Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2) by Elise KovaFire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2) by Elise Kova

Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2)

byElise Kova

Paperback | November 19, 2015

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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?
Title:Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2)Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.78 inPublished:November 19, 2015Publisher:Price World PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1619849526

ISBN - 13:9781619849525

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind. Blown. WOW. Okay, I loved the first book, AIR AWAKENS. This sequel? Blew my mind. While there weren't many actual battles, the characters kept me entranced from start to finish. Both Vhalla and Aldrik had stellar development, both of them becoming even richer and more loveable. Their chemistry and romance were heartbreakingly wonderful. I couldn't get enough of them. I was glad to meet some of the other characters as well, though there was one unresolved piece of the story I wanted to know more about. Hopefully it returns later. I felt the last two chapters were a bit too quickly paced, which leads me to the ending. Oh my God, the ENDING!!! I knew it was coming and it didn't happen like I thought it would (Kova is the Queen of Surprises), but if I'd been ignorant of that "cliffhanger" (couldn't help it), I would've broke my ereader. But honestly, this series just keeps getting better and better. The magic is more interesting, the action is rougher, and I know that Vhalla and Aldrik's troubles are far from resolved. Can't wait to see what happens next!!! :D
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't work for me This was a hard review to write. I wanted to like Fire Falling more than I did. I love these sorts of fantasy worlds, but the writing style wasn’t for me. This is the sequel to Air Awakens and though I did like the writing better here, there were still the same underlying issues that had me struggling to get through Air Awakens. I don’t particularly like the writing. The author’s vision wasn’t translated for me and I’m sure if that wasn’t the case, I would have loved Fire Falling. For the most part, my issue was with things like sentence structure, word choice, and tense. When I read Air Awakens, I’d also felt like the writing switched between telling and showing, so I’m glad that wasn’t the case here. However, that experience was in the back of mind while reading Fire Falling, almost like some watermark left on the pages. Funny enough, I feel like if I’d never read Air Awakens but went straight to Fire Falling, the writing wouldn’t have bothered me as much. I’d be totally confused in the beginning and be spoiled for book #1, but enjoying the writing totally outweighs that. When it came to the characters, I disliked most of them. I couldn’t connect with many of them or sense any sort of character development. I did enjoy Vhalla’s companions, Larel and Fritz and gained an in-depth sense of their personalities. The three of them becoming close friends was probably the only clear thing to me character-wise. In addition, the reader is introduced to a new character, Elecia and it’s understood she has some sort of romantic past with Aldrik. I hated that she’s presented with this stereotype: the automatic rival of Vhalla because she did or still does have a romantic relationship with Aldrik, Vhalla’s love interest. It makes me think of a high school-set novel [mean cheerleader because she has the attention of the popular guy aka protagonist’s crush] and I hated that. Out of all the possible stereotypes out there, I loath that one the most. There were a couple of things I loved about Fire Falling. The reader gains a deeper experience of the magic that makes up this world. It was really interesting learning about things like Channeling, the Bond Vhalla and Aldrik have, and Projection. I also loved the way Kova describes certain settings and the different landscapes that make up this world. I stopped reading Fire Falling at 59% because at that point, I didn’t get any sense of a plot or a definite antagonist. I understood there were a couple of political figures who want Vhalla dead and the Emperor wants to use her as a pawn, but neither of them came off as the antagonist I was hoping to read. Additionally, I needed a plot that goes further than Vhalla understanding herself as a Windwalker and the South trying to win the war. I haven’t fully decided whether I’ll be continuing the series. Like I said, I actually love the fantasy world Kova’s created and on the surface, I should love the characters, but it all comes down to the writing style. My reading experience didn’t give me a clear idea of what the author tried to get across to the reader. If you liked Air Awakens I recommend Fire Falling. If you were like me and really struggled with Air Awakens, then maybe this series isn’t for you. I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way altered my honest opinion of the book.