Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
Published by Silver Wing Press on July 12, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 305 Format: eARC Source: Author
Long live Solaris.
One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The culmination of the Air Awakens series is here people and I was so not prepared for the end of this journey. Crystal Crowned picks up right where Elise Kova left are beloved characters at the end of Water’s Wrath taking them on one heck of a ride within these pages. Vhalla, Aldrik, and the rest face an insurmountable threat and the bonds of love and friendship may not be enough.
I’m so not ready to leave these characters behind. Vhalla has gone through a massive transformation throughout this series. She’s learned to trust herself and make the hard choices but she can still rely on others. Actually all of them changed dramatically. Whether it be Aldrik or Jax, Fritz or Elecia. The complexity of these individuals made it so easy to connect and I will miss them terribly.
Elise created such a lush, nuanced world that came alive in my mind, all the while giving us new insights and detail as the story progressed. In Crystal Crowned, our characters traverse most of the Main Continent and we finally get to explore Cyven (The East) for the first time. I love how Kova expanded the setting gradually, it kept these books fresh and exciting. I still want to discover more.
This isn’t the end, right? I have become so attached to this series, reading all five books in less than a year. I’m so grateful to have found Elise’s writing through the blogging community. She just captured my imagination and emotion with her words, pulling me into the pages. Finishing out her first series, Crystal Crowned shows just how far Elise has come as an author and the bright future that lays on the horizon.
Overall, Crystal Crowned was the perfect end to Elise Kova’s Air Awakens series. Vhalla, Aldrik, and their friends have become some of my most favorite characters and Kova totally delivered a satisfying conclusion for them as well as the readers. I will be waiting with bated breath for any other stories she tells in this world and I’m looking forward to The Alchemists of Loom too.
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
So who’s mourning the end of this brilliant series with me? Feel free to check out my posts on Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Earth’s End, and Water’s Wrath for The Crystal Tour and bask in every shining moment of this wonderful world Elise created for us. Plus let me know all your thoughts and feelings on Crystal Crowned in the comments below!