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Ice is in her blood. Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms. Pitted against the best Ice is in her blood. Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms. Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She's invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador. But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn't even realized was haunting her. Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn't ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives. This is the first book in a young adult, epic fantasy that's a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance. It's perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns.


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Ice is in her blood. Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms. Pitted against the best Ice is in her blood. Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms. Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She's invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador. But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn't even realized was haunting her. Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn't ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives. This is the first book in a young adult, epic fantasy that's a tale of competition, coming of age, distant lands, elemental magic, and romance. It's perfect for fans of the Legend of Korra, Truthwitch, and A Sorcery of Thorns.

30 review for A Trial of Sorcerers

  1. 5 out of 5

    human

    not me adding this book because of the cover haha what

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    That was actually a lot better than I expected especially after the mess that was A Deal with the Elf King And I actually guessed all the plot twists for once omg I'm a *genius* I really loved Air Awakens , but found Vortex Visions (at least the first book) a disappointment, so I was pretty skeptical to read A Trial of Sorcerers. Still, that cover was gorgeous and I missed the world of Solaris, so I thought to give it a shot. And thank god I did because I adored this. My emotions were all o That was actually a lot better than I expected especially after the mess that was A Deal with the Elf King And I actually guessed all the plot twists for once omg I'm a *genius* I really loved Air Awakens , but found Vortex Visions (at least the first book) a disappointment, so I was pretty skeptical to read A Trial of Sorcerers. Still, that cover was gorgeous and I missed the world of Solaris, so I thought to give it a shot. And thank god I did because I adored this. My emotions were all over the place. I would laugh at the certain ridiculous scenes, rage at how messed up certain people were, or laughing like a maniac at the certain things that happened to certain beings. i should stop using 'certain' "You have to move on eventually. Throw your hat in the ring. Fight to be a competitor." It's been 3 years since Eira's unfortunate accident in killing someone. Everyone around Eira fears these powers she possesses and constantly think of her as a murderer. And so, she's lived in her older brother's shadow, always silent and trying to go unnoticed. Until one day, the elfin delegation from across the continent, Meru, arrives and announces a tournament to be taking place in the near future with only the strongest sorcerers. All her life, Eira's been put down by everyone, so here's an opportunity to prove herself and most importantly, her parents. Little does she know that there's more this tournament than it seems... "She was the one in charge of her own destiny; and, now that she knew this feeling, Eira would never let anyone take it from her again." Eira was definitely not was I was expecting and I found it really nice. Literally almost everyone around her was such a jerk and wow, was she actually mature with some of the situations she faced. I don't know how she remained calm when so many accusations were thrown at her. I would've lost it and fought these people. Although obviously she did lose it at times, but I mean, makes sense when you see what was happening. I seriously hated so many characters in this book. I didn't even think it was possible to despise Fritz, the guy I loved in Air Awakens, but it happened. Many others I despised, however there was this certain person that I seriously wanted to murder and I won't say who it is, but they had it coming and I did not feel bad at all. Call me cruel, but I literally laughed when it happened. wow, i really am cruel *cough* no regrets *cough* I'm curious to see how this'll change things in the next book though. “Kiss me and we’ll both make it out of this unscathed.” You know what I love? When two characters are sneaking around in an area they're not supposed to be in and are about to get caught, so they have a "pretend" make-out session as an excuse to get out of the situation, telling the other that it's 'fake'- I cannot. Those are literally one of my fav scenes. From that moment, I started shipping Eira and this certain person so hard, especially with the many scenes they had together after.🥺 And it's hilarious considering how I despised said person. I legit wanted to kill them and throw them into a volcano, but now- *swooon* So I guess, you could say this was an enemies-to-lovers for me😏 Also, shout-out to Alyss for being an amazing best friend to Eira. She was true family UNLIKE CERTAIN PEOPLE. *rage* ━━━━━༻❁༺━━━━━━━━━ 🛑This part isn't really a spoiler, although it may be considered a spoiler to some, so here's a warning in case.🛑 Okay, but something that didn't make sense is that the synopsis mentions how candidates weren't expecting to not make it out with their lives-- But like that part doesn't even happen until close to the end of the book, so it's pretty weird that they included that in the synopsis. You'd think that because it was there, it'd play a big role in the plot but it didn't really?? I mean, it's not a big deal for me, just confused as to why they'd showcase this book as kind of involving murders happening during the tournament when that didn't even happen until the end? Hmm strange, very strange indeed. ━━━━━༻❁༺━━━━━━━━━ I honestly still can't believe I got all the plot twists. Like that literally never happens, so I feel very accomplished right now. Anyways, overall I really enjoyed this and am so looking forward to the next book. Especially for more romance. I want more angsty moments and steamy scenes. Although, this is going to be 5 books and said to be slow-burn so I may have to wait awhile :' ) "The walls could talk, and they had secrets." ALSO, THERE WAS BARELY ANY ALDRIK *sobs* I mean, I shouldn't have expected much but still :( ━━━━━༻❁༺━━━━━━━━━ Buddy read with my demon bestie, Mashiee <33 loved our convos omg they were golden👌 especially our rage over certain characters ━━━━━༻❁༺━━━━━━━━━ Pre-read Review: honestly, im mostly reading this to hopefully be reunited with Aldrik🥺

