Wings of Arian (The Solus Trilogy 1) by Devri Walls-YA Fantasy
Kindle format given by author for review/blog tour
Summary:Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
I don't typically read high fantasy books, but I thought I'd take a chance and read this one. Plus, I really loved the cover. You know, I enjoy watching fantasy movies, like Lord of The Rings and Avatar, but have trouble reading it. I guess my mind just doesn't work that way. I mean, witches, vamps, weres, and demons are all very real to me, but for some reason books heavy on fantasy have a hard time breaking through the Autumn brain. That said, I love dragons. I prefer dragons that shape shift though. LOL Back to this book! The book was interesting and well written. Still, probably wouldn't have picked this one up on my own.
Honestly, I can't say that I really identified with the characters. Kiora and Emane were both pretty irritating at the beginning of the story. Once they decided that working together would be more beneficial for all, I started to like them a bit more. They do develop a relationship, but I felt like the story was a bit light on the romance. I don't expect every book I read to be smothered with love, but it definitely helps keep me involved in the story. I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more romance. Kiora and Emane have the potential to be a pretty exciting couple.
The story is action packed and certain to keep you on your toes. There are many different characters that kept me guessing what would happen next. Dralazar is the perfect villain for the story. He has a connection to the good side, so it definitely keeps things mysterious. I did like Arturo, the Pegasus. I liked that he was telepathic. The rest of the supporting characters were all interesting, but Morcant stole the show for me. Can you guess what Morcant is? Yep, a Dragon. Not sure why I have such a fascination with Dragons, but I do.
I can say that if you are a fan of fantasy, you would really enjoy this book. I did like it, even though it's not really my thing. So, if you're looking for a well written, diverse mix of characters, an adventurous plot, and a lot of world building, check this book out! 3 out of 5 leaves
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