Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Posted August 27, 2015 by Ely in Reviews / 8 Comments

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Air Awakens #1
Elise Kova
Young Adult Fantasy
Silver Wing Press
August 27th 2015

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.

Where do I start with this book? Where do I start?

I first saw this gorgeous cover on Dani’s blog and I immediately added it to my Goodreads TBR, no questions asked. I mean, do you have eyes? Because that cover is the most beautiful thing in existence. And yet…it’s nothing compared to what’s inside.

It took my approximately four pages to fall in love with this book. Honestly, the words ‘war’, ‘Prince’ and ‘books’ had been mentioned and there was no going back from there. I may have gotten a little out of control on Goodreads. I try to keep my updates about 100 pages apart usually, but I went a little mad with this one. I just needed to vent out my feels. I’m sorry! (not really) Anyway, let’s break down why I loved this book so much.

We’ll start with Vhalla. I absolutely adored her, honestly, she’s going on my top favourite female characters ever list. Why? Not only is she a total badass sorcerer, she’s a librarian, a reader and super, super intelligent. I don’t know about you, but that’s just everything I’ve ever wanted in a character. She’s reminds me a little of Celaena, only much, much nicer, not so arrogant and not involved with every male ever (still love you, Celaena). I think one of my favourite things about Vhalla is that when discovers she has magic, she’s reluctant to use it. She’s not suddenly the best in the world at it and I really liked that. She’s just an amazing character and I cannot wait to see how she grows in the rest of the series.

Next, Aldrik. I’ll admit, there was a little bit there where I thought ‘Oh, you’re dark and mysterious—cool, but you’re also kind of an asshole’. I did grow to love Aldrik though, on page 155 according to my Goodreads updates. Yeah, he was still dark and mysterious but he does really care about Vhalla. He’s definitely still a very flawed character, but as long as he treats Vhalla right, I don’t really care about the other stuff. At least, for now. These two were giving me serious OTP feels though, and you know why I’m not happy with you Elise.

The absolute favourite thing about the entire novel was the world-building. There are so many times where I just stared at the words and thought to myself, ‘Oh my god, I love this world’. There are so many different layers to the Empire. There’s the magic, different territories and people and the war. The magic system blew my mind. I love all types of magic, and this one was just so interesting and unique. I especially loved the backstory to the different types of magic, but even more than that I loved that were books about it. Books inside of books is one of my favourite things, but sometimes they can be a little bit of an info dump and end up taking something away from the story. This wasn’t like that at all, Elise slipped the books in really well so that you, and Vhalla, learn just enough each time rather than a massive ‘here’s everything you need to know about magic’ in one go. Another thing I really liked was that the people from the different territories all looked different, it was nice to have a little bit of diversity in the characters we got to meet.

That ending, though. I’m sorry Elise, but I’m going to have fly over there and take book two away from you now because I NEED it, like now. That being said, I am honestly super, massively, unbelievably excited to read book two, Fire Falling, because I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one. A really, really good one.

And Elise, please send me my own Fritz, please and thank you.

Visit Elise Kova’s website here for more details on Air Awakens and to bask in her brilliance. You can buy yourself a copy of Air Awakens here.

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8 responses to “Air Awakens by Elise Kova

  1. I love ALL THE THINGS. Let me list.

    1) “I mean, do you have eyes?” …and then Fire Falling is even better…these books are going to look SO DAMN GOOD on my shelves.

    2) “I think one of my favourite things about Vhalla is that when discovers she has magic, she’s reluctant to use it. She’s not suddenly the best in the world at it and I really liked that.” YES. How often do we have protagonists that discover a power and then are immediately power prodigies? (Also…really need to get round to the Throne of Glass series…)

    3) ELISE IS THE QUEEN OF RUINING MOMENTS. I know why you’re not so happy. SHE knows why I’m not so happy. NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH HER. (But I still love you, Elise.)

    4) “And Elise, please send me my own Fritz, please and thank you.” YAAAASSSS.

    • Ely

      1) And five or six of them! They’re going to look so amazing, I can’t even.

      2) I believe that like any other skill, magic would take time to perfect. Besides, it’s fun to see protagonists mess up.


      4) My baby.

  2. I didn’t even HEAR about this until you brought it up, and now I’m afraid to see whether it would be at my library or not.

    BUT FANTASTIC REVIEW ELY. I am glad you liked it a lot. AND I LOVE THAT COVER. It is elegant but cool looking

    • Ely

      I doubt your library would have a copy since it’s an indie, but I don’t know. I think Elise is offering review copies if you’re interested—it’s on her blog.

    • Valerie, I doubt that your library has a copy because Ely is right, I’m an indie author. But! The good news is that Air Awakens is in all of the wholesaler and library catalogs (A lot of indie books aren’t, and that’s why they don’t normally get ordered). So it’d be REALLY EASY for your library to get. All they’d need is someone to request it 😉
      (The ISBN is 1932549935 if that helps)

      If you DO request the book at your local library and they get it I’d love it if you took a picture and sent it to me via email ( or one of my many social channels! I’d love to see it “in the wild!”

  3. This sounds like it is one of those books which really does just have it all. A wonderful cover, an enrapturing plot and characters you just want to be your best friend. I loved the sound of a library being the key points in a war… makes us bookworms feel powerful :3 Ooh, and the magic elements sound so well done as well! Brilliant review x

  4. UGH I LOVE the AA series. Fire Falling is going to be really great, I assure you. The biggest thing you’re going to see is Vhalla’s amazing character arch throughout the entire series. Aldrik did have the whole dark and mysterious trope going on, but I’m a sucker for dark and mysterious with some tragic backstory on the side. The story just grows greater with this novel. It’s really a fantasy/romance series rather than just a fantasy series, but I’m really happy you liked it.

    (also can you really be mad about the Celaena harem?)