Author: Elise Kova
Tittle: Air Awakens
Series: Air Awakens, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 287 pages, Ebook
Published: August 27th 2015 by Silver Wing Press
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 wanted to read this book for a long time and the hype surrounding it was crazy. And frankly, I loved the blurb, so I definitely wanted to give it a try. I’m so glad I did because I really, really liked this book.
Vhalla Yarl is a seventeen year old library apprentice who she loves being surrounded by books. After she unexpectedly ends up saving the life of Crown Prince Aldrik, she learns that she possesses an elemental magic that was supposed to have been extinct centuries ago. At first, she tries to stay away from anything related magic because they were taught to fear it and hate it but her urge to learn more helps her understand the true nature of everything. While some find her magic very useful, others feel that she is dangerous and her power needs to be eradicated immediately. Would she be able to cope up with everything and leave her old life behind and start a new one as a sorcerer?
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. It had plenty of adventure and action with a dash of romance. Vhalla comes to know that she is a sorcerer after she unknowingly saves Prince Aldrik’s life. She, along with the others have been taught that sorcerers are evil people. So when she comes to know about her true self, she freaks out but due to her thirst for knowledge she discovers the truth about everything. I really loved how the plot was executed while keeping everything else in a perfect balance. But I wish there was bit more action. Everything towards the end really took a bizarre turn, I definitely wasn’t expecting that but I like where things are heading. There is already a forbidden relationship vibe in this book and after how it ended, I have no doubt that the next book won’t have some good dose of angst and mind blowing chemistry between Vhalla and Aldrik.
The characters were pretty great. They were flawed and felt so real. Vhalla is a strong protagonist and I really liked her. She took no bullshit, even when it came from the Crown Prince himself. I liked her no nonsense attitude. I definitely loved Prince Aldrik. He admitted he was not a good person, he had his fair share of faults but you can’t help but love him. At first he comes off as cocky and a douchebag but we slowly realise that’s not all to his character. I absolutely loved the relationship and the banter between these two and the sexual tension was perfectly done. Although there was not much romance but somehow I felt satisfied.
Overall, Air Awakens was definitely a fantastic start to a series. The plot was neatly executed and I fell in love with the characters. The writing was simple and beautiful and the pace was fast throughout the book. I’m really excited to read the next book and can’t wait to see how everything spans out.
Soooo guys, how many of you gave upto the hype and read this book? Or are you still waiting to read it? If you’ve already read it, how do you feel about it? Share your thoughts with me!