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Book Review: FIRE FALLING by Elise Kova

FIRE FALLING is a captivating story that leaves you wanting more.

Warning: *Spoilers!*  You may wish to avoid reading this if you have not read Air Awakens.

Even though the majority of the book Fire Falling takes place with the characters marching towards the war instead of being in the midst of it, there’s not a dull moment throughout. There is constant tension, and Vhalla and Aldrik’s steamy and complicated relationship adds enough suspense to carry the book through any remaining peaceful moments.

I always love the characterization in the series; each person has such unique traits. I feel like I know almost all of the characters as if I had met them in person, and each personality is relatable and loveable, with only minor exceptions (*cough* Elecia *cough*).

26047438And I definitely can’t mention characters without mentioning Aldrik, the crown prince. He is one of my favorite characters in general, and his mysterious and complicated demeanor gives him a really complex personality. Plus, he’s just really, really awesome for reasons that are completely professional and, um, not appearance related at all.

Vhalla has grown so much since the last book. She has come far from the library apprentice she used to be, and she’s more independent and confident than she was when the series started (which makes sense, considering everything that’s happened since then). My favorite quality of hers, though, is how real she always is. Yeah, she can be strong and determined and powerful, but she also has weaker moments, just like the best of us. She still needs someone to keep her sane, and she needs her friends’ support in her most raw moments.

Aldrik and Vhalla are one of my favorite couples ever. They make each other stronger, and I can’t imagine one being without the other permanently. When separated, they both feel the enormous gaps left by their counterpart’s absence. They are absolutely perfect for one another, and no one could ever convince me otherwise.

Pausing to breathe while reading Fire Falling, while necessary, is like trying to swim against a very strong, very fast current. I don’t know how she does it, but Elise Kova has mastered the supernatural art of making a book absolutely mesmerizing.

Not even taking into consideration the incredible characters or action-packed scenes, the book was amazing in its ability to hold me captive for hours on end, without my conscious decision to keep reading, something I’ve noticed throughout both books. Fire Falling is by no means short, but I tore through it in a day or two because I simply couldn’t put it down.

Elise Kova proved herself capable of fantastic writing in Air Awakens, and she continues to display her talent in the sequel. It is unusual, in my opinion, for a second book in a series to measure up to the first, but this one didn’t struggle in that department whatsoever.

I am undecided as to whether I can make it till February before knowing what happens next. Part of me wishes I hadn’t read this book, simply because the wait for the next one has been and will continue to be excruciating. If you’re going to publish a book with an ending like this one, the next book has to be out within the next week (please!).

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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?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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