I had seen the Air Awakens books on Instagram and they seemed interesting, but there were so many other things I had to read too that I put it in a file in the back of my head. My friend, however, had other plans for me. She decided that it was too amazing to put on my waiting list. And she was right, because even before I had my hands on an actual copy of the book I was part of The Tower Guard. The story did not disappoint.
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.
The story follows the the life of a real bookworm named Vhalla. She is an apprentice in the palace library. Something happens and she finds out she has magic. It is nothing to be happy about though, because Magicians are feared. You notice this through Vhalla’s own fear and disgust. You get to familiarize yourself with the world around you through Vhalla’s eyes and you really feel her emotions. Elise Kova does this amazingly well. You get a sense of what she is like through her correspondence with The Phantom, a very curious person. Here you also learn more about the history of the magicians. Kova has written it in such a way that you get information but it feels really natural.
Something that felt natural as well was the flow of the story. Nothing feels too much and everything fits into the story. I really don’t understand why she couldn’t find a publisher. Safe for a few minor flaws that another editor might polish, this story feels complete and amazing to read. I am really glad that she took a chance and published it herself. I have loved reading about the magic, the politics, her fears, the new world and all the things that go on. Kova skillfully intertwined all these stories. She grabs you in chapter one and doesn’t let you go even after the book is done.
I loved the other characters too, they felt complete and real. Not one felt one dimensional like some tend to do when there is so much going on in a story as in Air Awakens. I either hated their behaviour or I thought they were really cute, just like intended. Another thing I also really loved about this story is that Vhalla’s friends don’t just get introduced just to never hear from again, they keep on having an infuence on the story. I can’t tell you much more about the characters without spoiling, but they are worth it.
I absolutely love the cover! The only downside is that it is available in a hardcover or in an ARC kind of cover, but the art is amazing. Fun fact: you can buy the books on Elise’s website and she’ll sign them and ship them to you.
Even more amazing is that the first four books are out now and the last one will be out on the 12th of July. She did this at an amazing speed. Air Awakens came out in August of last year, Fire Falling (part 2) in November, Earth’s End (part 3) in February, Water’s Wrath (part 4) in April and Crystal Crowned in a few days. So you can basically read the complete series already.
The only thing I missed in this book was a map of Solaris, but that was fixed in part 2.
Are you looking for something new that drags you in and never lets you go? Read this book! You won’t be sorry.
|Elise Kova|YA, Fantasy|Silver Wing Press|ISBN: 9781619844223|Pages: 350|