Over my holiday I read a few books, which is pretty normal for me. However, something I never normally do is read an entire series in one go, but I am so glad I did. There's something magical about not waiting for the next book and carrying on the story instantly! I asked on Twitter if you would prefer 5 different posts, or 1 post containing all five books and 1 post was far more popular so here it is;
Air Awakens; A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
Fire's Falling; 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?
Earth's End; A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.
Waters Wrath; 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.
Crystal Crowned; Long live Solaris.
One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?
I definitely need to start with all of these amazing covers. The first one is definitely what caught my attention to the series, but my favourite cover is definitely the last one. I feel like this shows Vhalla's growth as a character! All the covers are absolutely stunning though and suit each book perfectly.
Air Awakens was a very strong debut but I did not start loving this series until book two. It's definitely everything you could ever want in a debut novel, it's got a solid premise, relatable characters and amazing relationship development as well as entertainment. There was times when I laughed and times when I felt other emotions like shock and anticipation, but I did feel the pacing was a little fast in this book.
Vhalla get's 'awoken' into her powers in a pretty spectacular way, and after she is told she struggles with the notion that she is now a sorcerer. Ironic, seeing as her powers are highly sought after and thought to be something that doesn't exist any more. Once aware of her new state she is given a choice to accept her new fate and train as a sorcerer or eradicate her powers completely. I love how the character progression between Vhalla and Aldrik goes throughout the book and although much of the first half the book focuses on her overcoming her misinformed perception of sorcerers and fear of rejection by her friends, it's definitely worth the read.
The pacing definitely slows down a little with book two, which is amazing because you can delve further into the story and fall in love, but there's a lot more action to compensate. Although this book furthered the story, I feel it focused more on developing characters. The side characters in this book are fantastic and really make the story flow. The ending will have you on the edge on your seat too.
Earth's End picks up right where Fire's Falling ends, and thankfully satisfies all our questions about whats happened. While Vhalla may be the Emperor's pawn she's also a force to be reckoned with. Thankfully the self-doubting Vhalla is gone and has been replaced with the girl who knows she's more powerful than everything thinks, and there are several parts of the book where she showcases her affinity for her powers.
There are a few new characters inroduced in Earth's End, which means new allicances are formed, as well as the rift between the princes being to close. I also love how the character development means there's a sibling-esque relationship between Baldair and Vhalla. Some characters get neglected a little as well but it's all for a good reason. Just like Fire's Falling, we are left with another cliff hanger, as well as some explosive twists and turns which take note on charater and reader emotions.
By the time we get to Water's Wrath you, as a reader, will feel like you have been through everything with Vhalla. She's gone from being a shy librarian to a powerful Windwalker. There will be times where you had doubts for Prince Aldrik but I promise you this book will make you wish you hadn't! I had tears in my eyes at some points in this book and words cannot describe how much I loved it. Devoured in one morning!
Crystal Crowned is everything you want in a book for the end of a series. It's dark, ugly and bleak, you're emotions are constantly thrown from good to bad, happy to crying. Our heroes are doing everything they possibly can to defeat the corrupt evil that has taken over their world, while still holding onto one small bit of happiness.
Overall this series has taken a deep root in my heart and is a must read for every fantasy lover. It's easy to read, as well as gripping from the very start. I well and truly loved this series.