Theorie of the Storm

Forgotten Fae

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
432 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2021
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Theorie of the Storm is the first entry in the Forgotten Fae series by Jane Delaney, a compelling young adult fantasy with impeccable world-building and a dark reality to explore. Theorie du’Ambrine nears her nineteenth birthday and she is worried. Of course, everyone in Dynas Rhydent is worried when they near the age of the dreadful Trials, which determine whether they earn the magical title of Magi or become slaves to the privileged class. But when she meets Kyte, the charming, humorous villain, everything changes and she finds herself in an adventure that takes her to the realm of the Fae. The Fae Prince, Taren, has already given up hope of liberating his people from the curse placed upon them, but the sudden appearance of the young Mage might be the key to their freedom. Theorie and Kyte are about to be tested in ways none of them ever imagined, and while their lives hang in the balance, they are about to suffer the worst betrayal ever.

This will be a great read for anyone who enjoys stories with sophisticated characters and a world brimming with magic. Theorie of the Storm is well-plotted and the author creates a setting that has strong imagery. The writing is charming and persuasive, and the world-building is so excellently written that it offers a unique sense of adventure that will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next entry in the series. The author’s ability to create compelling scenes, throw in unexpected twists into the plot, and break hearts stands out in this story. Character handling is one of the author’s unique gifts, for she infuses them with emotions that are real, thrusts them into conflicting situations that force them to grow, and breaks them when the reader least expects. Jane Delaney’s work is a masterpiece and I enjoyed every single page of this spellbinding story.

Lexie Fox

Theorie of the Storm is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy genre and part of the Forgotten Fae series. It is aimed at young adults and was written by Jane Delaney. Set in a world where the Fae once roamed openly, the book follows a young woman on the verge of failing a magical trial that could determine her entire future. Running from her problems with a mysterious young man, the pair quickly finds themselves crossing paths with the dangerous world of the Fae, now trapped away from the rest of the world by a deadly curse.

Author Jane Delaney delivers a gripping adventure in the fictional setting of Dynas Rhydent. Upon opening the book and seeing the map, I instantly felt as if I had been placed in the world along with the characters, which made me feel a deeper connection to the characters and the story. One of my favorite things about this story was the growth of the characters, especially the growth of Theorie and Kyte. I felt both characters grew magically and emotionally throughout the plot and it made me invest in the characters, and really care about what happened to them. The world-building in Theorie of the Storm was intricate and descriptive, which gives the reader an incredibly detailed image of the world around them and further pulls them into the novel. I found that around the halfway point, the story slowed down considerably and there were a few chapters where not much happened, but it was worth waiting for the big conclusion. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and any further books by Jane Delaney.

K.C. Finn

Theorie of the Storm is a work of fiction in the fantasy and adventure sub-genres and is the first book in the Forgotten Fae series. It is aimed at young adults and was penned by author Jane Delaney. In a magical world where those born with arcane powers must be tested to determine their future, the book follows a young woman named Theorie whose stunted powers surely doom her to a life of servitude. Fleeing with the help of a new friend, Theorie is plunged into the world of the once-great Fae empire. With the Fae trapped behind a storm, could Theorie play a role in helping them return to the world at large?

I particularly enjoyed how imaginative and unique the plot was, setting itself apart from other books in the same genre despite keeping the core concepts. All the characters felt well thought out and I found it easy to understand and invest in all of the main group. Author Jane Delaney does a fantastic job of developing flawed characters who are very likable despite their mistakes. Kyte was a particularly interesting character to follow and I enjoyed the twists in his story. The world was crafted beautifully and was easy to envision, making you feel at times like you were part of the story yourself. Delaney delivered a strong and consistent magic system that made sense and was easy to understand. I would not hesitate to recommend Theorie of the Storm to fans of the fantasy genre, and those looking for an emotive, character-driven story.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Theorie Of The Storm by Jane Delaney is the first book in the Forgotten Fae high fantasy series. Theorie is a bastard. Had it not been for her loving guardian, Talos, she would have had a difficult life. In spite of her mother being a talented magic user, Theorie only has a trickle of power. Now with the Trials getting closer, her future is as uncertain as ever. Enter Kyte, a handsome criminal who manages to trick and betray the young girl just as they are becoming friends. But fate is not done with them when the slave ship they are on is destroyed and they wash up on the mythical island of the fae. The fae disappeared hundreds of years ago and no one knew where they had gone. Theorie, Kyte, and Sybil are the first humans to breach the magical barrier keeping the fae separated from the rest of the world. Could they be the key to freeing the imprisoned fae?

With an ancient war that started it all, the Forgotten Fae series makes a bold opening. The myth surrounding the fae is so interesting and Theorie Of The Storm just scratches the surface. There is so much potential for this story that I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book. I liked the characters and the worldbuilding that went into this novel. The story mainly takes place on the fae side but the reader is left in no doubt as to the state of the world at large. Each character grows and they change from what they were when we first met them. I also enjoy fantasy tales where there is a hint of romance. Jane Delaney has created a series that is sure to keep improving as the story continues. This is a story you won’t regret starting.

Grace Masso

Theorie of the Storm is the first book in the Forgotten Fae series by Jane Delaney, a suitable read for fans of young adult fantasy. Theorie du'Ambrine comes from a world of magical people. But this world is also not fair and has a law that segregates the Magi from the weak. On their nineteenth birthday, everyone in Dynas Rhydent is subjected to the trials and those who fail are relegated to the lower caste and treated as slaves. Those that pass earn the title of Magi. Theorie du'Ambrine is worried as her nineteenth birthday approaches, not for fear of the trials, but more so because her powers are not under her control. But meeting the mysterious Kyte takes her on an adventure to the lost magical world of the fae. Prince Taren has not been able to free his kind from the curse that has kept them prisoners in their own world. He could have found an answer to his problems when he discovers the mage. But saving his people will not be as easy as he imagined and the price might be too heavy, not only for him but for Theorie du'Ambrine as well.

I adore stories that are imaginative and that feature complex and likable characters without missing the realism that makes the reader feel as though they were in a familiar world, and this is one of those stories. Jane Delaney creates a young female protagonist that made me forget about sleep; in fact, I had to read some of the parts of the story twice, savoring the beautiful prose, the magical world the author creates, and the depth of her characters. Theorie of the Storm is a triumph of unique world-building, nuanced characters, and a conflict that burns in all the right ways. It is a swoon-worthy fantasy that brings to life a world that has been dead and a tale that presents characters that will make great companions for the reader. And the story has a solid dose of humor I enjoyed.