Vortex Visions

Vortex Visions

by Elise Kova

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ISBN-13: 9781949694048
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication date: 02/03/2019
Series: Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles , #1
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 75,193
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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Vortex Visions 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
NovaEstelle 20 hours ago
This was such an enjoyable return to the Air Awakens world, but has a completely new heroine in Vi Solaris. Vi is 17 years old, and is the POV the book is set in. She's been kept in the North 3 years past the original amount of years she was supposed to be separated from her family in the South. She's the crown princess of that land (Solaris), which you would be familiar with if you've read the original AA series. I'd definitely recommend reading that first series before reading this one, along with the 3 prequel novellas known as the Golden Guard Trilogy, if you haven't done so already, as there's definitely spoilers for those books in this one, since this one takes place many years after the end of Crystal Crowned, the last book in the Air Awakens series. Also, reading those first two series makes for a richer reading experience. That being said, I would say that it's not necessary to read those two if you want to jump right into this one, as I felt like the world and magic systems were explained well in the beginning of the book, enough to understand even if you haven't read the previous two series. Vi is struggling with her powers, and it soon turns out her powers aren't as uncomplicated as originally thought to be, as that of a Firebearer's. I loved the mention of certain characters from the original series, but they're mostly told in passing. Vi has a very different voice from that of Vhalla's (the main character of the AA series), and she strives to be poised as the crown princess, trying to be perfect as people expect her to be in order to return to her family (her parents the Emperor and Empress, and her twin brother, Romulin). She seems kind and passionate (especially about maps), and has two good friends in Jayme and Ellene. I felt sad for Vi for her being in the position she's in- growing up separated from her family, never truly belonging in the North or the South, and having so many restrictions placed upon her, while fielding people's doubts and reservations about her ability to lead as the future Empress. I loved Vi's friendships with Jayme and Ellene, and I'm wondering about a theory I have about Jayme, but Ellene, daughter of the chieftain of the North, is like a sister to Vi and I liked that there was the presence of positive female friendships in this book. Andru was a character I had huge reservations about, but he pleasantly surprised me. Although, I'm waiting to see if things go as well in the future between him, Romulin, and Vi. I loved Jax's role as Vi's guardian and father-like figure. Taavin is an interesting and mysterious sort of character that I can't wait to read more of in the future. He acts a sort of teacher and friend to Vi in this book, but most of him is still unrevealed, and I liked the chemistry between him and Vi, along with the potential for future romance. There's many developments into our understanding of that world, which changes from what we originally knew in the AA series. I really enjoyed the new world-building, the extension of the magic system, and new reveals of myths/history. There's some ominous, impending doom in the White Plague, the threat seen through the visions, and many things to come. This first book in this new series read as more sophisticated than the original series, and if you're a fan of the AA series, or just love books with magic, intrigue, and potential romance, pick this one up! I read an early review copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.
AmberMoon86 5 days ago
Going into this book, I was both nervous and excited. because I absolutely loved the Air Awakens series. This book provided an amazing balance between what was familiar and what is new. You don't need to have read any of the previous series to understand what is going on here, but I love the cameos that were in here as well as the hint of more to come. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions as a followed Vi through this story and there was never a dull moment. All of the characters are deep and well rounded and each adds in their own intrigue to the story that I want to figure out. Elise Kova is the queen of world building. She took the world as we knew it from Vhalla's perspective and gave it a mind-blowing expansion. Just seeing the maps would have been enough to make me feel like my money is well spent, but the story is worth so much more than the price. I'm dying to find out what will happen in the next book of what is sure to be another epic series!
