Darkness and doom abound… Ours is The Storm reviewed

Ours is the Storm by D Thourson Palmer

Ours is the Storm by D Thourson Palmer – 2 out of 5 stars

I think this wants to be a Grimdark epic fantasy. You can imagine the author having a big wordcloud of terms like “grim”, “dark”, “hopeless”, “dystopian” and “doom” above their desk. And it’s true that they certainly manage to evoke that feeling in the first half of the book. Almost to an extreme.

By the time the plains were burnt and the Ahi’rea, the brave heroine, was preparing for her showdown with Lasivar, I was asking myself whether it was worth continuing. The situation seemed so hopeless, it could only be a forgone conclusion. Of course, it wasn’t quite that simple, but having to plough through such a relenting slough of despond meant I almost didn’t get far enough to find that out. It felt like Morla the Ancient, from The Neverending Story was breathing down my neck in parts.

Morla the Ancient

Thourson Palmer writes in great detail about the battle scenes. Every move and counter move is described, until it feels like the adversaries are enacting a complicated dance. You have to admire the amount of work that goes into such comprehensive depictions. But personally, I did find that this became a bit repetitive after a while. Perhaps that’s just me. I do love a good fight scene, but I tend to prefer those that offer a mixture of large scale tactical moves and one-on-one conflict.

Overall, the battle scenes are action-packed and there’s what some may call a refreshing lack of sentimentality. But for me, that wasn’t enough to counterbalance the shallowness of the characters nor the confused plot. Where the scope of this novel is broad, I was looking for a little more focus.

Source: ARC from Netgalley

Published by: Boyle & Dalton

Released: 14th January 2015

Buy it from: Kobo


I love all things fantasy, from fiction to films to games. Mostly books though. I also love cooking and plus size fashion. Find recommendations for great fantasy reads and general fangirling here! If you want to get in touch with me, the quickest way is by Twitter @dorristheloris

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