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Wings of Arian (Solus #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Stonehouse Ink (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jamie
Please excuse my foul language, but…

HOLY FUCK. I loved the shit out of this book.

Honestly, I haven't been this excited about a book--or series even!--in a very long time. Wings of Arian was just spectacular. Unique. Beautiful. Fabulous. Breathtaking. Heart-clenching. Tear-jerking. Amazing. Wonderful. Terrific. Extraordinary. Marvelous. And those are just some of the words that I can think of to describe how incredible this book was.
I finished the book about thirty minutes ago, and my heart is...more
Turtles
Oh wow, this is a let down. The cover: amazing. I'm so ready to hop in the water with that hottie! But the book? It was BAD! There was a prophecy many years ago that "evil" would come back and a magic person (forgot the word from the book) was also going to be found. So fast forward to this disgustingly, squeaky clean kingdom with NO evil. The monarchs have not told the people about the prophecy because they didn't want to destroy their innocence. All of a sudden this girl is dropped in, and you...more
Giselle
As fantasy is not my favorite genre I went into this with a bit of wariness. Wings of Arian is very much a fantasy with kingdoms, dragons, prophecies, and magic. While it failed to completely enrapture me, I blame this on personal taste rather than flaws in the book itself. Not saying it's flawless either, but it is a good story with a lot of creativity, so readers who enjoy high fantasy would most likely find themselves much more in-tuned with this one than I did.

Kiora is the Solus. She's the...more
Devri Walls
May 07, 2012 Devri Walls rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I have read the book more times than anyone should. And by that I mean at least twenty. Including three times of reading it out loud cover to cover. So, I suppose after all that I have to love it right?
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
“Do you know,” he asked, “that you are only the second person to ever ask me what I want?” His eyes searched hers, moving even closer. Her eyes fluttered shut, too scared to breathe. “Yes,” he whispered, brushing his lips against hers, “I want to protect you.”

Wings of Arian, oh how I loved reading you. Can this whole review just be me gushing about it? Please? No?! Okay I guess I can try to write a more helpful review. But just to let you know I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO SO SO MUCH!!!! Asdf...more
Nick

I'm always looking into good fantasy books and during my search I came across Wings of Arian. It has received multiple positive reviews from Goodreads users and I liked the sound of it, so I decided to try it out myself.

I wasn't very fond of the characters because it was a little hard to connect with them. Kiora wasn't an easy main character to like. She had a tendency to be very annoying and whiny at times. I would have tolerated her character had she undergone some growth throughout the story....more
Melinda
2 Stars
I CANNOT get into this book.
And I really, REALLY tried.
On the surface it had everything going for it that I like, I love fantasy novels, always have and the writing was decent. There are lots of interesting sounding characters and the plot seemed promising.
Unfortunately it never went further than the promise for me.
And I seem to be alone for this one, because this book gets glowing reviews from almost everyone else.
For me it all just felt really.. flat.
The characters were whiny and annoyi...more
Cathy  Keaton
Plot: Kiora is a young girl born into a completely innocent existence, free of any evil. Neither she nor any of her people have ever encountered evil until Aleric, an adviser to the King of Meros, claims the Prophecy is about to come to pass and evil will be reintroduced into their land. They need a being of magic to protect them called the Solus and the Solus is the unwitting Kiora. She must train in magic—something none of her people ever knew existed before—in order to prepare to fight the ev...more
Evie
Published to: Bookish (www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com)

Devri Walls' debut YA fantasy novel is a richly imagined tale of destiny, lies and promises, epic quests, pain, heartbreak and finding your own place in the world. It's a high fantasy novel, and a really good one at that. With an interesting premise and unique approach to the concept of good and evil, it's a novel that really stands out; a memorable and enjoyable addition to the genre.

The world envisioned in this story is beautiful, enthral...more
S.M. Blooding
I admit it. The cover reeled me into this book! I saw that cover and knew I HAD to have it!

