*I received an ARC from the author and it didn’t, in any way, affect my review*
Remember that time when I had the worst book hangover after reading Fire Falling? And the same thing happened after reading Earth’s End? And now after reading Water’s Wrath, well, let’s just say that Elise Kova DID. IT. AGAIN.
Prepare yourself for tangled emotions roller-coaster. Water’s Wrath messed me up in the best and worst possible way, ever. To describe this book as a great read is just a total understatement.
I don’t even know where or how to start expressing my feelings right now. It’s a little harder to write this review than when I was writing my reviews for the previous books. Well, this is the fourth book of the series, so it’s hard to express my feelings and avoid spoilers at the same time. There were so MANY things and parts about this book that I want to rant and talk about but I can’t, because I might as well just tell the whole story. But I’ll try my best…
Unexpected. Water’s Wrath surprised me in a lot of ways. After reading Earth’s End back in February, I played lots of scenarios in my mind while waiting for the Water’s Wrath ARC. And to be very honest, none of those scenarios happened in the actual book — which was really great! I mean, who don’t love unpredictable plots? I love books with full of surprises and those that make me go “what the fcfkgsld#$%@# hell” all the time, and Water’s Wrath succeeded in that.
For me, I think Water’s Wrath was the book of major revelations in the series. Or maybe not? Who knows what Elise is really trying to play our minds with. There’s still the final book coming in July and I know that there will still be so much more to happen in Crystal Crowned.
“She had learned long ago that rumors and reputation could be crafted as easily as armor. But underneath it all, she was still very mortal. A mortal who bled if she was cut too deep, a mortal afflicted with life’s great curse: death.”
I was so proud to see Vhalla becoming braver in every book in the series. There were times she was helpless, but she always try to stand against her enemy by her own will. Vhalla’s character surely developed tremendously in each book. Aldrik, on the other hand — I liked how I was able to see a little bit of a new side of his character. It was a little refreshing to see a brother in Aldrik, considering how we’re used to his brooding, dark image.
Also, I get to see more of the Golden Guards, and one of my favorite character Jax. Elise also brought us back to the South, so seeing the previous characters from Air Awakens gave me mixed feeling. But, I love how Elise managed to give the side characters a balanced and equal exposures. New characters were also introduced, which was already expected just before Earth’s End’s ending. I like how my first impressions of these new characters were completely different to what they actually were.
I already mentioned how the story line and plot of Water’s Wrath was so unexpected. Let’s just say that I happened to taste Elise’s wrath “again” while reading this book. It was bitter sweet, but bitter at the most part. The middle part was shockingly too painful for me. I didn’t know how everything that happened actually happened, and why. The flow of the story was so smooth that I didn’t dare question until all hell broke lose. Just, why Elise?!
I didn’t see the plot-twists until they were there. I was randomly making predictions and picking up suspicions, little by little, but Elise’s writing was so great that even if I had the slight suspicion, I was still so surprised when the plot twist finally hit me. I mean, the title actually gave it out, but I think I was just dumb. lol
But the ending??? Oh, god, the ending gave me the best goosebumps ever. Leaving the ending like that, it gave so much promise, so much to look forward. I don’t really know what that is. I don’t even know what to expect, I might as well just stop expecting all at once.
When is Crystal Crowned coming again? JULY????