Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

August 12, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. DawsonServants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Servants of the Storm #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Excerpt: Excerpt
Published by Simon Pulse on August 5, 2014
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

Sexual content

References to sex, kissing.

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.

As haunting as a ghost story, SERVANTS OF THE STORM brings terror, doubt, and brief triumphs against staggering odds. As Dovey struggles amongst the wreckage and rot left behind by Hurricane Josephine, this is a story only to be read on safe, sunny afternoons when you can remind yourself that the storm isn't real... no matter how true it feels.

Any magic feels more solid when mixed with touches of reality, and unfortunately, the same is true for horror. Starting this story with Dovey going cold turkey off antipsychotics means she can't trust herself, and that I spent chapter after chapter doubting whether or not Dovey really needed those pills. In a truly terrifying way, her familiar world turns hostile and unpredictable, and simple moments like a high school play or even grieving her lost friend take on new undertones. But as much as I enjoyed Dovey's growing strength and resolution, the supporting characters around her are much less nuanced. Baker and Isaac are sexy alternatives, but at such different extremes of the "safe" and "dangerous" scale as to seem almost caricature. Visiting Gigi was a welcome interlude, but I found myself wondering why Dovey wasn't running back every day for advice, rather than listening to the questionably trustworthy information she gathered on her own.

Regardless of those minor annoyances, Dovey and the haunting Savannah that is her home are more than capable of being the stars of their own show.  SERVANTS OF THE STORM wound tension higher and higher until I couldn't stand to stop reading, hoping against hope for a happy ending. An addictive introduction to this world, I'll certainly be looking for book two... but I'll only dare read it if it's sunny outside.

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