Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: Chosen Champion (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #2) by Elise Kova

Chosen ChampionChosen Champion
(Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #2)
by Elise Kova
May 1, 2019
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Goodreads Summary:
A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides...
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die... They only bide their time...
Return to Solaris in the second book of Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, a young adult epic fantasy filled with even more magic, adventure, and romance. Get ready for twists you never saw coming that will keep you up all night reading!


Back in January when I finished reading Vortex Visions I was very impressed with this first book in the Air Awakens sequel series. I knew then that I would see this story to its end so picking up Chosen Champion was a no-brainer.

Once again, Elise Kova easily draws you back into the world. It's everything familiar and beloved. The atmosphere really comes through in Elise's writing. With the White Death still looming and spreading over the Empire we feel just how dire the situation is becoming. And that burden falls more heavily on our heroine's shoulder than ever.

We follow Vi as she sets down a path of no return. It's a harrowing journey but our crown princess is sneaky and resourceful. Despite conflicts with loved ones and coming face to face with unknown dangers, unthinkable truths and a devastating betrayal she soldiered on bravely. I'm pleased to be able to witness Vi's growth. I hope to see much more of it!

My one main problem with Chosen Champion is the pacing. The majority of the book felt like a long wait for something big to happen. We see nothing significant occur plot-wise until the last quarter of the book. Not that I didn't like developments but the buildup just took a little too long to fully enjoy.

The romance has a more prominent role in Chosen Champion than it had in book one. While Vi and Taavin's feelings were very new to them, both recognized the strength it gave them. It was an important driving force for how they act and reacted. The distance between them intensified their connection making every stolen moment precious. It's not an expressly forbidden love but it will be interesting to see where their relationship will take them.

So Elise has already released the title of the next book: Failed Future. It doesn't sound great but I sure as heck am going to find out exactly what it means!
4 Cats 
*I received a digital Advance Reading Copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way.

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