Air Awakens: Book One
Written by Elise Kova
Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic
Published August 27th 2015 by Silver Wing Press
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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.
Vhalla is a young apprentice of the library. She leads an ordinary life until one night, the Crown Prince Aldrik returns to the capital near death. It is her research that saves the dark prince. Unbeknownst the her, the notes she wrote that night have faint traces of magic that leads Aldrik to her. Vhalla's world is turned upside down when she is told that she is the very thing that she has been raised to fear - a sorcerer.
Now, Vhalla has the decision of a lifetime to make and only a short time to do so. She must choose whether or not to accept the rare gift bestowed upon her or to eliminate that part of herself for good. Along the way she will learn the beginnings of magic, but with every deal there are stipulations. Vhalla's path is one filled with danger and intrigue from forces unknown to her.
GUYS. GUYS. I don't know what is with me but I am craving YA fantasy like a madwoman. Seriously, before this year I was lucky if I ever looked at a fantasy book, let alone read one. But whoof, these past few months it's all I want to read. Air Awakens fits just right in that category. AND LET ME TELL YOU WAS IT FUCKING AWESOME. Okay, usually I hate swearing in reviews because I know authors sometime read them, but to hell with it because I feel so pumped about this series - this book.
I've seen this book floating about here and there, but I didn't heed much attention to it until Tika over at Fangirl Confessions recomended it to me. She was so, so right about it being amazing. In the beginning I felt unsure, and I lowkey sighed because I thought I was wasting my time with it. But give or take 30-40 pages I couldn't stop reading. I have the dark circles to prove it (ha! they're permanent because who needs sleep when there are BOOKS AND HOT PRINCES).
FANGIRLING PREVAILED HARDCORE. Okay let me be the first to say that I need a good romance/ship in my fantasy books. I am a sucker for romance because I'm a lonely little dweeb and I like to imagine that men like Prince Aldrik actually exist. But more importantly, I need a romance with actual chemistry. Vhalla and Aldrik clashed at first, honestly I thought Aldrik was an absolute prick in the beginning but GIVE HIM TIME PEOPLE. I adored these two, more than I ever thought I would. FUCKING PERFECTION ALRIGHT. I wish I could elaborate further but I'll let you guys experience it when you read it.
Whenever any male besides Aldrik tried to touch Vhalla my internal mama bear did a whole lotta this:
Before I forget, can we give Merilliza a round of applause for her eyegasmic cover art? BEAUTIFUL.
Onwards and upwards. Elise Kova did a phenomenal job in making the story full - yet fast paced. While I would usually say that some of the events happened much too fast, they didn't - it just worked so well here. Plus, I would sooner have a fast paced story than one that is painfully slow. Me and slow books just don't work (for the most part). Kova's writing was also one of my favorite parts of Air Awakens; it proved to be sharp, witty and held my attention the entire way through. She's also not afraid of taking risks which I loved. This woman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Usually in fantasy books you get this bodacious, beautiful and kick-ass female right off the bat - which I don't really like. I mean in some cases it's okay. But I found myself relating to Vhalla far more than most other female characters I have come across. First of all, she LOVES books. Totally adores them, which obviously is something many of us can relate to. But my real favorite part was that she starts out small and unsure of herself. She's a nobody, she isn't a special snowflake, she's just a servant living her normal life. And even when she became powerful, she didn't lose who she was before. That in it's own right makes her one of the most kickass YA characters in my opinion. I just love her because I see a bit of me there, which truth be told - hasn't happened until her.
The plot and the world were also interesting key factors of Air Awakens. I loved learning about the different factions of sorcerers (there's a name for them but it escapes me at the moment). They kind of reminded me of the element benders on the anime called Avatar: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water which is really wicked. I really look forward to reading more on what the sorcerers can do. UGH THE CLIFFHANGER AT THE END WILL KILL ME SO I MUST GO BEGIN BOOK TWO NOW.
Air Awakens is a small time fantasy novel that has a whole lot to offer. While it's not perfect and has some flaws, it has been one of my favorite reads this year. I believe that this series will have a huge following soon enough once words gets out on how exemplary it is in all aspects: cover, characters, writing and plot. Elise Kova has created a whole new world for fans of magic and fantasy. Plus she writes incredibly quick so there's not a tremendously long wait for sequels. I cannot wait to continue Vhalla's epic journey in book two, Fire Falling.
Kynndra is currently reading Fire Falling by Elise Kova, slowly reading A Clash of Kings, and dreaming of Prince Aldrick.