Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #5)
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Release Date: July 12,2016
Summary: Long live Solaris.
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?
My Thoughts: I can’t believe its over!
I’m still at a loss for words!
Looking back on the very first novel Air Awakens, I truly saw how much Vhalla and Aldrik grew and matured over the course of the series!
When this novel starts Vhalla & the team are finding a way to rebuild an army to not only to reclaim Aldrik’s throne, but also find a way to destroy Victor, who not only took over Aldrik’s throne, but is also using his magic from the Crystals to create his own army!
What makes this series great and unique is the politics and world building!
Both of those aspects are explored in much more depth in this final book and becomes quite an integral part of the story.
Elise does a spectacular job at creating such a rich and vivid world and magic system. Her descriptions from the clothing, food, setting, and characters truly made the Solaris Empire feel so real.
With Vhalla’s past hinted at in previous novels, it was great to see Vhalla’s father introduced + getting more background on her family life!
What raised the stakes for this series was definitely Victor’s character! He is led to believe that Vhalla is gone and he has full control over Aldrik’s throne. So Vhalla and her team have to stay hidden for as long as they can, to gather enough supporters who are willing to take down Victor!
I loved that aspect of the story, because not only does it give more world building, with the long travels, but it really gave time to expand/develop on the number of characters we’ve come to know in the series!
Vhalla becomes much more powerful as the novel progresses. She finds her place as a royal and her relationship w/ Aldrik is truly put to the test.
Aldrik wants a marriage which would both unify the people politically, while also making Aldrik happy! However Vhalla feels there are other priorities at stake! Kova does a wonderful job at illustrating the pros/cons to both of their decisions!
Kova also does a spectacular job at illustrating the effects this war has on the empire!
I will admit, there are some issues I had with this novel. The pacing, where I felt it was much slower compared to the previous novels.
However, building an army doesn’t happen overnight, nor does rebuilding an empire! So I can definitely see from a plot perspective why the pacing was how it was!
+ As we reach the conclusion for the final battle,Vhalla has created a “connection” w/ Victor after coming in contact w/ the crystals and gets “tainted”!
Which causes to not only use her powers more aggressively, but then her attitude starts to change towards her friends/companions when they ask her whats wrong.
My issue with that was ,in my opinion, it felt like her attitude/personality change almost instantly and she really put herself in danger b/c of it!
From a plot perspective+looking at the overall story however, I can definitely see why that scene was necessary!
Characters we didn’t get much background on in previous books, such as Elicia + Jax get a more prominent role in this novel which I loved! It was also great to see how their past/background transformed them into the characters we see in this final novel!
*There is also an epilogue*
It was absolutely perfect! We get closure to the characters we’ve come to know, while also seeing what the war left behind!
There are no words to describe just how magical this series/journey has been for me as a reader!
This final novel is filled with rich world-building, wonderful characters, moments of laughter, sadness, happiness!
Battles are fought, relationships/friendships are tested, tears of happiness/sadness are shed!
This novel is a spectacular conclusion to a series that is truly unique and magical from its wonderful characters and world-building, to its high stakes plot that reminded me why I will always love YA Fantasy ❤ ❤