Pages: 377 (Paperback)
Summary:A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
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.
My Thoughts: I loved this book. Elise created a unique world and cast of characters in this story. What gave this book so much heart was the friendships that Vhalla made and how they helped her grow. Both Prince Aldrik and Prince Baldair were great male characters. I was so happy that this story focused on them as friends for Vhalla and not love interests. Vhalla’s friends Sareem and Roan were also very complex and I really enjoyed reading about them. Vhalla herself was a great main character. While reading, she did not feel like the typical “YA heroine”, by that I mean she is not given only one aspect to her character, like being the “tough girl” or the “shy/timid” heroine. She is a complex character and we as readers really get to see that. I also really loved the world Elise created. When reading the summary, I worried that the plot or world would be difficult to follow. Luckily, Elsie wrote it in such a way, that by the end of the book I really felt like I knew a lot about this world. I also really loved the magic system in this story. Elemental magic plays a huge part in how this world is governed and it was written in such a way where it truly felt “magical.”
The ending really took me by surprise. I did not expect Egmun to sentence Vhalla to prison for her magic. By the end Vhalla is sentenced to go to war with the Princes and fight. I did not expect an ending like that. With that set up, I cannot wait to read book 2!
Overall this story was phenomenal and a true gem in YA Fantasy that should not be ignored.
If you have read this book, what are your thoughts 🙂 ?
If you have not read this book, would you consider reading it? 🙂