Air Awakens by Elise Kova
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.
So this was my first time ever reading a self published book. I didn’t know what to expect, but it definitely wasn’t the amazingness that it turned out to be. This book is GREAT! How is everyone NOT reading this?!?
I didn’t like Vhalla at first, but she grew on me. She changed so much throughout this book, that she might as well have been a different person all together. In the beginning, she wasn’t a badass. She didn’t stand up for herself or sass off at people. She was relatively normal, if not a bit meek. That definitely changed. Vhalla grew to be so much more than the submissive little library apprentice with an affinity for books (ah, a fellow bookaholic!).
“Vhalla wasn’t exactly good at relationships as she preferred to spend more time with books than people.”
She became bold and strong, and I can’t wait to watch her grow even more in the rest of the series!
I liked Aldrik, even though he was……. off-putting. He reminded me a lot of Sherlock (superwholock is life) so I couldn’t help but love him even though he was a prick at first.
“For all his orders and sneers, his commanding presence, and his intimidating always all-black ensemble, Vhalla saw something different. She simply saw someone who was lonely, someone who could likely count their friends on one hand, and perhaps wanted to one day use two hands. He was nothing like the man she first met, the man who wore a mask to meet palace expectations.”
I liked the whole magical aspect of this book, and how it was simple and easy to understand. There wasn’t a whole lot of world building, though I expect that in the next book (you’ll see why). The rest of the characters were fairly well developed
Anyways, this book is BEAUTIFUL and you HAVE to read it!!!! If you like fantasy, there’s no way you won’t love this book!