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.
I was definitely in the mood to find an awesome new fantasy series when I started Elise Kova’s AIR AWAKENS. I wanted something new, magical, sweeping, with characters that I would fall in love with. I can honestly say that I got exactly what I wanted out of Air Awakens.
I love, love, love the magic system in this book. It’s simple, but defined. It has characteristics similar to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is a personal favorite, but the author did a great job of making it feel new and unique in the world that she has created.
The world-building was very small scale for Air Awakens, but it had a lot of hinting towards vast world-building in later books in the series. I like that a lot was left to be discovered, as it gave this book plenty of time to set up the story and characters. I’m very excited to see new places alongside Vhalla, the heroine of this story.
I loved Vhalla from the beginning of this book. I immediately felt that she would be a strong main character, and she was. There were a few moments that I wanted her to take more action, but those times ended up building to spectacular moments and I found myself happy with the way things progressed within the story. There is a great supporting cast, and the men are just absolutely swoon-worthy(Am I the only one who pictures Aldrik as Loki? Because I totally do and it greatly improved my reading experience.)
I am very impressed by AIR AWAKENS, it’s a solid first installment. I can’t wait to see where this series goes, I have high hopes for it.