Monday, February 17, 2014

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls {Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway}

Hello lovely people, welcome to Tuesday and my stop on the Wings of Arian Blog Tour! I am really happy to have you all here today, because today I finally get to share all my love of the final book in this series!!! Seriously you all have no idea how long I have been waiting to scream this review from the rooftops! I have some mad love for this series and it was my honor to host a Blog Tour for such an incredible series and author! So stay put and see my review of book 4 and enter to win the GORGEOUS silver wing bracelet at the bottom of the page! :)

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Arian (Solus #1)
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
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.

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Tavea (Solus #2)
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
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. 

Book Info~
Book Title: Wings of Nestor (Solus #3)
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing—how can she stop the Shadow from using her dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it. 

Kiora’s search will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and lead straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years. 

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, the rebels are hurtling toward one outcome: war. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path, but will fate allow it? Or will it teach her a hard lesson about following her own destiny?

Book Info~
Title: Wings of Lomay (Solus #4)
Publication Date: February 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb~
In defense of the small remaining group of rebels, Kiora has to cross lines she never thought she would, making her redefine not only herself, but what’s right and wrong. Outnumbered and out of time, Kiora turns to the only two groups that could help; the Shifters and the Dragons. But will either of them come to their aid?

As they prepare for a war against the evil army, Kiora must lead the rebels and find the strength within herself to defeat Jasmine.
Kiora’s the Solace. She’s their only hope.

*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

My Review

Kiora is in the fight of her life, she will have to use all the power that she possesses in order to fight the darkness that threatens to swallow Meros. She will have to learn that this is war and that in war bad things happen and people die. Sacrifices will be made, lives will be lost, as all hope of freedom is put on the shoulders of the Solus. 

In Wings of Lomay we follow Kiora, Emane and Alcander as they make preparations for their final stand. As the Solus leadership sort of falls on Kiora's shoulders as everyone looks to her for guidance. This is not a role that Kiora is particularly comfortable playing, but she has grown tremendously since first learning of her destiny. She was once afraid of her own powers, her own strength, but now she is a force to be reckoned with. She is strong, confidant and a natural leader. She falls into her role as the Solus with trepidation, but flourishes under the guidance of her allies. 

Every character in this series has grown tremendously since Wings of Arian. Each character has come into their own in this series, accepting the role they play in the quest to rid Meros of it's darkness. This is especially true of Prince Emane. When Prince Emane first graces the pages of the series he is cocky, arrogant, timid, fearful, and not ready for his role in the future. But as time passes Emane grows, matures, and by the end of Wings of Lomay Prince Emane is selfless, fierce, cocky, loyal, thoughtful, and deep. Of all the characters in this series, Emane is by far my favorite. I think Emane the witow, was stronger than any of the characters with magic, to me he is the true hero of this story. He is the underdog. The person that is always there to help the hero through their quest. He is the strength and heart of this tale. Oh sure, the story is about Kiora, but the hero of Lord of the Rings was supposed to be Frodo when we all know that Sam was the real hero. Well Emane is Sam, Kiora is Frodo. Without Emane Kiora would have failed a long time ago. It is because of his strength that she was able to make a final stand in Wings of Lomay. And in a world full of magic, he stood tall, proud and fearless. 

I guess there is no secret where my loyalties lie! For me it has always been about Emane. Not Alcander, the powerful, beautiful Tavean. Oh I like him too, he's just not Emane. 

I have mad love for this series, I have been in love with it since the beginning and it saddened, terrified and excited me to finally get my hands on Wings of Lomay. I have known where this story was going since book 2, Wings of Tavea. I saw the writing on the wall, I saw the clues that Devri Walls left on the pages, the crumbs that I knew would eventually mean the end of my heart. This entire series we have been building up to this huge battle, where the Solus was going to either succeed or fail. And in Wings of Lomay we finally get it. We finally get to see what all this struggle was about. What it was all for. We finally get closure. 

Wings of Lomay was a wonderful ending to an incredible journey. All the story lines were tied in neat little bows. But it was gut wrenching and it brought me to my knees in pain and anguish. Devri Walls completely shattered my heart and put a hole in my soul with her perfect telling of Wings of Lomay.  Nothing prepared me for what I found in the pages. Nothing. But I take my hat off to Devri Walls and applaud her ability to turn my sorrow and pain into something beautiful, something worth it, she made it shine brighter than the stars. 

Wings of Lomay is what a series ending should be like, powerful, raw, emotional, and satisfying. This was my favorite book of the series, it will leave you breathless, somber, blissful and a total hot mess. Even now, looking back over the story I cry. Devri Walls and Wings of Lomay broke me and you totally need to read it!

About the Author~
Devri Walls lives in Kuna ID with her husband, two kids and one very bouncy lab. After suffering from an abundance of creativity with not enough places to put it, she turned to writing. Which in the end, turned out to be exactly where she should have been putting it all along. 

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  1. Great review Danielle, I agree with everything you've said. Especially that I it shattered your heart. I'm still trying to find and collect the pieces of mine! I second the recommendation for people to be reading this series! Now you've all read this review and our recommendations, go and grab yourselves a copy and enjoy the emotional ride! :)

    1. Thanks Lou, I totally feel you. I thought I had finally found all the pieces to mine, but when I started re-reading parts of this book, I started crying again! This book is still so incredibly fresh in my mind even though I read it in January!!

      And yes everyone needs to read this one!!

  2. I adored this series, too. My favorite part was how much Kiora grew up in it, but still kept her innocence.

    1. Kiora is an awesome character. She has come so far in this series, that is one of the reason's I love her. She makes strong female characters look good!

  3. This Series is one that you never want to put down. If you only read one book this year pick up a wings book you will fall in love.