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Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.

The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.

 

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she's honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she's currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of "geekdom." She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!

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    Absolutely Perfect

    Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. At the start of this novel, Vhalla is on her own, trying to forget Aldrik, and survive the Knights wrath. No matter how far away from Aldrik Vhalla is, she is still finding herself in dreams of his past. Upon waking up, she quickly scribbles down each dream. Working in a bookshop, Vhalla uses her time to try and learn as much as she can about the Knights of Jadar. However, Vhalla can only hide from the world for so long. This novel was everything I could have hoped for and absolute perfection. This series gets better and better with each book, successfully destroying me in the process. Before I go any farther, let me tell you that I do not cry while reading books. There has only been one time that I have gotten close to tears and it involves a certain boy named Fred. With that said, twice since I started this series, I have been close to tears. These books are so wonderfully written that I feel like I am a part of the story. Elise truly has a way with words that when the story ends, you are ripped out of the world in a way that is almost painful and you just cannot wait to read the next book. On top of all of the action in this novel, the characters continued to grow. Aldrik in particular had quite the character development and I loved to see it. As he is one of my favourite characters, I enjoy any part of the story that involves Aldrik but I also greatly enjoyed watching the other characters develop further. I wouldn't so much say I recommend this novel to everyone as I want to force it into everyone's hands and MAKE them read it!

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    I am destroyed!

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I don’t even know where to begin with this review. If you’ve seen any of my other reviews for this series, then you might know that for me, every book has been better than the last. This one has just completely ruined me. My friend Jamie mentioned in her review that she thought ‘everything was going to be okay because there’s still one more book’, which is exactly how I felt. I thought that I’d be fine because there was still Crystal Crowned to go, but oh god, how wrong I was. I don’t think I’ve cried like this for a while, certainly not for a book. My face is actually hurting from sobbing so much. I expected it to be pretty heart-wrenching, as the last three books have been, but also because of the way Earth’s End ended. I already felt unprepared before I even opened this book. Even then, I could not have seen this pain coming. Even just thinking about the big thing that happens in this book makes me want to cry. I mentioned in my last review that I thought I’d need therapy by the time this series is over, but I don’t think I’m even going to make it to July. By this stage in the series, I can’t talk a whole lot about the plot or the characters without spoiling at least one of the earlier books. Just know that everything is incredible, and heartbreaking. It is my life mission to make sure every reader in the world feels the Air Awakens feels at some point in their lives. I will not stop until everyone is on the floor sobbing into a pillow…which I totally wasn’t doing half an hour ago. I don’t think I’m ever going to be able to put into words how much I love this series. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely have to pick it up. On that note, I’m going to go back to crying about that one thing that happened.

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    Kova Has Done It Again!

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Perfection doesn't even begin to describe this one. Where do I start? The end? The middle? The end? The part I desperately don't want anyone to mention to me ever again? The beginning where I thought everything was going to be okay because there's still one more book? I don't know because all of it was perfection. Also, the cover is like whoa once you read this book. But I can't say why without spoilers but once you read a certain part of this book, you'll be like OH EM GEE, ELISE HAS DONE IT AGAIN. Actually, you'll be saying that a lot in this book. Vhalla Yarl in this one is the type of woman you want to be (but like, also, I don't want to have to take the same path to get there??? I would prefer not to go to war and murder people, but hey, to each their own). She starts off in AIR AWAKENS as a girl who would rather surround herself with books than people (same) and transforms into someone that saves people's lives just by giving them hope. Everyone should aspire to be like Vhalla Yarl (or Elecia, I'm chill with being like Elecia too) because she is the definition of lightning in a bottle. I really liked seeing her relationship with Daniel evolve. I liked that they both admitted where their feelings were coming from and what it means for them in the future. I think, for Vhalla, it was always about Aldrik, so it was nice to see her come to terms with it in this one. And for everyone to be so gracious about it during the course of the novel, even with the current present circumstances. I liked seeing the total aftermath of the war in this one. The consequences of actions are never shied away from in this series, so it was great to see that trend continue in WATER'S WRATH. I liked that while the battle has ended, the war really hasn't as Vhalla trades a Northern battlefield for one filled with Polite Society. I think it was interesting seeing Vhalla trying to figure out how to be herself and still maintain a semblance of what was expected of her. I liked that she did her best to not let some outcomes from the last novel affect how she would handle her present circumstances. The pacing was really good with this one. I liked that there was a lot happening, but not so much that our main characters couldn't get a bit of a breather. It was really interesting to see what a post-war Empire looks like because it gave us a bit more insight to everyone's head space and where they were coming from when they made decisions. I liked that Vhalla was so willing to break traditions and to try to move forward with training and staying battle ready. I liked all her interactions with the Golden Guard, as well. And Jax is just bae. As I've continuously said, the magic system in this world is immaculate. I liked seeing more of what we already knew -- and some of what we didn't -- become more prominent in this one. I feel like while we saw a lot of magic during the battles, there was much more of it in this one, which I really enjoyed. I liked Vhalla working with Minister Victor on the crystal magic and seeing their relationship develop a bit more. I was always really weary of Victor, (I called him #ShadyMinister) so it was kinda nice to be able to "sit down" with him and see more of his character. FRITZ AND GRAHM ARE SO SWEET AND ADORABLE. That's all I have to say on that one. The ending was WILD. Like from 80% onward I was on the edge of my seat. I like that there was a lot of action spread out through this novel but that the ending left it in way that was "closed" but still wanting more. I am super excited for CC to come out in a couple of months because I'm not sure I can wait for the conclusion to this series. I have been completely taken by Kova's writing, world, and this is a series that has reread potential because as each book comes out, you learn more about the previous novel. So I will probably be rereading it as a whole in September/October because I will miss it too much to go any longer than that.

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