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    This book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! I was nervous going in because I thought it might be a little too YA for my tastes lately, but even though it’s definitely YA, I was still able to really enjoy it. ✅ I ALWAYS LOVE TOURNAMENT plot lines and this was no exception. The drama between contestants and watching the characters complete tasks is just always so fun to read about 🆗 EVEN THOUGH THE STORY WAS PREDICTABLE I still enjoyed it. I knew the twist was coming because there was a litt This book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it! I was nervous going in because I thought it might be a little too YA for my tastes lately, but even though it’s definitely YA, I was still able to really enjoy it. ✅ I ALWAYS LOVE TOURNAMENT plot lines and this was no exception. The drama between contestants and watching the characters complete tasks is just always so fun to read about 🆗 EVEN THOUGH THE STORY WAS PREDICTABLE I still enjoyed it. I knew the twist was coming because there was a little too much foreshadowing, but I didn’t know how everything would come together so there was still a feeling of suspense about the end. Overall, the ending was more intense and sad than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise for a YA book ✅ EIRA’S FAMILY ISSUES and her corresponding emotions were written really well. Even though I couldn’t personally relate to her situation because my family has always been very supportive, I was still able to sympathize and understand her feelings. I felt so bad for her situation and wanted to punch her family members for being so overbearing (even Fritz, who I never thought I could dislike!) ✅ I ENJOYED SEEING CHARACTERS from Air Awakens and Vortex Visions. You definitely don’t need to read these two series to enjoy this book - it’s more just an added bonus if you already have. I especially liked the evil sorceress that made an appearance and her involvement in the plot. I am super excited to see how this develops in the next book! 🆗 THE ROMANCE was only okay, but I expected this going in. Elise has said there will be five books in this series and the romance will be a very slow burn, so I’ll just have to suck it up and wait it out 😆 There was sort of a love triangle, and a very minimal amount of kissing, but the main relationship is forming in a realistic and natural way so I’m excited to see how it progresses in the later books! ✅ THE SISTERLY FRIENDSHIP between Eira and Alyss was well written and one of my favorite things about the story. Since Eira couldn’t rely on her family for support, Alyss stepped in and was always the one there to keep Eira motivated and laughing Overall, I think I will like this series better than Vortex Visions, which was a little disappointing to me. I recommend this if you're looking for a fun world full of elemental magic that looks like it's going to be a promising and long series. I can’t wait to read the next one! Thank you so much Elise Kova for sharing an arc with me. I would gladly review any book you write 😁

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mash

    ~ 4 stars ~ Buddy-read with my favourite demon, AKA Lia, reading with you was so fun and I loved discussing theories and plotting murder of that character with you! A Trial of Sorcerers takes place in the same fantastical world of the Air Awakens series but many years later. It follows Eira, a young tower apprentice with a strong and powerful water affinity. Since the disastrous incident three years ago, everyone has been fearful of Eira’s power and her abilities but when a grand tournament is ~ 4 stars ~ Buddy-read with my favourite demon, AKA Lia, reading with you was so fun and I loved discussing theories and plotting murder of that character with you! A Trial of Sorcerers takes place in the same fantastical world of the Air Awakens series but many years later. It follows Eira, a young tower apprentice with a strong and powerful water affinity. Since the disastrous incident three years ago, everyone has been fearful of Eira’s power and her abilities but when a grand tournament is announced by the mysterious Elfin of Meru, Eira knows that this might just be her chance to make a name for herself and prove to everyone that she is strong and her ability is not something to be feared. What starts as a simple tournament ends up becoming a twisted web of deception, lies and dangerous secrets and Eira finds herself at the centre of it all. A trial of sorcerers is a tale of magic, deception and the strength of friendship. I enjoyed reading this book, despite some of the flaws and problematic issues it had. It was predictable and the ending was not executed wonderfully but I had fun buddy-reading it and discussing it so it made for a good overall experience. I didn’t like this as much as Air Awakens but I didn’t even finish the first book in The Vortex Visions series, so this was quite a good read and I am excited for upcoming books in the series. The writing was pretty good but it felt like the writing of every other YA novel, which some might not like. It wasn’t necessarily bad, just mediocre. I did like that the book is written from the third-person perspective because it is my favourite one to read. The book itself was short, which was refreshing and the chapters were reasonable lengths. I liked the way things were described, not too much, not too little, it was the perfect amount Because this book was set in the same world as books the author has written in the past, there was hardly ever any info dumps, which I really appreciated. Overall, the writing was good and interesting enough to read. The plot was also interesting but some parts were rather predictable. The pacing was not bad but I felt that the beginning was a little slow. After the first 25% however, it picked up speed and stayed at that until the last page. Like I said, the last couple conflicts were very predictable, but I didn’t really have a problem with it because it was done in an interesting way and there were some unexpected minor aspects to it. Overall, the plot was a little predictable but still quite engaging. Surprisingly, I liked the characters. Before starting this, I thought Eira would be a slightly altered version of Vhalla because that’s what I found with the authors other books but I found her to be unlike Vhalla, but I like them both. Overall, Eira was a good character because she was caring and kind but my only problem was that she tended to pity herself quite a bit and constantly compared herself to her brother, which ended in a whole monologue about how special he is and how boring she is. There are a couple more characters but the things I want to say about them might be spoilers so I won’t say anything about the two I am specifically thinking about. I really liked Alyss (Eira’s best-friend) because she was a very supportive friend that didn’t mind telling Eira when she was being unreasonable. Overall, I liked this book more than I expected. The writing was good but not very different from other YA books. The plot was well paced but a little predictable and the characters were really interesting. I am excited to read the upcoming books in this series and I’m interested in where Eira’s story goes. Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helped! **Disclaimer** This is all personal opinion and is in no way intended to harass or offend anyone. If I do, I sincerely apologize (also let me know so I can fix the offensive content, thank you) Blog Pinterest