Then I started reading it. I kept flipping back to the cover going, "How does this cover match this book?"

In the beginning, I found Kiora to be annoying, whining and a baby. I realize I'm turning into a mean, old woman. Yes. I'm fully aware of this, but geez! I just wanted to shake her and say, "Hey! Girl-child! Grow up just a smidge. You can't help anyone by crying and throwing a fit!"

The cast of characte...more
Inna
Review also appears on my blog
This is definitely a great fantasy book. I loved everything about it. Kiora is a great heroine who really struggles with the role she was forced to take on.Emane is an arrogant prince that I really want to meet. So let me actually start the review.
I loved how this book focused on the history and background. We don't just have information showed at us, we discover it as we read. The writing was so detailed and amazing and I really felt like I was in the palaces and...more
Jagged
Ah this book brought The Never Ending Story to mind. What with the Rockmen and the flying pink fluffy dog/iguana? I enjoyed the story, as well as the unanticipated nostalgia. The storyline was decent, and I loved Emane's description of love.
What I did not like was that there was no buildup of how Kiora was found to be the Solus or much backdrop between her and Emane. It referenced things that happened in the past between them kind of in a way that implied the reader should already have knowledg...more
Selena
I struggled to get started with this book but by the halfway point I found myself intrigued by the story and anxious to continue. Having said that though, I did feel like the character development was a bit hurried in places. I suppose in a way this is a compliment because I liked the characters enough that I wished more time had been spent on the story between the action. Stand out characters in the story for me are Arturo and Drustan. They played key roles in aiding the Solus and her protector...more
Sara
I'll state that while I generally enjoyed this book and thought the world building and other aspects of the book were good (especially the magic system), there were times when I really had mixed feelings about the main characters. Throughout the book, I flip-flopped between liking Kiora and Emane and disliking them. They both had their moments when I wanted to slap them, thinking they were both a little whiny and overbearing. Of the two, I think Kiora was the one I liked a little better.

Then th...more
Emily
I feel like it took me weeks to finish this book. I'm a quick reader and it really took a bit of work to get through this one. It wasn't a bad book, but... well, I had some issues with Wings of Arian nonetheless.

And here we go...

1. generic plot
2. unlikable heroine
3. two dimensional characters
4. skeletal romance
5. little-to-no back story
6. lengthy and unnecessary descriptions

and

7. numerous spelling and grammatical errors

I did a little bit of research into this series before I started reading the...more
Asiel
A lot better than I expected

This book far exceeded expectations for it. I originally only got it because at the time it was free and I had a taste for fantasy, but soon after picking it up, I found I couldn't put it down. Reading the first chapter I want sold on the book. The writing style isn't as descriptive as what I am used to and it seemed to be playing on a lot of fantasy cliches but as the story developed I was happily proved wrong. All of the aforementioned 'cliches' turned out to be eit...more
 CCAM&GZM
Being ... somehow ... lost in Urban Fantasy, The Wings of Arian helped me rediscover the beauty and fragrance of the High Fantasy genre.

The eternal and inexhaustible theme of the struggle between good and evil is taken up and transformed by Devri Walls in a story that I'm glad I read it. The fact that the distinction between good and evil is clear and only some grays shadows seem gradually to occur didn’t diminish my enjoyment. The story is well built, the author taking care to provide the neces...more
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
Fantasy is always such a tricky genre as there are so many elements needed to make it work. Good world building, strong characterization and development, as well as an engaging storyline are what make a good fantasy in my opinion. I felt Wings of Arian did a commendable job at striving to integrate the above elements in the novel. I did feel it was a bit on the longer side and I found myself distracted at times, as I was ready for the plot to move forward a bit faster than it did.

