3.5 Stars – I really liked it, super enjoyable, just maybe lacking a little bit.
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.
I’ve been seeing a lot of 5 star reviews about Air Awakens around lately and it piked my interest. I really enjoyed this book! There were a couple of things that I feel could have been changed but for the most part this is the prefect start to a new fantasy series and a fantastic debut novel!
Things I loved:
- Damn, Elisa can write romance! The romantic and sexual tension in this book is palpable! Vhalla (such an awesome name btw) and Aldrik’s slow burning romance is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. you as a reader end up so damn connected to their emotions and actions. I was rooting for them the entire novel!
- The magic system was so unique. I’ve read about elemental magic before in fantasy, but I really loved how in Air Awakens your magic affiliation is tied to your geological background. Westerners are Firebrearers, Southener’s are Waterrunners, Northeren’s are Grounbreakers and Easterners are Windwalkers. I found how your background location resulted in the kind of magic you’d possess interesting.
- The characters in this book were so fantastically constructed! I LOVED IT! Not one character felt like a space filler, everyone had unique personalities and passions and weaknesses! Really it’s a treat to find an author who writes characters so well!
Things I didn’t love so much:
- From early on in the book you know about how the Emperor is a tyrant and has conquered other countries. This subject is never really ever breached in any depth in the novel. I would have liked is maybe Vhalla had had some introspection on the fact that the Emperor – the father of the man she loves – is destroying civilizations
- I would have like a bigger focus on Vhalla learning her magic. I’m not saying it’s completely passed over, but I feel like whenever she was practicing we only got to read about it for a half a page before the story moved on.
- I felt like the story didn’t really have a plot until like half way through the novel. I don’t mean that in an entirely negative way, the start is very entertaining but I had no idea where the book was heading until the second half and then I was disappointed in its direction.
This first Air Awakens book focuses more on Vhalla coming to terms with her magic and her and Aldrik’s budding romance than anything else. I am looking forward to Fire Falling because I feel like the story will really start to unravel.
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