Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson


Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson is wickedly wild ride!

From Delilah S. Dawson’s website:

Dovey learns that demons lurk in places other than the dark corners of her mind in this southern gothic fantasy from the author of the Blud series.

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 café. 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.

The Enchanted Alley’s Review

Let’s start with the cover.  This is one of the most frightening yet intriguing covers I have seen in a long time.  The sideways girl is just…creepy.  I don’t know who did the cover art for this one, but it definitely rocks!

The story nothing at all what I expected, but that’s all right.  It was better.  I should have known that my expectations would be exceeded just by seeing the author’s name at the top of the book.  The story is YA, and it kept me reading because, much like Dovey, I wanted to know what was going on in this crazy world that had been turned upside down by Hurricane Josephine! However, it also made me want to hide under the covers and sometimes caught me totally off-guard (the pinkie…oh, the pinkie!)

Other reviewers have criticized the novel’s unreliable narrator.  However, Dovey is a 17-year old girl who has suffered a major loss, a natural disaster, and has been medicated for the past year.  What teen would be entirely reliable in that case?  In this way, it reminded me a little of The Turn of the Screw crossed with Fight Club.  Is she crazy or does it really happen?  That’s really up to the reader to figure out.  If a middle school student were reading this book, I think it would be a great lesson in narration and the fun things that one can do with narrators.

Other reviewers have criticized the treatment of anti-psychotic drugs in the novel.  I agree that necessary medication for mental illness should not be demonized, but what about the overmedication that happens so frequently these days?  In my opinion, that is the emphasis in the book.  Let’s not medicate just to hide from reality.  The “cold turkey” method that Dovey chooses to use when stopping her medication also affects her reliability as narrator.  Again, what’s real?  It’s a great discussion starter.

Speaking of great lessons and discussions that the book could spark, it also has a bi-racial protagonist.  That’s not something you often see in YA literature.  Dawson addresses it well.

There was only one thing that I did not like about the book.  It is written in first-person present tense.  I am not a fan of that style and found myself mentally converting the book to first-person past tense as I read.  I know that is a common style for YA books, but I have never really liked it.  That’s just my personal preference though.

Overall, this is a really cool story that showcases Dawson’s insane creativity and vivid imagination.  I recommend it…if you’re brave enough to face the demons.

500pxservantsEssential Info:

Title:  Servants of the Storm 

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Publisher: Simon Pulse Books

Length: 384 pages

Price: $10.99 Kindle

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE