It’s Week 1 of the Crystal Tour and I’ve got a review of Air Awakens (Book 1) and an exclusive giveaway for you. I really like this series and am eagerly awaiting the fifth and final book, Crystal Crowned, on July 12th.
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 love the premise of this story. Quiet library apprentice Vhalla Yarl is pulled into the world of sorcery and princes. She goes from a quiet unassuming life to being in the spotlight. In this first book we see Vhalla start out resisting her magic, and questioning her perception of the world. Her resistance makes her stubborn and causes her to refuse help on more than one occasion. We also meet Prince Aldrik. In the beginning he’s arrogant and it’s not attractive. Vhalla herself refers to him as “self-centered, egotistical, self-absorbed, narrow-sighted, vain, self-important, conceited”. But as we learn more about both of these characters they start to grow. We see that there is more to Aldrik and Vhalla begins to come into her power. However, the secrecy between them, especially Aldrik’s bothered me. There’s also a deep level of political maneuvering that runs through the book. We get a fair amount of world building, but there’s clearly lots left to discover, especially with regards to how magic and crystals work in this world.
The ending will leave you desperate for the next book (and angry…I was angry with the characters, not the writing). The writing is lovely throughout the book. Some of the characters have wide mood swings that could be interpreted as inconsistencies in their character. I saw it as these being realistic for people in their late teens when small things can lead to big disagreements, and friends are able to make up after the fact. Overall, I really enjoyed this and look forward to digging deeper into this world.
The ladies at Fantasy Book Nook have concocted the perfect Air Awakens cocktail. Check out their cocktail and maybe make one to enjoy while reading (or re-reading) Air Awakens. I love this idea and can’t wait to see what they come up with for the rest of the series. Cheers!
I’ve got an exclusive giveaway for you. Enter below to win a copy of the ebook for Air Awakens. I’m limiting entries to Canada and the US only because I’m not sure I can figure out how to gift a book internationally! I’m willing to try but if you’re international I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to make it work.
And Elise has a tour wide giveaway going on for some awesome prizes:
Grand Prize – Complete set of first edition Air Awakens hardcovers signed by Elise Kova (Author), Monica Wanat (Editor), and Merilliza Chan (Cover Artist), plus a swag pack
First Runner Up – Complete set of Air Awakens paperbacks plus a swag pack
Second/Third Runner Up – Complete set of signed Air Awakens ebooks
4 Air Awakens complete bookmark sets
Leave a comment below to let me know what your favourite fantasy books are and join me next Monday when I review Fire Falling (Book #2).