Welcome to my stop on the CRYSTAL TOUR! This tour marks the end of the AIR AWAKENS series, and although I have only read up to book 2, I’m super bittersweet about this. Today, I have a review of FIRE FALLING and quite a few giveaways. Let’s get started with celebrating!
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?
Thank you to the author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review.
FIRE FALLING is the thrilling sequel to AIR AWAKENS, and needless to say, I was fully immersed into the fantasy world Elise Kova has created in her series. This sequel follows Vhalla as she continues to try to survive as being a weapon for the Empire’s war in the north. Throughout her survival, Vhalla continues to explore her relationship with the crown prince, Aldrik, and her newfound magic in regards to the environment around her.
The plot is fast-paced and entertaining, and although it seemed to me to be a bit slow in the beginning of the book (possibly due to the time frame between when I read the first book and the second book), it definitely picks up speed as you continue reading.
My favorite dynamic in this sequel was the growing relationship between Aldrik and Vhalla. As you all probably know, I’m a huge fan of angsty and emotional romances and this book gave me exactly that. The development between Aldrik and Vhalla kept me so enticed until the very end, and even then, I still can’t get enough.
The characters definitely go through many evolutions. Vhalla is learning how to survive, and towards the end, Vhalla goes through some pretty major changes in her own self. Additionally, it’s very clear that Aldrik is changing, too, and I loved reading about his and Baldair’s shaky, yet mutually understanding relationship. Although, I would have also liked to learn more about the king and the other secondary characters throughout this novel.
Overall, FIRE FALLING was a very satisfying read and very much so lacked the common second book lethargy that seems to be a bit common in young adult books. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, EARTH ENDS, due to that major cliffhanger at the end (just a forewarning)!
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).
There are also a few giveaways you can enter. The prizes are:
- 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
Facebook Release Party – July 12, 7:00-10:00pm EST
- About: Join Elise Kova and friends, Michelle Madow, Susan Dennard, Rachel E. Carter, Leia Stone, C.M. Lucas, Laura Thalassa, and Danielle L. Jensen for the Crystal Crowned release party on Facebook! It will be an evening of fun, games, discussion, giveaways, and more!
Goodreads Fan Club Discussion/AMA – July 30, 7:00-9:00pm EST
- About: Join author Elise Kova for two hours of discussion on the conclusion of the Air Awakens series. Bring all your questions!