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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kerry
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
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
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
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
Magan
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
Lalaine  ( Ficbookreviews )
THe cover ahhhh O_O freaking sexy! the synopsis sounds awesome too. ME. WANT.
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
Kimberly
Of course it was the gorgeous cover that snagged my attention, demanding I read it.
Thousands of years ago the valley of Meros was closed off from the rest of the world and as the time went by, people forgot there was an outside, they forgot that there was anything else at all, including magic. Evil disappeared- a land with no lies, no ill intent, no deception at all. And eventually the rulers of the land quit reminding people of magic, of the world outside and of the prophecy that would one day...more
Selena Lang
This book was ok. I had some issues with it...mainly that I have a hard time believing in the totally peaceful aspect of humans. In this book the humans were happy, no evil existed in their world. I have a hard time with that. Human nature is just not that perfect no matter what. And it seemed as if the author intended anger and jealousy to be an "evil thing". No human can resist being angry at times, or jealous, selfish etc. Its just not the way humans are built. So if Anger equates to Evil as...more
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

In the first book of The Solus Trilogy - Wings of Arian - Kiora learns that her entire life - her entire world - has all been lies. It feels like nothing is true anymore and everything has been turned upside down in an instant. Not only that, but now it seems that there's evil demanding control of everything and she must go on a journey to save the world. Just when she finds out a bit of seemingly good news, that she doesn't have to take this perilous journey alone - that she will be gu...more
Amy Fournier
*3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I don't really read a lot of straight up fantasy books, but this one has such a gorgeous cover and the synopsis sounded really interesting. Not to mention Devri is really sweet and I was super excited to read and review her book!! Now that I have gotten that out of the way I will tell you that I really enjoyed this book. I liked how we slowly discovered things while there is some major action going on. There is magic, dragons, and a whole lot of danger. There is a big m...more
Jessica Johnson


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Goodreads Description:

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 to...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I approached Wings of Arian with some trepidation. The last indie novel I read left me with a bitter taste, and I really wanted to like this novel. I'm on a bit of a fantasy kick right now, and I really enjoyed the last few I read, so it became even easier to begin to expect the worst. But Wings of Arian surpassed all my expectations -- and not because I set the bar low...it's a truly awesome novel. This book really captured all of the fantasy elements that I enjoy so much: magic, mythical creat...more
Michelle

What to say about this magical book. It enchanted me, held me spellbound... That doesn't even begin to describe how amazing this book is. The beautiful descriptive setting, with full bodied characters make the words just flow off the page. Walls has written an intriguing fantasy/romance novel that will enchant even the pickiest of readers. And did you see that cover, I even find myself taken in by the sexy Prince Emane. I would let him protect me any day ;)

Kiora is a girl about to embark on a tr...more
Autumn Review
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...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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