Book Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

“You can read all the books in this library, be wiser than the master himself someday, and then you will die having never really done anything. You will have only ever lived through everyone else’s experiences.”
Elise Kova, Air Awakens



Title: Air Awakens

Author: Elise Kova

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Release Date: August 27, 2015

ISBN: 9781932549935


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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About the Author

Elise Kova

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Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of fantasy stories filled with magic and romance.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

Her debut series was Air Awakens. Since then she’s penned the dark fantasy, the Loom Saga. As well as a co-authored paranormal romance, the Wish Quartet.


My Review:

Air Awakens by Elise Kova is an epic fantasy following the story of a library apprentice named Vhalla Yarl who unknowingly exists with magical powers that society frowns upon. She struggles with the domino effect of discovering her new sorcerer abilities, and one wrong move could change her life forever, if it hadn’t already.

The world building is FANTASTIC and built with incredible detail. The setting was just a major turn-on for me! The book was neither fast-paced nor a slow, boring read so I immensely savored this beautiful world that is so easy to get lost in. It’s so detailed but not too descriptive, this world is impossible not to love.

The characters are pretty awesome. I love Vhalla’s relationships with the people around her. I like all the characters, Vhalla and Sareem and Roan and Larel and *gasp* Aldrik! Yes Aldrik is one of my favorite characters in this book, not just because he’s th cROwn pRIncE, nor the fact that he’s darkly handsome (hey don’t look at me like that) but his character background and personality is just so dark and complex. Also, I’m not saying that he’s this dark and tortured smol bean, what I mean is that he is his own person, and he wouldn’t care what the heck people think of him. Because if they do, or if they mess with the people he loves, he’ll burn them to ashes. And he does NOT care if Vhalla is some lowborn library apprentice.

I’m literally giving a speech here about Aldrik, aren’t I?

Anyway. He does not care if Vhalla is some lowborn library apprentice. Actually, no one in the Tower does. Larel doesn’t. Fritz doesn’t. They treat her with equal respect, not because she’s probably the last Windwalker left (although maybe partly) but because she’s one of them, a talented person shunned by society. They stayed by her side, not like her “best friends” who hardly even made an effort to make her still feel welcome and normal despite her newfound abilities and what the people around her would say when they find out about it. For goodness sake, it’s not like Vhalla even asked for powers. She can’t help it, she was born with it, but nooo, they’re annoyed by the fact that Vhalla is a freak now that she has powers.

Let’s move on to the storyline shall we? The plot is just PURE AND RAW AWESOMENESS. Elemental magic plus royalty plus wars plus society ahhhh! It’s a typical “YER A WIZARD, VHALLA” book (I’ve been reading books with this trope lately) and so far, so good. Also: zero instalove. I love the slow relationship development between Aldrik and Vhalla, and also Vhalla and the Tower’s members.

The magic system in this book is unique and finely crafted. It’s complex and creative and I can tell the author truly has put effort into it. I could say the same about the history too, especially that of the Solaris Empire. Honestly, with everything so precise, I would have thought that a whole other world, one full of magic kingdoms, wars, and rivalry, existed.


My Rating:


5 / 5 Dragon Eggs



Have you read Air Awakens?

How much did you like it and what were your thoughts?

If not, is this book in your TBR pile? I hope it is!



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