Book Review: Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Title: Fire Falling (Air Awakens #2)
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic, Romance
Release Date: November 19th, 2015
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

I really haven’t gotten over with Air Awakens yet, but look at me now. After reading Fire Falling, MY FRAGILE HEART WAS SHATTERED INTO MILLION PIECES.

Fire Falling was so amazing and it killed every piece of me. I just don’t know how to sort these unfathomable emotions right now.

I started slow. I was deliberately slowing down myself because I don’t to wait too long for Earth’s End release. But what can I do? I wasn’t able to control it. One moment, I’m only at 5% of the book, and then the next thing I know, I’m 80% done. I couldn’t stop reading, I was entirely consumed by the story and I could no longer escape. The feelings I had for Fire Falling is ten times stronger of what I had from Air Awakens. Imagine that??? 
If you guys don’t know yet, I’m a big big fantasy reader and the world-building and the crafting of characters are too important to me. So, to Elise Kova, YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you for crafting such wonderful story, world and characters. And also kudos to Merilliza-chan for the cover and for giving justice to the beauty of Vhalla and Prince Aldrik! THE. BEST. COMBO!
I loved the characters even more in Fire Falling! I want to give the “best buddies awards” to Fritz and Larel. Oh, I love these two. They bring joy and comfort when there’s pain, especially Larel. When Vhalla’s in pain, or feeling devastated or broken, Larel was always there to give comfort and to put back all the broken pieces together and it’s always as if I’m the one being comforted by her. Larel is someone that you will really get attached to and will find hard to let go.

“I love him, but I am only death. I am death to everyone I love. Someday I will be the death of him.”

Vhalla, on the other hand became stronger — physically and emotionally. She became totally different from the common library apprentice we’ve known in Air Awakens. She’s now the Windwalker and the warrior that will bring victory to the Empire. Vhalla had a tremendous character development and she became more determined.

“What is this woman to you?” “Vhalla, I need her in so many ways, Mother help me,” Aldrik groaned. “I need her as my redemption, I need her kindness, I need her forgiveness, I need her smiles, I need her humanity, I need her ignorance, I need her innocence, and, yes … Mother Sun, yes, I need her as a man.” 

Prince Aldrik — every single time this man speaks, my heart tightens — with overflowing emotions and sometimes with pain. He’s so broken and dark that I just want to save him from all his sufferings. You know, I get Vhalla. I clearly know she feels that same. This prince-ling is so composed, complex and passionate. The effect he’s giving off is just… TOO MUCH.  His relationship with Vhalla is hot and cold. Sometimes it’s too frustrating and I just want to scream at them “JUST KISS ALREADY GODDAMIT!” lol. And when they do, everything just feels shaky, blurry, in frenzy and I feel lots of butterflies in my stomach. I get it, Vhalla. I know. The swooning never stops!

“Tears were going to fall at any moment, and if the two of them were going to break they may as well shatter.”

But the plot-twists? God, the plot-twists! I can’t remember when was the last time I felt too much pain like this just by reading a book. It’s too much! I’m not the crying-and-getting-too-emotional-by-reading-a-book type of person, But I’m not ashamed to admit it now here, there were LOTS of times that this book shattered me and I just cried because of the pain. The. Feels. Is. Too. Much. 

And the ending? It had me like….

I’m already broken, but the ending left my heart even more jagged and broken and all I wish is for Earth’s End to put back all these shattered and broken pieces together and be whole again. My heart can’t take too much pain, I just can’t. I. NEED. EARTH’S END. NOW!!! And every single day of waiting is making it even harder.

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