Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Servants of the Storm

Pages: 384
Published on: August 5, 2014
Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

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.


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Servants of the Storm is very different from the books I’m used to reading by this author. While different, some things are very much the same. There are things that I have come to expect from a Delilah S. Dawson book. And let me just say this cover really creeped me out. I loved it, but its straight creepy!


This is a very unique book that keeps the reader wondering where the line between reality and fantasy is drawn. I’m still not sure what the main character, Dovey actually saw and what was a figment of her imagination. It’s almost like the movie Inception where you aren’t sure what’s real at the end. It makes me kind of crazy, but in a good way.


Servants of the Storm is actually quite a sad book. It starts out with Dovey’s best friend, Carley, dying during hurricane Katrina. (Not a spoiler as it’s said in the blurb). Then Dovey spends the next year or so heavily medicated until she starts seeing different things and realizes that she has been in a haze for the last few months. Any teenager whose best friend dies in front of them has got to be traumatized, it’s just hard to know what is normal behavior for someone in this age group who is grieving.


This book is so creative and trippy, I love it. One of the things I have come to expect from Delilah S. Dawson is a level of creativity that I just don’t see in other books. Her ability to  paint the story in a way that you can see every detail is a real talent and I wish other authors could give me the pictures in my head that Dawson does.


I would recommend Servants of the Storm to anyone over age 13 or so. It’s not immature, but it’s not full of inappropriate sex or language either, so it can be enjoyed by many age groups. The events that these characters are dealing with are very mature situations that most adults can look back and identify with.


Overall, it’s another great book by Delilah S. Dawson. She’s never let me down when it comes to her books and her writing. Her brain must be filled with the coolest stuff ever. Her ability to make me question whether Dovey was really seeing what she saw or if she was just crazy left me frustrated and curious. I really wish I knew the answer!


4 stars



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About Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson comes from a long line of Roswell, GA natives. WICKED AS THEY COME is the first in her Blud series for Pocket/S&S, and a creepy paranormal YA, SERVANTS OF THE STORM, will be out with Simon Pulse in 2014. Her next YA, DELINQUENT, will be out in 2015. She is also an Associate Editor at and, where she is given the more eccentric and geeky products to cover. Delilah lives with her husband, two small children, a horse, a dog, and two cats in Atlanta. Find out more at


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