I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Source: the Author
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.
When I first heard about Air Awakens I was told it would be THE book for people that love the Throne of Glass series. Since Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favourite writers I was most definitely intrigued, but also a tad hesitant. If you start a book expecting so much, it is my experience that they end up a disappointment most of the time. Boy am I glad I didn’t let that hold me back, because Air Awakens was a pretty damn epic read.
I’m a pretty big fan of character driven stories, and Air Awakens was just that. The protagonist, Vhalla, was a great character. I loved that I could relate with her. Her obsession with books, a bit of a must if you are a library apprentice, is something I think we can all relate to. Vhalla developed so much throughout the story. She grew into this fierce woman and I really admired her strength and determination to keep going. There was this one point where somebody pointed something out to her View Spoiler » Vhalle is told that she is living through books instead of actually experiencing life « Hide Spoiler, and that EXACT realization is one I had at one point a few years ago as well. It probably was one of my favorite moments in the book. Scratch that, it was my favorite moment in this book (I actually wrote a post about that, so if you’re interested in checking it out just click here)
The world presented is really intriguing. The Solaris Empire and the aspect of elemental magic is so SO good. I loved how I gradually learned more about the empire and its history. Vhalla knew next to nothing about the elemental magic and its history, so I learned more about this world with her and I gradually fell in love with it. I love the magical aspect. I am so anxious and excited to learn more about it!
Then for the romance. The romance plays a pretty big role in the story. And it is a GOOD romance. It gradually builds into something more, there’s struggles along the way, which makes it realistic. Both Vhalla and the love-interest have lots of depth and grow throughout the story, which made the romance so good in my opinion. So many feelings.
I am in love with the world Elise Kova created and its characters. I can’t wait to see where the second book will take Vhalla! (Well, I know where she’ll go… but I want to know how she’ll do, if she’ll develop further, and if the budding romance will bloom into something more). Air Awakens made me feel all the feels. My expectations were pretty high (that’s what a comparison to Throne of Glass will do to me), and the story lived up to every single part of it. Air Awakens is a beautiful tale and I can’t wait to see where it’ll go next. If it wasn’t on your wishlist yet, you should add it, because ALL THE FEELS!