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Fire Falling

(Air Awakens #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  21,443 ratings  ·  1,771 reviews
Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life.

As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile san
Paperback, 378 pages
Published November 19th 2015 by Silver Wing Press
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Elise Kova Yes! I know how awful it is waiting for the next book in a series to come out... and, I'll be honest, personally I sometimes forget what happened in t…moreYes! I know how awful it is waiting for the next book in a series to come out... and, I'll be honest, personally I sometimes forget what happened in the last book by the time the next one comes out and I'm disappointed in how un-invested in the characters I've become. As a result, I'm trying to bring every installment of the Air Awakens series to the readers as fast as I can, without sacrificing story or editing.(less)
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Elise Kova There are still many obstacles for Vhalla to overcome with the help of friends, family, lovers, or alone. I'll leave it up to every reader, however, w…moreThere are still many obstacles for Vhalla to overcome with the help of friends, family, lovers, or alone. I'll leave it up to every reader, however, with what they perceive the outcome of the ending of Fire Falling to be. Less than five weeks until Earth's End is out!(less)

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Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart I am strong I will not fall apart
I am weak.I fell apart.I am trapped inside a bubble of denial,shock,sorrow and pain.And hope.Hope that Earth's End will glue the pieces of my shattered heart.

“Her eyes caught the mirror once more,and Vhalla spared another
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
omg. that cliffhanger! here i was thinking i would just continue the series whenever i had time, but now im desperate to pick up the next book.

i previously said that the first book reminded me a lot of ‘avatar.’ this sequel does maintain those similarities, but the majority of the story really builds upon the aspects that make this book its own. and the characters really shine in this. i got so attached to them this time around, especially aldrick.

the plot does kind of takes a back seat in thi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it

also wow i finished this literally two minutes ago and forgot what was that ending.

like, listen my guy, these books are fun and enjoyable, but they're nothing special, kind of annoying and forgetfull.

so like,,, obviously i'm continuing on with the series BECAUSE LOOK AT THOSE GORGEOUS COVERS, the fuck

3.5 stars

I forgot what happened in the first book and this is my second try. It's the pretty covers. AGH THEY DISCO
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
This book was so different compared to the last one but in a good way. It ends with a cliffhanger that most definitely gave me a heart attack so if you can’t read the next book right after this one I would urge you to start it at a time you can, or suffer.

The book is more centered in the war and Vhalla’s role in it. She’s definitely grown to be a stronger person after the events of the last book and this one without giving up any part of herself. She goes through some painful events in this boo
“For those of you who can meet our enemy with as much cruelty, as much cunning, and as much skill, maybe you’ll see the end of this war. So stand with me, stand with your brothers and sisters in black. We ride toward the horizon of victory, and whoever cannot see the path there should leave now.”

I must confess that while I was reading the first book I really desired to do one thing with the main characters:

For the first half of the second book, my desire just grew. I was tired of the come-a
Rachel E. Carter
"You're the first thing I've ever seen him want to take for himself... It also means that you are the first thing the world knows it can take from him."

The first book is my favorite by just an itsy bit more (I know, blasphemy!) because I loved all those declaring friendship/learning to trust each other moments between Aldric and Vhalla. This was a bit slower for me (though more action) but I am still 100% madly in love with Aldric. Every time I read his scenes I just can't let go. That poor tort
Nadia Awadi
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect case of a guilty pleasure read and I would like to say: FUCK IT! I liked this book.

If anyone tries to convince me that they read this book for the goodness of their heart and the plot. I would call them on their Bullshit. Is there even plot in this second installment? Absolutely NOT. Characters are just walking to the north, south or west or whatever the hell they are going to start a war. Aside from the ending, nothing really happened. EXCEPT for one big thing: Vahalla is f
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
HOLY F#*CKING SH!T!!! BOOK GODS BE PRAISED, I CAN'T EVEN FATHOM WHAT JUST HAPPENED! My heart is in my throat, this author is genius!!!! ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If it weren’t for that badass ending, this would’ve earned 2 sloppy stars.

Vhalla Yarl was unbelievably dense and whiny, except for the ending where she finally comes close to being the badass Windwalker she's supposed to be. However, I’m sorry to report that her brain was left on stand-by for a majority of the book. Aldrik trusts a soldier? Let’s trust them too, despite our suspicions, because surely a prince can never be proven wrong about someone. Aldrik seeks out Vhalla whenever he has the c
Ben Alderson
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in the coffee shop today, it was amazing! I cried twice!!!!

Elise you are really something special
Lucie V.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
✅ Gorgeous cover
✅ Characters
✅ Magic
✅ World-building
✅ Plot and pace
✅ Action
❗️❗️ Cliffhanger

Vhalla is now a soldier, property of the crown and she is sent to the front to win the war with her Windwalker powers. This book is once again about Vhalla trying to figure out her place in the world and also her feeling towards Aldrik (and the price of those feelings).

Vhalla changes in this book, she gains confidence and her powers develop really fast (a little too fast maybe). There is however the logic
Pamela J. (Fantasy Book Nook)
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: display
*Spoiler Free*
The second in the series, Fire Fallings leaves right where Air Awakens left off. In AA, Vhalla was a naïve library apprentice confronting a change in fate, identity, and falling in love. At the beginning of FF, we see a different Vhalla. The events towards the end of AA left Vhalla broken and conflicted, living with the consequences of a night of wind and fire and dealing with Sareem’s death. Despite the nightmares that plague her, she is given no time to rest or recover. She is no
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
4.5 stars... very well deserved.

This book was a conglomerate of frustration, agony, torture, and FEELS! Bahah... I know, I know. I'm a glutton for punishment... but I love these kinds of books.

