I received an audio copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Elise!
I finally finished it! And I think I know why it took so long. The narrator. I liked the story and couldn’t find much fault there (although I suspected who the betrayer was in book 1!), but I wasn’t looking forward to listening to the audiobook as much as I usually do. I even sped up the reading, which helped a little bit. The narrator’s voice was lovely, but I think she was giving a lot of care to pronunciation of each individual word. Which is good for understanding, but not so great for my enjoyment. I think to finish the series, which I definitely want to do, I will buy the paperback books to read.
Now that I’ve tackled why it took me so long to finish this one, I want to talk a little bit about the story itself. I liked the character growth in our protagonist, Vi. And the family reunion was a treat with all the posturing and learning how to interact with people who are your family but you really haven’t seen in person. Elise does a great job with characterization and emotions. I also thought the pacing was done well. Like I stated above, the betrayal hinted at in the synopsis was something I had seen in coming all the way back in book one, but I definitely felt all the emotions poured into that scene.
There are a few things that jumped out at me as possible call backs to the original Air Awakens series, but I can’t confirm that until I read that series all the way. And I think I might wait until I’m done with Vi’s story before starting that project. What I’m trying to say is, you should definitely read this series even if you haven’t read Air Awakens yet! Totally worth your time 🙂
A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…
Return to Solaris in the second book of Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, a young adult epic fantasy filled with even more magic, adventure, and romance. Get ready for twists you never saw coming that will keep you up all night reading!