One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?
If there is one thing you learn about the characters in this book it's that they are strong. Despite all the odds against them, Vhalla and Aldrik found a way to be together. Even though their world is in chaos, they can find solis in each other and the friends that remained at their side through it all. While there is a lot of heart break and a lot of impossible decisions, Vhalla and Aldrik remain together, even when they don't agree on the other's decisions. I was really happy to see this. They had both grown as characters, something we had seen in Water's Wrath, but now we get to see the grow as a couple as well. If there is one thing that Elise Kova does well, its character development! Vhalla is no longer the shy girl she was, and she is no longer afraid to as the hard questions, even if it means fracturing a friendship to get the answers she needs. She is no longer scared of the truth, even when it makes her look at her friends in a new, less pleasant light. She is not afraid to admit that she has no idea what she is doing as Queen, but that she will damn well try her hardest to be the best Queen for Solaris. Vhalla grows magnitudes in this book, she puts her friendships and her relationship to the test, and she manages to steer a path that ends well (or as well as one can hope for given the circumstances) And the character development is not only for Vhalla, but even the secondary characters that we loved. I won't delve too deep into that, you'll have to witness Elise's mastery unfold before your own eyes to experience it first hand.
As far as plot goes, be prepared for it to all be thrown out there! Elise Kova holds no punches as she finishes the Air Awakens series. Her writing is amazing as usual, and we definitely get a resolution at the end (and a bit of a surprise in the epilogue), but it was so much more than that as well. At the end of Water's Wrath we were left with a lot of questions about both the characters that we loved *cough* Daniel *cough*, as well as what was going on with Vhalla's powers and the actual crystal crown. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that 1) Elise did a great job of subtly foreshadowing the events of this book, and 2) you get your answers I promise. It is a credit to Elise that the reader can both love the end of a series, and hate it because it's over. She has done and amazing job
I couldn't be happier with how Crystal Crowned turned out. Yes, it's the end of a series, but you never know, we might see these two in the future. Maybe some short stories (she says hopefully). This series has been amazing and it came to a beautiful, climatic end that I am positive everyone will be pleased about. 5 stars for Crystal Crowned, and a huge thank you to Elise for the ARC of this amazing series!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
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And now, an interview with Vhalla and Aldrik!