Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series #2)

Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series #2)

by Elise Kova

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Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series #2) by Elise Kova

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619849525
Publisher: Price World Publishing
Publication date: 11/19/2015
Series: Air Awakens Series , #2
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 162,347
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Fire Falling (Air Awakens Series Book 2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
Holy balogna, the angst is strooooooooooong in this one.
Pamela_J More than 1 year ago
: The second in the series, Fire Falling leaves right where Air Awakens left off (for a review of AA, click here). In AA, Vhalla was a naïve library apprentice confronting a change in fate, identity, and falling in love. At the beginning of FF, we see a different Vhalla. The events towards the end of AA left Vhalla broken and conflicted, living with the consequences of a night of wind and fire and dealing with Sareem’s death. Despite the nightmares that plague her, she is given no time to rest or recover. She is now property of the empire- a mere tool to be used as Emperor Solaris wishes. And his wish is for her to go north and win him victory. Coinciding with the physical journey north, is an emotional journey for Vhalla. New friendships and relationships are forged, along with new enemies. Two things stand out to me in this book: the relationship development and the writing. For the first, relationship development, we see played out in a variety of ways. Friendship is essential to FF, as it’s through these that Vhalla clings to in hopes of overcoming her precarious state of mind and the position she currently finds herself in. Yet, with those friendships comes uncertainty and a new kind of heartbreak. And with heartbreak, comes strength. Vhalla begins to transform in this book, hinting at her strength in fortitude to come in later books. We also see an evolution in her relationship with Alrik. AA left us wanting, in the best way possible. The romance in this series is not rushed, rather it’s drawn out and fraught with tension, anxiety, and doubt. Their relationship continues to develop in this book, as they are faced with new trails that test and reveal their feelings towards each other. It’s worth noting that the relationship development extends beyond the protagonist (Vhalla), to Aldrik and his brother Baldair. I was intrigued by their relationship- it’s strained despite the obvious love between the two and left me contemplating what caused their rift. I appreciated that such attention and depth was afforded to their relationship, and that Baldair, in his own right, was such a loveable character. The other thing that strikes me about Elise’s books is the writing. I re-read certain passages multiple times because her writing is beautiful. This book in particular contains one of my favorite quotes, “Tears were going to fall at any moment, and if the two of them were going to break they may as well shatter.” It encapsulates a new, unsure, and poignant romance. It personally resonated with me as it embodies a mentality I possessed towards romance in my youth. Overall, this book is an outstanding sequel and my favorite in the series thus far. However, be forewarned as the end of FF leaves off with a cliffhanger and you learn why the title Fire Falling is apt- in more ways than one. You’ll want to have book 3, Earth’s End, on hand. See more of my reviews at: http://FantasyBookNook.com and like us at Facebook.com/TheFantasyBookNook
kdbee More than 1 year ago
While the action pace is a bit slower in this book and the craft of writing is still developing for this author, the characters are captivating, the developing forbidden romance will have you on edge and the ending is a brutal cliffhanger. Hint- go ahead and buy book 3 b/c the ending is this one is absolutely crushing
Annalisse More than 1 year ago
Original Review Posted on Hopeful Reads 5/5 Stars While I thought Air Awakens was excellent, Elise Kova's second in the series, Fire Falling, goes above and beyond what I could possibly have imagined. Vhalla, still reeling from her trial and the Night of Fire and Wind, must pull what is left of herself together to march with the Solaris Empire. She has only a short time to become a warrior, but will it be enough? Why do all the best ones break your heart? Fire Falling is ripe with tension, of risk and romance. It digs deep into your soul and rests there, a heavy weight threatening to bury you completely. This book grabs ahold of you and does not let go. The stakes are so freaking high and Kova does an excellent job of driving that home. Love and loss go hand in hand, and it hurts so much! I really liked Vhalla's development from Air Awakens to Fire Falling. She wants to fight, she wants to survive, but she struggles with it. Vhalla has never been a solider, only a library apprentice thrust into scenarios completely beyond her capabilities. She has barely used her powers but the weight of the world is on her shoulders. I loved her willingness to practice, to learn. Prince Aldrik really comes into his own in this one. Air Awakens barely skims the surface of the crown prince, but now his layers are carefully peeled back revealing his humanity. His harsh mask for the world to see is but a cover to protect himself, to prove his worthiness as the future emperor. Aldrik is full of conflict; with his future, within himself, with his desires. It was nice to see his care, his concern, his fears. Actually all the character development was superb. Learning more about Fritz and Larel, delving into Daniel, the introduction of Elecia, even puzzling out the princely brothers. This book brings life to each and every one of them, giving the characters depth and substance. There are reveals and yet still so much more to discover. Fire Falling by Elise Kova was an absolute firecracker of a novel. The story enveloped me, I blew through it. My emotions ran the complete gambit: happiness, fear, elation, anger, concern, sadness, and utter denial. I'm sticking with denial until I get some answers in Earth's End. This series has been a delight to discover, to love on, to promote. I hope everyone picks these books up!
Sandrathebookworm More than 1 year ago
Original Review posted @http://sandrathebookworm.blogspot.com/2015/11/fire-falling.html The author was kind enough to send me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book went beyond my expectations it was such an amazing and emotional read; five starts is not nearly enough for this novel. I loved the first one, but I adored the sequel. Vhalla is going to war and now belongs to the crown while Aldrik assures his father that she will bring victory to the Solaria Empire the Senate is sure they're sending her to her death. This novel had me up till three in the morning because I could not put it down and when I did finally decide to go to bed as soon as I woke up, I got right back into it; I needed to know what was going to happen and now that I'm done reading it, I wish it was February so I can dive back into the amazing world Kova has created. I can't get enough of her characters especially Vhalla and Aldrik, I loved how Aldrik opened up so much more for Vhalla and we got to see and learn so much more about him. I'm glad that we also got to see a lot of the characters that we only had a glimpse of in the first book. I love how the story is developing and how Vhalla is learning more about herself and her powers as the book progresses. This novel had me in an emotional roller-coaster and towards the end of that ride I was an emotional wreck and I didn't even care! Kova’s writing is amazing! I love this series and can't wait to see where Kova is going to take us in the next novel, which I really wish I had in my hands like yesterday. If you haven't picked this amazing series up, I highly recommend it is so good and everyone needs to read it! -SandraTheBookWorm
Bryce-at-Novelstosong More than 1 year ago
This book destroyed me. It had me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Usually, second books in a series are not as good as the first, but this book blew the first out of the water. If I thought book one was amazing, I was in for a big surprise with this book. The characters grew so much during this book. Vhalla really stepped up her game in this book, and she’s come so far since Air Awakens. Aldrik continued being his wonderful, broody, swoon-worthy self, but we get to see a whole other side of him in this book. If I compare the characters at the end of this book to the ones in the beginning of book one, they don’t even seem like the same people. Talk about character development…. I cannot even properly express how much I enjoyed this book. Definitely my favorite read of 2015. It’s the perfect balance of intense action, sizzling romance, and heart-wrenching tragedy. The ending left me in pieces, and I don’t know how I’m going to survive book 3.