Review: Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Posted February 4, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Fire Falling by Elise KovaFire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 19th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 378
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Series Rating: four-stars
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Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?
Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?
Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

Title: Fire Falling
Author: Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens (#2)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 378
Published By: Silver Wing Press on November 19, 2015

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Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

 

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

 

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.


(Summary taken from Goodreads)

“Even something very small can cast a large shadow when it is close to the sun.”

“Either way, consider me your sword, Vhalla Yarl.”

“I love him, but I am only death. I am death to everyone I love. Someday I will be the death of him.”

Almost two months ago, I wrote a post for our 12 days of Christmas event here at In Wonderland. I was tasked with choosing two books with cliffhangers or endings that deserved coal. Looking back at that post, I think I have a new winner in Fire Falling. This book is the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. Even if I hadn’t loved the book (which I really truly and completely did), I think I would still pick up the next book in the series, Earth’s End, just to know what happens.

 

In Fire Falling, the Vhalla Yarl’s world is back and better than ever. In this book, Vhalla grows immensely. I loved seeing her come into her own. While still not a warrior in the traditional sense, Vhalla’s willpower and ability to stand up for herself grows with every page. I was so impressed with her strength.

 

Speaking of characters, Fire Falling brings back all of the old favorites…and introduces some new favorites as well. Some of Aldrik’s secrets are explored, and we get to see more of the Fire Lord’s history and how he became who he is. But there’s still some pieces left undiscovered. Then there’s Larel, who continues to be the shining beacon of friendship. I adored her. One of the new characters, Daniel, is the perfect sidekick, loyal and kind. Even the horrible, cruel characters are incredibly well crafted.

 

As with Air Awakens, the magic in this book is amazing. I could picture what it would look like when Vhalla uses air to her advantage. I could visualize exactly what it would look like when Aldrik summons fire like it’s nothing. And we get glimpses at other forms of magic as well. Through it all, the magic gives off serious Avatar vibes, and it’s glorious.

 

However, what I really admired most in this book are the relationships between characters. No relationship is simple. There are complications: of personalities, of situations, and of other characters. There’s romance and passion and anger and hatred. And it’s all melded together perfectly. The relationship between Aldrik and Baldair is explored more, but there are still secrets between the brothers. Vhalla and Aldrik continue to grow and learn to trust each other. New characters wound their way into both Vhalla’s heart and mine. I can only cross my fingers and hope that all of them will survive the series.

 

Elise Kova has truly outdone herself with Fire Falling. The storyline is constantly swinging back and forth between “Oh no, this is bad” and “Well this all just seems too good to be true.” And it works. I was hooked from page 1 the whole way through to end. And then again at the end I was left longing for Earth’s End.

 

You can check out my review of Air Awakens, the first book in the series here.


Don’t forget to check out Earth’s End, the third book in the series, when it releases on February 11!


 

Let’s talk about it!
Have you read the Air Awakens series? If you had to choose an elemental magic, which would you pick? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
 
 
five-stars
Emily
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