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.
Congratulations. It isn’t often I break my own reading rules, but Air Awakens was very convincing. Typically, books that I don’t enjoy have until 50% to make me interested in the setting, history, characters, stakes, anything really. I stopped reading at 8%. I can’t take any more.
The MC… I’ve already forgotten her name…. *has to check* Vhalla, is such a passive, whiny pissbaby that I actively hated every thing she said or thought.
She’s in lust with someone she has seen/met once, oh, but tragedy: he could never love her because she is too plain. Her words. Even her love of books, a trait I usually love in characters, came off as superficial and elitist.
The fear and hatred of magic-users not even reasonably hinted at, just fear them, they wear black and are bad (can we please stop color-coding black as scary/ bad. It’s tiresome.)
The other few characters I recall (there were SO many names dropped in the first chapter I can’t keep anyone straight) were flat, flimsy, and utterly dull. The world setting similarly sickly.
And the diction, so many words did not mean what I think the author thought they meant (Princess Bride ftw), poor punctuation errors. The writing itself was lifeless, exposition after exposition, and dialogue that was stiff and unnatural.
I cannot go on with this book.
It felt like a cheap gimmick, like the author had no idea what they were even trying to do.
That’ll teach me to buy books with pretty covers and intriguing titles.
Absolute trite. I actively advise readers to not purchase this book in any form.