Let the Storm Break
By: Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Electronic ARC via Edelweiss
There will be spoilers for the first in the series, Let the Sky Fall
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.
But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.
With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?
I was very excited to read Let the Storm Break because I enjoyed the first book and felt that the series had vast potential. I had a few issues with the pacing of the first and felt confident this would be resolved in this second installment. Overall, I was a bit let down especially in the beginning of the novel. I felt that once again the pacing was entirely too slow and not enough was happening. I felt that LtSB moved at an even slower pace than the first book and the characters were running in the same spot for too long stagnating the action and pacing. I really feel like a good amount could have been cut to help push things along.
After the events of Let the Sky Fall the stakes have been raised for Vane and all the Gales. I looked forward to being swept away and to feel the stress and tension of Raiden’s encroaching power. Unfortunately, even with the Gales intense situation I found that I wasn’t as invested in the storyline. Close to the midway point things began to happen and I became much more interested.
Thankfully, this was resolved in the last half of the novel but by then my interest had waned. When the action scenes were present they were well done, fast paced and I could visualize them easily. It is obvious Messenger had a clear vision of her characters and world and the descriptions emphasize this. The ending was action packed and I was really enjoying the direction the story took, I only wish this had happened much earlier in the story.
One of the aspects that made Let the Sky Fall enjoyable was Vane’s character and witty humor at his situation. His character’s voice was realistic and endearing. He keeps a semblance of his former self but he has changed since the last novel. With his situation and responsibility his character is less humorous and spends more time worrying, second guessing and trying to become acclimated to his new role. At the end of Let the Sky Fall Audra takes some time for herself, with her absence a lot of the fun banter and chemistry is largely missing. I believe this was a big factor in the stalled out pacing.
In the last book I had some issues connecting with Audra and found her to be rather whiney. It was a lot easier for me to read her sections in this book and I felt that her character growth improved my connection to her. I do wish that we had more scenes between her and Vane but overall I was pleased with her character throughout the novel.
Though Let the Storm Break ended on an exciting note the majority of the novel was too slowly paced for my liking and I had trouble caring about the character’s plight. Audra and Vane were absent from one another through a large part of the novel which had both of them yearning for the other and second guessing themselves. I could have done without so much introspection and would have enjoyed more of them together and Messenger’s well written action sequences.