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Heir of Thunder

(The Stormbourne Chronicles #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Contine ...more
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Published September 26th 2016 by Evolved Publishing
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SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a fan of Karissa Laurel’s work it was a no-brainer reading this book YA or not. Besides I like YA books just as much.
And I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful paranormal coming of age story that kept me captive and guessing to the last page.
I really enjoyed the world, in which we follow Evie (Evelyn Stormbourne) through her adventure. World building was great and it just brought you right into the setting.
Though, I have to say that the beginning of the book seemed a bit slow, with
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The author has send me a copy of her book for free in exchange for a review. All opinions stated are my own.

Heir of Thunder is about Evelyn Stormbourne, the daughter of the late Lord of Thunder. After her home is attacked by revolutionaries just weeks before her ascension to the throne, Evelyn must escape together with a young horse-master named Gideon. However, their journey to the Continent provides a lot more challenges than they expected.

I adored the plot of Heir of Thunder. I really strugg
Anne (The Reading Life)
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy for an honest review

I really, really, really hate cliffhangers 😑

But I have to be honest here, and that is this book was totally not as I been expected 😳, and definitely exceeded my expectation. 

One of the things that made this book so good was its introduction and its first chapter. Even if I didn't receive a free copy for an honest review, the first chapter was enough for me to click the buy button on my kindle because that intro was AMAZING. It's not too fast paced that
Josie Jaffrey
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The Gin Book Club received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.


This book is a great fantasy tale; it plunges you straight into the action from the beginning and the pace rarely lets up. Evie’s travels and the supporting characters she met along the way were varied and interesting, allowing her to explore different cultures and levels of society. There were some elements which reminded me somewhat of Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Stormhold vs Stormbourne and
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my review of the audio version as posted on Audible:

Spoilers alert! :)

The premise of the story sounded great: an heir to the throne made to run for her life, protected only by a young servant whose motifs are unnervingly unknown to her, then separated from him, falling from one peril into another... Should have made for a great, gripping story - but... whereas some parts of the tale do keep you clinging to your listening device some other seem too rushed and too shallow to keep your inte
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author, this in no way influenced my opinions of the novel.

I liked the plot. The pacing was kind of slow. The book felt like it could have benefited from another round of revisions to ramp up the tension and pace. A lot of time was spent on description which painted a vivid picture in my mind but kept the story from moving forward as fast as it could have. The concepts and the plot were really interesting to me, I liked how Evie met so many different peopl
Whispering Stories
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m not normally one for reading YA, but when I was offered the chance to read another Karissa Laurel novel to break up the nail biting wait for the next book in the Norse Trilogy series, I obviously jumped at it without the barest semblance of dignity. As usual.

I don’t regret my choice in the least, every single characters if beautifully written and the world building is most beautiful of all. The different cities and countries in this world are comparable to our own, with alternate versions of
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Note: I received a review copy of this from the author. This in no way influences my opinion.

I am going to be honest, I had never even heard of this book until the author decided to approach me with an email requesting me to review it. I definitely believe in giving all books a chance an decided to go for it. Whilst the blurb sounded quite interesting, and I had high hope for this book, I actually ended up DNFing it about 10% of the way in.

For me, I feel the book started off way too soon. From t
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel

What a wonderful new young adult fantasy series. I have enjoyed Ms. Laurel’s “Norse Chronicles,” so I was looking forward to the “Stormbourne Chronicles.” The plot is unique with steampunk elements in an old world setting. The characters are diverse, well-developed, and believable. The bad guys are perfectly evil and spread throughout the story. I really wish a few more could have been eliminated.

The story gets off to a fast start as Evelyn Stormbourne must escap
Bunny theshybooks
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel
Spoil Free Review
3.99 Stars
Evolved Pub
Pages: 224

I was sent this book by the author for a honest review. I loved reading this book – I couldn’t put it down. I read it in less than 24 hours. The story was fun and the writing was simple but I do believe that the writing could be better in some places. Overall, I thought this book was great! What I loved most about this book is that the romance wasn’t the main plot!!! It is was a subplot that doesn’t even sta
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed myself and just want it to go on longer, although there were a few spelling mistakes which irked me.

