I just finished reading the book “Gray Storm: The Stone of Fate” by Jennifer LeFort
As far as I can tell, this book is only being sold as an ebook.
Krista and Cara have been joined together to complete their destinies of fighting the fallen and protecting a powerful stone from the queen Mebh who was directing the Fallen into battle. To be able to succeed, Krista and Cara must learn to work together so they can complete their destinies.
I have to say, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the story at first. There are so many books these days about fallen angels, and trying to make them misunderstood, or good, and I was afraid this was going to be like that. It was not at all. The plot of this story ended up being very intriguing. The description in this book was done well. I was able to get a good mental picture of what the characters looked like and what the scenery around them was like. Cara and Krista drew me in, and I found myself eager to learn more about them individually as well as what brought them together. This book succeeded in drawing me into the story and keeping my attention despite some grammar and spelling that could be confusing.
I did find a couple of problems, mainly with spelling and grammar, as I noted. For instance, I saw several times where the words sense and since were used incorrectly. There were also places where the word has was used where it should have been as.
What was most confusing for me was the use of the past and present tense. There were paragraphs and even some sentences where both past and present tense were used together, and this threw me off a little. In those instances, it was hard to keep track. Luckily the story line kept me intrigued enough to continue.
I was also a little confused by the ending. I just felt like there was no clear resolution one way or the other to the story. Perhaps I missed something? We never really find out why Cara and Krista are joined together in their fate, or whether they succeed in this fate or even just succeed in some of their personal issues. I would love to see a sequel where some of these and other things could be answered. (Such as is there a way Cara can actually survive as Krista hopes? How did Mebh get the stone in the first place? How is Nuada there and why is he helping?).
That being said, it is hard to determine what to rate this book. I would have to give it a **.5. The overall story line was good, but with so many unanswered questions and some of the confusion along the way, I can’t definitively say I like the book (even though I want to).
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Edit: After hearing from the author and learning that there is, in fact, a sequel in the works that answers a lot of my questions, I can bump this up to a rating of ***. I look forward to seeing the sequel!