Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Source: Giveaway Prize
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.
It was totally like what I’m feeling right now. OR EVEN MORE THAN THAT.
Like, let me show you exactly what I mean…
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are into young adult high-fantasy, then let me introduce to you, Air Awakens! You will surely love this!
If there’s only one word to describe my stroll in Solaris Empire, it was totally EPIC!!!
First of all, let me talk about the cover. I won’t let this book review be published without mentioning the beautifully crafted cover of Air Awakens. I commend Merilliza-chan for her amazing skills and for creating such wonderful piece of art. The cover was one of the main reasons why I got interested into this book in the first place. And she’s a Filipina too! Isn’t it awesome? (Click her name for more of her artworks.)
The story and the world building was totally amazing! I was only few pages from the start but I already found myself digging deeper and completely being consumed by the story. The magical elements were totally rad! This was an Empire where common people were afraid of sorcerers. They believe that anyone who possess magical powers are dangerous and scary. Even Vhalla Yarl, the protagonist of the story, a smart library apprentice who loves books, grew up believing that sorcerers are scary people. Not until one day, when she discovered that she’s actually one of the people she was afraid of.
Air Awakens kind of gave me the world of Akagami No Shirayukihime except Air Awakens was a lot more magical. Being completely transported into a whole new world is one of the reasons why I love high fantasy, and I thank Elise Kova so much for giving me no less than what I was looking for into an out-of-this-world journey.
The characters were getting more development as the story progressed. Vhalla started as the common library girl — fragile, innocent, meek and plain. But as the story developed, she, as well developed into a a lot more likable kick-ass heroine that you’ll totally grow to love. And then we also have the royal-freaking-Crown Prince Aldrik. He’s that enigmatic, confusing, dark but charming and protective at the same time kind of prince. What more can I say, seriously?
I also appreciated the side characters such as Larel, Master Mohned, Sareem and of course, Prince Baldair. They were given enough exposure for us to get to know more about them and to like (or hate) them at some point.
The romance will keep you hanging. I mean, you’ll be like “JUST KISS ALREADY ASSDGSFKLSA!” Oh yeah. And there’s the word “BOND”. This one has a significant meaning to me (after reading Stolen Songbird), and when it came to picture, I knew that this is gonna be awesomesauce!!!
And around at almost the end of the book, we were given some bad-ass inferno scene. That was some great war/fight scene introduction. What more in the second book?! And then, and then, and then, Elise teased us at the end of the new mooooore kick-ass Vhalla!
Right now, my only wish for Christmas is a copy of Fire Falling. I’m barely hanging on for dear life! This series is pretty underrated and I believe that more readers should dig into this.
Y U NOT SELL THIS HERE IN PH??? WHY?!
DEAR ELISE KOVA,
I THANK YOU FOR WRITING SUCH WELL-CRAFTED MASTERPIECE!
ERIKA, YOUR INSTANT FAN
Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. She used to hate writing in high school, but later discovered that it is something that she’d enjoy doing. Asides from books. she also enjoys the presence of few art materials, camera for bookstagram, and other bookish merchandise, on her own fantasy realm.