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A Trial of Sorcerers

(A Trial of Sorcerers #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

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Published March 4th 2021 by Silver Wing Press
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Elise Kova You can read it independently! I wrote A TRIAL OF SORCERERS with new readers in mind throughout.

Actually, all of my series set in the Air Awakens univ…more
You can read it independently! I wrote A TRIAL OF SORCERERS with new readers in mind throughout.

Actually, all of my series set in the Air Awakens universe can be read in any order. You just get a slightly different experience depending on where you start.(less)
Elise Kova Since my process is to write until the story is finished - however many books that needs to be - I can't give give a firm answer.

Right now I'm thinkin…more
Since my process is to write until the story is finished - however many books that needs to be - I can't give give a firm answer.

Right now I'm thinking it'll be five. But no less than 3.(less)

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Nov 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released
not me adding this book because of the cover

haha what
Paige ♠
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! I was nervous going in because I thought it might be a little too YA for my tastes lately, but even though it’s definitely YA, I was still able to really enjoy it.

I ALWAYS LOVE TOURNAMENT plot lines and this was no exception. The drama between contestants and watching the characters complete tasks is just always so fun to read about

🆗 EVEN THOUGH THE STORY WAS PREDICTABLE I still enjoyed it. I knew the twist was coming because there was a litt
Helena of Eretz ✰
So, I initially added this, excited because I thought - like A Deal With the Elf King - this was a separate series. 💙

But apparently, this is the third series set in the world of the Air Awakens, so onto the back burner this goes, until I read the rest in chronological order. 😭 So many interconnected series!!! 🙈
Lia Carstairs
These artists are seriously just so AMAZING.😍

Why is March 2021 SO FAR AWAY😭
Madison Mary
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"She was the one in charge of her own destiny; and, now that she knew this feeling, Eira would never let anyone take it from her again."

A beautiful beginning to a high-stakes fantasy series that will have you rooting for the heroine from the very first page.

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author for review but all thoughts are my own*
Full Rating: 4.5 Stars

I flew through this book in two sittings, it was utterly addictive and easy to follow. I did give this book 4.5 stars beca
Alex  Vanserra
Hi, I shamelessly added this because of the cover
Ahhh just a couple days to go! Not gonna lie, I only ended up here for the cover but hopefully this ends up being good!

Buddy-read with my favourite demon!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Devoured this in one day. This book is such a welcome treat to all Air Awakens fans, and I'm thankful to have received an ARC!

Eira Landan has been an outcast amongst the sorcerers of the Tower for years after she lost control of her powers and accidentally killed a fellow student. She longs to see the mysterious continent of Meru that has only recently begun to foster relations with the Solaris Empire. So when the royal family announces an international competition, where each nation will send r
Aug 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Um, the cover is making me anxious.
❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
Just LOOK at this cover 😍
Christine Manzari
I loved being back in the world of Solaris with new characters and new types of magic. I love stories with tournaments and can’t wait to discover all of the secrets some of the characters are still keeping.
Celia McMahon
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I jumped into this book completely blind. All I saw was the gorgeous cover, the author's name, and I knew I had to request being part of the street team. I have only read two books of the Air Awakens series, but the good thing about this book is that you don't have to have read the entire series to enjoy this. Although I know there are some name drops I didn't get that others will.

What sets this book apart is that it does not
Lucie V.
Dec 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
I am always amazed by the covers of Elise Kova's books. I just hope this book will be better than Vortex Visions. ...more
whitney ༅:*・゚
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
꧁ 3.5 stars ꧂

as a newbie to the air awakens universe, i was introduced to the magic system super quickly! i loved the worldbuilding and the range of characters, and i think the pacing was great!

short synopsis with no spoilers: eira landan is 18 years old, she is an apprentice at the tower of sorcerers, and she has an older brother, marcus, who is the "star child" but he takes care of eira a lot because eira accidentally did something bad three years prior. so the main plot is: there is a trial o
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is the first novel I have read by Elise Kova. I jumped into this book quite blind. I didn't know much about the plot, except that it took place in the Air Awakens Universe. What sold me to this book was that fans of The Legend of Korra and A Sorcery of Thorns would love it.

Where do I start?

While this book did start off slow for me, I was hooked around the 13%-20% point. I read this book rather quickly. I couldn't put it down because I was curious to find out what happens next. Kova's
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-lust, magic, arcs

Re-review. I don't think my old review did the book and my feelings justice.

I don't think I can ever get tired of this world Kova continues to build. (Also that cover is just stunning. Like just jaw-dropping, mouth watering, gorgeous). Eira is jaded and spunky- the way I imagine any adult to be after growing up the life she did. Not unhappy, exactly, but not fulfilled either. A mouse scurrying after the shadow of her brother. Eira is somewhat of an outcast
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(1/28/2021) 5 stars.

