A few years back, I read nothing but Star Wars. I was a little addicted, but reading predictable stories about Luke, Leia, Han & their broods eventually got boring. The more recent influx of novels digging deeper into the traditional stories has some promise.
This novel gives the reader a personal view of how young people grew up after the end of the Clone Wars wanting to serve the Empire. The institution that is clearly evil in the movies isn't seen the same way by those who are raised on Imperial propaganda and 'history' lessons. I love the fact that this author gave us two main characters who grew up on the same planet and are close friends, but who end up with very different views of the Empire.
Ciena and Thane experience the events that we are already familiar with from a more personal point of view. They have friends on Alderaan and on the Death Star. Who is 'good' and who is 'bad' isn't nearly as clear to them as it is to us. The Empire has taught them not to question, only to obey, but they see too much to remain unaffected. In the meantime, they are young adults struggling to figure out their feelings for each other as well.
I thought this novel went deeper into characters and emotions than many other Star Wars stories that I have read, which made it much more enjoyable for me. We have enough shallow 'the good guys won again' action stories. This book points out what we always knew had to be true - the good guys are everywhere trying to do the best they can with what they've been given.
I may be addicted again.
"There was something severed and rough about her, something tainted and, yet at the same time those jagged pieces were the makings of something fearsome. She'd wanted to become something the Senate would fear. Why not shatter the sky?"
I loved this story! Air Awakens was great, but Fire Falling knocked my socks off! Why oh why have I waited so long to start this series?! The plot progression was perfection, more action, more magic, and more delicious tension between Vhalla and Aldrik! I liked the inclusion of some new characters, and getting to know some of the originals a little better. I was glad to see Vhalla training and growing into her role. I love how fierce she is becoming! Throw in a few big surprises and devastations and you have the whole package in this wonderful sequel.
I really enjoyed this story! I loved the idea that this shy little librarian had this extremely big and exciting magic just laying in wait inside of her. I was quite surprised just how she really came about accepting that, aka the plunge lol. I mean, wow. That is not likely something I will forget for awhile.
The characters were really interesting. I quite like Vhalla, but I think I liked her most towards the end of the book, mostly because that's when we really got to see just how strong she was.
The Dark Prince...mmmmm.
He was great, also! I thought their letters back and forth in the beginning were really cute. I liked how their connection developed throughout the book, the ups and downs of it. I'm really curious to see how things are between them as the series progresses. There are a few other characters I am not quite yet sure about, whether they be true friends or foes, but I kind of really love that. Makes it that much more of an adventure, not really being sure who to trust!
The fantasy element was super cool here. I love elemental control! Add that in with the political intrigue and a war, and you have yourself an attention grabber. I am super excited to see more of the elemental control parts as the series progresses. I feel like we only scratched on the surface with it in this one, and I look forward to seeing it more in depth in the coming books. All in all I liked this book and I am excited to start Fire Falling soon!