Book Review: A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers #1)

Title: A Trial of Sorcerers

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: March 4, 2021

Pages: 336

Pub: Silver Wing Press

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

This is the first book in a young adult, epic fantasy that’s a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance. It’s perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns. Continue reading “Book Review: A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers #1)”

Book Review: A Deal with the Elf King

Title: A Deal with the Elf King

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: November 6, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

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Cover Reveal – A Deal with the Elf King

Oh, I love doing these posts!

Participating in cover reveals for any and all Elise Kova Books is one of my favorite things (and favorite posts to write). Her covers are always so stunning and pleasing to look at, and y’all this one is no exception.

It’s so pretty and I cannot wait to have a finished copy for my shelves. The aesthetic of her covers are my jam and I love staring at them.

Now, you might be wondering if this is connected to any of her other series – Air Awakens, Air Awakens: Vortex Visions, The Loom Saga or the Wish Quartet – and I’m here to tell you (to the best of my knowledge) NO! It’s a complete standalone novel that’s perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hades and Persephone and Beauty and the Beast!

I mean, I legit couldn’t ask for anything more in a book and if you’ve been around this blog for a while, you already know I’m a big Elise Kova fan. You’ll also know that I’ve been on a fantasy/high fantasy kick and this book is exactly my shit.

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Cover Reveal: A Trial of Sorcerers!

116699572_2752848015040821_5239672654844405572_oAaandd, we’re back!

Back with another Elise Kova Cover Release, and y’all…once again it does not disappoint.

Now, you might have already seen this gorgeous cover, as it was revealed yesterday. But yesterday I was packing up from vacation, spending a last few precious hours on the beach, and then sitting in a car for like 7.5 hours. Besides posting a bit about the reveal online, I didn’t have time to sit down and write out a whole post gushing over how beautiful this cover is.

But I digress.

I love this cover. I think it’s stunning. Yes, I think that about every new cover that Elise unveils for her books…have you seen her covers? I mean, damn, they are eye catching. I love how they all go together, but all have very distinctive feels as to which series they’re a part of.

We’re back with the next installment in the Air Awakens Universe, and honestly, if you haven’t picked up Air Awakens or Vortex Visions (the first books in their respective series) I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Elise is a fantastic writer, whose characters and worlds just come to life on the page. These books are books that I can read over and over and over again without being bored. They’re just so good, and you’re really doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t read them yet.

Just saying.

I’m sure you want me to just get to the cover reveal, but good things come to those who wait!

I’ve said this before in my many, many posts about Elise’s books, but you don’t have to start with Air Awakens! You can start with Vortex Visions, or even this new one, A Trial of Sorcerers!

I totally recommend reading them starting with AA and that series, then doing the Golden Guard Trilogy, and then diving into the Vortex Chronicles. Elise does such a fantastic job in establishing the world, the plot and the characters in each respective series, that if you were to start with VV, you wouldn’t be lost! I can’t speak to this new book, but in Elise’s own words (off her Instagram post)

“This is the next book set in the Air Awakens universe. But trust me when I say, new readers can (and I hope some will) start here! It’s a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance… perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra and A Sorcery of Thorns!”

 There you go! I highly urge and recommend you pick these books up as soon as possible. You’re really missing out.

But let’s dive into what you’re all here for, and it’s probably not my rambling.


Synopsis:

Ice is in her blood.

Seventeen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.


I mean…HOW COOL DOES THAT SOUND?!?! I’m so excited for this book and I cannot wait to read it. March 2021 is so far away, but fingers crossed Elise does ARCs for this. I’m curious to see what this next AA Universe installment is going to be like, and I can’t wait to meet Eira.

Now, the moment you’ve all be waiting for…if you haven’t already scrolled past everything to see the cover…here is the cover to A Trial of Sorcerers – the next book in the Air Awakens Universe!

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(Cover illustration by Marie Magny)

It’s S T U N N I N G.

I mean, honestly.

Look. At. It.

I haven’t stopped staring at it since it was revealed yesterday. Knowing what I know of the other books, and how the Vortex Chronicles ended, I’m so excited to go back to this world. Like, I was excited at the mere prospect of another book set in one of my favorite fantasy worlds, but this cover, Eira on the front, the synopsis, the promise this book holds…ooof, my expectations are high and I’m here for it!

