Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press
Published On: November 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?
Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?
After reading the first book and completely devouring it, I had fairly high expectations for this next book. I’m glad to tell you all that it did not disappoint! All the elements I loved in the first book were brought into the second book and were even made a little better.
I’m finding that I’m really loving the plot that’s happening in these books. There are some parts that I expect to happen but most of the time I’m completely taken by surprise when the plot goes in a different direction. It’s not a typical fantasy book, plot-wise, because those elements you’re expecting don’t ever come. Instead the author actually uses some creativity (which YA can be lacking a lot of the time) and makes something even more magical than what you were expecting.
I might have different opinions than some people, but I ship Vhalla and Aldrik really hard, but my heart is taken by Baldair. I love the relationship Vhalla and Aldrik have going on, and the romance is only making the story better, but I can’t help but fall in love with Baldair even single time we get to see a little more of him. He’s not even being very nice right now, but I can tell he’s a great little brother even though he doesn’t always show it. I think that all the relationships in this book are going to be extremely important later on because the author is really taking her time to develop them which I appreciate. Also I love that every character introduced has a very important part to play no matter how small it might be. This is a story where all the little things add up to one great big ending, I can feel it.
I seriously loved everything else about this book but those were the main highlights for me.
I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t love in this book. The only small thing I can think of was that some parts felt a little rushed and they could have been slowed down just a little for us to take it all in. I could also use just a little bit more info about magic users and what they can all do. It’s still a great story without that extra information though.
I’d recommend this to YA fantasy lovers who are also a big fan of romance. If you don’t like romance heavy books then this isn’t the one for you. I can tell you that there’s no love triangles or insta-love in this book which I’m very thankful for. This only proves that fantasy and romance can be mixed well with each other.
This is a wonderful book for YA fantasy lovers. It mixes all the best elements of fantasy into one crazy world and brings us a unique twist on magic and how it can be used for good or evil.