Author: Elise Kova
Reading Level: YA
Released: August 27th 2015
Review Source: Silver Wing Press
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
I received a wonderful copy from the author, whom I cannot thank enough. ♡
Upon completing chapter one, but I felt it, the thrill and love of reading. Best of all, I can tell you her writing style reads amazing and I am a fan of hers. I loved every moment of this book. Vhalla is a great character, who’s story is one I’m thrilled to continue reading. Spoilers/not so spoilery: This novel is a mix of Avatar (not the blue kind), meets beauty and the beasts with those libraries ♡ with some awesome stuff all churned together. After the first chapter I ran onto amazon ordered book 2 & 3!
The story focuses on Vhalla, a young woman who’s apprenticing for the great library in the kingdom. She works quickly to hide away somewhere and spend her days reading (sounds like me, haha). She has a maybe two close friends and one day her world is turned upside down when one of two princes returns, on a stretcher. The librarians are all awoken and instructed to do medical research on how to best help the prince. This turns to a wonderful adventure of slight cloak and dagger messages, a secret apprenticeship that turns to an unlikely friendship and so much more!
Vhalla is a relate-able character, so human and acts like it. Kova writes her characters as realistic as possible adding the spark of greatness. I am blown away with the character development that is seamless and feels natural.