So what’s the verdict on Air Awakens?
I enjoyed this story, the fantasy world created within is both comfortingly similar but with its own twists and turns to make it interesting and keep you on your feet. It takes the classic element angle and skews it into the different countries and magical abilities. I liked the history behind the world in the state it is in during the book, it felt more like a snapshot of time rather than a story first, world later scenario.
How were the characters?
Vhalla’s character is intriguing because she actually plays with fire (quite literally on occasion) and is able to almost choose her own path into magic. So many fantasy figures revealed to have magic are immediately forced into training due to a prophecy or destiny, so that was refreshing. She toys with the idea of refusing her magic, fear instilled within her making her want to avoid any situation where she could endanger herself or her friends. She’s useful to the Crown, but not pre-ordained to save them all.
Any relationships or storylines that stood out?
The relationship is a slow burner, which I appreciate (not a fan of the insta-love, unless a good explanation is given for it). It develops slowly from a mentor position, to friendship, to the glimmer of something more. The story also looks at relationships between friends and mentors, as well as lovers.
All in all a compelling read – I’ve already bought the next book.
Have you read any of the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova? Do you have any other elemental fantasy series that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!