Book Review: A Hunt of Shadows (A Trial of Sorcerers #2)

Title: A Hunt of Shadows

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: March 1, 2022

Pages: 382

Pub: Silver Wing Press

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The second book in A Trial of Sorcerers is filled with forbidden magic, shadowy intrigue, heart-pounding action, and slow-burn romance.

Eira is now a champion of the Solaris Empire. She’s off to a land she’s only dreamed about. But a nightmare awaits her.

Her sworn enemy has escaped. His allies are powerful and deadly. And Eira finds herself tangled in the dangerous web of the undercity of Risen where the mysterious Court of Shadows and lethal Pillars battle for the fate of the kingdom.

But vengeance has a price. When Eira is captured by her enemies, it’s not only her life, but the lives of her friends, and the man she loves most, at stake. The woman she was won’t be enough to turn the tides churning against her from long before she was born. She’ll have to become something more. She’ll have to love deeper and fight fiercer than ever before.

The only way to kill a legendary champion, will be to become one herself.

Experience Eira’s adventure in the A Trial of Sorcerers series by USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova today, for readers who enjoy young adult, epic fantasy, filled with sorcery, deep friendships, forbidden romance, and tales of faraway lands.

A Hunt of Shadows takes place after the events of A Trial of Sorcerers. Readers should begin with A Trial of Sorcerers before reading A Hunt of Shadows.


This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to Elise Kova for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I love being a part of her reviewer team, and it was so much fun being back in this world. I highly recommend diving into her Air Awakens Universe – you really won’t be disappointed.

If you’re interested, you can check out my reviews for the Air Awaken Series – here.

As well as my review for the first book in the Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles Series – here.

And ultimately, the first book in this new Air Awakens book – A Trail of Sorcerers here.

I really can’t recommend these books enough, or any of Elise’s other books – The Golden Guard Novellas, The Loom Saga, The Wish Quartet and the Married to Magic Series. You’re really in for a treat.

And even better A Hunt of Shadows is out now, so you don’t have to wait!

But let’s actually jump into why we’re here – why I’m writing my first blog post since November 1, 2021. I know I’ve been MIA – it wasn’t planned, and the longer I went without posting, the harder it was getting back into it.

Elise was kind enough to send me an eARC of this second book in the A Trial of Sorcerer’s Series, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Like I said, I’m a huge fan of this world she’s created and I’m always thrilled to dive back into it. If you’re like me, and needed a little refresher of what happened in the first book, and everything Eira went through, Elise has got you covered! She’s written up a summary of everything that happened in A Trail of Sorcerers and let me tell you – it was so helpful, and jogged my memory just enough that diving into this second book was seamless.

Eira’s journey is really just getting started. She’s still dealing with everything she went through in the first book. She’s pushing people away, getting lost in the need for vengeance and her emotions. She’s reckless and runs headfirst into everything. She’s a bit chaotic and I love it.

Upon arriving on Meru, her choices and actions lead her to secret societies and danger. She meets new people, takes bigger risks and put herself and those she cares about in jeopardy. But that doesn’t stop her.

I love that her friends are there for her – her relationships with them felt real and grounded. I loved that even when they wanted to coddle and protect, they had no problem calling her on her bullshit either. Alyss is amazing, such a sweetheart. She always has Eira’s back, and cares so deeply – she’s definitely the “mom” of the group. Noelle is wonderful, her attitude is so much fun, but I love her fierce protectiveness she has for Eira – especially after some things come to light. She might be snarky, but she’ll stand up for those who need support.

Then there’s Cullen. I was really excited in book 1 to see how his arc was going to play out. I hate to say it, but I’m just a smidge disappointed. The progression of feelings in this book happens so fast, and it made it hard to really buy into it. The appeal of him in the first book was that there was a bit of a rivalry between him and Eira, he was brooding and secretive. I know a lot has happened since then, but he kind of felt like a bit of a different character. I just felt a little underwhelmed by the progression of his feelings in this book.

As for Ferro, he can kick a bag of rocks. I can’t believe that Elise had me at one point kind of in love with this guy. Kudos to her for writing him so well. The reveals that happen surrounding him in this book are pretty good, wasn’t really expecting them. Though, his actions – they sucked, and they’re why he can kick a bag of rocks. Hard. Leading with his pinky toe.

One other little issue I had, was that everything just happened so quickly. I honestly don’t mind fast paced books, and I didn’t necessarily dislike that events were happening quickly. But I kind of wish they’d been drawn out more – especially with everything Eira was getting into. Just like with certain feelings and emotions, everything felt like it was on fast forward. And time does pass in the book – so maybe it’s just the time jumps that made it feel quick. Either way, I wish it had been a little slower. I loved the events that Elise wrote into this book and all the shit she put Eira through. Yeah, that sounds terrible, but I love chaos and drama and figuratively flinging characters off a cliff so they can fight their way back to safety and solid ground.


Overall, this was a good second installment and true to Elise Kova fashion, the ending leaves you dying and desperate for the next book. I don’t know how I’m going to possibly wait, but it really might be time for another Air Awakens Universe reread.

If you read and loved A Trial of Sorcerers then I highly recommend checking out this book, and I’m going to figuratively chuck the first Air Awakens book at you and yell at you to read it. If you know me in real life, then I’m literally going to chuck it at you, because you have no excuse lol.

Book Review: A Dance with the Fae Prince (Married to Magic #2)

Title: A Dance with the Fae Prince

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: August 19, 2021

Pages: 374

Pub: Silver Wing Press

Genre: YA/NA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cinderella meets The Cruel Prince in this stand-alone fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the prince of the fae.

She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?
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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


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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!