Fire Falling by Elise KovaFire Falling by Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #2
Published by Silver Wing Press on November 19th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 378

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.

3 Stars

Unfortunately, Fire Falling is inferior to its predecessor Air Awakens. If it hadn’t been for that action-packed ending, this would’ve earned 2 sloppy stars.

Vhalla Yarl was unbelievably dense and whiny, except for the ending where she finally comes close to being the badass Windwalker she’s supposed to be. However, I’m sorry to report that her brain was left on stand-by for a majority of the book. Aldrik trusts a soldier? Let’s trust them too, despite our suspicions, because surely a prince can never be proven wrong about someone. Aldrik seeks out Vhalla whenever he has the chance? No, it can’t possibly be because he’s in love with you, you daft woman! There was also an insufferable amount of phrases like “I am nothing”, “I’m useless” or “I’m just the property of the crown”. At some point, there’s a sandstorm threatening to kill the whole legion and it takes Vhalla two pages (!) to grasp that she can stop it with her powers, because she’s a fucking Windwalker and, you know, storms involve wiiiind.

I can’t even–

Vhalla was surprised to find how good it felt to use her mind again.

I know, honey, it’s been a long time.

Furthermore, this book was incredibly romance-soaked compared to the first installment. I hate it when romance takes the front seat. Hell, Vhalla and Aldrik are in warrior’s armour on the cover, SO BEHAVE LIKE GODDAMN WARRIORS AND SLAY SOME.

Of course, there were also positive aspects or this book wouldn’t have gotten 3 stars, like her continuously growing friendship with Larel, Fritz, and the Golden Guard. Or her growing powers. Or Vhalla’s first experiences with alcohol, which were pretty amusing. I didn’t mind the romance overall, as I’ve been waiting impatiently for things to progress, but I didn’t expect it to come with a shitload of whining, crying, and yelling. And for it to make up 50% of the plot.

Overall, Fire Falling was an entertaining and decent, yet somewhat infuriating book, as the setting of an army on the march would technically favour combat training and battle scenes, but Elise Kova clearly chose romance over substance.