by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Published on August 27, 2015 by Silver Wing Press
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
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Do you ever regret putting a series off for other books? You know you’ll get to it but for whatever reason you’ve mentally decided that that series isn’t worth reading as quickly as another?
I did that with Air Awakens…and I’m not sure why because I loved it!
Talk about reading regrets. Should’ve read these sooner. We’re introduced to Vhalla Yarl, a librarian apprentice who is more than just an ordinary girl. She has magic and it’s either accept her fate as a sorcerer or get rid of her power forever.
I’m not even sure where to begin with this one. I can’t say it’s the BEST fantasy I’ve read lately because it’s not, but it was damn good all the same. The writing style was solid, not necessarily a stand-out but easy to follow. Matched with a quick pace that still allowed room for the characters (and reader) to breathe every now and then, I made quick work of Air Awakens. Some places tripped me up with a description here or there that seemed out of place in the scene — like it helped me to visualize something or someone but the placement was odd. There was also a lot of references to someone being Eastern or Western, etc, which felt almost excessive when the same characters were described as such over and over. Though if I’m being perfectly honest, I started overlooking those the more I read, as the story picked up speed.
I really enjoyed Vhalla’s character. She’s on the edge of eighteen and her life has just been turned upside down. Everything she knew is being questioned and she’s forced to handle it alone. Well, relatively alone. This book essentially covers her final decision on whether to keep her magic and train or “eradicate” it completely. She’s a strong heroine but also flawed. Vhalla is so uncertain about her future and about her friends, magic, love. I found myself relating to her so easily and it made the book all the better.
And of course there’s the phantom prince, Aldrik.
I’m curious, where can I find someone like him because he’s wonderful. The brooding secretive prince who doesn’t trust more than a handful of people isn’t the monster he says he is. I started shipping Aldrik and Vhalla hard within their first meeting (and there wasn’t even any ship fodder to go off of). I’m not sure if anything concrete will come of there slow SLOW burn of a romance in the next book but I have my fingers crossed.
This ship MUST SAIL.
Now for the first part of the book, things moved a bit slower. It had to set up a lot of information that I appreciated later, but felt was getting into the info-dump range too. I love this world Kova created so I can’t say I minded TOO much but it did make for a slower story until the action smacks you in the face and everything goes up the creek without a paddle.
I’m actually a bit worried. If the first book was this good, the second could either be FANTASTIC or disappointing. I’m REALLY hoping for the former. Either way, this book needs to be on your radar if they aren’t already. I have a good feeling about this one, y’all.