I was recommend this book by the wonderful Library Luv - and knowing Library Luv's great taste in books, I had high hopes for Elise Kova's Air Awakens.
But before I let you guys know what I thought, here's a little about the book...
About the book
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.
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Elise Kova's Air Awakens is a fantasy story that balances reality and fiction.
A truly well-crafted fantasy world should be able to maintain a perfect balance between reality and fiction - giving readers enough glimpses of reality to get them to believe in this new world, whilst also giving the story enough fiction magic to transport them there.
Air Awakens impressed me with its ability to keep me in the world Elise Kova created. I never felt like concepts were over-explained, or dumbed down for me. I felt like, as a reader, I was being treated like an equal - a newcomer, but an equal. The author was treating me to a new experience without making me feel like I needed to go through 12 chapters of backstory to understand everything.
And that is, for me, the key to fantasy. Transport a reader to a new world and keep them there. Don't alienate them, but invite them by giving them tantalising peeks into the story's foundations. Make the experience magical for them!
It also features a really good-looking guy.
No...no, I am not shallow! But I appreciate a hot male character as much as the next female reader, and Elise Kova's prince is swoon-worthy to the max. I mean, the guy is literally and figuratively hot (all fire puns intended!) so what's not to love?!
Vhalla is a spirited heroine whom you cannot help but love.
I have read many books, and let me tell you, I have not loved every heroine I have come across. But Vhalla endeared herself to me from the moment I met her - the perfect mixture of weakness and bravery, a flawed yet strong character whose trials were relatable despite their fictional nature.
Following Vhalla's journey in Air Awakens was enjoyable every step of the way and I am honestly extremely excited for what's to come next in the series!
About the author
Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade.
Over the years she's honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.
Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she's currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens.
She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of "geekdom."
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