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Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
Soldier... Sorcerer... Savior... Who is Vhalla Yarl?
She vowed to become the Empire's monster. But the crown prince has other plans...
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?
Book two in the Air Awakens Series.
"... the beginning to the end of this book is amazing. I would give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars even though it ripped my heart out. Can't wait for the next book in the series, Earth's End!"- Nerd Girl Books
"Vhalla suits up in this epic sequel to the fantasy novel that is Air Awakens. This book is more - more everything. More magic, more badassery, more friendship, more of that oh so frustrating sexual tension. Fire Falling is absolutely filled with kickass moments and ~feels~, and it knocked me over a number of times."- Dani Reviews Things --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B01M8NZH1C
- Publisher : Silver Wing Press (October 27, 2016)
- Publication date : October 27, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 4124 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 382 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,604 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
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As you may have heard this is a cliffy cliff so prepare your reading palate for a quick hop into book 3 to be sure you survive the blow Kova gives you.
The wee mousy librarian was knocked down, found her spine and therefore her magic prowess. I love watching her grow. I believe her growth. Which doesn't always happen to librarian MCs.
I will wine about the hot cold prince who had his reasons but I just wanted intimate progress. He softens. They say words. It's better.
But the Emperor is a raging jerkface and holds big bitter grudges better than the elves of LOTR so. She doomed.
I enjoyed it. It was a lot of marching. The end was intense. And rude. And book 3 is lovely too. So just keep swimming :)
Instead, the pace in book #2 is much like that of book #1 in the sense that the author is taking the time to use the events occurring during the army's march to the North to give substance to the story with lots of scenes and details added in, building up the story with content that draws in readers for a more immersing, intense experience instead of just jumping from one major plot event to the next. This is something I personally like because I always chose content over rapid-fire pacing. I'd much rather have time with the characters to grow to care about them than to get into a series that smooths over this stuff just to move quickly ahead with the major plot developments, so I think this slower pace soaked with information and character development and all that good stuff is commendable and works very well for me as a reader. The author also really focuses on Vhalla and Aldrick as people and their relationship in this book, which I personally really wanted to read about a lot since book #1 just touched on this and didn't give me the fully satisfactory relationship developments I wanted. There's also ample time dedicated to the side characters, which is nice, because while I would love constant Vhalla + Aldrick time to sate the sappy romantic in me, it's the mark of a good writer to be able to breathe life into secondary characters and allow them time to exist for more than just ultra-convenient purposes and I can appreciate this. I wouldn't call book #2 a set up book like #1 was, but you definitely are seeing a build up to the actual war and Vhalla coming face-to-face with fighting on a true war front. There's training and marching and dealing with the rift between sorcerers and non-sorcerers, for example, and a good amount of time is dedicated to Vhalla dealing with the effects of her trauma and experiences, her nightmares and feelings and internal turmoil.
As I'm sure you can tell, part of why I loved this book was all the time dedicated to Vhalla and Aldrick; there's tension and turmoil and doubt and lots of feelings and both of them struggling with stuff but eventually coming together and trying to get a handle on what it means to love one another and be together all while Aldrick is the crown prince and Vhalla is a war-tool that belongs to the crown. It's an interesting insight into Aldrick to be in all these scenes with Vhalla, you get a sense that he understands well that he needs to put on a mask as a crown prince, but he drops this in front of Vhalla to reveal to her his regrets and sorrows and loneliness and all those soft, secret feelings he could show and share with no one out of fear he'd be rejected or misunderstood or have someone use them against him somehow. It's also interesting to watch Vhalla deal with all this and enter into a world where she has to be secretive and quiet about her affections and deal with separation and denial and tell lies because of the vulnerability she creates within Aldrick and the wrath of the emperor they could bring down upon themselves for their mutual love and respect. I'm actually really liking how this all unfolds because we're not hit with "instant love" that's more or less just extreme physical attraction and we're not presented with a perfect relationship: they both struggle and doubt and feel sadness and hurt and jealousy and shock and they're floundering, trying to find their barrings in an emotional territory neither of them has ever been through before, but the sincerity and feelings are all there. I prefer to read about this kind of romance because it feels natural and gives me enough time to believe through their scenes together that this is genuine.
Also, one big kicker that I'm sure saddened or enraged many was the abrupt and intense cliffhanger. It was brutal to be honest. But since I cleverly waited until all the books were released, this isn't really an issue for me since I have book #3 sitting right next to me ready to be opened and read as soon as I finish typing my review for book #2.
All in all, this is my favorite book so far. I enjoyed reading it and polished it off in a single sitting, though at times I had to take a break to let things sink in for a moment before continuing. I think this was a worthwhile installment in the story and it generally felt pretty whole too; some big conflicts were resolved, we had a nice climax, and now book #3 will take us into the next arc which I'm assuming is the true, full blown war effort. The cliffhanger doesn't give you a nice wrapped up ending looking towards the next book, but I think from that period on you can fully say Aldrick and Vhalla are in the midst of a war and will be dealing with a new slew of problems that come along with being important figures in said war. I'm excited for book #3, but also a little nervous because I can't help but fear that there will be more turmoil and conflict before there's smooth sailing and any sign of a happy ending in sight.
I was disappointed at the way Vhalla cheated her way into great fighting skills because it removed an element of danger and tension, and I wanted to see her and Aldrick interacting when they were sore, tired, hungry, irritated as hell, and generally stripped down to their ugly reactions. Is that messed up? I'm not saying I wanted them to verbally abuse each other, but I wanted to see how they handled each other in that situation.
I kind of tuned out a little after Vhalla had her breakdown near the end of the book. She starts acting really out of character (wink, nudge), but not in a way that I liked. She seriously toed a moral line with me, though. With where she was in her relationship with Aldrick, like some of the thoughts coming out of her were just dumb dumb dumb.
Also, I'm pretty sure the author uses "awe" to describe "admiration" multiple times (ex. "He looked at her in awe" instead of "He looked at her with admiration"). That was a bit jarring for me.
But gosh, I am a sucker for a story about two people figuring out the way to love each other—like the real kind of love, not the dirty naked fun bits that come when you rub two hot people together to make fire.
It's fun to watch Aldrick and Vhalla change how they make choices and communicate. Aldrick is figuring out how to be kind while Vhalla is struggling to stand up for what she wants.
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I loved the book, I love the way that Vhalla is growing and changing as person, the way her powers are developing and the new things she is discovering she can do. I don't think we have seen her full potential yet and I think that she is really going to blow our socks off in the next book.
I love Aldrik, he is a complex character, but I do always seem to find myself more attracted to those who have a dark side. I really hope that there is a happy end f ok r him and Vhalla, but I'm really not sure that there can be.
Baldair is growing on me and I hope he still has a big part to play in the rest of the books, I also like Daniel too but the Emperor I despise and do not trust.
It was a great second book, really kept the action up as sometimes second books in a series can fall a bit flat, but there was none of that with Fire Falling. I'm so glad I don't have to wait to read the next book in the series, Earth's End as I don't think my nerves could take it. I'm now off to read that whilst hopefully you read this one and enjoy as much as I did.