Book Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

23127048Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Published by Silver Wing Press on August 27, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance

Pages: 377 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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.

Thank you blogger community and Twitter for letting me discover this absolutely wonderful new series by Elise Kova! When I first heard about it, I immediately went to Goodreads and Barnes & Noble to check it out and was instantly sold on Air Awakens. Here’s what sucked me in:

  • Gorgeous Cover
  • For Fans of Avatar the Last Airbender
  • Library Apprentice
  • Broody Male Character
  • Blogger Love

Once I started reading I knew I would not be disappointed. Vhalla Yarl’s discovery of her powers and subsequent struggle to choose between sorcery and her life in the library is intriguing and action packed. The story drops the reader straight into this world leaving it to unfold throughout the pages. The history and backstory is smooth, concise and does not take away from the flow of the story.

I am a big fan of elemental magic in books, movies, television shows, etc. Some of my favorite stories stem from the powers of nature. Air Awakens has a similar magic system to that of Avatar the Last Airbender with the forces of air, water, earth, and fire. People with such powers are known as Windwalkers, Waterrunners, Firebearers, and Groundbreakers. I thought it pretty nifty that it is referred to as an affinity. It really hits home the bond one would have with their magic.

There is a whole cast of characters in this story ranging from the mysterious and tricky to the kind and caring. Vhalla Yarl is a smart girl who loves books but now has to deal with a whole new world thrust upon her. Prince Aldrik is that broody royal who has the weight of the Empire on his shoulders while Prince Baldair is the charismatic brother who seems to get everything he wants. I thought Kova did an excellent job portraying even the smallest of characters an no one felt one dimensional.

Overall I absolutely loved Air Awakens by Elise Kova! It is a great first novel to a series I’m eagerly anticipating getting back to. The characters were compelling, the story was breathtaking, and the magic flowed off the page. I would definitely recommend this to everyone especially my fantasy lovers out there. I cannot wait for Fire Falling on November 19th! Give it to me!

Favorite Quotes

  1. “Fire needs air to live. Air fuels fire, stokes it, and makes it burn brighter and hotter than it ever could alone. But too much air will snuff it completely, just as too many flames will consume all the air. They are far greater than the sum of their parts together, but are equally as dangerous to each other’s existence.”
  2.  “You fly–no pun intended–in the face of everything people have been saying for well over a century.”
  3. “What’s wrong with books?” she was forced to ask.
  4. A breeze swept down the mountainside, stopping Vhalla in her tracks. It was unlike anything she had ever felt before. The world was alive around her, and each gust of air was like the whisper of a lover upon silk.
  5. A certain smell lingered on the air. It tickled her nose and beckoned her onward. She couldn’t place it at first, but as her step quickened and the scent became stronger, she realized what it was with a smile. It was the smell of dusty leather and parchment. She turned to see the central circular room that housed the Tower’s library.

Have you discovered Elise Kova’s debut novel, Air Awakens? Are you interested in reading it or already adore it? If you could have an affinity, which one would you choose and why? Let me know in the comments below!

Affinity Tour — Firebearer — Air Awakens

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So it looks like the blog this week will be filled with posts about Elise Kova and Air Awakens! Not planned but a happy coincidence! First we have the Affinity Tour celebrating all things Windwalkers, Waterrunners, Firebearers, and Groundbreakers!

You can take a handy quiz to find out your affinity here!

I generally find I connect with different elements depending on my mood and the day I’m having so it’s constantly a shift as to what affinity I would be, but my quiz results have designated me a FIREBEARER!

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Your emotions run hot and people know you have fire in your veins. You can be a warm heat to those who get close to you. But, when crossed, that warmth can easily turn into an inferno. In a scrap you prefer to fight with your fists, alight with fire, over weapons.

You think deeply about the future because you can hone your ability to see along the red lines of fate that connects everyone in the world. Perhaps you keep this gift of future-seeing to yourself. Or, perhaps you sell it in a Curiosity Shop.

You are just like: Crown Prince Aldrik and Larel Neiress

I think fire is resonating with me so much at the moment because my main character for next month’s NANOWRIMO is so interconnected with the flames. Her whole life has been shaped by them and it’s probably rubbing off on me.

So what would I do with my newfound powers? Burn the world to the ground…

No, wait that got dark really fast. Maybe a nice bonfire to enjoy with friends or cooking in your hand. That’d be cool!

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So Elise Kova is hosting a Read Along from October 25 to November 15 to ramp up to the release of the second installment, Fire Falling! Click the image above to join in!

Check back tomorrow for my Top 5 Author Discoveries of the Year including Elise Kova and then on Friday for my Air Awakens review! Plus, tell me what affinity resonates with you!