Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance
“I want a place you hardly dare to even whisper. I want the bravery to not only read, but to do. I want a man, not a library boy. A man who is tall and witty and knows more about the world than you would ever dare dream.”
OH. MY. GOD.
This book was utter perfection!! Mix elemental magic with war and schemings and court rivalries and romance and a prince to die for and BOOM!! Air Awakens happens. And a seriously embarassing dancing session.
“Vhalla, you are a sorcerer.”
Vhalla is a library apprentice whose world evolves around books and only books (stop staring at me mom), until one day she accidentally saves the crown prince's life and the Minister of Sorcery informs her that she is a sorcerer as well. While you or me would monkey dance at this prospect, Vhalla isn't as excited,since she and everyone in the South hates sorcerers and magic in general. Needless to say, Vhalla gradually comes around, with a little push (pun intended) from the crown prince who is also known as the Fire Lord (and everyone thinks of him as an arrogant bastard), and she discovers the potential but also the danger she faces as the last Windwalker.
“Fire needs air to live. Air fuels fire, stokes it, and makes it burn brighter and hotter than it ever could alone. But too much air will snuff it completely, just as too many flames will consume all the air. They are far greater than the sum of their parts together, but are equally as dangerous to each other's existence.”
Elise Kova is hands down an extremely talented author. Even though she introduced us into a brave new world with its own geography, history, religion and magic system, everything was woven with precision by hands that knew exactly what they were doing. Her writing is flawless, she manages to capture your attention since the first chapter and make you invested in the story and the characters. I even tried to manipulate the air around me (it was a long shot I know but I had to try. Maybe I have another Affinity?) but alas! magic is not my thing, so I had to live vicariously through Vhalla and it felt good.
“Because, Vhalla, you think and you watch, but you never do.You can read all the books in this library, be wiser than the master himself someday, and then you will die having never really done anything. You will have only ever lived through everyone else's experiences.”
It is safe to say that Vhalla did the same thing .I didn't like her at first because she was really narrow-minded and throughout the book she was meek to the wrong people, but her character development is astonishing so yeah, I eventually grew fond of her. There was also a parade of intriguing characters that supported the story and perplexed things and made everything even more interesting. And then there was Aldrik.
"I may be a prince," he said as his lips brushed her ear lightly."But I would trade it all to be a common man, even if only for tonight."
He and Vhalla had the typical I-want-to-punch-you-and-then-kiss-you relationship that had me drooling and giggling and blushing. I was mesmerized by him. He was not a good person, just a heartless and snobbish prince who didn't inspire love or affection to his subjects, but he was misunderstood and he barely showed that he had a soft side. Their romance was a flame so bright that consumed me whole, it combined angst, tension, jealousy and tenderness, it turned my insides into a volcano. Prince Aldrik Solaris, welcome to my book boyfriends short-list.
Why haven't you read it yet??