Review: "Air Awakens" (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova

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...

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.

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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". ;)

About the author:

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she's honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she's currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of "geekdom." She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). 

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