Book Review: Servants of the Storm
ashley | For my birthday, the lovely Veronica gave me Servants if the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson. I knew nothing about this, but the cover looked really great (the cover I got, not the one on goodreads or amazon) and I often judge a book by its cover. Sadly, though, this was a case where judging a book by its cover doesn’t always work out.
It was a good attempt, though. The writing was good, things started out pretty strong. I was really interested in the description and I actually really liked the plot; it had a lot if great elements to it and really clever lore, but I feel like it only just skimmed the surface of everything. Instead of going into interesting details to explain anything, we were told that it’s just “complicated” and expected to take it at face value. There were a few times where it seemed to loosely skirt over an issue and I felt like I was expected to just look past any holes or hope for anything more. This frustrated me because it was such a rich story with really interesting potential that just wasn’t taken as far as it could have been.
The characters were also lukewarm. Dovey’s best friend Baker wasn’t the charming sidekick but kind of annoying. Her supernatural love interest Isaac was alluring, but he was very two dimensional and it was like he just existed to fill in the pieces of the situation that Dovey needed to figure out. And that’s fine, but he basically just recited things to her, they didn’t figure things out, he didn’t piece anything together, he just filled in the blanks, tying point A to point B so the story didn’t have to.
His other reason for existing was to create the dreaded love triangle. Between Baker’s best-friend crush and Isaac’s flirtatious influence, Dovey was surrounded by affection and advances. The only good thing about all of this was that Dovey didn’t get overly wrapped up in all of this like characters usually do. She was on a mission to find her best friend Carly and even a smouldering and irresistible hottie like Isaac couldn’t sway that. I liked that a lot.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad read, but it just wasn’t as good as it could have been. Or should have been. There was a lot to work with and all the pieces were there but the connections were forced and thin. It just didn’t do much for me.
August 5, 2014