Air Awakens by Elise Kova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...
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.
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When you search for a good fantasy world with all the elements you desire on a YA, then you realise that "Air Awakens" is one of those books.
Vhalla is a library apprentice in one of the biggest libraries of the Solaris Empire; the royal one. Her love for books and reading has made her a valuable member of the team and when the Crown Prince arrives on his deathbed she will do anything in order to help him. Even she doesn't know him. Even if she awakens something rare and magical in her.
I loved, no adored the mythology behind the history of the Empire. Every chapter id full of myths and stories, geography and magic which I have also met on "Game of Thrones" and "Throne of Galss" series. We have some elements of "The Last Airbender" like the elemental magic and the fear of the wizards but that is less interesting than the character development.
Vhalla begins as a modest, yet witty young woman who gets to meet new people, learn her abilities but also suffer the consequnces her actions cause. I didn't like Aldrik at the beginning but after some chapters I began seeing him from a different point of view. I do believe that there are more enemies than we can see in the story but that can only be found in the next books.
Until then I can assure you that this book not only will not dissapoint but also it will be a great begining especially if you are in a book slump after reading "Queen of Shadows". ;)
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