Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Posted February 2, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments

Review: Air Awakens by Elise KovaAir Awakens by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #1
Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 377
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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.

Title: Air Awakens
Author: Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens Series (#1)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 377
Published By: Silver Wing Press on August 27, 2015

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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.


(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“They wanted to kill her, so this Vhalla would die, she resolved, and a new Vhalla would be born from her ashes.”

“My brother played with spell-books, I played with swords. One gives you paper cuts, the other removes your fingers.”

“Without action and practice, your hands will not oblige. Experience is a far greater teacher.”

Growing up, some of my clearest memories revolve around watching Avatar: The Last Airbender on TV. I loved the show so much that I wound up purchasing the entire final season on iTunes, much to my mother’s chagrin (I think the whole season cost about $50 that went straight to her credit card…whoops). So, when I came across a book revolving around the magic of the four elements, I knew I had to read it. And Air Awakens didn’t disappoint.


When I sat down to start Air Awakens, I wasn’t prepared for what I was getting into. Before I knew it, three hours had flown by, I was awake way past my bedtime (yes, I give myself one), and I had already purchased (and started reading) Fire Falling. Quite simply, this book was wonderful, and I immediately had to know what happened next.


First and foremost, the descriptions of magic are wonderful. I could picture clearly exactly what was happening when those with magic practiced their craft. The magic is also contained within their elements, and I liked that there weren’t exceptions made for them. While there are variants in the power of one’s magic, users can’t stray from their designated element. Definitely getting Avatar vibes from that.


Second, I really love Vhalla. She reminds me of myself, in a lot of ways. She’s constantly reading for her own pleasure…and getting trouble in the process. However, when the time comes to really focus, she throws herself in wholeheartedly to what she cares about. The world ceases to exist, and all that matters is what she’s worried about at that point in time. That’s something that happens to me all the time, especially when I’m reading. Vhalla is also not a fighter in the physical sense of the word, but she find ways to hold her own even when surrounded by those who have been training for war their entire lives. Most importantly, she builds a backbone for herself. Vhalla has moments of weakness, but she somehow always pulls herself together to be what she needs to be. An admirable quality in my book.


Third, Aldrik and Baldair. Two princes that are based on Loki and Thor? Count me in. 100% yes. Love it. Adore it. Am totally here for it. These two were on opposite sides of the spectrum, but easy to adore in their own ways. Although, I’ve always had a soft spot for Loki, if that tells you anything. This book only grazes the surface of the brothers’ relationship with each other, and other secrets are sure to be revealed later. However, merely beginning to pull back the layers of each of these characters was enough to keep me hooked.


The only real downside to the book for me was a childhood friend of Vhalla’s, Sareem. While I could see his purpose in the end, he irked me throughout the story. I wasn’t a fan. There were also a few points in the book where I found myself skimming some paragraphs on the background story of the magic in the book. That might come back to bite me in the butt later, though.


Overall, I loved Air Awakens. Elise Kova created an interesting world that had me instantly craving for more. Now that I’ve read Fire Falling, the second book in the series, I absolutely cannot wait for Earth’s End to release on February 11th!
Let’s talk about it!
Have you read the Air Awakens series? What are your thoughts? Have you read any other series with elemental magic like Avatar: The Last Airbender?


four-stars
Emily
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