I like Kiora's...more
Heather Langston
So, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The characters and the banter between many of them was probably my most favorite aspect of this book...brought a smile to my face and made me chuckle many times. The world was easy to picture and I found it quite beautiful. You have Gaurdians (think fairies...but don't call them that!), a pegasus, dragons, shape-shifters...a wonderful array of fantasy type characters. The pace of the story flowed beautifully and I read it within a day, (and yes, was sad when i...more
Magen
This was a great story of magic, good versus evil, and an amazing new kingdom. I liked Kiora and how sweet she is even with all her power. Emane was a great balance for her as her protector. Devri Walls did an awesome job of creating this kingdom of magic and non-magic. The whole book felt like a good pace, and it left at a good place. The only thing I hate about a lot of YA novels nowadays is how authors think it's okay to have (view spoiler)...more
Kat
This book was ok. Not perfect though, there were some parts when I wanted to say 'Grow a pair!' so thats why I rated 3 stars. But it's pretty good and people that like magic and fantasy would enjoy it.
Hailey
Yes yes yes! Everyone needs to read this. And i thought that i had heard every name that sounded like/ was similar to Kara, but Kiora proved me wrong. XD
Valerie
Truthfully, I signed up for my first blog tour due to the amazing banner design based off of the cover of the last book in the series, Wings of Lomay, which is actually what this blog tour is promoting. Other than that, I didn't have a specific reason for signing up for Wings of Arian, but luckily, it turned out to be pretty good. It wasn't super special or anything, but I didn't find any reason to hate it!

The beginning of the series starts out with discovering who the Solus is, in other words,...more
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
THe cover ahhhh O_O freaking sexy! the synopsis sounds awesome too. ME. WANT.
Angela
Jul 16, 2014 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal, free, kindle
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Aug 01, 2014 AH marked it as to-read
Kindle free download 8/1/14.
Talie
Some immediate thoughts:
When does this take place? They wear medieval finery and say "lay it on me" and they know what cupcakes are
This is extremely clean. No swearing (at all) and the romance is practically "do you think I can hold your hand in public?" Which was shockingly different than normal YA. Especially considering how suggestive the cover looks (by YA standards)

Ok, so I love love love high fantasy, and the creatures in this were no disappointment. I loved hearing about the shifters...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5 Stars!

Wings of Arian is a detailed and unique high fantasy story that has many of the elements I’ve come to adore over the years. I was surprised to see that this was a larger length book for YA high fantasy and I actually wanted it to be even longer, but Wings definitely sets a solid start for the Solus series.

Meros is a land in a valley where evil no longer exists and the world is content, or at least that was the case until the new Solus is called forth. The Solus is the magical protector...more
Lou
In the Wings Of Arian we met Kiora. Kiora has spent her life knowing that she was different to other people but never truly knowing why. She'd see things, often bad. Then those things would happen. Kiora thought that she was responsible for all those bad things, so she tries to hide what she sees from those around her.

One day Aleric appears and tells her about a role that she is destined to play; the Solus; in a world that is filled with magic and evil. Kiora is racing against time to learn ever...more
Jasmyn
It's been awhile since a series hooked me like Solus did. I read books 1 - 3 back to back not wanting to put any of them down. The series begins with Wings of Arian the story of Kiora and her Protector. Kiora is very special. She is the first person born in a thousand years that can defeat the evil that is slowing taking over the land of Meros. Meros is a land of peace and goodness, but Dralazar is escaping his prison and is determined to see evil across the land. This may sound like a bit of a...more
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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.
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“I am not a child, and I know plenty of love. Love is wanting to be with that person for the rest of your life no matter of the consequences. Love is being willing to sacrifice your life for somebody else.” He met his father’s eyes, “Love is seeing the good in somebody regardless of their title or station in life. Love is so painful and yet so wonderful that it is worth it!” Emane pushed himself back up again from the table speaking deliberately. “Love is understanding that someday you might lose the person that you love, but that every day you get to spend with them is worth the risk. Love is taking the good with the bad.” His voice rose with each sentiment. “Love is trust. Love is wanting to understand even when you don’t.” Staring at his father, Emane added, “I know of love, Father, and I did not learn it from Ciera.” 6 likes
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