The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world.
Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined. [Goodreads]
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Content Warnings: torture
I read Elise Kova’s new standalone recently and I enjoyed it, but I definitely thought her writing was better suited to a series and I think I was right!
Vhalla is such an interesting character to follow! She is definitely pretty naïve to start with, but she is very spunky, feisty, and tough. She goes through a lot throughout the course of this book, so you definitely get to see her grow.
One thing I did appreciate was that finally, someone in a series with elemental magic, thinks about how to do their hair with said magic. I think about this all the time!
I was very pleasantly surprised with the direction of this book! It definitely gets a little darker than I was expecting, but it was good because the beginning of the book felt a little bit typical.
I am very excited to see where this series goes! The romance, plot, and worldbuilding of this book definitely leave things open for the rest of the series.
Like I mentioned above, the beginning of the book felt a little typical. A young girl who works in a library discovers she has magical powers and gets involved with a mysterious prince. It felt like the beginning to a ton of other books I’ve read, but it definitely evolved past that.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR…
I think any fan of YA fantasy would love this series! It has the plot twist, the romance, the action that a lot of YA fantasies have. The series has five books and there are two more spin off series, so anyone looking for a lot of books in a world should check this out! I haven’t read anything from the spin offs though, so I can’t speak for those books.