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let's Fall Together. I pretty much dove straight into this book when I had the chance. Air Awakens was amazing but Fire Falling went beyond my expectation. Elise Kova has slain me with the best and worst feelings. I had to take a moment to collect my emotions off the floor after turning that last page. Every minute in this book was glorious. Where do I even start. The feels, yes! Reading Fire Falling was no joke. More often than not I found myself having to stop because I was too consumed by emotions. The happiness, excitement, outrage, despair, jealousy- every feeling the characters experienced, I felt them too. How can you not when the stakes are so high? Things were happening. There's not one moment where my heart wasn't in my throat. Even during the more cheery moments, I was nervous for the characters. You never know when things would go down (sorry that sounds so vague but I'm trying very hard not to spoil anything) and trust me when I say, my feelings got ripped apart. That sounds bad but really it's actually a very good thing. I have no idea how a book on going to war can be so fascinating. We haven't even actually gone to war yet but there was no lack of action (romantic action included *wink wink*) and no small number of casualties. I both hated it and loved it. The relationships were somewhat of a tangle but in a clear way. I could tell who and who and who and who were being set up but I didn't know what the possibilities of these pairings meant. I refused to give them more credibility than needed. Well-done Elise, you got me nervous as hell. One particular line made me swoon hard. It was pretty much a love declaration and I feel like it's a bit spoilery so I can't say it here. I just couldn't not mention it. There were butterflies in my stomach and they were on a rampage doing all sorts of flips and cartwheels refusing to stop. I've loved Vhalla since Air Awakens and Fire Falling has not diminished my girl crush at all. Vhalla's quickly morphing from a timid library apprentice into a hard soldier. She's starting to unleash her potential. All the trauma and heartache cannot break her because she's Vhalla. I really enjoyed the part where she goes through stages to convince herself that certain feelings she has doesn't mean anything. Vhalla just feels so levelheaded. So honest. So real. She's irreplaceable. Vhalla is Vhalla. I keep saying her name for a reason and you'll understand once you've read this book. Aldrik, Aldrik, Aldrik. If I say it enough times, can he magically appear in front of me? XD Aldrik's still frustrating and cryptic but there's no denying he takes care of Vhalla. He does it in his own way and no one can fault him for that. Aldrik is the sun. He goes to immeasurable lengths to keep Vhalla safe even if it meant voicing some difficult and horrible ideas. I love that he had more emotional and physical responses in this book ;) I loved all the secondary characters. They're an absolute delight. Fritz, Larel, Daniel and Craig were a constant for Vhalla. She would not be the same without them. Even the annoying Elecia I hope to see more of in the future. I do have to say though, in this book she felt like a plot device used to stir up confusion. Once she served her purpose, she sort of faded into the background. However, I not so secretly hope that Elecia will be there for Vhalla after that ending. Vhalla will need a friend more than ever. Baldair was very Baldair. He doesn't fail with the warnings but he also doesn't overstep his boundaries. He's on my good side and I hope he remains there until the end of the series lol. So I fell in love with Air Awakens. I'm even more madly in love with Fire Falling. I can't even imagine what Earth's End will do to me. Elise, keep doing what you're doing because it is special. Just phenomenal!
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Even better than the first.... although a lot more heartbreaking. Elise Kova is not afraid to make her readers cry.
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this novel! I was more then happy to dive back into the world of Vhalla and the sorcerers. My love and protectiveness of Vhalla seems to grow every chapter I read and these characters feel like they are my very loved family. This novel deals Vhalla with a whole new set of problems. After her trial, she is now essentially "owned" by the Crown. As such, she is now getting ready to march into war. However, as a library apprentice, she has no experience with war but she must learn fast. While the ending of the first novel starts to get darker, it is nothing compared to what Vhalla must face in this part of the story. This book brings new friends but also new foes that must be faced. I loved the introductions of new faces in this series, as well as learning more about characters we glimpsed in Air Awakens and I grew to love one character in particular. During this novel, Vhalla must begin training with her powers as well as training to fight. As they march towards the war in the north, she works with Aldrik to strengthen her powers. Due to my deep love of Aldrik, I loved these scenes as we get to see a little more of who he is besides being the Crown Prince. I greatly enjoyed seeing the Prince that no one else gets to witness. As I bring this review to a close, let me just say that this book has given me a huge book hangover and I had a hard time picking up another book after I finished it. I just don't know what to do with my life. This series has a fantastic mix of fantasy, romance and friendships built deep. I 100% recommend this series to anyone, anywhere.
Date published: 2016-04-15