The Hurricane Wars begins at an end, plunging readers into the chaos of a dwindling resistance, the Sardovian army fighting their hardest to evade defeat by Kesath and the Shadow Empire. Talasyn, an orphan who has only known family in the form of her military comrades, and Alaric, heir to the Shadow Emperor, and a figurehead of the destruction being wrought on Sardovia, meet in a moment of violence, triggering a chain of events that go beyond the end of the war. Guanzon’s intricate world unfolds quickly through the action and twists of the narrative, its depth only matched by the subtle and gradual revelation of her protagonists. Forced into a bargain neither desires, Talasyn and Alaric start to form a truce, empathizing with each other’s experience of loneliness despite their starkly conflicting loyalties. I fell in love with these characters slowly then all at once and will remain on the edge of my seat until the next book is released.
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“In this lush, romantic debut, two mortal enemies are forced into an arranged marriage to save their countries from each other and forces that threaten their world. I loved the intricate world, its politics, and the steamy romance!”
— Haley Calvin, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
"An incredible debut full of rich atmosphere, clever world building, opposing magic, and sizzling romance, The Hurricane Wars is my newest obsession."— KERRI MANISCALCO, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Throne of the Fallen
"I physically could not stop reading! Mark my words: lives will be changed by The Hurricane Wars.” — ALI HAZELWOOD, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
The fates of two bitter enemies with opposing magical abilities are swept together in The Hurricane Wars, the spellbinding debut in a fantasy romance trilogy set in a Southeast Asia–inspired world ravaged by storms, perfect for fans of Fourth Wing and A Court of Thorns and Roses
The heart is a battlefield.
All Talasyn has ever known is the Hurricane Wars. Growing up an orphan in a nation under siege by the ruthless Night Emperor, she found her family among the soldiers who fight for freedom. But she is hiding a deadly secret: light magic courses through her veins, a blazing power believed to have been wiped out years ago that can cut through the Night Empire’s shadows.
Prince Alaric, the emperor’s only son and heir, has been tasked with obliterating any threats to the Night Empire’s rule with the strength of his armies and mighty shadow magic. He discovers the greatest threat yet in Talasyn: a girl burning brightly on the battlefield with the magic that killed his grandfather, turned his father into a monster, and ignited the Hurricane Wars. He tries to kill her, but in a clash of light and dark, their powers merge and create a force the likes of which has never been seen.
This war can only end with them. But an even greater danger is coming, and the strange magic they can create together could be the only way to overcome it. Talasyn and Alaric must decide… are they fated to join hands, or destroy each other?
An exquisite fantasy brimming with unforgettable characters and sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance set in a richly drawn world, The Hurricane Wars marks the breathtaking debut of an extraordinary new writer.
“The Hurricane Wars is everything I love—intricate world-building, unique magic, and a gleeful, smoldering romance. I’m obsessed.”— HANNAH WHITTEN, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
“This book made me giddy! Such a gleeful collection of my favorite tropes, all written in a fresh and engaging world, with a deep emotional center. One of my favorite books of this year!” — KATEE ROBERT, New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Olympus series
Thea Guanzon holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a specialization in international Politics and Peace Studies. When she’s not writing, she can be found traveling, running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, or fangirling over villains. She currently resides in Metro Manila, Philippines. The Hurricane Wars is her first novel.
"An incredible debut full of rich atmosphere, clever world building, opposing magic, and sizzling romance, The Hurricane Wars is my newest obsession." — Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Throne of the Fallen
“I’ve been a die-hard, adoring fan of Thea Guanzon for years, and I thought I knew what she was capable of, but this book. This book. I am utterly enchanted by the lushness of her prose, the uniqueness of the setting, the spellbinding story she has gifted us with. I physically could not stop reading! Thea Guanzon’s talent is limitless, and she is the kind of writer that comes around once in a generation. Mark my words: lives will be changed by The Hurricane Wars trilogy.” — Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis
“A masterpiece of worldbuilding. Thea Guanzon forges a rich, fantastical realm with poignant and immersive prose and a spectacularly unique magic system. All hail the World Mother of Lir.” — Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Widow
“The Hurricane Wars is everything I love—intricate worldbuilding, unique magic, and a gleeful, smoldering romance. I’m obsessed.” — Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For The Wolf
“This book made me GIDDY! Such a gleeful collection of my favorite tropes, all written in a fresh and engaging world, with a deep emotional center. One of my favorite books of this year!” — Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Olympus series
“A spellbinding fantasy set in a fascinating world brimming with high stakes, magic, and passion. A new favorite!” — Sue Lynn Tan, USA Today bestselling author of Daughter of the Moon Goddess
“Thrilling, fierce, and sexy! Thea Guanzon has created a world as unique as it is deadly, and she needs to be on every fantasy reader’s TBR!” — Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author
"Ambitious in the scope and cinematic in execution, The Hurricane Wars is a high-octane, high-stakes epic with an irresistible love story at its core. I have no doubt that this confident, vivid debut will capture the imaginations of fantasy readers as it did mine." — Isabel Cañas, author of The Hacienda
“Lethally sharp in both its cunning political intrigue and exquisite prose, The Hurricane Wars is a strategic marvel that holds your heart in a death grip. Romantic fantasy at its very best." — Kylie Lee Baker, author of The Keeper of Night
"Guanzon’s debut already has a bevy of bestselling writers' praise, including Hannah Whitten, Katee Robert, Ali Hazelwood and others, and it’s not surprising in the least. The Hurricane Wars is a lush and exquisitely detailed book with enemies to lovers, breathtaking worlds and intrigue. . . . Simply unputdownable." — HuffPost
"One of the buzziest fantasy debuts of the Fall, The Hurricane Wars features vivid worldbuilding, a swoon-worthy romance, and a truly original premise, all set sin a Southeast Asia–inspired world ravaged by storms." — Paste magazine, The Must Read Fantasy Books of Fall 2023
"Terrifically refreshing, and so very addictive . . . Guanzon’s gift for storytelling is coupled with her ability to imbue the readers into the South-East Asian-inspired culture of the world she has built. It is with both that she was able to create such an immersive reading experience, one that had me gasping, laughing and crying, all in the same sitting! The name of the sequel hasn’t even been announced yet, and I already know that it will be my most anticipated read for the coming year." — Grimdark Magazine
"The Hurricane Wars takes inspiration from the myths and culture of [Thea Guanzon's] native Philippines—but it also draws on elements universal across fantasy fiction, including secret magic and forbidden romance." — Gizmodo
"Fans of the fast-growing romantasy genre are sure to get swept up in The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon." — Popsugar, This Year's Best New Fantasy Books
"Guanzon brings a fresh voice and vivid world into the fantasy landscape, and this story will be incredibly popular. Readers will look forward to the next book in this new trilogy." — Library Journal (starred review), Debut of the Month
"This romance stands out, with its lush Southeast Asian-inspired setting. Fans of slowburn enemies-to-lovers storylines are sure to relish this." — Booklist
"The Hurricane Wars is Guanzon’s debut novel and the start of a fantastic and enchanting fantasy series. If you are an enemies-to-lovers fan, this is the book for you!" — Book Riot, The Best and Swooniest Romantasy Books
"Guanzon excels at writing a delicious slow-burn . . . [that] pulls from the best elements of the genre, infusing her story with tropes that pull the budding romance into the forefront. . . .Guanzon has constructed a complex, lush fantasy world surrounding them, with lyrical descriptions really immersing the reader in this new world. The Hurricane Wars is a brilliant piece of fiction, drawing readers into a world so immersive, with characters that share a chemistry so electric, that the wait for the next book is already unbearably long." — The Geeky Waffle