Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Wings of Tavea by Devri Wells

Title: Wings of Tavea (Solus #2)
Author: Devri Wells
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.
Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

This is the second book in the Solus series.  There may be minor spoilers if you have not read book 1, but nothing that should ruin your experience.  You will definitely want to read book one before beginning book 2.

We've all hear of the sophomore slump for series, well this book breaks the rules and a just barely takes a little dip.  With a very full 4 star rating it was a great continuation to Wings of Arian.  Picking up very quickly after book one ends, Kiora and Emane venture through the newly opened gate into a vast world they never imagined existed - a world Meros had been locked away from for ages.  Kiora thought the creatures she had already met to be new and strange - well she hasn't seen anything yet.

But this world is far from a new paradise.  A strange evil has covered the land and driven the good deep into hiding.  This evil seems so powerful that even Kiora's old enemy, Dralazar, fades into the background - at least for a bit.  Kiora's guide to this new world is a Tavean named Alcander.  He's seems decent enough if you can get past the arrogant, selfish, egotistic, self-righteous, and know it all attitude - a little bit too much like Emane's beginnings for my taste.

As Kiora learns to harness new powers and learns of new prophecies and destinies all piled one on top of the other, it's amazing she doesn't break down completely.  Another book full of action and wonder.  I loved some of the new creatures and the way Wells took traditional ideas and tweaked them into something new and exciting.  Even the creatures we were familiar with from book one take on a new twist in the lands outside of Meros - having evolved into totally different cultures.

This book only confirmed my belief that this will be a great new fantasy series and I dug into book three the next day.  And on a side note - I really love these covers - book three is amazing!

Barnes & Noble: Wings of Tavea

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