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Publisher's Summary

This box set includes all five books in the Air Awakens series, as featured on Bustle and The Huffington Post - a book full of magic, romance, and epic fantasy.

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 17-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.

©2015 Claire Elise Kovarik (P)2017 Claire Elise Kovarik

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Why did they switch narrators?!

The story itself is amazing! But why oh why did they change narrators for the last 2? She was awful... and I swear on the last book parts were out of order at one point. But I’m still glad I finished the storyline.

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The narrator switch killed it for me.

Enjoyed the books - great deal for the price. Only gripe is the change of narrator after the third book - horrible move. The second narrator isn't one I'd choose to listen to, plus we get used to the voices assigned to each character in the first THREE books, but the new narrator on books 4 & 5 has very limited range and most characters sound the same as all the others. I stuck with it as long as i could but gave up 3/4 of the way through book 4. now I'm pissed and unsatisfied bc I don't know how it ends - I'll have to try to find the books and read them the old-fashioned way... thanks, whoever produced this. jerks.

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Change of narrator

Amazing stories, at book 3 they change the Narrator and that is very annoying because you are used to the other Narrator. yea that killed some of the magic.

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Starts slow - stick through the first book

Ok, I just started the second book and feel like I need to say something. The first book was... slow. The narrator sounds almost robotic. Something about the editing I think, her words sound clipped or cut off and it feels like it skips sometimes. Her voice is also fairly monotone. I had a really hard time paying attention when I first started. Then, the next thing I know things seem to finally pick up and we’re on to book 2. The story is awesome so far, so please stick with it! You’ll get used to her voice and the story will suck you in.

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one word.. pathetic

this is a great book if you want to portray women as pathetic, weak insanely stupid moronic and idiotic. the author is almost as bad as debra harkness. Possibly a good story but hard to find inside the pathetic characterization of the lead character.

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A neckbeard's webu fantasy in medieval Hogwarts

Purchased this book series after after reading a Reddit thread on quality fantasy books. It must have been a troll of the most refined nature. No, it does not get better after the first book. It gets worse. Characters are illogical and their actions/dialogue are inconsistent with narration and description of internal dialogue from others. The performance the performing narrator is so poor, I can only believe she wanted to get it over as quickly as possible.

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Great story sometimes bad audio

I absolutely loved this series! I love Jax and Laurel ans Im kind of hoping that Elicia and Jax have a story either in the Golden Gaurd Triology or in the Vortex series. Aldrik is probably my gavorite in character growth. Wow does he change a lot over the course of the series amd really becomes the emperor he's meant to be.

I had no probabky with the voice actor or that the voice actor changes with book 4. I did have some really weird audio though where the words were all spaced out wonky and didnt flow. There also was a mix up of chapters in book 5.

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Must Read

Elise Kova, I applaud you. I never wanted to put it down, all the progression of the characters growth. All the trials and tribulations, all the tears, they were all worth it. This series has become my most recommended series! I did notice that there were some points that I felt like I skipped because of the glitches. Other than that, well and they change narrators after three. But I loved it. I love Vallah, at first I hated her, but she totally grew on me. But Aldrick, I put off finishing the book for two week because I didn't want to come to terms of leaving him. He is everything I wanted in a person and then some! Thank you for sharing you imagination with the world!

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!!! SPOILERS !!! Book by Book Review

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The story has the right amount of substance to make the juice worth enduring the squeeze.

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Book 1.
The characters are mostly solid. The dialogue is on point, and there's well-paced personal growth throughout.
The Magic in the world lacks real impact. Beyond magic being elemental based on region delineated by racial traits, there isn't much more that gets fleshed out. In other words, it's a soft magic setting,
There's a lot of time spent studying in libraries, though mostly focused on what made magic so "taboo," coupled with a general overview of what (known) magics exist within the world and where they manifest (as described see above).
From initial reactions to magic, the "commons" appear to have an almost religious phobia toward magic, yet work with and around a palace filled with magically powerful people without any real issues. It just feels like the forced stigma is a plot device to drive off the MC's friends and isolate her to garner more sympathy from the reader.