I also want to give a quick shout out to the fact that Air Awakens is 5 years old this month! I found these books back when I was still in college, Facebook advertised AA to me, and I immediately bought it. I can’t believe it’s 5 years old, and with that being said, Elise is doing all sorts of fun things to celebrate it!

116584162_2753338551658434_6977873949192967474_oThe first being this cover reveal!

I really hope you love the cover!

I also have some other fun links for you!

If you want a copy of this book (and I know you do), make sure you pre-order it!

Pre-Order Link ~ http://viewbook.at/atrialofsorcerers

Yep, you read that right! Elise is hosting a Giveaway in celebration of AA being 5 years old! Make sure you go enter!

Air Awakens August Giveaway Link ~ http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/39698f6c36/?

And finally, if you’re interested in any of Elise’s other books (which, at this point, you really should be, I feel like I’ve yelled at you enough times) you can check out her website!

My site page ~ http://elisekova.com/a-trial-of-sorcerers/

 A Trial of Sorcerers is out March 4, 2021, so really, you have plenty of time to catch up on all of the books in the Air Awakens Universe. You have like, 8 months, no more excuses. Go fall in love with Aldrik, Vhalla, Baldair, Vi, Taavin and all the other wonderful characters that fill these stories. I’ll give you one warning, Elise likes to rip out hearts, but what author doesn’t!

I hope you guys liked this cover reveal, and make sure you add it on Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Crystal Caged (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #5)

Crystal Cage tempFrom the title of this post, you already know what’s coming. Today Elise dropped the final cover reveal for the Vortex Chronicles Series and it’s fucking amazing. I’m fickle as hell when it comes to covers, they’re all my favorite. Each one she’s released has been my *new* favorite, but y’all, this one might take the take. It’s so bad ass, so amazing, and the contrast between warm and cool colors…I’m screaming. Vi looks incredible and ready to take on the whole world.

I’m so excited to see how this series ends. I was nervous, but now…now I’m just so fucking excited.

Crystal Caged is the fifth and final book in the Vortex Chronicles and phew, so much has happened in this series. Vi has gone on the journey of a lifetime…lol

You’ll have to read the series to find out why that statement is funny. You should also just go read these books because Elise is a freaking master at creating these intricate, diverse, page turning fantasy books that leave you wanting more. For that matter, you should also check out the Air Awakens series and follow Vhalla and Aldrik in their fight to save the world…

Saving the world is clearly a family business.

I’m sure you just want me to get to the reveal – even if you’ve already seen it on Twitter and various other social media sites, and I promise, it’s coming very shortly! It’s so gorgeous and I promise that the suspense is well worth it.

Let’s recap really quick, shall we? After all, this is the final cover reveal and should be viewed alongside the other amazing covers in the series.


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Cover Reveal / Review / GR

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

 

Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles Book 1


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 Cover Reveal / Review / GR 

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…

 

Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles Book 2


failed futureFailed Future

Review / GR 

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

 

Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles Book 3


sovereign sacrificeSovereign Sacrifice

Cover Reveal / Review / GR

Old loves and new allies tell her to play it safe. But Vi is done with caution. She has a chance to right ancient wrongs and this princess-turned-warrior isn’t turning back.

She’s ready to bring an end to the vortex of death the world is trapped in.

Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles Book 4


Synopsis:

The highly anticipated and breathtaking finale of Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles by USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova.

One way or another… she will be the end of the world.

With powers that weren’t supposed to be touched by mortal hands, Vi Solaris is determined to free herself and the world from the deadly vortex it’s trapped in. This mission has taken her to forbidden lands and has transformed her from a sheltered princess to a fearsome warrior.

But the ultimate triumph requires the ultimate sacrifice, forcing Vi to choose between the last tethers to her humanity and the very people she’s sworn to protect.

Vi’s story of magic, sacrifice, triumph, and love reaches its epic conclusion in Crystal Caged. Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles should be read in order:

Vortex Visions Chosen Champion Failed Future Sovereign Sacrifice Crystal Caged 

I’m screaming…are you?

You should be.

If you aren’t, it’s because you haven’t yet rectified the fact that you haven’t read this series yet and you should really get on it.

Now, it’s finally time.

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And here it is, in all this epic glory – the cover for Crystal Caged, Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #5!

