Release Date: November 5, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the publisher / NetGalley
The immortal mages have risen, and they’re out for blood.
Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya’s squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Time is running out for everyone.
But how can her squad of ten stand against an army of ten thousand?
Calling in help from every ally she’s made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won’t mean sacrificing her friends or her brother. It’s a tough balance to find, especially when the leadership role she thought she wanted sits heavy on her shoulders, and her relationship with Tessen is beginning to crack under the strain.
The end is coming, and there’s no way to know who’ll be left standing when it hits.
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: biromantic
TROPES: magical abilities, elemental magic
TAGS: young adult, fantasy, romance, queer romance, queer characters, POC characters, sibling relationship, existing relationship
WARNINGS: explicit violence, torture, physical injury, mass death, fire, death, explosions, open water, drowning, colonialism mention
Together is what saved us in the end. Together is going to be what keeps us going, too.
With the final installment, Erica Cameron delivers an explosive, action-packed and satisfying ending to the Ryogan Chronicles trilogy. The journey has been long for Khya and her friends, and finally it comes to a close in WAR OF STORMS.
This book is just as fantastic as the first two of the trilogy. We continue to follow Khya, Tessen, and the rest of their squad as they doggedly pursue answers towards defeating the bobasu and rescuing Khya’s brother, Yorri, for imprisonment. WoS is even more action-packed and moves at a faster pace than the previous two, continually providing intense battle scenes, dangerous situations, and potentially catastrophic decisions. It was so great to continue with this book and getting to see Khya reluctantly grow into the leader she needed to be in order to defeat the immortals, save her brother, and protect the people of Ryogo and Itagami as much as possible. Khya is a favorite character of mine because she’s so complex and conflicted and just wants to do what’s right but doesn’t always know how to balance that with what she wants to do. She’s so torn between saving Ryogo and immediately running to save her brother when she has the chance, and she also struggles so hard with how her decisions will affect others in ways she can’t possibly anticipate. Khya is a great leader and friend, and her fears and desires make her infinitely relatable.
Another thing I love in this book, and series, is the multitude of different relationships! Khya and her partner, Tessen, go from being rivals in the first book to lovers to lovers, partners, friends, soulmates, and it’s so lovely, and at times heartbreaking, to watch the two of them hold onto their connection to each other and watch it develop into something stronger while being terrified of losing each other. Also, Khya and Sanii, Yorri’s partner, grow into such close friends that they’re practically siblings by the end of WoS, and it was really wonderful to see these two come to depend on each other when they could barely stand one another at the beginning of the first book. The undying loyalty between Khya and her squad from Itagami is also another aspect that I enjoyed. These people are so devoted to each other, to protecting and helping each other, and it’s really breathtaking to witness.
And, of course, the plot was as amazingly done as the previous two books. As I mentioned, it follows a much faster pace, but it doesn’t feel rushed or too busy. Cameron perfectly balances action and downtime for these characters, and presents the reader with a thrilling novel that keeps them on their toes while also giving them room to breathe, just like the characters featured within.
I’m sad that this trilogy is over, but I can say without a doubt that Erica Cameron has delivered a wonderful series that I will continue to enjoy for years to come.
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she’s the author of several series for young adults. She’s also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse who loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s YA imprint Triton Books began the Assassins series with Discord in September 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy through Entangled Teen, launched in 2017 with Island of Exiles. Next up, Erica will be working with Entangled Teen to create a young adult science fiction trilogy pitched as Star Trek: Voyager meets The Expanse and Battlestar Galactica; Pax Novis is set to fly in 2018.