Author: Elise Kova
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: August 27, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Where I received the book: I got this ebook from the Apple bookstore.
Star rating: ★★★★☆
A summary: 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.
This review is spoiler free.
Okay, okay. I don’t even know where to begin. This book is so damn good. It took me two days to read (which, for me, is incredibly fast), I’ve since read the sequel and I can’t wait for Earth’s End.
My favourite thing about this book is probably Vhalla. She’s so relatable and badass. Not to mention her character development: She starts out as an obedient apprentice, keeping her head down to those of higher social rant to her; to becoming a strong, independant woman who comes to speak her mind.
And poor Aldrik, whom I couldn’t tell if I could trust him or not. He’s portrayed as a sort of bad guy by the people, but around Vhalla he’s pretty damn cool. But other characters keep saying stuff, making me question whether he’s good or not. It’s frustrating but cool at the same time. Aldrik isn’t a 2D character who’s 100% good or bad. Depending on your viewpoint, your own personal feelings and experiences is whether he’s “good” or “bad”, something I like.
I thought this book was a little slow at the beginning, during the setting up and world building. But just under half way, I was into it and sold. The ending was fantastic, a masterpiece, and wonderful writing on Elise Kova’s part.
However, I did think the romance was a bit much. Like, I’m here for the magic and the cool fantasy world. I didn’t even know it was a romance at first.
The pacing of the book is very well done. Once I actually got into it, I was never once bored with any slow bits. There was no irrelevant information or pointless scenes.
Overall, this book was extremely good. I loved it a lot. (And Larel, my fav, my bae). I’ve rated this book 4/5 stars because of the slow beginning/the romance I wasn’t really into. It was still a great read, which I would recommend to everyone into fantasy. This is a really fun read.