Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls

Image & Description from goodreads.com

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.

My Thoughts:
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book.  I bought it on a whim and having never heard anything about it I was skeptic.  It was a wonderful choice!
Kiora is a fantastic heroin who, while having a pure heart, is still human and susceptible to her emotions.  Emane is her perfect match.  He's brave, hot-headed and a prince. They balanced each other perfectly.  The story is well paced & unique.  There's lots of mystery so I stayed interested but I never felt like things were dragging along.  The supporting characters are well written & I found myself attached to some of them as much as I was Kiora & Emane.  The story reminds us that even the best intentions can cause pain & suffering.  My heart broke for Kiora as she had to endure watching her neighbors & even her own sister turn on her. However, I was cheering for Emane as he stood up to his father & showed that he could be a true leader. 
I can't wait to read & review the next book & see where the story takes us.  I recommend this book for anyone who loved Eragon and other books like it.

I bought & reviewed this book on my own with no compensation from any publisher or the author.

Recommended for readers 13 & up.  

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