Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)by Elise Kova
Published on August 27th 2015
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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 allâ€”the Crown Prince Aldrikâ€”she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life sheâ€™s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as sheâ€™s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhallaâ€™s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
I received Air Awakens from my OTSP Secret Sister.Â I had heard that it was good but didn’t know much about it.Â I figured this was a good time to start reading the series because I thought the last book was just released.Â Turns out that book 4 was just released and there is a book 5 that is coming out in July.
I ended up binging on the first three books over the course of 2 days.Â I finally made myself stop before reading book 4.Â I loved this world and this story.Â I was totally immersed in it.Â You know how when you are deep in a story and you start thinking in the author’s style of writing.Â That was me.Â I had to force myself to come back to the real world for a while.
The books all end with cliff hangers too.Â Actually in one case it is falling off of a cliff.Â I knew that if I read book four and there was no option to find out what happened, I wasn’t going to be happy.Â I had to make the decision to stop instead of it being made for me.
In the first book, Air Awakens, Vhalla is a library apprentice who more comfortable with books than people.Â When she is called upon to help research a cure for a curse put on a prince it is discovered that she possesses magic.Â Magic users are powerful but are shunned by most of society so she doesn’t want to be magical.Â But now that her magic is starting to manifest itself she doesn’t have a choice.Â She is trained by the Prince himself because he realizes that she has an affinity for working with Air.Â There hasn’t been a sorcerer with that affinity since they were all slaughtered in a war one hundred years ago.Â They were considered too dangerous and even now some powerful people aren’t sure that Vhalla should be allowed to live.
Ok, so I’m moving to the next book so this might get a little spoilery. You’ve been warned.
To contain Vhalla’s power she has been made property of the crown and is being sent into the war as a weapon of mass destruction. She doesn’t want to go to war. In her mind she’s still a librarian. But she needs to learn to use her power to survive and to protect her friends who are marching with her.
Usually I hate, hate, hate romances in books. That goes double for romances in YA books. I think they are awful. This is one of the few romances that I actually love. The chemistry between the characters is incredible.
The Prince is greviously injured and Vhalla is the only one who will be able to save him. The lengths she goes to illustrates for everyone how much she loves him. His father is not having this so he tightens his control over Vhalla. Now she realizes that she will never be able to earn her freedom from him.
OMG, the ending! Nope. Nope. Nope. This is why I had to make a conscious decision to walk away after 2 days of nonstop reading. I needed to know what happened but if there is an ending like that in book 4 with no way to read book 5 yet, I would not be happy. Right now I’m telling myself that I used my will power to walk away.
Seriously, if you are at all into fantasy, go read this series.