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Wrath of Storms

(The Raincatcher's Ballad #2)

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A girl with terrifying powers. An assassin battling his bloodlust. And an ancient evil stirring…

Serena’s fearsome power is growing stronger. After conning her way aboard a luxury airship in search of clues about her past, she walks straight into a sky pirate’s trap. But after her powers are unleashed and apocalyptic visions invade her mind, Serena realises the greatest thr
Published 2019
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Myths. Stories. Everything has a history; the whole world’s a secret waiting to be uncovered.’

If anything gives a sense of what Steven McKinnon has created, it’s these words. This is a place layered with complexity, full of possibility. Whenever one question is answered, another twenty rush to take its place. It's worldbuilding done on a grand scale and in this second book, there’s even more room to explore. There’s travel into unknown lands, a glimpse of hidden mysteries, and an opportunity to
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do you describe Steve McKinnon’s Wrath of Storms, the sequel to FantasyBookReview’s SPFBO4 finalist Symphony of the Wind? I’ve tried comparing it to everything from “a fantasy Die Hard” to “Indiana Jones with airships, siege battles, and psychic powers,” and all the comparisons I use end up sounding reductive and leaving out so many interesting aspects to this story. I’ve settled on calling it a high-octane, action-fantasy adventure laced with dry humor, a diverse cast of heroes and villains ...more
Travis Riddle
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Steven McKinnon is just as complex and dastardly in his machinations as Pyron Thackeray. He has created a vast, varied world that feels totally believable with a ton of history and culture, and I was fascinated every time we got to learn more about it, as well as thoroughly engaged with all the action and narrative revelations.

Fans of the first book will find a lot to love here, as McKinnon's writing is as exciting and engaging as ever, and the twist and turns of the narrative will surprise you
Phil Parker
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Symphony of the Wind, in my view it should have been the winner in SPFBO4. But Wrath of Storms is even better. It is a masterpiece in storytelling and establishes Steven McKinnon as the heir to Joe Abercrombie’s throne. So, why a masterpiece in storytelling?
First of all, the characters. Without them being vulnerable, without caring for them deeply, without them being real, you cannot create tension. The threat level won’t be high enough. In Book 1 we got to know Serena, Gallows, Damien
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!~

This is the continuing story of a few people from the city of Dalthea. Serena is a young woman who has just found out that she has some pretty awesome powers. Tyson Gallows, a former soldier turned bounty hunter is traveling with her, as is Myriel, the guildmaster of the Mage’s guild. Damien Fieri is living out in the forest he once trained in, trying to battle the bloodlust inside of him that makes him lose control and become a near-unstoppable killing machine.
Matt McAbee
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a review copy by the author for a honest review.

Steven McKinnon has another hot one here. Wrath of Storms picks up a short time after the end of Symphony of the Wind with Tyson, Serena, and crew trying to get to Frosthaven to find Musa’s Temple to see if they can rid Serena of her Siren song.

I can’t say enough about Wrath of Storms, it has everything Symphony of the Wind had and takes it to a new level. Mckinnon continues with his world, it blows my mind how easily he crafts th
What a wild ride, this book is awesome!

I really enjoyed Symphony of the Wind and was looking forward to the further adventures of some really great characters in what may be one of my favorite fantasy worlds.

Let's start with the characters, my favorites are Gallows, Serena and Damien. Serena is a young woman who recently discovered she has some kick ass powers over other peoples minds. Super dangerous stuff, especially when it doesn't come with a user guide. Gallows is an ex soldier turned bou
Júlio C.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of us have read at least a couple of book series that start off great and fade as the pages roll, and the longer a book is, the higher are the chances of it falling into this deadly trap. Fortunately for you, this isn’t the case.

With Wrath of Storms, Steven Mckinnon not only gives the perfect follow-up to the previous books (The Fury Yet To Come, and The Symphony of the Wind), entices the reader with riddles and mysteries, pumps our blood with descriptive action, puts our nerves and emotions
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I love this series. McKinnon’s world of airships, gods, stone men, corrupt politicians and a siren, has always gripped me by the throat. I’m lucky enough to have been asked to review his books from the beginning, and have never been disappointed. His style and engagement are exquisite, and I wonder if (PSA: tooting one’s own horn) my fangirl attitude and reviews are what led to me being thanked in the acknowledgements of Wrath of Storms. Thank you.

There’s much of the same stuff good stuff here a
Gregg Buford
I liked it mostly

This was an ok book to read but not remembering things that happened in the first book it took a while to get into really. Some people would definitely enjoy reading this book. It has action, intrigue and reads at an easy pace. A lot of useless violence but then that reflects people in general at times. Will want to read them in order when the third book comes out to enjoy fully.
Sean Gursky
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but am unable to articulate why I didn't enjoy it more.

In comparison to Raincatcher's #1 it was a more cohesive story but multiple points through the book I felt the story was wrapped up. With each climax and natural conclusion of the bad guy the story would shift, locations would change and it would continue again.

Fewer characters helped with each transition but I'm not sure that was enough to make me enjoy the the story further.

If you enjoyed Raincatcher's #1 then #2 won't
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Symphony of the Wind is Steven McKinnon's first fiction novel, and is Book One of The Raincatcher's Ballad. The Fury Yet To Come is a prequel novella set in the same world.

His first book, the true-life tale Boldly Going Nowhere, was released in 2015.

Steven is 32 years old, and was born in the bathroom of a Glasgow flat in the year 1986.

He has since moved out.

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