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A Trial of Sorcerers Paperback – March 4, 2021
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Perfect for fans of The Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns, this magical new fantasy will leave readers desperate for more.
Ice is in her blood.
Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows - the shadow of her older brother, of her magic's whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She's the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.
Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She's invited to the royal court with the "Prince of the Tower," discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira secretly meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.
But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn't even realized was haunting her.
Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn't ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.
A Trial of Sorcerers is the first book in a brand new, young adult, epic fantasy for readers who love stories involving: sorcerer competitions, slow-burn romance, adventures to distant lands, and elemental magic.
**A TRIAL OF SORCERERS is set in the Air Awakens universe, but is it's own unique story. Readers new to the universe can start here!**
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- Publisher : Silver Wing Press (March 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949694194
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949694192
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #369,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story is no different, it's downright cruel with how enticing it is. The pacing feels like you're constantly on the edge of cliffhangers and you can only dive deeper and deeper into the book to reveal what you are missing. You keep thinking "No, she's not this" "No, she's going to do that!" She being Eira Landan an eighteen year old woman who has isolated herself because of her magic. She feels she doesn't fit in, and everyone is happy to remind her that this is true, even her own family. She is torn between "should I just be invisible" or "should I force myself into the light where they can see what I'm capable of." A tournament that calls to her, will force her to make the decision and that choice will lead to many consequences, some good and some not.
The life-like quality that the characters have really pull you into their world. Nobody is perfect and nobody is immune to death. You never know who will live or die, you just clutch your seat and go for the ride. Every character is different and there have been so many across all her stories. Seeing new and unique personas is fun. There are many cameo's from the original Solaris books the Air Awakens series. If you haven't read those, that's fine they're not necessary but I can say for certain you won't be able to put them down.
The Air Awakens series is one of my ultimate favorites and I’m always surprised at how Elise Kova outdoes each new book in this amazing universe. The new installment follows Eira Landan, a misunderstood, unpopular magical water runner apprentice who struggles to fit in the Tower of Sorcerers because of an unnoticed unique magical ability she has. She is constantly living in the shadow of her brother and is limited by her family from growing her magic to its fullest potential.
While wandering in the tower, her unique magic ability leads her to a hidden room where she finds journals detailing advanced and possibly dangerous magical instructions discouraged by the Tower. At the same time, a tournament of sorcerers is announced to commemorate the peace treaties between the Empire of Solaris and the kingdoms found on the Crescent Continent. In order to choose the sorcerers representing the Solaris Empire, a series of trials is held by the Tower to select one sorcerer of each element.
Eira has always been intrigued by Meru, the Crescent Continent, and is thrilled by the opportunity to travel there. Her family, however, would rather her brother be selected and ask Eira not to compete. Eira struggles with all her heart to keep her family happy, but she ultimately decides that she would be the best candidate given her love for and knowledge of Meru.
The trials are absolutely exciting and Eira is constantly faced with obstacles not just from the tournament but from people who would rather see her comply and limit her abilities. But with the help of her unique skills, secret magic journals, and love for Meru, she does her best to defy all odds against her. If you love the Air Awakens universe, as well as magical tournaments, love triangles, and slow-burn romances, you will definitely love a Trial of Sorcerers. I am so excited to read the second installment.
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Eira is an endearing character from the beginning she has family problems and social problems very easy to sympathize with. I can't wait to read the next installment.
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4.5 Stars - I absolutely ADORED this!!! (No Spoilers!)
This new instalment in the world of Air Awakens is on a whole new level - and it's such a fresh insight into the world that you don’t have to read any of the other books to understand!! Elise has this magical way of weaving backstories and subtle nods to her previous works without it being confusing for a new reader.
Having read several of the Air Awakens books I was delighted to meet familiar characters once again and to see what has occurred since certain events.
The character of Eira is strong and delightful, she went from an obedient student hiding in the shadows to suddenly a woman finding her own destiny - and it was brilliant?
My heart did break towards the end and I cannot wait for for the next book!! Highly recommend this beautiful book - I adore this world Elise has created!
So I wanna start of by saying I loved this. I enjoyed it so much and it made me remember why I love Elise’s writing so much. This was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and I’m glad I enjoyed it.
Now to the reason it’s not a five star read. This book had a rough start. In the beginning a lot of the dialogue and writing felt forced and stunted. I found myself being confused multiple times and having to re-read sections over again. But luckily around the 15-20% mark things picked up and never let up again. I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t say much about the plot except I loved it. Elise really knows how to make things hurt in the best way.
There’s so many call-backs to previous books in the Air Awakens universe. Which, in my opinion, means that this shouldn’t be read as a stand-alone. I would recommended that if you’re interested in this you read the whole air awakens universe. It will make this book make so much more sense. That being said you definitely <i>could</i> read this as a standalone but if you don’t it can feel like you’re missing some information.
I loved the characters in this and I loved the characters from previous books in this universe making an appearance. Elise writes good, loveable, understandable characters that you can route for, and ones you can absolutely despise. I also enjoyed the portrayal of the complex sibling relationship beteeen Eira and Marcus that wasn’t always ‘I love you’ or ‘I hate you’.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book once it started to pick up and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Be warned you'll want to know what happens next desperately. I suggest waiting until March2022 to read it! I was teetering on if and buts, desperately hoping against hope.