Author: Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, book 1
My rating: 3.7 stars
Princess Vi was forced to live her life away from her royal family. In a truce to end a devastating war, an agreement was reached for the crown princess to be raised by her country’s former enemy. Far away from home, Vi has only known her family through letters and short visits. She’s never even met her twin brother. When the date set for her return keeps getting pushed off, Vi worries that her failure to claim her family’s legendary power of flame may be at fault. The truth, however, is far worse and far greater than anything she could’ve imagined.
The magic and usage of powers were one of the best parts of this book. There’s a lot of magic, as Vi learns the secret and depths of her power. Not to knock her friends’ cool abilities either, lesser as they were, and definitely life saving at times.
In a way, this book felt like a prologue, albeit in longer, full sized book form. Everything happening within was a setup for the rest of the series. The characters are introduced, the magic, history, and setting explained. The conflict was revealed. Since there was no resolution at the end, I feel like this is only part one, or a prologue, for the remainder of this series.
The characters don’t seem to be overly special or complex, but again, this book mostly just introduces everyone and only hints at deeper secrets. Vi is lucky to have a group of good friends. I’m interested in watching in which directions some of these relationships will go. (Friendships, that is, not romantic relationships, although there is a possible hint of one.) And while Vi herself is a bit predictable and somewhat cliched (the princess who runs off to save her country from a great evil), she’s still a decent character, and I enjoyed reading this far.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.