Find out more about Storm and Flame by Mallory Wanles in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

Find out more about Storm and Flame by Mallory Wanles in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the books that made it to the semi-finals with a mini spotlight tour for each title.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. Find out more on their website or on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you by The Folio Society (the home of gorgeous books!) and the book blogger support group, The Write Reads.

I’m excited to be one of the panelists for BBNYA so I will be highlighting some of the books that either I read in Rounds One and Two, or that sound exciting and I’d like to read in the future.

BBNYA23 Semi-Finalist badgeAbout Storm and Flame

Length: 346 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Age Category: Young Adult

Date Published: 22 September 2022

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The blurb for Storm and Flame

Elena has always been a disappointment to her mother, the headmistress of the country’s best school for magic. On her sixteenth birthday, she is expelled by her mother, and she and her familiar are turned out in the cruel world of the magept (the magically inept normies).

Quinn is a thief, a hunter, and a hothead. His unexpected friendship with Elena brings out a fiery side of him that he didn’t know he had, including uncovering magical abilities no one thought were possible since men weren’t supposed to be capable of magic.

With Quinn’s help, Elena creates a safe new life as a barmaid at a small inn. But when a group of drunken men attack Elena, her magic awakens with shocking ferocity. Elena’s explosion of magic creates a power surge that reaches the mountain where her mother runs the world from her magic school, and investigators are sent to uncover the source of the power surge.

With investigators now on their heels, Elena and Quinn are on the run. The awakening of their powers kickstart a prophecy and send the two teens on a quest to save all the magic in the world from being destroyed by the turmio, a sentient black cloud that’s been created to absorb and erase all magic and magical beings from their world.

Content warning: the story mentions incidents of child abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma. May not be suitable for some readers.

About the author, Mallory Wanles

Mallory lives in Texas with her husband and their two young boys. She spends her days homeschooling and full-time parenting. Her nights, and any free time she manages to carve out during the day, are devoted to reading and writing.

BBNYA Spotlight Tours

See all of the books featured on my blog in the Spotlight Tours here