Air Awakens

Air Awakens

Book - 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 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Silver Wing Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781932549935
1932549935
Branch Call Number: YA FIC FAN
Characteristics: viii, 329 pages ; 22 cm

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SCL_MB Jul 18, 2019

This book series is a fast paced emotional whirlwind. It is the best straight fantasy book I have read in a while. It has some action, some magic and some romance. Sometime the romance gets carried away but all in all it was a wonderful read. I like as the series progresses we can see the background of all the characters, I enjoy that the vocabulary is not dumbed down, and truly liked that the main character works in a library. Something quirky and fun.

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javachix
Aug 31, 2018

As a previous reviewer remarked; there are more adult YA novels and there are those that belong in the more youthful category. This is one that belongs in the more youthful area, perhaps about 12-14 year old age group. Truthfully I only made it through the first quarter of the book before I had to give up, mostly due to simplistic and predictable writing. There are excellent YA books out there, this one is perfect for a young reader, but those who are looking for a bit more, might want to look elsewhere.

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B00ksRcool
May 10, 2018

I really liked this book; it is fresh with solid characters and shows people at their core; fearful, timid, strong... and how to work out who you are by standing for what you believe. I'm ready for the next book in the series; Fire Falling!

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novesky
Sep 02, 2017

Wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I really enjoy Vhalla's character as a library apprentice. Can't wait to read the next book!!

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xHalez
Jul 06, 2017

I have an admiration for most authors who are able to publish their works. Elise Kova's writing style is one that speaks to me-- it's more than telling a story. She tells it in a way that is captivating and immersive. I'm not one to give a thorough critique on books and am not very picky, but this is a great story for those who like magic, romance, and adventure.

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Babyteddybear
May 03, 2017

I binge read this series in a matter of days. If you like Avatar and Throne of Glass, you'll love this.

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goddessbeth
May 02, 2016

You know how there's amazing adult-end YA and more shallow, middle-grade-end YA? This is the latter. It's...ok? Mostly it's shallow. The bad guy is slimy with no reason behind his mustache twirling, the brooding prince is brooding, and the best friends are easily chucked aside by a girl who loves books but displays a startling lack of analytical thinking.

It's the usual Chosen One trope, with not a lot explained about the magic because (of course) she's the first Windwalker in over a century. There's a not-too-subtle indication that her powers will be eased for eeeeeevil (read: killing, in a war of empire-building in which her kingdom is the aggressor). There's the predictable backlash of scared ignorant peasant folk when it comes to the use of magic. And there's the girl who captures the prince's heart by being...I'm not sure what. Obnoxious, but curious.

I think reading Uprooted has ruined me for YA Fantasy. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with Air Awakens, it just bored the heck out of me and felt very shallow. Clearly, my bar has been raised. I'd say this is a good read for 14-18 year olds who enjoy fantasy.

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nidofito
Feb 15, 2016

For some reason, the author decides to turn into romancelandia halfway through the book, leaving all that magic, history, world-building in the dust.

WHY?!

I had a peek at the sequel, and it looks neat but the author needs to step it up.

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