Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls (Blog Tour Stop)

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls
Series: Solus Tilogy #1
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
First published: April 24th, 2012
Source: Received from author
Format: eARC
Pages: 462
Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Rating: 3.0 / 5

First thoughts:
Set in an imaginative fantasy world full of magic, Wings of Arian will carry off its readers into a different dimension. Its slightly naive characters turn this into the perfect read for a younger audience and intensify the otherwordly feeling you get while reading it.

More detailed:
Even though I rarely do that in reviews, I have to start this one by referencing to the cover, because this one is definitely worth a mention. Nonetheless, don't let this hot guy deceive you - Wings of Arian is certainly not a mature Young Adult story like this cover made me believe. It's definitely more suitable for a younger audience, which is mainly the reason for the three star rating, since I prefer more "grown-up" Young Adult novels.

Other than that I was fairly impressed by the world-building and the amazing fantasy elements Devri Walls wove into her story. With lots of magic and many new and already-known creatures, Wings of Arian is full of surprises and will keep its readers on their toes whenever they are confronted with a new situation.

Kiora and actually most of the other characters are slightly naive, which creates the slightly youngish feel to the story. Living in a world in which the people were not told of the existence of evil, everyone has to adjust not only to that but to the magic as well. It was interesting to see how certain characters developed, even though some changes were a tiny bit too unpredictable for my taste.

While I felt similar about the love story, it was heart-warming nonetheless. All in all, Wings of Arian is an enjoyable read that will be perfect for either a younger audience or for everyone who is looking for a more innocent fantasy story set in a beautiful and magical world.


This review is part of Wings of Arian's blog tour,

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3 comments:

  1. Oh really?? Younger YA? I would have never ever guessed! This cover could even go for a Paranormal Adult story so hearing this surprised me a little and I do understand your rating!

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  2. OH yes this cover is full of hotness!! I'm glad you liked it Devri is fabulous and I Love her face. I felt about the same as you did on this one. I think people who seriously love fantasy will really like it. You're right about it though I think the younger readers may get more from it. Great review, love!

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  3. Interesting. I would have thought it was a more mature YA as well based on the cover. I think it sounds really cool though :)

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