Author: Elise Kova
Series Number: 2
Publication Date: November 19, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Where I received the book: I got this ebook from the Apple bookstore.
Star rating: ★★★★☆
A summary: 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?
This review is spoiler free, although contains spoilers for Air Awakens.
I started reading Fire Falling immediately after finishing Air Awakens – which is usually a big no-no. But I couldn’t help myself because Air Awakens is so damn good! Anyway, I read this book in, like, a day. Which is incredible for me (because I’m incredibly slow sigh). Anyway, this book was so damn fantastic, I don’t even know where to begin my review. I guess I’ll just start at the beginning.
Unlike Air Awakens, I was hooked within the first page. Or the first sentence, I’m not too sure. Where Air Awakens had a slow beginning, Fire Falling ran straight into it, starting with Vhalla marching off to war. I don’t know what snags a reader’s attention more than a war march, and Elise Kova wrote this so beautifully. The pacing of the beginning was so well written, with a mixture of character development, world building and action. Where I had many questions after Air Awakens about the land, the people, and the war that’s going on, Fire Falling fully answered all of them. I was more than happy with the overall information given. And guess what? No info dumping!! Amazing!
I would just like to spend a good few minutes talking about my bae Larel. During Air Awakens, I didn’t reall form any kind of attachment towards her character. But let me tell you, her and Fritz become more important to the story and to Vhalla during this book. I absolutely fell in love with Larel. She’s so brave and strong. I like how we got to know more about Larel and Fritz during this book.
And Aldrik??? Dear god, he was fantastic in Fire Falling. Certainly a well rounded character. For some reason books seem to think that good means 100% good, and they’ll never do a “bad” thing in their life. Aldrik, this great character. He does some “bad” things, but it makes him human. Guess what, he’s flawed too. Not like those flawless, strong males in most YA books. He’s not good at some things, he makes wrong decisions. Sometimes he even comes off a little “evil” because of some of these things he does.
Should I mention his beautiful brother Baldair? Geez. He was a weird one to read about. Is he trying to help Vhalla? Is he secretly plotting against her and Aldrik? Who need’s 2D characters when we have Aldrik and Baldair who constantly make us question what their doing and whY DO WE TRUST THEM?
I need a paragraph on Daniel and Craig too. I just need to. So, these two are introduced in Air Awakens, but they become more important to the story in this book. I really enjoyed them, they added humor and friendliness to this wartime fantasy novel. To be honest, I don’t think there’s a single character I don’t like in this book. They’re all entertaining in their own way. (Even the “bad guys”)
Although I loved this book as a whole, there was one thing that knocked it down from 5 stars. There’s this little thing called romance, which I didn’t know this series was part of until this book. (But I kept reading anyway). Somewhere around the middle, they stop their march and have a break in this small town thing. I don’t know what it was but it became impossible to read. The romance during this part of the book was absolutely ridiculous (potential readers of this book, please keep in mind that I don’t like romance. I’m sure other romance lovers would adore this book.)
Everything that lacked in this book (which isn’t much), is completely made up by that ending. Holy crap. It’s been a few weeks and I’m still stunned. I’m just glad that the next book comes out in a few months, rather than a year. (this book here)
Overall, I rated this book 4/5 stars because it was absolutely fantastic. The boring bit somewhere around the middle kept it from the 5th star. I love the world building and character development throughout this book. There’s no love triangle (hooray!), and the relationships are all well developed (no insta-love). I would recommend this book to literally everyone. (I hadn’t even finished reading it when I managed to convince my mum to read the books too- and she loved them). Argh, I just love this book so much.