Title: Fire Falling
Series: Air Awakens #2
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: November 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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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?
OH. MY. GOD. OMG. The feels! OMG. So many feels! I feel like I am crumbling into pieces. There is just so much going on in my head and my heart right now that I don't quite know how to proceed. Let's see now...
Elise Kova wields magic not just in the pages of this story, but with mere words. She has such a talent for creating a story that is held so close to my heart.
The characters are growing so much. I love how close Vhalla is becoming with her friends. It is just so touching. I am happy for her and it gives me so much hope for her. I love the new friendships that she forges as well. Vhalla and Aldrick's relationship evolves so much. There is so much tension, and it's the good kind. They go through so much and find themselves growing together and apart. I loved Baldair much more in this book. I liked his character in the last book, but now that like has turned to love. I adore him. I can't wait to see what the series has in store for all of these characters.
The plot thickens in this follow-up. With everyone marching off to the warfront, there is so much going on. There is a lot of personal growth for the characters, but it feels like the story grows as well. Between both there is never a dull moment. We learn more about the war going on, and the political intrigue is escalating. I am just foaming at the mouth with anticipation for what comes next in this series!
The pacing is comparable to the first book. It may seem faster since you already know the characters, but in reality it is still evenly paced.
The romance seemed to take up a large portion of the book. The story definitely does not lack because of this. The story goes right along with no disruption. The romance grows around the story. It's perfect, actually. I loved it!
The ending of this book will rip your heart out and flay your soul. I'm not joking. It's that intense. You will feel, you will cry, and you will fall to the floor begging to the gods for mercy. It's that kind of ending. It will change you.
Please do yourself a favor and read this series. Just do it. There is so much to love about this series. The engaging plot, the complex fantasy elements, and a budding romance that will fill your heart up to overflowing. This series has become one of my favorites, and I have no doubt that it will be one of yours as well!
ABOUT THE AUTHORElise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master's in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the USA Today Bestselling Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).