I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 19th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Source: the Author
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?
I am a big BIG mess over Fire Falling. I already loved Air Awakens, but in Fire Falling the stakes are even higher than before. The magic that intrigued and enticed us in book one plays an even bigger role and became even more powerful than before, we get to read more about that smoking forbidden romance that we glimpsed in the first book, and there’ll be twists that you won’t see coming and will BLOW your mind. Fire Falling was every bit the wild ride I expected it to be (and then some more).
Fire Falling pretty much picks up where Air Awakens ended. And it’s intense. This whole book is intense. The story progressed considerably and at a nice consistent speed, which kept me on the edge of my seat (frantically biting my nails). The plot twists were killer. I might have cursed the book a few times, and will not deny crying twice either. These twists came as complete surprises to me and left my heart in a pile of shattered fragments.
We got to read more about Vhalla’s friends in Fire Falling. And I really enjoyed learning more about Larel, Fritz, Daniel, and Craig. They got more depth, and gained some insight as to where they came from, whicht made it so much easier to get (even more) attached to them. They’re just such good friends: supportive and so incredibly brave. I am wholly invested in every single one of them.
You get to see a whole new side to Aldrik. I mean, I liked him after book one (even though I was hesitant about him, I mean he DID push her off a roof, which I am still NOT OKAY with), but we get to see so much more of him. And we get some insight as to how he feels and what he’s been through in life. SO MUCH more depth (and he already was a VERY well fleshed-out character)!
And Vhalla developed so much throughout the story. She’s so devoted to what she believes in and (her own words, not mine) the “queen of bad ideas,” which lands her in a few sticky situations. Her sorcery continues to improve, as expected, but her fighting as well. Her bravery shines through throughout the entire book, even though she was confused by everything she was feeling and was happening to her. She’s such a good character. She’s EVERYTHING and more. I felt for her, I felt everything along with her, and I continue to feel ALL THE FEELS even though I’ve finished the book.
The magic people, THE MAGIC, is AMAZING! There’s a few scenes that got my heart racing, blood pumping, all the feelings flowing. I was on my edge of my seat. Those scenes were THAT badass. I don’t want to spoil anything, you’ll KNOW what I was talking about when you get to those scenes, but honesty Elise takes the magic to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL (sorry for the excessive use of capital letters, but it shows my excitement and puts emphasis on everything I want emphasised, so I guess you’ll just have to deal haha).
That ending though… I honest to god am in a state of denial. Jamie from Books and Ladders told me this is the first stage in facing your grief… but hell no, it just can’t be, because what happened is impossible. I absolutely refuse to believe that cliff-hanger really happened. Or at least, there’s something I’m missing. I KNOW I am missing something. Period. Because as I said before, that ending CAN’T be.
I REFFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT ENDING ELISE!
Fire Falling was everything I wanted to be and then some (even though some of the things that happened I most definitely DIDN’T want to happen). This book was heartbreak and love all wrapped up together. My heart is broken, and shattered into a million tiny pieces on the floor, but believe me when I say that Fire Falling is worth the heartbreak. Elise Kova is a master with words, and the story she’s spun is too good to pass up on!