Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens Series Book 5) by Elise KovaCrystal Crowned (Air Awakens Series Book 5) by Elise Kova

Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens Series Book 5)

byElise Kova

Paperback | July 12, 2016

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Title:Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens Series Book 5)Format:PaperbackDimensions:434 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:Price World PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long Live Solaris Well, Vhalla and Aldrik's journey has come to an end. And what an end it's been. I adored these characters and this world more than I ever imagined and while I'm sad to see it go, I'm glad that everything happened the way it was supposed to. The entire story was a journey in the past and forward into the future. I have to say, it was dark. Way darker than previous novels, which is saying something. Vhalla's resolution was truly put to the test, and Aldrik was forced to take on his new role with a calm, level head. The two of them had justified spats, but the romance was so strong that it blurred any doubts I had about their relationship faltering. Most of the story was heavy on the romance, but I didn't mind. And the end battle was explosive! There were plenty of twists throughout and a few questions left for the readers interpretation, but all in all, this is one of my favourites in the Air Awakens series. I gained everything I wanted as a fan, and am so happy I gave this series a chance. Long Live Solaris!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A wonderful ending to a fantastic series Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. Actual rating: 3.5 stars Let me start by saying I am beyond honored to have been given the chance to review the final Air Awakens novel. It has been quite the ride reading these novels and they will forever hold a special place in my heart and on my bookshelves. Now onto the review part of things. Crystal Crowned starts off where Water's Wrath left off. With Victor spreading his terror and lies, Vhalla and company get ready to head to war for the last time. Will they be able to bring Victors reign of terror to an end? I know this is the lowest score I have given any novel in the Air Awakens series, but don't get me wrong. I did quite enjoy this novel, it just didn't live up to my expectations of the series finale that I thought we'd get after how devastating the last novels left me. Though I had built up my expectations too much, I still loved this novel. You really get to see how far the characters have grown throughout this series during Crystal Crowned and I enjoyed seeing them reach where they were supposed to go. As my favourite character, I enjoyed Aldrik's growth the most and seeing him become the man he was born to be. In CC he really needs to step up and show the world that he is capable of becoming Emperor and that he is no longer the black sheep he was most comfortable portraying. There were a couple events that came to pass that I expected to be huge moments in the book but they seemed to be glossed over and because of this I felt that a lot of the bigger plot points left me feeling underwhelmed. However, as the war began I became engrossed and could not put the novel down. I found the ending to be quite satisfying and a great ending for such a series.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Epic Ending to an Epic Series What I Loved First of all, I loved this whole series. All of Vhalla’s adventures and experiences made for a wonderful story and I’m extremely glad I picked this series up. I highly recommend it to everyone. Now onto this book! I love that we finally get to see our power couple actually working together and accepting that they’re going to be together forever. I’m not using names in case I spoil it (even though it’s pretty obvious) but those of you who have been following Vhalla’s story know exactly who I’m talking about. They’ve had a lot of rough patches throughout this series but they’re starting to plan a future together and that was really nice to see. I just liked seeing them together and not being forced apart for once. I was glad that the author didn’t wait until the very end to push them together. I also really loved the ending of this book. It was sad like the end of a war should be but it was also happy enough to satisfy me that everything is going to be ok. I really enjoyed reading the epilogue and would love to see more stories revolving around this series in the future. *hint hint* One last thing that stood out to me was that we actually got to see a lot of our secondary characters in this book. We go back to some childhood homes and learn how some of our characters got to where they are now. I loved learning more about these characters because they’ve slowly become my favourites throughout the whole series. What I Didn't Like I had extremely high expectations going into this book and I think the initial disappointment after seeing that this last book wasn’t going the way I wanted it to stayed with me throughout the whole story and brought me down a little. This is a great book and a very nice (somewhat happy) ending to the series but I just thought that this particular book didn’t live up to the epicness that the other books brought. I’m by no means saying that this was a bad book though! Just that expectations are enough to ruin a book for you if you’re not careful and my expectations ruined this ending for me. Also Water’s Wrath was my favourite book and I think it was hard to follow after it because I loved it so much. After a general disappointment at the epicness of this book, there wasn’t a lot of specific things that I didn’t like about this book. The one thing that stands out at me is something (I don’t want to spoil!) happens to Vhalla that should be a huge deal but it’s almost like nobody cares or even acknowledges that it happens. Even though it’s a big deal and important to our story! Just a teeny tine pet peeve. Who I'd Recommend To This is an excellent book (and series) for fantasy and magic lovers. Magic is a huge part of this fantasy world so if you love magic as much as I do then you’ll love this story. It’s also a great story for those people who are tired of reading the same fantasy books over and over again. This series will only increase your love of fantasy. See the full review at Books for Thought