Book 2
The main cast of character's again, are fantastic and relatable.
The insecurity of the MC's feelings over multiple interests illustrates personal flaws that make her that much more human.
The King's ruthless yet spiteful nature seems forced and unnatural for a man who commands such unquestioning loyalty from all of his subjects: noble and commoner alike. There are some hints that the hunger for power might be a new development, but, in retrospect, little to no light is shown toward this possible shift in the kingdom's reality. As a commoner living in the palace, the MC would at least hear - if not know directly - of the King's descent into madness.
Finally, we get a good look at what the MC's power can potentially do, but there is still too little description to ground the magic in any frame of reference. It just is as it is.

Book 3
I can't say enough about the dynamic struggle of relationships. Elise Kova has this element of storytelling dialed in and fine-tuned.
The supporting cast, however, continues to fall flat into two-dimensional paper dolls of static mediocrity. The Life and Death of hope for the MC and her friends fight a surreal battle within a grey macrocosm of underdeveloped motivations.

Book 4
The new narrator took some time to get used to, but I'm in this for the long haul.
The MC fully carries this entire series on her back as she is torn between continuing to struggle or just giving herself over to what's easiest.
Still, supporting characters, and even main villains, remain monochromatic facsimiles of tropes one can't help but dislike. I wish I despised the villains themselves more than their lack of depth. Even the "traitor," the one supporting character from Book 1 I had real hope for, became a telegraphed toddler punch. You know the kind: the kind where you feel compelled to feign shock as it lands or risk hurting a child's feelings.

Book 5
Hope rings eternal - and then some - as the main cast of friends gets their time to shine. Even much of the allied support characters get their own redemptive arcs, and we get to see a world cut from old tethers of fate become bound to new, promising ones.
While the final battle slips into an obscure literary non-event, the final "Boss Fight" rings with enough epic harmony to compose a satisfyingly melodic conclusion.

In summation, Elise Kova writes relational hero's very, very well.
In spite of the villains throughout seeming to lack that spark of humanity that makes them feel genuinely dangerous, her work is absolutely worth the read/listen.

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not my thing

struggled to finish book 1 of the 5 books. won't be finishing it. not my genre I guess.

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  • jon
  • 07-15-19

skips constantly from book three.

The audio file is terrible. The sound stutters and skips constantly. I'm not sure if entire words are missed but it is very possible. Books 1 and 2 seem fine but book 3 is making me want to exchange it. Definitely won't be a repeat listen if I can finish it. It's a shame really as the story is quite good.

Just checked the reviews for book 3 standalone audio and there are complaints about the file quality with that. It's really a bad show merging audio files that are known to be faulty.

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  • Katie Burns
  • 04-06-21

Audio difficulties

I have zero complaints about the story, I've been really enjoying it. The first three books narration wasn't the best, audio skipped and stopped, sometimes sentences would be repeated or there was strange long pauses. But I could get past that. However they changed the narrator for the fourth book and its terrible. She doesn't have the right voice for the book and pronounces everything differently with a really breathy voice. I'll be returning this book and instead buy the kindle version. Really dissapointing

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  • Laura Henman
  • 10-07-21

Constant confusion

At present I'm reviewing the books as they've finished and will be updated after each consecutive book!!

