Roar, as with many other stories, focuses on a plucky young princess out to make her destiny. However, where the twist comes in is that this princess is born into a magic-wielding family, but she doesn’t. It’s an interesting twist- rather than being either an established magic user due to her family or being special due to having magic while her family does not, the princess lacks the magical gift that runs in her family. This in and of itself sets the book apart from most other typical princess exploring the world, though many other parallels could be drawn. There is an attractive love interest, a prince that she should marry but does not want to, and the secrecy concerning who she truly is. She isn’t travelling with an entourage of guards throughout the wilds, but rather a group of rugged hunters who chase storms to steal their magic. This interesting premise is the basis for all the magic in the book, and as thus, there are affinities that correspond to each kind of storm: thunderstorms, sandstorms, and others. As a whole, Roar’s world is interesting- there are multiple ideas that haven’t come up before, and it is a compelling story. Yet the characters at time are annoying- the instant attraction that the main character feels due to being an isolated princess is annoying, and as a whole it just feels excessively romantic. The plot moves slowly at times and there are few action scenes, but when there are action scenes, they’re pretty good. As a whole, Roar presents a twist on the unique story, and is mostly successful.
Review by: Lucas H
Roar is an interesting fantasy novel about a land that is created and ruled over by people who have control over storms. Storm power only exists in royal blood and high classes. However, the protagonist of the story, Princess Aurora, lacks the one thing that would make her a powerful heir- storm magic. This is the conflict in the story. Readers will go through the long journey that Aurora endures in order to obtain her powers. This book is unique because it encourages female activists and feminism. Adding on, there is a lot of romance in this book which might not be appropriate for young readers. Although the beginning of this book is good, the ending is not satisfactory. Carmack introduces a villain ¾s into the book, but we don’t see the villain's downfall. All in all, the book starts off really strong, but the ending doesn’t solve all the problems mentioned and isn’t gratifying.
Review by Liesha Y.