Review: Wings of Arian
Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
This book was two firsts for me; it was the first blog tour I’ve participated in and the first e-book I’ve read and I had a pleasant first experience with both. Apart from some flaws, this book was a really great start to the trilogy.
The word-building was done really well and a whole host of magical beings are introduced over the course of the book. A ton of thought was put towards making them unique, both in personality and in power. Kiora’s powers are very detailed as well and I enjoyed watching them grow over the course of the story.
However, I wish that the characters had been a little more developed. There was so much potential for them and by digging just a little deeper they could have been quite memorable. Kiora is an amazing character – sensitive and caring but I wish I could have known more about her; her life before becoming the Solus, and the reasons behind her feelings. Emane was less developed and I would love some more explanation as to why he acts the way he does.
Their relationship was rather instant but can be explained by the fact that the two are meant to compliment each other, so it didn’t bother me that much. It was cute, but I feel that it was lacking in any real depth. I wanted to be able to understand why they liked each other, more than that they just did.
I actually found myself enjoying the secondary characters more, as strangely, we learn more about their motivations than those of the main characters. Though people are either good or evil, no one truly belonged to one side or the other and I liked how this was not simplified. Even those fighting for the side of good, do bad things but are still ultimately fighting for the good of all.
The backstory of the source of evil and magic was explained really well. It is not straightforward and has multiple layers which are slowly revealed. At the beginning I felt that some things were rather cheesy but as the story progresses it begins to make sense within the limits of their world. There are a few twists along the way
The pacing was awesome and never got bogged down by little details. There were some spelling/grammar issues but that could have just been the e-book. In some place the writing felt jerky, but it didn’t interrupt the overall flow of the story which was infused with humour. The battle scenes were kept dark creating a perfect balance. Sections of the Book of Arian are given in the book and it was a clever way to incorporate explanations.
I can’t wait to see what creatures I’ll meet in the next book or how the battle against evil will progress!
Review: Wings of Tavea
Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.
Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.
Wings of Tavea picks up right where Wings of Arian ends and we are once again thrown into an incredible adventure with tons of awesome world-building.
Once again, we are introduced to a wide array of fantastical creatures, every one unique.
The characters were developed a lot more, allowing me to connect with them better which I was lacking in the first book. Kiora really grows as a character as she finally sees the full extent of what is destined for her to accomplish and sees a whole new evil. She also learns new ways to use her magical abilities and some of the things she can do are really creative.
We don’t get to see Emane much in this book, but we get to meet Alcander – yes it is a love triangle, but it is not straightforward at all. Alcander and Emane were much alike but had different personalities – Alcander being the strong and silent type. Where Kiora’s relationship with Emane was nothing beyond cute, she had a lot more chemistry with Alcander. This added a great emotional aspect to the novel which I loved.
This book is a lot darker than the first. The main villain in this book is the Shadow, who at first seems slightly cliche – darkness stealing the light of good, begins to make sense as we learn the back stories of the Shadow’s origin. Evil creatures are introduced and we see the full extent of evil’s corruption. Also, the battles are a lot more violent as well.
What I liked most about this book was that we learn more about both the history of the world and the history of the characters.
After a great beginning, the middle of the book felt boring and drawn-out. Yet the end more than made up for this. It was super intense and I literally could not put the book down. I was treated to anticipation, non-stop action and emotional content. I need the next book now!
If the next book is darker and more intense than this one – I think I might have to lock myself in my room to finish it. In all it was a really great book from all angles and I highly recommend it to all fantasy fans.
About the Author
Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.
–Author Website: http://www.writingmyfuture.com/
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