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Storm's Herald: Stormfall Chronicles Book 1

(Stormfall Chronicles #1)

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A peasant girl who dreams of becoming a sorceress, a boy who imagines himself a knight – trailed by a ruthless mercenary armed with an ancient sword.

All Lynette wanted was to leave her boring village life – to attend the Fae Academy and become a Druid priestess like her teacher before her. Her clumsy attempts at magic are a reminder of how much she has yet to learn. But
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Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published January 19th 2019
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Joshua Grant
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s something about a fantasy world, when well crafted, that just draws me in. Maybe it’s the different cultures or the threat of imaginative monsters. Perhaps it’s the everyday protagonists that have to stand against great evil in epic battles. J.W. Golan’s Storm’s Herald has all that, really anything you could want in a fantasy novel, and it’s well-written to boot. Main character Lynnette must learn magic in order to stand up to an ancient evil while travelling a really cool fantasy realm. ...more
Steph Warren
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Storm’s Herald is the first book in the Stormfall Chronicles series and is a very promising start to an interesting high-fantasy / coming-of-age adventure.

The main characters are Lynette and Baxter, who are both apprentices – mage and warrior, respectively – and both end up striking out alone for their own compelling reasons. Their paths inevitably converge (along
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gwendalyn _books_
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Storm’s Herald

Author: J.W. Golan
Book Series: Stormfall Chronicles Book 1

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publication Date: January 19, 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Recommended Age: 12yrs. and up
Publisher: Indie Published
Pages: 237

J.W. Golan Storm’s Herald, is a captivating ya fantasy that is a stellar adventure.

A compelling, intriguing, and well-written read right here. With three dimensional characters that are fleshed out. I felt connected them and drawn into their lives.
The narration flows perfectly and has the classical
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Anie
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
All the ingredients of a classic in making. :)

Lynette is a simple peasant girl with big dreams. She spent most of her days with her teacher, slowly and painstaking learning a bit of magic. But that all changes the day her parents inform her that she is to many a butcher, many many years older than her. She is very much against that. And when her teacher dies, there is nothing left for her in the village. She takes the letter that her teacher should deliver to the Fae Kingdom and embark on a jour
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Gina R Mitchell
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reviews
Epic fantasy novel for all ages to enjoy!


Storm’s Herald is Book one of the Stormfall Chronicles. The author builds a very credible world in which his characters play. The pacing worked well for me. There are a few places it got a bit wordy, but certainly not enough to detract from the story.

The characters develop nicely over the course of the book. They are consistent with their actions throughout the story. I enjoy books with strong female leads. Both Lynette and Elise fit that description. Ba
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Lia Dospetti
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What an adventure! :D It's a 4.5 stars for me.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Overall opinion: Intense and adventurous Epic YA Fantasy that reads like High Fantasy for adults in a “vintage” writing style that’s a perfect fit for the world built.

Lynette is a poor farm girl who wants to become a sorceress. Baxter is a young squire with too much innocence and honesty to survive in his county. Two young people brought by fate to cross paths and
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Rivalie
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
(a copy was provided by author for an honest review)

🗺️ a new beginning: welcome to a brand new world with an adventure that is about to begin. Storm's Herald is an origin story at its core, we follow several different characters that are about to embark on a mission to save their world from an impending evil. As such, there is a lot of introduction, some of which can seem a bit overwhelming. The author wants to introduce us to the cast of the story but with the way everything is structured, ther
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Liliyana Shadowlyn
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Storm's Herald demands your attention from the outset. I went in expecting to like this, not love it. But I do. I absolutely love it! Vivid imagery and a story that captures the reader from page one makes this a fun and enchanting read. The characters and setting are rich and well-developed, definitely a story anyone can enjoy regardless of age. ...more
Luzanne Warren
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
A quick read with a very intriguing tale.

This fantasy series has all my favorite elements and promises to be quite an adventure.

Easy to follow narrative with a variety of interesting characters this storyline holds much promise.

This multiple point of view novel should be ideal for the teenager who loves Lord of the Rings and all things Fae and magical.
Janey Merry
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been a quick minute since I’ve read in this genre, and I am kicking myself that I let so much time pass by! I love YA fantasy!! How could I forget that!? Thanks, J.W. Golan, for sending your book my way. It has reignited my passion.

*spoiler alert*

I love the team element of the story structure. It really opens up world-building possibilities and POV dynamics. The perspective transitions are smooth for the most part; I can only think of one place in the novel where I felt jolted out of the st
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Paige Green
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: J.W. Golan

Book Series: Stormfall Chronicles Book 1

Rating: 3/5

Publication Date: January 19, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, mature scenes, some gore)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 237

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Synopsis: A peasant girl who dreams of becoming a sorceress, a boy who imagines himself a knight – trailed by a ruthless mercenary armed with an ancient sword.

All Lynette wanted was to leave her bo
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Jenny Schultz
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story

It really is a great story, so I've been wondering why I don't like it more. I think it's because the characters for one, do not work together and learn from each other. They all stay apart for the most part. They are not involved in each others lives. They don't ask questions or demand answers. They show little concern, or that concern is perfunctory. If they would team up to solve the problems, riddles, had real interest in the history found artifacts fascinating and explained why th
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Jenna “Meadow”  | The Book of Meadow
This book has many of the great things in a YA fantasy; different cultures, monsters, magical vs non-magical realms, battles and a path of discovery for some young characters. There are also some other secondary characters that add some fun story line aspects to the overall novel. The fantasy world J.W. Golan has created is interesting and well-described and I always love a fantasy that includes many different species (goblins, ogres, fae, oh my!). I also enjoyed Lynette’s magical schooling of d ...more
Rebecca
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Low 3

The basic story is decent, although I am not fully pleased it reaches a good stopping point with a sense of conclusion, and characters okay, but the writing frequently felt weak throughout--good revision could make it so much more vivid and compelling. The characters could also benefit from more depth and use of their individuality in the writing.
Kathryn
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good book!

I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more in the series. I’m glad the second book is out.
Lori
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-pub, 3-stars, fantasy, ya
Review on my blog, The Reading Fairy

TW: Death, loss of loved one, violence, blood

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for promotion of Storm's Clouds


This book was nice and short. Maybe it's a good thing since I was in the mood to read something short before I jump into Lady Midnight again. I was sure what I was expecting minus that this book was fantasy. And also, I guess it dealt with fey which is really cool.

I still haven't got enough of fey yet, so maybe that's a good t
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My first attempt at writing a Fantasy novel occurred decades ago - when I was still a student in high school. To say that the resulting book was awful would be too kind, and it was disposed of soon afterwards. From that experience, however, I gained a better appreciation for the elements that would be needed to produce a successful novel - including the persistence to see such an undertaking to it
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