Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Pages: 378 Format: Paperback 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?
While I thought Air Awakens was excellent, Elise Kova’s second in the series, Fire Falling, goes above and beyond what I could possibly have imagined. Vhalla, still reeling from her trial and the Night of Fire and Wind, must pull what is left of herself together to march with the Solaris Empire. She has only a short time to become a warrior, but will it be enough?
Why do all the best ones break your heart? Fire Falling is ripe with tension, of risk and romance. It digs deep into your soul and rests there, a heavy weight threatening to bury you completely. This book grabs ahold of you and does not let go. The stakes are so freaking high and Kova does an excellent job of driving that home. Love and loss go hand in hand, and it hurts so much!
I really liked Vhalla’s development from Air Awakens to Fire Falling. She wants to fight, she wants to survive, but she struggles with it. Vhalla has never been a solider, only a library apprentice thrust into scenarios completely beyond her capabilities. She has barely used her powers but the weight of the world is on her shoulders. I loved her willingness to practice, to learn.
Prince Aldrik really comes into his own in this one. Air Awakens barely skims the surface of the crown prince, but now his layers are carefully peeled back revealing his humanity. His harsh mask for the world to see is but a cover to protect himself, to prove his worthiness as the future emperor. Aldrik is full of conflict; with his future, within himself, with his desires. It was nice to see his care, his concern, his fears.
Actually all the character development was superb. Learning more about Fritz and Larel, delving into Daniel, the introduction of Elecia, even puzzling out the princely brothers. This book brings life to each and every one of them, giving the characters depth and substance. There are reveals and yet still so much more to discover.
Fire Falling by Elise Kova was an absolute firecracker of a novel. The story enveloped me, I blew through it. My emotions ran the complete gambit: happiness, fear, elation, anger, concern, sadness, and utter denial. I’m sticking with denial until I get some answers in Earth’s End. This series has been a delight to discover, to love on, to promote. I hope everyone picks these books up!
- 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?
- The moon was the point in which the day and night met, light in the darkness where it did not belong. Within it, the Father was said to have entrapped a creature of pure chaos. The Broken Moon of the Tower represented strength, that those who bore the mark would possess magic strong enough to pierce the heavens and put an end to what the Gods had started eons ago.
- Lightning was fire in the sky, lightning was brilliant, lightning was fast, and lightning cut the heavens.
- He tasted of sweet liquor and every delicious dark dream she’d ever had.
- Aldrik — the crown prince, the future Emperor, Fire Lord, ruler of the Black Legion, sorcerer — was only a man. And men could be broken.
So have you read the Air Awakens series yet? Impatiently waiting for Earth’s End? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!