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The Hurricane Wars

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From the cover to the last page, this book was SO well done. The eye-catching cover and intriguing blurb are sure to attract many readers and the story inside won't let them down.

This is one of the best romances I've ever read and I hope this book achieves the level of success it absolutely deserves. Wonderful world-building, characters, and dialogue make this a book not to be missed.

Thank you SO much for letting me be an ARC reader. I am happy to be an ARC reader for anything this author writes in the future.

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Thanks Harper Voyager/Netgalley for the eARC!

Oh, boy. Admittedly, this book was not on my radar until several of my colleagues recommended and raved about it... but it seems like whatever they thought of this, I'm thinking the opposite. This novel shines with its writting and pacing, but ends there. For me, that's not enough to carry a work. I need good character work and worldbuilding--and that's where THE HURRICANE WARS falls on its face. I need to FEEL something when I'm reading... and this book was not it.

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I struggled with this book. On one hand, it is well-written, tightly-paced, and deals with several deep themes, but those elements cannot carry a book on their own without compelling characters, a strong voice, and a well-thought out world, none of which this book has, unfortunately. The writing is also really dry. Everything is presented in a cold, matter-of-fact manner that feels like reading a non-fiction book.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Voyager for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

CW: parental abandonment, violence, war themes

I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS)

-m/f fantasy
-enemies to lovers
-marriage of convenience
-royal romance
-I hate how attracted to you I am
-stabbing you is my love language
-so much sexual tension

I had been seeing this one hyped so of course I threw out all the other ARCs I should be reading soon and dove into this one that isn't coming out for a bit. And loved it.

The world building was so interesting, inspired by the author's life growing up in the Philippines. A bit of magic, storms, and a secret identity Talaysn is an orphan just trying to stay alive. She clashes with the heir to the waring nation, Prince Alaric setting the story forward. I loved that this was a ReyLo fic, picking up on the easter eggs was fun but it was also incredibly original as well.

But the standout to me was the slow burning romance between Alaric and Talasyn as they forced into an engagement and a marriage of convince, working together to learn more about her secret magical powers. Sworn enemies but with so much sexual tension, every scene between them is a dance of frustration. If you're looking for a true enemies to lovers where they are fighting at odds but also just brimming with just kiss already energy, this is the book for you.

I am feral to find out what happens next between these two in the next book.

Steam: 2.5

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Absolutely one of the best reads of the year. The world building and character development was phenomenal. The book truly holds everything: political intrigue, romance (with ALLLLLL the tropes), An amazingly rich Filipino based, well developed world, PROSE, and it is impossible to put down.

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The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon is perfect. PERFECT. Enemies to lovers! Marriage of convenience! Magical shenanigans! It’s literally the perfect storm (get it?)!

Before we go any further, full disclosure: I read the original iteration of this book. Landscape With a Blur of Conquerors was by far the best piece of fanfiction I had ever read and I still count it in my top 5 books I’ve ever read. I went into this book with high hopes and expectations and Thea did not let me down.

The world building for this novel was absolutely masterful. Thea has a way of describing even the most minute details and making them feel important. The world is rich and beautiful and perfectly woven. The magic system is unique and intriguing. It reminds me vaguely of Avatar the Last Airbender, and I was not mad about it. The pace of the book was perfect. Time passed noticeably, but did not drag and did not feel like we were skipping anything important. The plot itself was the enemies to lovers marriage of convenience of my dreams. While it does boast familiar themes and scenes, the new material and plot lines made it so compelling that I found myself enthralled.

As a friend put it, of all the Reylo rewrites I’ve read so far, this one does the best job of setting the characters apart from their Star Wars counterparts. Alaric and Talasyn feel like their own characters, not like Kylo Ren and Rey. In fact, on my inner mind theatre I didn’t even fancast them. I envisioned completely different people. Don’t let the fact it’s a former Reylo dissuade you. This book can definitely stand on its own.

Talasyn and Alaric have such good chemistry!! The constant pull of will they/won’t they was just so enjoyable to read. They both come from unhappy childhoods and both fight in the Hurricane Wars for their own reasons and while they are worlds apart they also feel that connection between them. Talasyn growing up as an orphan definitely impacts how she moves about her new life as the Nenavarene Lachis-ka. She is fierce, stubborn and compassionate to a fault. Alaric, the sole heir of the Night Empire, by contrast, moves about his world expecting it to fall to him. He is brutal, cunning and intelligent. It was so satisfying to see Alaric’s guard being let down with Talasyn, just as it was so good to watch Talasyn soften towards him. ‘Hate is just another kind of passion.’ And boy howdy, do those two have all types of passion in spades.

Seriously, if you want the chefs kiss of fantasy romance novels you want to read this book. It is the crown jewel of this years debuts.

Thanks so SO much to NetGalley, HarperVoyager US and HarperCollins Canada for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Filipeno author Thea Guanzon has written a wonderful debut, in The Hurricane Wars, the first book in the trilogy. Romance, wars, and saving all who you hold dear - what wouldn't you do to have it all? While these may be common themes in fantasy romances, Guanzon writes with a bright new light and energy prevailing in the entire story. This story is colorful and breathes new dreams into the reader. Highly giving it five of five stars.

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The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon is a spellbinding debut novel in a fantasy romance trilogy set in a Southeast Asia-inspired world that has been ravaged by storms. Talasyn, an orphan, has grown up amidst the Hurricane Wars, in a nation that has been under siege by the ruthless Night Emperor. She hides a deadly secret that she possesses light magic, which is believed to have been wiped out years ago, and can cut through the Night Empire's shadows. Meanwhile, Prince Alaric, the emperor's only son and heir, has been tasked with destroying any threats to the Night Empire's rule with his armies and mighty shadow magic. He discovers the greatest threat in Talasyn, who possesses the magic that killed his grandfather, turned his father into a monster, and ignited the Hurricane Wars. In a clash of light and dark, their powers merge and create a force unlike anything seen before.

The novel is a tale of bitter enemies with opposing magical abilities, whose fates are swept together. The story is brimming with unforgettable characters, sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance, and richly drawn worlds. The author's intricate world-building, unique magic, and a gleeful, smoldering romance will keep readers hooked until the very end.

Overall, The Hurricane Wars is an exquisite fantasy novel that marks the breathtaking debut of an extraordinary new writer. Fans of Sarah J. Maas and R. F. Kuang will find themselves immersed in the world created by Thea Guanzon, and eagerly awaiting the next installment in the trilogy.

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