With the release of Crystal Crowned almost upon us, it’s time to celebrate this wonderful series that Elise Kova has created. If you didn’t already know, it’s a YA Fantasy series consisting of five books: Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Earth’s End, Water’s Wrath, and Crystal Crowned.
And what better way to highlight these beautiful books then with a massive blog and review tour organized by the author herself running from June 9 through July 12. Since I adore this series so much, I’m going to be doing a post inspired by each book. So let’s have some fun!
Since elemental magic plays such a prominent role in the Air Awakens series I wanted to highlight at least one of the affinities during this tour. I decided to showcase the power of Firebearers and share some prominent flame wielders across pop culture. Here’s a little bit more info about the affinity from Elise:
Stemming from their magic, Firebearers are often times noted for their passionate personalities. From the unending simmering heat of loyalty to the infernos of anger, Firebearers are assumed to swing wildly in their emotions. Much like fire, once they have committed to something they are known to follow a course until its end despite any hardships, holding flames long when others have flickered out.
From small tongues of fire to infernos, Firebearers can summon and control flames. A Firebearer’s magical strength, relative to others, is much more important than the other Affinities. Firebearers can burn through most any ice or wood that Waterrunners or Groundbreakers (respectively) can conjure if they are stronger than the sorcerers who conjured them. If a Firebearer is magically superior they can also steal control of another Firebearer’s flames and burn them.
Magical overpowering aside, Firebearers cannot be burned. With their skills in generating flames and heat they are often jewelers or smiths, being able to temper and manage molten metal. But, that’s not the only way Firebearers can earn their keep. Firebearers Affinity of the Self is a rare gift to use flames to peer into the future. Sorcerers who possess this gift are few and far-between, a talent that is natural and cannot be learned to any extent. Those with the gift sometimes open curiosity shops, where daring and inquisitive souls can ask a question about their future.
Prince Aldrik Solaris, Larel Neiress, Jax Wendyl, Empress Fiera Ci’Dan
Flame Wielders in Pop Culture
First up we’ve got our Firebenders from the Avatar the Last Airbender universe which I adore. Most prominent of all are Zuko and his sister Azula, children of the Fire Lord. The Avatars also fall within this category as well as Mako from Legend of Korra. I like that in this series they even have the ability to create and control lightning.
Let’s switch over to superheroes. There are too many characters within comics that have some type of ability with fire. There’s Human Torch, a member of the Fantastic Four, as well as Pyro, a mutant villain, within Marvel’s canon. When it comes to DC, there’s Firestorm who is actually made up of two people combined in a nuclear reaction.
For some random entries I picked Sailor Mars who can create and control fire in the Sailor Moon manga and anime. I even went so far as to remember Wheeler from Captain Planet who was one of the Planeteers, had the power of fire, and protected the world.
Back to literature, we have Harshaw, everyone’s favorite Inferni within Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. Deborah Harkness has witches with power over fire in the All Souls Trilogy. Even Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series makes mention of firewitches and I look forward to seeing more of them.
Since the elements are so frequently used in stories, it was no surprise that I found so many iterations of fire power in pop culture. Did I miss any that stand out to you?
About Fire Falling
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?
Check out my review HERE!
About the Author
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
With the culmination of the series, Elise is being exceedingly generous with a massive giveaway with multiple prize packs.
- 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
Check out my posts on Air Awakens, Earth’s End, and Water’s Wrath as well as my review of Crystal Crowned. Plus let me know your favorite fire wielder in pop culture in the comments below!