Today I am happy to be a tour stop for Wings of Arian by the lovely Devri Walls!
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 toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
I’ve mentioned before that I rarely read high fantasy. Here’s a true confession: I rarely read it because I can almost never follow what in the hell is going on. It’s always full of people with crazy names and fantastical creatures and places that don’t exist. I don’t know if I just don’t have the imagination for it or what, but more often than not I find myself scratching my head and/or re-reading because I’m totally lost. Fortunately with Wings of Arian I was able to follow along really well and while it is definitely high fantasy with all of the usual crazy character names, fantastical creatures, etc. I didn’t feel like I needed a flow chart to understand it.
I think that was mostly because of the really good world building. Devri Walls does a really good job of explaining everything from who is who to where is where, and the mythology behind the story. I felt like I was able to visualize the characters and the places where they were. And the creatures, too. Normally I’d be all “pshaw” as soon as a pegasus showed up, but I really liked Arturo. Yes, his name is Arturo. For some reason the really cracked me up.
So just about the only thing I really didn’t care for was Kiora herself. I felt like she was way too weepy and whiny. I get that she was tenderhearted or whatever, but more than once I just wanted her to get a backbone already. I found Emane a lot more endearing and his steadiness balanced out her insane mood swings.
Recommended for fans of high fantasy.
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