Heir of Thunder by Karissa Laurel is the first book in the Stormbourne Chronicles series. As soon as I put it down I became impatient to pick the second book up; the first is entirely too short to sate my needs for this amazing story. It is not perfect or the best book in the world, this I cannot and will not say. However, it is original, inspired and very, very entertain
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Heir of Thunder
Author: Karissa Laurel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Pages: 288
Rating: 5
Heat: 1

Thoughts: Ooooh, so many different twist and turns, I love it! This was such a fun adventure and I can't wait to read the next book. Right from page one it takes off like a freight train and doesn't stop until the very last word (which then leaves you screaming for more). This story was like a roller-coaster ride in the dark, no clue what's going to come next. Evie is such an amazing charact
Jennifer Provost
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you think this will be your standard YA adventure, you're wrong.

Evie is the daughter of the deceased Lord of Thunder. She's the heir to the kingdom, and learns the hard way than not everyone loved her father as much as she did. The castle is attacked and she's on the run, with only her father's horse master, Gideon, to rely on. they tear across the countryside, Gideon determined to get Evie on a ship and to safety--only things don't go as planned.

This is a fast paced, character driven adventu
Julie Smith
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first of what appears to be an enjoyable series.

The main character, Evie is left homeless by the death of her father. Concealing her identity she goes on the run with Gideon Faust.

I really enjoyed this book and will look out for the others in the series. 4*
Chris Pavesic
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Evie Stormbourne is the last in a long line of rulers who can control the weather, especially thunder and lightning, to a devastating effect. Throughout the generations the power has weakened, though, and when the story begins Evie’s powers are only a pale shadow of her ancestor’s abilities.

When her father is killed Evie manages to escape with the help of her father’s master of the horse, a young man named Gideon. Although Evie travels incognito, she is in constant danger of discov
Kelly Sedinger
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2020-reads
I'm a bit embarrassed on two grounds that it took me this long to get around to this book: first, I've been following author Laurel for quite a while on Twitter and I like to support authors I know, even if it's only on an online basis; and second, well, it's a good book! It really is. I enjoyed it a lot.

Laurel wastes NO time in getting things moving. I read the synopsis and then expected a few chapters of life-and-worldbuilding stuff before the action launched, but Laurel had other plans. Thing
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a good story. Geared to the late teens and early 20's crowd.

Evelyn (Evie) Stormbourn is a princess who's father died long before he taught her exactly what she was. After waking to having her home under attack, she is whisked away by the surly Gideon. Through their travels it's very apparent just how naive she is. She is determined yes, but very naive and it makes it hard to keep reading. After being separated from her protector, sold to the slave markets, rescued her self and others from t
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hate giving 2/2.5 stars to the book because I really enjoyed Laurel's Norse trilogy, but this one just fell short for me.

The characters are fine, but Evie spends the whole narrative being kidnapped/held against her will and being unable to do anything about it by herself. This happens 3 times, and they're all basically the same. It got tiring fast. If it had happened only once, or if she had had more autonomy to get herself out of the situation then it'd have felt different, but as it is, it w
Daniell Marsh
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read about a young woman who will inherit powers when she turns eighteen that control lightning and thunder. The only problem is she has to reach eighteen and learn to control her powers as her father died before he could teach her all she needs to know. Then there are the people that either that want her dead, her powers or even more than that. I would recommend this book. Liked how the author set up the different characters and the world they were in. Some twist and turns did not e ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This was exactly what I needed. I was on a book-hangover, and was on the lookout for a YA steampunk-ish fantasy, and Heir of Thunder delivered. We have a slow introduction, but stay with it, because we get swept up around the 30% mark. Evie Stormbourne is left with a legacy she doesn't really know what to do with, and fully comes into her own throughout her journey. The world building could have been a tad better in my opinion. I liked that there wasn't a love triangle, and that each character w ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one.

