- Born of Air
- RA Lewis
- November 26, 2020
- Elizabeth DeVault
- Valdir Chronicles, Book 1
I occasionally mention in my reviews that I go into books without reading the summaries. I prefer to go in without expectations and go on a journey alongside the characters. Revelations aren’t a revelation if the summary tells you about them. (Which is also why I write without spoilers to the best of my ability.)
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew this was a series, but I didn’t expect it to be a rollercoaster ride as well. While I did find some of the twists and turns predictable, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment. For every twist that I predicted, there was another that blew my mind.
The #1 thing I absolutely loved about this story was the cast. I rarely ever get this invested in the lives of characters. I desperately want to know what happens to each of the people Kalina met and befriended going forward. This is a story that actually stuck with me after I stopped listening, which really is a rarity. I often consume one story, write a review and move on to the next without much thought. While most are good, few are gems and this, to me, was one of those rare gems I discovered.
This is an excellent example of how to begin a fantasy series. It’s relatively short, allowing readers to dip their toes in and see if it’s for them. It gives you interesting and compelling characters, locations, and, adventure. There’s real danger and consequences for their actions. It sets up the sequel nicely while not ending entirely on a cliffhanger.
The narrator was excellent. I never had a single issue with telling who was speaking. The audio was clean and clear the entire time.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.