Air Awakens: Book Three
Written by Elise Kova
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Published February 11th 2016 by Silver Wing Press
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A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.Vhalla Yarl has evolved over the past year. She has gone from a small, mousey library apprentice to a revered and admired Windwalker - a one of a kind sorceress. It is her time to make well on her binding to the Emperor. The Solaris army is months away from war in the North, and the only being who can bring them victory is Vhalla. However, greater things are in store for young Vhalla. She is in love with the crown prince, Aldrik.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.
Together the two must not only prepare for battle with an outer enemy, but also within their own walls. The Emperor will do anything to assure that his son does not end up with the likes of Vhalla, even if it means killing her - but not before she has proved useful in winning the battle between the Northern people. Aldrik swears he will see no harm come to her - no matter the cost. But the cost may come at a higher price than either of them ever imagined.
Okay, first and foremost - let me elaborate that I LOVED Air Awakens and Fire Falling with every fibre of my being. I adored the story and the characters to a T. Everything about the series to the covers ensnared me. I was absolutely thrilled when I got my copy of Earth's End. I was looking forward to it for a few months, and thankfully the wait went by faster than I thought it ever would.
Unfortunately, I found Earth's End to be slightly disappointing. I can't help but wonder if I'd grown unattached to the story or the characters within those eleven weeks between books two and three. I don't think that's the case. But somehow, it just felt different than when I'd began this series. That's not to say the book was awful o- it really wasn't, I just believe it lost something it had in the beginning.
I really think where it went wrong for me is the fact that book three was 85% sappy romance. It was no longer that slow burning, dark and alluring relationship we had between Vhalla and Aldrik. Aldrik was what really got me. He used to be this intimidating, snarky and attractive guy we all know and love as the common trope in YA Fantasy. Mr. Dark and Mysterious suddenly did a 360 into whipped and annoying ville. He was clingy and needy - and most of his dialogue resorted to "my lady, my love" or some rendition of that. It really just came out of nowhere - this sudden change of personality. I genuinely hope in the next books we return to a much more interesting Aldrik.
Vhalla too, I found changed - though not as drastically as Aldrik. Her's was more growth than anything. Instead of being a terrified, untrained sorceress fledgling she was now a badass Windwalker who could thoroughly use her powers in such a way that made for a few exciting action scenes. When she wasn't enamoured by Aldrik, she was entertaining and made for a fun banter between secondary characters (even though they rarely made an appearance this time around).
In general the writing and the plot were done very well and still gave the book the push I was looking for. Elise still amazes me how she's able to push out books faster than any other author I know of. I cannot wait to see how Vhalla and Aldrik move forward in the upcoming installments - it will without a doubt be a ride. I'm so thrilled by the many routes the story can now go.
Despite the disappointment that the book revolved around a unsatisfying romance (only in my opinion), I still enjoyed the magical world Elise has built. The powers that the sorcerers wield were intriguing - something I'm looking forward to exploring in the upcoming books. The plot developed well and made me lurching for the next chapter - and after that ending, I'm dying to continue as it was left on a HUGE cliffhanger. Once again, can we do a round of applause for the cover artist? She never ceases to amaze me. I'm envious of such talent!
Kynndra is waddling her way through life trying to figure stuff out.