[661]: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

23127048 Silver Wing Press | August 27th, 2015
Series: Air Awakens, #1
Paperback, 377 pp.
New Adult | Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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.

I wish I can join in the furor left in the wake of this little indie book. For the record, I like the idea of an apprentice slowly coming to terms with her supposed powerful magic. But I was frustrated with Vhalla. She was stubborn in such a way that she refused to embrace her powers. Nothing wrong with grandstanding as long as you have the balls to back it up. In the end, it wasn’t all the root cause of why I didn’t quite enjoy this book. At times, I wanted to shriek in frustration because for all the talks of her being the most powerful and rare, I never saw it. The readers was only given a second-hand account of it. She was always unaware of what she was doing when she was unleashing her power. It was very irritating.

What the heck is a Windwalker, anyway?

What is her power? It annoys me that after finishing the first book, I still hadn’t a clue as to what she can do. Can she fly? Can she summon wind? I wish that I didn’t have to read the next set of books to learn the scope and breadth of her power. If I’d learned of what she can do in Air Awakens, I’d be one-clicking the entire series faster than you can say, next! 


The pacing didn’t bother me either way. The lack of consistency wasn’t as annoying as I’d expected it to be. This is one of those times when I wasn’t interested in what happened to the characters or the story either way. I was going through the motions and was just racing to get to the end. Which is a clear indication that it was all over before the crying! I kind of knew how it would end but that didn’t stave off my frustration somehow. As far as series opening goes, this was the kind of introduction that I wasn’t a fan of. Because instead of whetting my appetite for the rest of the books, it incited a general lack of interest.

In Retrospect

Three stars for world-building and plot; and for a slow-burn romance that I could’ve enjoyed reading come to a fruition. Overall, this is not the fantasy I was looking for. Sorry.




  • Sorry I am so behind. This one would bother me too if I had no idea what her power was by the end of the book! Just kinda crazy! Not for me 🙂

  • Aw, I’m sorry this one was pretty disappointing. Sad face. But yay for still liking it 🙂 I have not heard of it before, but gosh, that cover is pretty 😀 But yeah. Not for me, lol. You are awesome for reading it, though 😀

  • That is the one fantasy trope I hate above all else! The ‘she’s so special and rare and powerful’ BUT WE NEVER SEE IT. But this sounds like the type of fantasy I could enjoy, so I might give it a try soon. You gave it a fair chance though, so don’t apologize! 🙂

  • You should feel proud for trying. You went into this novel knowing that fantasy wasn’t your kind of thing, but you still gave it a fair chance. It might be frustrating to some not knowing what her power truly is by the end of the novel, but that isn’t the kind of thing that would bother me. I want to try this one myself and I just want to get to it because the hype has built up around it so much D:

  • Aww, it’s too bad this wasn’t the fantasy you wanted, Joy. I get annoyed too when you have a character that’s supposed to be really powerful but doesn’t act like it. And it sucks that you still don’t know what her power is after finishing the first book.

  • Precious

    I’ve seen this a couple of times before! I like that she’s a library apprentice – dont all book lovers do? – but I’m sad to find out that the book didnt live up to your expectations. Stubborn main characters are bearable for me, as long as they have a reason for it. Now I’m not sure about this one.. Great honest review, Joy!

  • I’ve seen this book cover everywhere, and i have to admit, I’ve avoided reading reviews for it because I thought it was a manga! Not that I’m anti-manga at all, but those series go on for eons, and I’m not investing in that. Still, now that I know better, I’m not so sure about this one. A school for mages sounds too much like Harry Potter to me, and the last book I read that had a school for mages burned me. I couldn’t even finish reading it.

  • Stubborn main characters tend to annoy me as well so I think I will adjust my expectations going into this, although I’ve heard SO many good things about it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Too bad it fell short, the cover art and world sounds amazing!

  • Book Addict

    Oh too bad you didn’t like this a lot, the blurb sounds intriguing thoughand that cover is really pretty ! I think I might read this despite everything because well, fantasy is one of my favorite genre 🙂
    Great review ^^

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  • Have never read a fantasy book, if not Harry Potter counts haha, but it definitely sounds interesting! Though kind of off that it still was unclear what her skills were by the end of the book, but a very nuanced review anyways! Xx


  • Yeah girl. 🙁 I’ve had those times when you judr can’t connect with the characters or the story itself. Those are the times when you just DNF, BUT I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU DIDN’T. ♡♡ The cover is still pretty cool though. 🙂

  • Melliane

    Sorry it wasn’t more and you didn’t have your answers in the end… I didn’t know about this one but the cover is beautiful. Maybe I’ll pass.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this didn’t work for you! It is strange that you don’t learn what her powers are in the first…even if more IS to come, you should have some idea by the end of the first book.


  • Oy, this sounds like it’d annoy me, too. I think fantasy is one of the most difficult genres to mesh with and enjoy!

  • This is not the fantasy you are looking for *wave*

  • Hm… I may like this one more than you. I have read that book about the frustrating teen refusing her powers so many times, I’m numb to it sadly. I have to admit, I do tend to ignore it anymore. What gives me pause is not knowing her power. I do think that is one big omission and one I may not care for either. I do think I’m on the fence with this one. Gave me a lot to think about before choosing to read it though. 😀

  • Oh sorry to hear you didn’t like this that much. I got a very string recommendation to read this book and I purchased it but haven’t found time yet. This whole series comes out in like one year so maybe that is why somethings were revealed later. i don’t know honestly, that does sound bothersome. Great review!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t heard of this one but the cover is stunning. I’m sorry this wasn’t quite what you hoped it would be! I think I’d be quite frustrated with a lot of the elements you described, but I can’t resist a fantasy novel so I may just give this one a try. Thanks for introducing me to this one, Joy!

  • I liked this one a little better than you, but I don’t remember anything from it … I am very interested in reading the series though maybe one of these days! Feeling disinterest towards a book is the worst. Do you think you’ll continue?