Annalisse 15 days ago
4.5/5 Stars (I did read an early review copy but my thoughts and opinions are my own.) It feels like forever since I've read an Elise Kova book and Vortex Visions sure seems like the start of something special. Forced to live away from her family, Vi Solaris is waiting to return to the South and take her rightful place in the Empire. Unfortunately when her power is awoken and an emissary from the senate arrives, things start to spiral and the future of the world is at stake. Kova manages to push the boundaries of her own world here, expanding the map and the magic at play. It's a story of discovery; about finding power, purpose, and place. The elemental aspects still shine and I loved spending more time in the lush lands of the North. The visions which somewhat fuel the narrative are fascinating and there are moments that certainly left me reeling. Vi is definitely her mother's daughter; caring, reckless, and trying to find her way. Her friend Ellene was so spirited and funny while Jayme was quiet and reserved but still a stalwhart companion. It was so wonderful to see Jax in this new capacity and I love him all the more for it. Andru was super awkward but totally grew on me and Taavin is still a mystery that I'm ridiculously drawn to. Overall Vortex Visions by Elise Kova was a thrilling start to a new series and a delightful return to the Air Awakens world. I had missed Elise's compelling writing and cool characters and I quickly fell right back into this story. Vi's journey is full of surprises and lots of action, so new and old readers will both definitely enjoy this novel. Obviously I highly recommend! Originally posted on Hopeful Reads
Suchabookwyrm 15 days ago
I'm not going to lie I loved the original series so much that I was extremely nervous about this one. More so than when I read the prequels. What if it didn’t live up? Let me tell you that it did. I MIGHT even say that I enjoyed this book more than Air Awakens. Might. This book took an already amazing magic system and expanded it. Yet it did it in a way that works. Nothing felt stretched or out of place. One of the most common ways to teach readers a new magic is to educate the main character, have them go to lessons. Often those lessons can feel repetitive or boring. Not in this book. They way Vi understood this magic, the way she learned it was fascinating. These characters! Elise used Character already adored from the previous series to highlight the new characters. I was hesitant when I saw Jax in this book so early. How was I supposed to give anyone else a chance when my Fav was right in front of me? But seeing Jax care so much for Vi just made me care for her too. And then Vi in her rebellious and slightly naive way won me over. She was sarcastic, which can you blame her if she was raised around Jax. She was salty at having to uphold a promise made by her parents before she was even born, but again can you blame her. And her squad is one hundred percent goals. Ellene was a typical teen. Somewhere between mature and childish, but always there for her friends no matter what. Jayme was steadfast and strong. Ready to guard her friend, her crowned princess with her life. Jayme was the one we learned the least about. She was a mystery I was just unable to crack. Taavin I was not so sure about. And I'm still not. There was not too much about him, but I'm eagerly waiting to learn more. And Andru. Oh my Andru, I tried to dislike him, but his awkward charm won me over. I knew I would love him from the start. I’m not going to say much on the story. I would hate to give any of the suspense away. I will say it was so unique and exciting. There was just enough from the old books for an old fan like me to pick up, but plenty of new things for everyone to enjoy. So please if you were at all hesitant about this book, I beg you to pick it up. It is fantastic. The writing is spectacular. The plot is original. And the characters are to die for. Thank you so much for the Arc. I honestly don’t think I would have made it to February. This is my honest review.
onemused 16 days ago
"Vortex Visions" is a fantastic new book that starts a spin-off series from the Air Awakens books. While it is the beginning of a spin-off, it works as a stand-alone and things are explained in this book. There's also a different premise that makes it unique from the first series and whole in its own right. Here, we follow Vi, the crown princess who has lived her whole life in the North of Solaris. She desperately wants to be back with her family in the South, and while she had anticipated this move when she was 14, she is now 17 and has no idea when she may be reunited with them. Vi is also troubled about her magic. She can feel it but cannot access it, as she has not yet had her Awakening. Her lessons are becoming more difficult as she is unable to tap into her fire-related powers. On top of that, her friend and courier, Jayme, has arrived bringing news from her family and traveling with a young man (Andru) who is going to evaluate her for the Senate, who will be deciding whether she may rule, despite being next in line for the crown. She begins to realize the full spectrum of problems which may face her when she returns South, and the young man carrying the burden of her evaluation is the first sign of things to change. Soon, Vi realizes she is facing even bigger problems. The white death is spreading throughout Solaris, and her powers are growing quickly. She becomes caught in a much larger web of problems than just involve her country. Soon, Vi is challenging everything she knows and finds herself moving towards something more important than she could have imagined. With magic, friendship, mystery, and a little touch of romance (hopefully to grow in the future), this book moves with a fast pace, building a new story line and capturing the reader within its pages. Notably, the book has an open ending, so you will definitely be wishing for the next book asap! I really liked Vi and the other main characters, and I look forward to learning more about them and the larger world in future books. Vi really grows and matures throughout the course of the book- she begins as a somewhat immature (due to being so sheltered) 17 year old and grows into a stronger and more mature young woman throughout the story. It's a fascinating transformation to watch. Learning about her magic, which is also different and new (to us), is also really interesting. Add on to all that the mysteries about what is going on and how she plays into this destined future, and the book is easily a page-turner. I think it does help to have read the previous books to have some additional context, but things are explained in this book pretty well (particularly the elemental sorcery). I do wish there was more information about roles of guards (Jayme is not particularly attentive and separates from Vi at different points despite being her guard, maybe because Vi can mostly protect herself with magic?) and about the rulers/powers how these are intertwined/complimentary around Solaris. However, the book was still really fascinating and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I assume this will be expanded, along with the other elements introduced in this book, in the future. I highly recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy- this new series is sure to be a hit! Please note that I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own.