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I love it. I love how badass Vi looks. I love how Raspian towers over her, threatening, menacing, but Vi is so fucking ready to take him on, it’s fantastic. I love the contrast of the cool and warm colors, they draw your eyes in and then they start roaming. I cannot wait to see this cover in person, on a physical book. This is easily my favorite cover in this series – yes, I’m aware I’ve said that about every cover, with every release. This cover is perfection and paints a picture of what’s going to go down in this book. It’s the fight for the world, and if Vi doesn’t succeed…

Well, again, you’ll just have to read the series to find out the stakes.


Pre-Order:

Series link for Vortex Chronicles (including CRYSTAL CAGED pre-order):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PHL6CYS/?ie=UTF8&redirect=true

Giveaway:

Add on Goodreads: Make sure you add it to your shelves!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48386968-crystal-caged?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=c6s50ccwIJ&rank=3

Giveaway:

You can check out the full giveaway post over on Elise’s Instagram – you could win limited edition special swag: journal, candle, pouch, sticker and a signed hardcover of Vortex Visions. It’s open internationally. Giveaway closes on the 18th.

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/39698f6c34/?

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As a final note, I just want to say again, that I love being a part of these reveals. I love promoting these books and Elise’s other works. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I’m so grateful that I stumbled across her books. I really do implore you to pick up Air Awakens or Vortex Visions and start reading. The great thing about the Air Awakens world is you don’t have to read the series by publication date! Personally, I’d recommend reading them Air Awakens, Golden Guard Trilogy and then Vortex Chronicles, but Elise has made each series capable of standing alone, and you can start with any of them! Though, I do recommend you read the books in each series is published order…otherwise you might be really lost.

I really hope you pick up these books and fall in love! I will forever be screaming about them and Elise’s works, so be prepared!

 

Book Review: Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3)

45361401Title: Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 21, 2019

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

Vi’s journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book. 


This will be a spoiler free review. I want to thank Elise for gifting me an early copy to read and review!

I’m still screaming.

This was by far my favorite book in this series. It starts with a bang and keeps going, until your mind explodes in your skull, because Elise did that.

If you’ve read the book, then you’ll know what I mean.

Nothing, absolutely nothing prepared me for the ending. It was amazing, and while it blew my mind upon reading it – there were a bunch of little follow up explosions when I realized what it actually meant in the whole scheme of things.

If you haven’t yet, you definitely need to check out the Air Awakens series as well as the Vortex Chronicles…because you’re missing out big time. Elise knows how to tell a story, how to create a vivid and lush world with complex characters, and she does it in the most amazing manner.

This is the third book in the Vortex Chronicles, and it pulls all the punches. From the very beginning, picking up right where Chosen Champion leaves off, Vi on a beach and Taavin somehow miraculously there.

From there things just hit the fan right after another and Vi is tested in ways she’s not previously been. Some new characters are introduced, and truths are revealed.

Vi’s been on a journey for the whole series, obviously, but more so in this one, does she truly grow as a person. Her beliefs, her heart, everything she thought are challenged and she has to decide whether or not she’s strong enough to make it out the other side. Her world – everyone’s world is ending, and she will do whatever she can to try and stop it. That’s what I like about her, it was the same thing I liked about Vhalla in the Air Awakens Series – that it didn’t matter if there was a guaranteed successful outcome, that they would fight or die trying. That even the faintest spark of hope, of success was enough to get them to fight. Vi proves her strength, her smarts and her skills over and over in this book, and I cannot wait to see how her story progresses and closes in this series.

As for Taavin, I don’t want to say too much, since he has a really big role in this book, and to really talk about my feelings would be too much of a spoiler. But I will say that as much as I do love him, I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that he was too good to be true. I’ll let you form your own opinions. I don’t think he’s a bad guy, I think he’s just been dealt a seriously shitty hand.

If it wasn’t clear, Elise blew me away with this book, and I’m infinitely more excited for the next one, Sovereign Sacrifice. If you’re looking for a lush, vivid, diverse fantasy world where the fate of the world is at stake and hearts are tested, then you should definitely check out this series, and the first one if you haven’t already. You’re missing out on an amazing journey with amazing characters. Elise’s worlds are so easy to picture, to visualize, they feel absolutely real.

Sovereign Sacrifice is out October 2019, so you have time to catch up!

I also just want to thank Elise again for giving me the opportunity to read Failed Future early!