A Trial of Sorcerers is an action packed, angsty, mature dive back into the world of Air Awakens. The story follows Eira, an apprentice Water Runner, who has a dark past. Seeking to prove herself and to overcome her tarnished reputation, she enters the trial of sorcerers. The competition for glory and a chance to travel to the foreign lands of Meru take a high stakes turn that leaves everyone shaken but Eira is determined to leave her mark and to prove her naysayers wrong.

Ohh I’m excited for this one!
It’s being published on my birthday too! 🥳😍
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
so so fun!! i’m so happy to be back in this world it’s one of my favorites and i don’t know why this series is so underrated ??? anyways i’m looking forward to the next book since I finished this in one sitting <3
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, arcs
Actual Rating: 4.5

This was a FANTASTIC read. I've been meaning to read one of Elise Kova's books for a while, since I have so many on my TBR. This book is set in the Air Awakens universe, but it can be read without any prior knowledge (this was the case for me).

My favorite part of this book was the characters and their development. The main character, Eira, starts off as a self-conscious and alienated, but grows into a complex, strong individual, and it was a joy to read. The side characters we
Feb 09, 2021 marked it as to-read
the cover mah dudes ❤️
Jessica Turner
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you’re a seasoned Elise Kova fan, which I consider myself as, you will love diving back into the Air Awakens world with this new series!

But even if you’re new to her books, this is a brilliant place to start! The characters are fun and relatable and leave you with just the right amount of questions to keep you intrigued 👀

To start off, the elemental magic system in Elise’s books is just gorgeous. There is a vivid and rich history that is cleverly woven to tell the story of each affinity. Whi
Shabnam Hosseini
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A story of COURAGE, PAIN, LOYALTY and FRIENDSHIP! It was an amazing ride and you'll just want more! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

Eira is an waterrunner and a quite strong one at that! She has been belittled and kept behind ever since something happend 3 years ago. She blames herself for it and has a lot of guilt, but also there's a spark there to prove herself once and for all that's she's more than that event. And get this she has a special power and hears voices no one else hearing! People say She's
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A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerers #1) by Elise Kova

Eira Landan is an 18 years-old Waterrunner (meaning she can control water) that is tired of living in the shadows— the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed three years ago. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers. Decided of taking the reins of her life back, she steps out and goes to compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

“Everything yo
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Wowzers! Ok so I was slightly hesitant because I did not love her Deal with the Elf King book, but clearly when Elise Kova wants to do her own thing, she shines. The downfall of that one was that it felt too much like it was trying to be an ACOTAR type book. The benefit of this one is that while it still draws on ya tropes (completely expected) this story feels like it’s all hers! It’s new and fresh in spite of what has come before.

This may have more plot info and hints about what happens
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
You can find this review of A Trial of Sorcerers on my blog, Heart's Content!

Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

A Trial of Sorcerers was my very very first Elise Kova read and I’m certain that it won’t be my last. This was one of those books that keep calling after you even when you’ve set it aside for a moment. As soon I gave in to aforementioned bookly enticement, all I did was read it the whole day. The book wasn’t very long, but it’
L.R.W. Lee
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Elise's storytelling shines through once again!

It took me until chapter 13 (of 39) to really start getting into this book. I couldn't get into the seeming indifference Eira's family displayed toward her and it felt forced. I'm sure some people have felt that way growing up, but I wasn't one and it made it hard to get lost in the story because of it. It just felt unnatural I think more so because there was a lot of telling of background, but little showing so I could identify with Eira and the u
Veraya Thavilyati
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Book of Matches Media and Elise Kova for providing the e-arc in exchange for honest review.

What can I say about A Trials of Sorcerers? I can’t get enough of Elise’s writing. I picked this book up right after I finish the Air Awakens series and it did not disappoint.

I love being back in this world and see glimpses of my old favorite characters. Although, Fritz had a personality shift that I wasn’t prepared for, it was still nice to see him and know the empire is doing well after all t
Elizabeth (BookishConnoisseur)
Every time I read one of Elise’s books I think, ok, this one is my favorite! Ugh I absolutely LOVED A Trial of Sorcerers. Eira, the main character, is strong and determined, but also quiet and bookish. And her best friend Alyss is the perfect friend, always supportive but also giving her great advice.
I love how this series is tying together the Air Awakens and Vortex Chronicles series. I just love the world that Elise created with Air Awakens and I’m so happy to be back in it and seeing familia
Bryn Shutt
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kova opens her latest series with an immersive bang. Mystery and mistakes haunt our mc and follow her on her journey throughout the story. I enjoyed Kova's worldbuilding as always and the cover is a complete feast for the eyes. I look forward to seeing where our characters' journey takes them soon. ...more
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Elise Kova is a USA Today bestselling author. In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. S ...more

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