Air Awakens book 1

To begin with I felt like the narration was being constantly rushed, from the first word onwards. It makes it like the narrator, in this instance Devan McGaughey, had some where she needed to be. I did however manage to enjoy it once I got used to her speed. But now to the utter frustration and confusion of it. Literally every single page was different from the narration to the actual written story. There would be whole passages missed or the sentence was completely different, rearranged or turned around!! Every page I had to pause it, so as to read what it said, when the sentences or spoken words were missing!! Going over it to keep what made sense on paper, but didn't necessarily make sense through the narration. What script was Devan given or rather, why didn't she get the right script. Was the books updated and therefore text was added, or where they sold as a complete set while waiting on a rewrite?? Either way, I so far feel kinda robbed as the book isn't bad by any stretch of the word and therefore, without it matching the enjoyment was halved. So disappointing!! However, watch this space as there are 4 more books to review and right now at this moment in time, I'm not overly excited. Back soon <sighs>

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-21

What a terrible disappointment

I came to this fresh from a love of The Spoken Mage, ready for more magical adventures. This first book hooked me, and the performance wasn't too bad. But from then on it went downhill FAST. The story declined rapidly with the characters being purely idiotic, out of character and overly dramatic. I could not STAND the relationship between the two leads. I ended up skipping through to find decent bits but they became rarer until I gave up. And the voice acting changed mid-way through, as well as the second book having a funny sound behind it some of the time that was awful to listen to. Read the first book if you like, it set up something good, but go in to it with the knowledge that it peaks at the first book and only slides downhill from there.

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  • DrFreeman
  • 07-05-21

The narrator change is terrible

This is my first DNF only due to the narrator change. The sound quality for the last two books is awful. It’s really messed up a good story.
I’m going to buy the physical books to do I can finish them. But I’m really disappointed with this audio book

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  • Nadine
  • 05-23-21

Enjoyed the series

I only marked the performances down because they changed narrators for the last two books. The second narrator pronounced the characters differently and it was a frustrating adjustment. While both narrators were good, please audible can you try where possible to keep the same person when doing a series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Don't even bother.

It doesn't get better.
Both the narrators are horrendous. The story itself is infuriating, lacking and overall rubbish.
Just don't waste your time.

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  • Penuser
  • 04-15-21

just terrible

The narrator has as much energy and tone as a greasy chip bag stuck in a corner watching the wind change everything else.
On top of that there is the bland characters and poor recording quality.

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  • R. Gray
  • 11-08-20

Starts out good but goes downhill

The first book was very good, the second a bit meh, the third was so bland and boring, I didn't see any point in finishing.

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  • Joanne
  • 06-10-20

INCREDIBLE

I absolutely loved this series. The depth of the story and the lives of the characters was absolutely captivating. I quite literally could not put this series down. The world building was amazing and the pace of the story was always exciting an eventful. A beautiful story about how love overcomes all obstacles and how good is the ultimate truth. would highly recommend, excellent storytelling by Elise Kova.

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  • Retrobellabige
  • 01-24-20

Stunning

This series is simply beautiful, with character development second to none, dipping in and out of romance, personal growth, and epic battles. The narrator of the first three books is AMAZING. I agree she narrates in a slightly monotone over prose, but interspersed with her astonishing character voices it balances perfectly. The range of voices she produces is stunning, particularly the male voices, easily recognisable from each other. She perfectly resonates Aldrick’s dark torment, and Vhalla’s growing confidence. Although the second narrator is not BAD, the loss of personality, particularly of Aldrick, was too much for me, and I downloaded the final two books to read. There are also some audio issues at times, with the audio dropping in and out.

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  • AmzKuel95
  • 10-01-19

A thrilling romantic fantasy!

I loved following Vhalla Yarl's journey from the library apprentice girl, to the Empress of the Solaris Empire! Her growth throughout the series was phenomenal, and the development of her relationship was Aldrik was beautiful! It was such a thrilling adventure, with unexpected twists and turns, wonderful characters, and beautifully heart-breaking moments! And that epilogue has me all clucky 😂

The change in narrator for the last 2 books was a bit of a struggle at first, but I was too heavily invested in the plot to not push through and by halfway through book 4 it was easy listening again.

P.S. Aldrik is positively swoonworthy by the end of the series; I need me a fire lord 😍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-19

Great series!

Loving it so far although there are some very glitchy areas in the recording which puts a bit of a damper during an epic war scene. Pauses here and there the throws the flow of the story.