very confused about their gender and sexuality. You see, Waya is in love with a girl, and to impress her parents they go on a quest to act manly. While I liked Waya as a character and I would definitely be interested in knowing more about them and whether they decided to have Garth magically change their body, it did feel a bit like a token because Waya is the only character I can think of who is on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.  Once again in this book time jumps around with no respect for how much time it seemed had passed.  One minute I’m chilling, and the next two years have passed, and I am like WHAT.

In conclusion I really enjoyed Storm’s Clouds. Especially the sentient library which moves books around to mess with the librarians. I could read a whole book about that library. I really liked the ending, and I very much need to know what happens next. Would I survive this book? Yeah I would, I’m living in that library.

The prologue: Bee

‘… I do so hate finishing books. I would like to go on with them for years…’

Beatrix potter, 1905

Hello and welcome to the bookish world of a beebliophile!

I’m Bee (get the pun? Bibliophile? Sorry) and I am an avid reader and writer. I’m guessing if you’re reading this you’re interested as to what will be happening on my blog and who I am, so I will briefly summarise those.

Who am I?
I am a 17 year old English girl whose natural habitat is the local library. I like cats and books and authors and Greek mythology. I study classical civilisation, English and economics, but don’t worry I don’t read many economics related books!

What will be happening?
I should first clarify that I mean what will be happening on this blog. I can’t tell you what will be happening in the world, since at the moment it seems rather like disastrous chaos, but if you want to hide away and talk about books you have come to the right place.


I will be writing book reviews that are short, mainly due to the fact I find long ones rather tiring to read when I could be spending the time reading something else. I will also be talking about other bookish things like my favourite books and authors, libraries and bookshops, and writing a novel amongst other things. (By other things I mean things I have not thought up yet, but will hopefully come to me in due course.)

My most commonly read genres are fantasy and young adult, but I also dabble in nonfiction, historical fiction, poetry, general fiction, science fiction, crime and the occasional thriller. I am passionate about body positivity, mental health, LGBTQ rights, feminism and Greek mythology, so they’ll be sure to pop up.

And finally who is this blog for? Anyone who can read basically. Anyone who wants to read or write, or just talk about how pretty books are. It doesn’t matter how much you read, or how fast, just that you love books and want to talk and read about them!

I think that’s it for me, before you fall asleep or are put off by my rambling about myself, so I hope you enjoy my blog and books as much as I do! Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions or if you just want to rave about books. That’s cool too.

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