BTW this was a buddy read with Emma - Thank you for being my emotional support because heaven knows I needed it!!! Check out Emma's amazing review!!

Though this story reminds me so much of other already existing book series, the characterization is vastly different. I keep expecting Vhalla to act like a
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I hate this rating. I do. I've been trying to avoid it from page 1. But from page 1, this book fell into a very specific category I dislike. (It dislikes me back. It's a mutual thing.)

This category comprises all filler books in fantasy series which are really just an excuse for romantic angst and lots of tears and purple prose. It's all topped with arguments which stem from misunderstandings that could have been solved in five sentences, had the characters been inclined to COMMUNICATE.

An oddly
Kells Next Read
"You're the first thing I've seen him want to take for himself"

Elise Kova second book had me:
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Guys I can't even begin to form into words the intense love that I have for Prince Aldrik. He has definitely move up to hold the prized place of my #1 fictional Crown prince that has me *swooning* with only the mention of his name. This book was good Great. I loved every character and particularly enjoy seeing the development of Vhalla and Aldrik's relationship.

This is a Read that you need to pick
Ann (annreads)
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
*Reread March 2018*

“You are a symbol, Vhalla. And, despite what some may have you believe, you have more control over what you symbolize than anyone else.”
“I am no one,” she muttered, hearing Aldrik mounting his War-strider.
“Even something very small can cast a large shadow when it is close to the sun.”

I literally know every single thing that happens in this book and somehow it still gets me EVERY DAMN TIME ??? *cries*


*Reread January 2017*

Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Holy mother Sun! I'm starstruck. This is what I'd like to call a gorgeous sequel. Dare I say it, it might even top Air Awakes

This was an exceptional sequel. I loved it so much! I feel like the series has more of a direction, which is exciting. I'm still processing what happened in this book, because THINGS HAPPENS.


This book deserves More Than this insignificant five stars!! Omg what a roller coaster of emotions...

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What I love about the sequels is that you can abandon your usual pattern for reviews and go on babbling about your favorite characters and wow moments and angst moments and so on. And trust me, Fire falling has a lot of these.

First of all, let us summarize where we were left with our MCs in Air Awakens. Vhalla is a property of the Solaris Empire now and she is forced to join the war against north. Some people want her dead on the butterflied, some want her to win the war and bring new power - t

Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm sorry. I can't think over the sound of my screaming. What. The. Fuck. WHAT THE FUCK.

"This was the Fire Lord...He was like poetry through fire."

Question: If you could have one fictional man, which would you choose?

A: The mysterious, bad-intentioned Darkling who you share an unexplainable bond with?
B: Rowan Whitethorn, a badass warrior who you are also bonded to, and wants to ultimately protect you?
C: Nikolai Lantsov, a prince whose snarky as hell?
D: Rhysand, a suave and tad cocky overall badass?
E: Prince Aldrik aka all of the above?

Oh wow. I loved this book. I never thought I'd
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Apparently, no character is safe. I can't even right now. ...more
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excuse me as I scrape my heart off the floor. That ending was brutal! 😭

I'm so glad this series is complete and I can start the next book right away. I thought about taking a little break before continuing on. But nope, I've been sucked in. I'm invested now and can't leave it like this. Vhalla and Aldrik have slowly grown on me. And Daniel, I love that guy. Even Baldair has weaseled his way into my heart.

I actually didn't care very much about the war and politics. I felt this book focused a lot
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it

That's it. That's the review.

Also, (view spoiler)
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
You know when you're reading a book, and suddenly you look down to see that you're making actual puddles of tears on your own lap? Yeah, that is a thing, and it was the product of this book. This is one of those reviews that is extra hard to write because you just want to flail and throw the book at people. Yep, it was that good. I haven't read a book that had me this entranced in a long while.enthralled-ScottPilgrim-Knives-amazing

You probably want to know what was so epic,
Final rating: 4.5/5 stars

“I see you taking steps down this path, and I don’t want you be lost to that darkness.” He laughed and bore the most unfiltered sorrow she had ever seen from him. “What is worse is, thanks to the extraordinary wisdom of the people’s Senate, I cannot protect you from that.”
“So, what do I do?” Vhalla finally sought guidance for her guilt.
“Never forget who you are, and do not let the dead define you.”

This book made up for everything I minded in the first one. It
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm so busy I barely even have time to take a peek here, let alone read. Ugh. Two more weeks, just two more weeks and I'M FREE!

Mini review to come soon.
Katerina  Kondrenko
9 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
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Genre: high-fantasy, YA+ (upper-YA)
Stuff: sorcerers, girl gets stronger, war, magic
Setting: road to the North
Fail: a bit slow beginning though it's ok
WOW: romanc
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Vhalla marches off to war she battles with her security of who she is while discovering more about her power and her place in the army.

The Story
Holy Crap. If you’re looking for a cliffhanger, read this book. I don’t know how I am going on without knowing what happens next. Okay, I do, it’s because I have so many other reads to keep going at the moment, but I seriously can’t wait till I continue. First of all, I love Elise Kova, and I am going to be auto-buying her books from now on. I already
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay! So I was not expecting that ending!!
This one was good but not as good as the first book or may be reading this right after I finished the Air awakens was not a good idea! I grew tired of the characters! I don't know if I am in reading slump or what!! But I didn't enjoyed it as much as I should have!

╬What I wanted from this book╬
▬War + Politics

╬What I actually got╬
▬Cute romance
▬Sappy romance
▬Gushy romance
▬Mushy romance
▬Had me rolling my eyes roman
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
RTC, so I may have stayed up until 7am finishing this and then reading half the next book because I DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT CLIFFHANGER. Praise everything for omnibus editions.

edit: Me at the end of this book...
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