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 cafe. 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.
Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself.
This is the first book by Delilah S. Dawson I’ve read, but it won’t be my last. Servants of the Storm is a dark, mysterious, and creepy novel that’s a fantastic new addition to the supernatural young adult genre.
Immediately, the reader is captivated by the dreamy prose and the atmosphere of post-hurricane Savannah. We see the city as the locals see it – broken, run-down, and full of secrets. As Dovey begins to come out of her medicated haze and starts looking for answers, we’re drawn deeper into the dark underbelly of the city. Dovey’s confusion during her search made her an unreliable protagonist, but it worked really well for the story. It kept the reader’s interest and forced them to wonder what the truth really was. At times, the writing was truly terrifying. There is a scene that takes place at an amusement park where the imagery made me feel anxious and uncomfortable as I read it. It’s very rare for a book to elicit such a reaction from me.
Dovey is an extremely relatable character. She’s fiery, loyal, and doesn’t back down from a fight. She makes a plan and sticks to it, refusing to let others change her mind. Her dedication to her friendship with Carly was really nice to read about. At the end of the day, Dovey is what I like to call “stupidly courageous”. She makes some really stupid moves, but she does it because she’s brave and wants to help her friends and her family. Her heart is the right place.
The book is by no means perfect. My biggest complaint was that there was a clichéd love triangle, which was extraneous and really unnecessary. It didn’t add anything to the story. I’ve never been a fan of love triangles and don’t know why young adult books feel compelled to have them. At least in this novel, Dovey still manages to keep her head and doesn’t let her love life distract her from her goals.
The ending leaves room open for a sequel, and I’m really eager to read it if there is one. Great book, highly recommended.