Air Awakens + Fire Falling ARC Review - The Epic DUO

Air Awakens | Fire Falling
Author: Elise Kova
AW Release Date: August 27, 2015
FF Release Date: November 19, 2015
Edition: E-ARC
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
Overall Rating:

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 received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.



An Epic Collision of Air & Fire
Hold on to your wigs and protect yourself against this new heat folks, Kova here is kicking ass and taking plenty of names. 


Captain Kova, she's our hero
gonna take . .  uhhh . .  gonna take . . 
the Northern Empire DOWN TO ZERO
Debut author Elise Kova has the fantasy genre at her fingertips. 
Crafting a series using elements of earth as her foundation, she has re-lit the torch of both Captain Planet and Avatar, creating a unique story that is sure to grab the attention of all readers alike. She reminds me of a puppeteer, her work swirling into pirouettes before my eyes, the words becoming invisible marionettes prancing along a fictional stage. I was completely captivated by her show, failing to keep my eyes from leaving the pages until I was finished.

Air Awakens swept me away within the pages, wrapping me in a zephyr of words. Vhalla's story wasn't a rare one, but was done in a way that was quite unique, making it nearly impossible to avoid being caught up in the windstorm of her journey. From a library apprentice, to a sorceress with the ability to manipulate air, Vhalla proved to be one of my favorite heroines to date. Kova avoided the typical stereotype of a heroine in YA fantasy by pushing the " Celaena's " aside to give us a character that was someone new, someone relateable, someone realistic. I'd take a sensible, down-to-earth, bookworm with a fiery attitude any day.

Vhalla's new found status as a Windwalker, opened her world to not only magic, but to other characters who possessed it as well, especially one in particular.

In a horrible way, he was like a song of death and flame.

He was light and darkness, night and day, cool water and ashes after a blazing fire, Prince Aldrik is the epitome of swoon. The chemistry between he and Vhalla was undeniable from the very beginning, a low breeze that over time formed a tornado, their romance ripping it's way through the pages and into my heart. I enjoyed not only their budding friendship, but the hand he played in Vhalla's character growth. He pushed Vhalla to believe in herself, which helped our bookworm blossom into a fluttering butterfly.

If you thought the first novel was a heart attack waiting to happen, wait until you dive into Fire Falling. The story picks up right after the cliffhanger of Air Awakens, but instead of slow and steady, Kova shifted the plot into gear, flying us through the pages at lightening speed. What I thought was going to be a " filler " novel, full of info-dumping and unnecessary scenes, surprisingly was a complete stepping stone from the last installment. 

Oh dear Vhalla, how you never cease to amaze me.

There was something severed and rough about her, something tainted and, yet, at the same time those jagged pieces were the makings of something fearsome. She'd wanted to become someone the Senate would fear, why not shatter the sky?

This time around our MC was more than just a butterfly. Broken and haunted by nightmares of the Night of Fire and Wind, Vhal is a phoenix rising from the ashes ready to protect the ones she loves. Now property of the crown, she finds herself in the midst of a war. Her ability as a Windwalker is being used as a weapon for the Emperor, forcing our heroine to fight alongside trained soldiers if she wants to claim her freedom.

This plot is smoking with battle scenes and twists, and with Prince Aldrik around, the intensity level is magnified x10. One of my favorite aspects of the story is the romance between our two main characters. What started off as a slow burn, turned into a blazing inferno, the passion they had for not only each other, but for those special around them completely melted my heart.

Everything in this novel is woven together perfectly. From the characters, to the marvelous world-building, down to the itsy-bitsy details of the sorcerers's magic, Kova has created something special, giving us readers a breath of fresh air, a rare break from redundancy. Both Air Awakens and Fire Falling showed up and out, packing a powerful punch with it's nostalgic magic systemfast paced plotheart-thumping twistsand unforgettable characters, proving that this series will be a force to be reckoned with.


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