Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova


Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5)

Author: Elise Kova

Reading Level: YA

Genre: Fantasy

Released: July 12th 2016

Review Source: Silver Wing Press


Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

I have loved every page of this series, reading Air Awakens was so much fun I was hooked fast. It’s reminiscent of the Avatar the Last Air Bender (animated TV show) – but only in regards to book one, the series expands so much beyond that comparison. Book one of the series also reminded me faintly of Belle and that magnificent library and the slow build to acceptance and eventual love of Beauty & the Beast, again however it became so much more with the later books in the series.

 

I have been lucky to have been able to follow the series since Fire Falling’s release, to have the glee and the excitement to read and pre order the next one. With Crystal Crowned I would read a little then put it down. I didn’t want this story to end. I still really don’t, and I’m hopeful that we as the readers will get to visit again in any possible future installments or revisit through other characters stories in Solaris.

What can I say about Crystal Crowned that won’t give away major spoilers? Well, lets see now. Vhalla and Aldrik have managed to make it through a brutal war, and now with the onset of winter they have to make scarce as the false king reigns destruction down all around them upon the kingdom of Solaris. Friends have been lost along the way, old flames and magic have been ripped away since Vhalla took up with the Tower Guard, all for love. Is it worth it one might ask? Risking your friends, your heart and quite possibly your magic? For Vhalla, it has been difficult, but it’s also worth the sacrifices she’s had to make. Now, she needs to make one more.

As Vhalla stares into the flames once more she isn’t so sure she can do it this time, but times running out and a decision needs to be made before the nights out.

 

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Elise Kova was at Florida Super Con on Miami Beach over the 4th of July 2016 weekend. She had tons of swag for street team members and lots of books in person to sell and sign.
She was amazing, and is so unbelievably nice to everyone. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to catch up with her again and she signed my ARC copy of Crystal Crowned. Thank you!

Soon to follow: a transcribed interview from when we sat down together at the convention. We talked about the series, and about her upcoming book The Loom Saga. We even touched upon writing for oneself, sticking to deadlines and keeping creative juices flowing!

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