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End of an Era! I am elated and sad at the same time. This is the end of an era for me and this will be the last time I review an Air Awakens full length novel (since Elise is talking about Golden Guard novellas and you know I'll be all over that). And this definitely closes out the series well, but I was disappointed by a few things (which tbh is to be expected. I'm really picky). However, it is still a satisfying conclusion overall and I recommend picking it up and starting! I loved seeing how Vhalla transitions in CRYSTAL CROWNED, especially considering she starts off with no magic in this one. I feel like we have seen all sides of Vhalla throughout this series: timid apprentice, magician, soldier, and now Warrior Queen. But I think what Kova does best is merge all of these typical stereotypes together to create Vhalla. And I think Vhalla is her strongest when she allows herself to be all of these pieces of her at once. Throughout the first four novels, she has been one piece at a time, but we get to see her as all of them together in CRYSTAL CROWNED and to me that is how Vhalla is her strongest. The strongest part of this series had always been that the characters were allowed to grow and expand at their own pace, while still being allowed to make mistakes and stay in the picture. But one of the things I didn't like about this one was that it seemed all the characters got to do this, except for Daniel. Now I know there is a lot of love-hate for Daniel since he "gets in the way" of the main ship, but I felt like his ending was almost convenient compared to how everyone else was allowed to grow. He was easily pushed aside and then "forgotten" about in a sense and that made me sad. I think the best scenes that Kova writes are the action sequences. She has a great handle on how the character's magic interacts and what it is like to fight in a battle with magic, swords, and general ass kicking. I like that the gore was never shied away from and that the characters were bloodied and exhausted by the end of the fighting. I thought the final battle sequence was well written and kept the pace up really nicely to keep me on the edge of my seat and worried for the safety of my babies while also giving me some breathing room to keep up with the politics and the #ShadyMinister. I think some of the pacing at the beginning was a touch off. I thought there was a bit too much time spent in one location and traveling rather than getting to a destination that worked for them and going from there. While FIRE FALLING had a lot of travelogue in it, I never felt like we were spending too much time walking across the world -- in CRYSTAL CROWNED, I definitely felt the travel. I think part of this is because of the interactions between the characters while traveling and that there was just SO MUCH of it throughout this novel, but I also think the beginning was pretty slow compared to how the beginning of the other novels started. I liked how this one ended, though. I am okay with happy endings, even though I had a completely different theory about how it would end and told Elise and she was like "THAT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A HAPPY ENDING. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I think Vhalla deserved a happy ending at the end of this one. She worked her butt off to save the world so I'm glad she got her happiness. Overall I really enjoyed this series, obviously. I was a teensy bit disappointed with this one because to me it was all about the characters and I felt like one of them wasn't given the justice they deserved and were kinda swept under the rug. This is still one of the best high fantasy novels (and series) I've read in a long time and I definitely recommend reading it! It's five novels, which is a bit of a commitment, but at least it's completed!
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fitting Ending to an Epic Series! I can't believe we're at the end of the Air Awakens series already. I need some time to fully process because this series has been one whirlwind of an epic adventure. The readers and the characters will not come out the same after Crystal Crowned. Since this is the last book I don't want to say too much plot-wise except that there was no shortage of joy and heartbreak as the story comes full circle. In the face of her lost ability, Vhalla continues to be strong and resilient. I found her to be irrational at times though I understood it came from a place of guilt, nerves and perhaps even some pressure. I was a bit put off by her own constant reminder that she's about to become more. It's a huge deal but it was repetitive. But I so loved her fierceness. Vhalla needed to right the wrongs and that led her to one final battle. A battle that was just as much with herself as it was with the False King. Her determination was inspiring. Vhalla and Aldrik have come so far as they finally get to stand together. Side by side on the battlefield. Having witnessed all the obstacles that stood in their way and watched them overcome most, I really just wanted them to have their happily-ever-after. I loved seeing their love persevere. It didn't matter what the past said or how bleak their future looked, they would succeed. With Crystal Crowned, we also finally find out about Jax's past. Not going to lie, I've been super curious about him! It's a painful and terrible past. It definitely helped me understand his speech and actions more. I'm kind of sensing there will be more from Jax. I'm really hoping! I don't know how to emphasis my love for this series. It's been an emotional ride but such a worthwhile one. With the release of Crystal Crowned, the Air Awakens series will be complete. I can't help but be a little sad but I know for certain this is a series I will be reading over and over again.
Date published: 2016-07-11