Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls

Title: Wings of Arian (Solus #1)
Author: Devri Walls
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Book Tour
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

It's been awhile since a series hooked me like Solus did.  I read books 1 - 3 back to back not wanting to put any of them down.  The series begins with Wings of Arian the story of Kiora and her Protector.  Kiora is very special.  She is the first person born in a thousand years that can defeat the evil that is slowing taking over the land of Meros.  Meros is a land of peace and goodness, but Dralazar is escaping his prison and is determined to see evil across the land.  This may sound like a bit of a standard fantasy beginning, but that is not the case.

There are amazingly unique creatures and magics that are introduced throughout the story that give Wings of Arian a different feel than other fantasy novels.  I particularly love the shapeshifters and their society.  Their home is a place I wish I could actually see.  As Kiora learns of her powers and her destiny, she meets these and other creatures no one ever even thought to exist.  Some will be loyal to her and others will want to use her to prove their value to Dralazar - and through it all her Protector stands by her side.

Do you hear romance in the background?  Possibly, but with all the training and fighting against the ultimate evil to save the entire land, it's hard to start a new relationship - especially when they can't stand each other.

Full of the magic and mystery that really defines what a good fantasy story is for me, this book earned it's five stars over and over again.  This is turning into a favorite series already!

Barnes & Noble: Wings of Arian (For fans of Julie Kagawa, J.K. Rowling, Cinda Williams Chima)


  1. I've been debating whether or not if I should read this, but after you gave this five stars and an excellent review, I think I'm going to give it a shot. Can't wait to dive in!

    Holly @ Absorbing the Content