Evelyn comes from a line of powerful people whose power lies in the belief of their subjects. Her father died suddenly before he could teach her all about her powers. When she is closing on her 18th birthday when her powers will fully awaken she finds herself on the run and no one will tell her why. In her adventures she makes true friends and finds out about some plots that involve her future, most that she wants nothing to do with.

This is a
The Mysterious Reader
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karissa Laurel was a new author for me when I came across her Stormbourne Chronicles. I’m really glad I tried out the first of these books and, now that I’ve ended up addictively reading through three, I can most happily confirm that this is one heck of a great series. Well plotted, well written and with really well- done world-building and character creation, this was lot of fun to read. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on a ...more
I was asked to read and write a review on Heir of Thunder and I am so glad accepted. This is one of the best books I've read in a really long time and that is saying something. I don't know if my expectations in books has gotten higher or if I've just been unlucky, but lately most books I read are pretty low quality and boring and if I'm honest, I thought this book too would fall under that same category. You see, I'm a big sucker for romance in stories and when I read the description it didn't ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a YA, if you like boys or girls, if you like originality, if you like supernatural/fantasy books, if you like real life emotions and difficult decisions, if you like some mystery and suspense then this series is for you. It is an easy read but packed full of the imagination of a very talented author. Then once you have finished this you will be looking at all of Kellie McAllens books to get your next slice of excellence.
Paula Dyches
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book starts pretty quickly which I loved. Often first books in a series take the first few-several chapters to lay the groundwork for the series, but this one kind of throws you in and explains as you go. There's plenty of action to keep the story going but not too much to make it feel unbelievable. The basis of the story is a royal princess (spoiled and sheltered) is on the run from revolutionaries that wish to get rid of her after her father's {Lord of Thunder's} death with a bodyguard th ...more
Cassi McCarrick
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story. Started out very gripping, but started to lull. The writing is slightly all over the place at times and there is no real build up...just event to event to event. All in all, I enjoyed it.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I voluntarily read and review an ARC of this book from the author.

A three-book novel about a princess on the run.
The story begins in a chaos. Then, the plot is very slow but still easy to follow. In the second book, I couldn't quite grasp the connection of the events with the main course of the story. Until the third book, a big revelation takes place.
I like that this book is not overly focus on romance, even though there are some hints.

If the information, which is given in the third book rather
Lindsey Roberts
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Original Review Here

Heir of Thunder tempted me: it had magic, powers, a destiny and various groups of outsiders that come together. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to those expectations.

The main issue was the characterisation. Due to inherit the throne on her eighteenth birthday, Evie is just coming into her powers when she is forced to flee her home while it is under attack. It makes sense for her to be frightened and weak at the start. But Evie remains trusting, naïve and foolish the entire
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this story! I really loved that it read more like an epic fantasy. The journey Evie and Gideon took over land, sea, and even air; meeting friend and foe along the way, was quite a ride! I honestly found each place they traveled very interesting, along with all the new people they met.




Evie was a great leading lady. She started out this story pretty naïve and sheltered. But what she lacked in experience and worldly knowledge she definitely mad
Bona Fide Book Reviews
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Evelyn Stormbourne finds herself on the run with her deceased father's horse master, Gideon, she discovers she has nothing to lose but her life. Her inheritance, the throne of Inselgrau is destroyed by rebels, her home is lost to a fire, and the servants she has known all her life are stripped away, as they run for their lives. All she can do is rely upon Gideon, who claims to have promised her father to protect her, if the need ever arose.

Evie comes from a long line of Stormbournes. Their
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Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. In the summer, she loves to be on the water, on the boat or in her kayak. When it snows, you'll find ...more

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