My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A little salt. And a whole lot of magic… Up until recently, Penelope was a witch with no magic. After having it stolen by a demon when she was just a child, Penelope had been forced to rely on sharing others’ powers as she went through the grueling training required to become an elite demon hunter. Now Penelope has more magic than she’s ever known. And when you’re this powerful, who needs salt to keep the demons away? But power has a dark side. Carter Prescott just wants to hunt demons and be with Penelope. But suddenly, witches who formerly had no magic are developing terrible, out-of-control powers. Now the world Carter swore to protect isn’t just endangered by malicious demons―it’s threatened by the same witches who once defended it. And Carter is horrified to see his girlfriend starting to change. Stronger. More powerful. Unrecognizable. It’s just a matter of time before Penelope changes into something far beyond his worst fears…
Storm picks up in the aftermath of Salt – with the repurcussions of Carter’s and Pen’s visit to the De’intero. Statics all over start to get magic and their community is at risk with such an instability caused by untrained magic-weilders. They both still have to keep their halfling status a secret – and the secret starts to cost them. Pen wants to figure out a way to reverse the changes she caused, and is willing to use to Void to do so. Her reluctance to work with demons is soon wiped away when her sister becomes a victim. Delving deeper into the void, she starts to break away from her loved ones, and goes into a deal which she wouldn’t ever agree to. Carter, on the other hand, has to make deals with his father to protect Pen and while searching through history, comes across Pen’s role in all the events that occured. Much of the plot is driven by secrets and the harm they cause – and Pen and Carter would definitely have had it better if they didn’t keep secrets from each other. While I generally don’t agree with secrets and misunderstanding used to drive the plot, it did create substantial conflict that makes a lot of sense at the end.
The pace of the story was quite well regulated, and kept a balance with the reveals, the events and the character development. Pen, as I said before in my earlier review of Salt, was always focused on getting her magic back, almost to the point of being selfish. In Storm, you see her being selfless, realizing that other people’s wishes also count, and her realizing that magic is not the sole purpose of her life. The ending, while left open, was quite instrumental in showing the progress she has made. Carter, while trying to escape his father’s shadow, becomes his own man. He wants nothing to do with the Triad but he does find his place in leadership. The both of them, while quite on the outs for a major portion of the book, are so well-matched. Their chemistry was amazing in the first book, and while I do miss the snark, they make up for it in their love for each other, Carter specifically. The amount of risks he takes for her – it definitely puts him as a book boyfriend.
Overall, I loved the turn this story took, and how the demons and witches and Essence and Void were explained out. The thing about the sole witch, was confusing to say the least, but with the Sages and all, it did make a bit of sense. The balances were also tough to understand, and added quite a bit of complexity to the storyline. A good book, and definitely a good sequel.
Received an ARC from Entangled Teen via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or reviews