BookReader12345 16 days ago
For those of you that don't know, Vortex Visions is the first book in a new series in the same world as its sister series, Air Awakens. If you haven't read Air Awakens or finished the series, there is bound to be some spoilers in here, but, as the author Elise Kova has openly stated, you don't have to read Air Awakens before reading Vortex Visions. Also, my reviews tend to be a bit spoilery, so if you're not a fan of that I suggest going forward with caution. I do, however, try to keep plot spoilers and big events out so not to ruin the book for anyone. For this review, I've decided to split this into a few categories; plot, world-building, and characters. Plot: I picked this book up excited not only because I got to revisit the Solaris Empire, but because I would get to see some of my favourite characters all grown up and meet a whole bunch of new characters to accompany them. Instead, I got a lot of Vi complaining about her life, going to her lessons, and learning a bunch of new stuff that seems completely woven from scratch and not at all like the original series. Perhaps this is what Elise Kova meant when she said you don't have to read Air Awakens. Quite honestly, and here's a spoiler so don't get mad when I say that the most interesting parts of this book were when Vi had run-ins with death. It's like with some fantasy series when the characters take long walks to get from place to place except there's no walking and it is all in the same general area but with a lot of thinking, extremely fake girl gossip, and complaining about how life isn't all that fair. You're not 13, Vi, it's time to grow up a little. The disease, the White Death, was probably the best plot aspect of the whole book and something I hope to hear more about in future books. The ending was okay. It was much like I expected given the rest of the novel, but at that point, I reached a point where I didn't really care about most of the characters involved, which is not great. I think it'll be a great way to push into book two. A lot of loose ends that make me want to pick up the next book. World-Building: Of course, Elise never disappoints with her world-building. I absolutely can't complain about it. And for those of you that read Air Awakens, were probably surprised about the inclusion of even more world-building in this! I must admit, part of me is very upset that there is a bigger world than what we previously thought. To me, it seems like that just makes the plights of the characters seem less worth it. In other words, why would a bigger kingdom in a bigger part of the world not matter more? The magic aspect of Air Awakens was one of my favourite parts and by essentially belittling the powers of those in Solaris, it made me sad that Vhalla, who was seemingly so important, doesn't matter a whole lot in the grand scheme of the world. I'm really picky when it comes to magic systems and I happened to like how the magic system was in the first series, so the fact that that was all basically thrown out and replaced with the formulaic "words are power and are what drive power" idea is kind of irritating. It's how most magic systems are in a lot of other YA fantasy, so I expect something different because I kept thinking about Eragon by Christopher Paolini the whole time. Now that is a magic system with words that works. Since J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, I think it has become a cliche that fantasy writers feel like they have to have elv
LRWLee 16 days ago
I loved this introduction to Vi Solaris' world! I loved how we get a much closer glimpse into the environment she grew up in as a ward of the North as well as how she might feel about being used as a "pawn" to secure peace with no say. Vi's struggles to get a handle on her magic were great and very believable. And I loved Taavan!! Overall, I loved the story arc and what has been set up for the next book in the series. Somehow you knew it had to go "there". LOL. I had a couple issues to offset all this positive though. First, I found myself lost with several of the action scenes. The action progressed so quickly, too quickly, that I couldn't follow who did what. The other thing was I didn't feel like I attached with either Ellene, the Chieftain's daughter, or Jayme, Vi's guard. Both characters were there and spoke and had things happen to them, but I just couldn't connect. They felt like tools to advance the plot but I wanted to really get to know them, especially Ellene who is Vi's best friend. I'd also like to see a lot more development with Andru as a character. He's the shy, silent type and those are always the most fascinating. Here's hoping Jax plays more of a role in the next books! He needs to be more than just a babysitter or reprimand-er! He's so much more than that!! Where's his craziness?? Overall, I loved the plot and the story arc but I felt the characters lacked depth. But I'm still going to read the rest of the series. I adored the Air Awakens series and Elise has expanded this world SIGNIFICANTLY. I want to understand all about it.