Air Awakens by Elise Kova was one of those books that my kindle recommended to me. It had such Avatar the Last Airbender vibes and that drew me towards it. So I bought it and then it sat on my kindle for nearly 3 months. Which is funny to me because there was a good three almost four years that I used my Kindle more than I used my laptop.
Vhalla Yarl is very much the main character thrown into a new magical world. Instead of jumping in and learning about her new world, she runs from it. She doesn’t exactly utter why is this happening to me, but it is implied. Most of the time, the character works through it pretty quick. Vhalla on the other hand stays in that space for too long. It actually turned me off the story and the likeability of her character a bit.
During all of this, she gained an interesting connection with Prince Aldrik. He is probably the most complex character in the whole book because he has so much mystery surrounding him. The most known facts about Aldrik are that he is a sorcerer and has a moody/angsty personality. There is definitely parts of the story where their relationship was not the healthiest.
Aldrik is the most notable sorcerer in the entire book. He is known as a Firebearer which gives him the power over fire and it effects his personality in some way. This is never really explained fully and his personality changed quite a few times in the book. Every character could have been expanded on because there is so much that is still unanswered.
The magic is split up into the four elements: Firebearer, Waterrunner, Windwalker, and Groundbreaker. There is of course the ability to control each element, but each one has a subclass that is not explained completely. The magic in this universe is so interesting, but not fully explored. I think because Vhalla spends so much time running from it, that we don’t really get to see more of it.
One of the most interesting parts of this story is the religion. It effects so much of their society including how they view magic. Yet, none of it is fleshed out. There is a lot of world building that is not completely worked out. There is so much unexplained aspects and they are not small details at all.
There is a war going on, but it all feels very far away. The beginning there is the prince coming back injured and the race to cure him. It wouldn’t be towards the end that the war comes back around to touch Vhalla. The last half of the book is probably the best part. The action, the magic, and just the danger elevated the plot.
Overall, I would give this novel 3 out of 5 stars. There was a lot that I didn’t enjoy about this novel, but there were moments of greatness that carried me through the novel. I definitely want to continue the series and see if it gets better.