I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Now that’s how you write a sequel.
Every time I start reading a sequel I have that moment of unadulterated fear. What if it’s not as good as the first book? What if it ruins everything? I had these fears going into Fire Falling. Dani had told me it was amazing, but there was still that little bit of doubt in my head. I loved Air Awakens so much that I was completely terrified that I wouldn’t feel the same about Fire Falling. Naturally, that turned out to be incredibly stupid of me.
Elise Kova is basically Satan. Before you start this series (this book in particular), I feel like you need to come to terms with that fact. She is going to rip your heart out. She’s going to make whimper. She’s going to make you put the book down on the plane because you’re starting to scare the couple beside you with the facial expressions you’re making (even if you’re only 30 pages in). She’ll take all the characters you loved in Air Awakens and then torture them, and you. Just be prepared for that.
Vhalla is completely different then when we met her in Air Awakens. She isn’t the library apprentice anymore, she’s a sorcerer on her way to war. I loved how badass she was in this one, but the at the same time she isn’t instantly a good soldier. Just like in Air Awakens, she has to learn and train to become even a slightly decent soldier and she messes up plenty of times. This is one of my favourite things about the whole series so far. I like that we get to see Vhalla being shit at these things, because I know for a fact that I would be just as, if not more, terrible. I like my realistic characters.
Now, Aldrik. Aldrik, Aldrik, Aldrik. If you saw the Four Corners of the Bookshelf live show about Air Awakens, then you might remember that I said I didn’t trust Aldrik. Fire Falling changed nothing there. The thing is, I really love Aldrik (especially those Vhalla/Aldrik moments) but I don’t trust him at all. I think this book made me trust him even less. I don’t know what it is but there’s something there that just makes me uncertain about him. Does anyone else feel like this after reading Fire Falling, or am I alone in this?
Fritz is still one of my favourite characters in the whole series, and I’m so so happy that we get to see more of him in this one. He’s such a fun character. I swear to God Elise, if you hurt my baby, well, I’ll send you an angrily worded essay email. Keep that in mind, will you? Larel—I love her so much. She’s such an amazing friend to Vhalla. She actually reminds me of one of my best friends in the way she cares about Vhalla. I don’t think we get enough positive female friendships in YA, especially in fantasy so I really appreciated this one. Now, Daniel. Can we talk about Daniel? I love him. I honestly do. He’s so friendly and sweet and he reminds me a little of Fritz, though it’s clear the two of them are very different. I just want my own copy of both of them. Please Elise!
I loved the war aspect. Is it sad that it’s one of my favourite thing about the book? I just really enjoyed watching Vhalla grow and change because of her environment, and how the other characters developed as well. I can’t wait to see where book three, Earth’s End is going to go from where this one left off.
And here’s the part where I threaten to maim Elise in her sleep. Not really, but still. There are many things in this book that I am not happy about. Things that Elise will be getting an email about as soon as I’ve finished writing this review. I suggest you have a pillow to scream into when you read Fire Falling as well as some tissues and somebody to rant to that has also read the book—you’re seriously going to need it. Just like I need the third book right now. Now excuse me, while I go cry to Dani.