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helena Paris

    So, I initially added this, excited because I thought - like A Deal With the Elf King - this was a separate series. 💙 But apparently, this is the third series set in the world of the Air Awakens, so onto the back burner this goes, until I read the rest in chronological order. 😭 So many interconnected series!!! 🙈

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elise Kova

    Per usual, I'm taking this review space to add some notes and thoughts about the book... A TRIAL OF SORCERERS felt like a return to everything I loved about young adult fantasy. There's so much I love about Eira as a character and the journey I've set her on in this book. She's a character that starts out somewhat gray and throughout the series I intend to push her to the limits. While I know not every book is for everyone... I hope you're willing to give A TRIAL OF SORCERERS a shot and, if you d Per usual, I'm taking this review space to add some notes and thoughts about the book... A TRIAL OF SORCERERS felt like a return to everything I loved about young adult fantasy. There's so much I love about Eira as a character and the journey I've set her on in this book. She's a character that starts out somewhat gray and throughout the series I intend to push her to the limits. While I know not every book is for everyone... I hope you're willing to give A TRIAL OF SORCERERS a shot and, if you do, I hope you enjoy it. Some housekeeping/Book FAQ... You can see all retailer links on my website: https://elisekova.com/a-trial-of-sorc... Also, if you want to read an exclusive, free sample of chapters 1-3, you can do so by subscribing to my newsletter: https://elisekova.com/subscribe/ A TRIAL OF SORCERERS is the first book in a series that I'm expecting to be between 3-5 books (I'll know how long the story needs to be when I tuck into writing book 3). It is set in the Air Awakens universe, but you don't need to read any of the Air Awakens books. New readers can start here! The standard hardcover has designs under the dust jacket. There are currently (As of release on March 4, 2021) no special editions of this book. The cover illustrator is Marie Magny. Her art station is: https://www.artstation.com/skyzocat Character Card Illustrations were done by Sutthiwat Dechakamphu: https://www.artstation.com/sutthiwat Thank you for your interest in my work, and happy reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Lantsov-Vanserra

    Hi, I shamelessly added this because of the cover

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mango

    That cover is...GORGEOUS. Omg when I get this, I will be staring at the cover for half an hour straight before getting to the actual story. Excited to read this one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    I am always amazed by the covers of Elise Kova's books. I just hope this book will be better than Vortex Visions. Question for those who have already read the book: Do I need to read the whole Vortex Vision series before I read this one or no? Because I read the first book last year and I was not impressed... but this one looks really good! 😕 I am always amazed by the covers of Elise Kova's books. I just hope this book will be better than Vortex Visions. Question for those who have already read the book: Do I need to read the whole Vortex Vision series before I read this one or no? Because I read the first book last year and I was not impressed... but this one looks really good! 😕

  10. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "She was the one in charge of her own destiny; and, now that she knew this feeling, Eira would never let anyone take it from her again." A beautiful beginning to a high-stakes fantasy series that will have you rooting for the heroine from the very first page. *Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author for review but all thoughts are my own* Full Rating: 4.5 Stars REVIEW I flew through this book in two sittings, it was utterly addictive and easy to follow. I did give this book 4.5 stars beca "She was the one in charge of her own destiny; and, now that she knew this feeling, Eira would never let anyone take it from her again." A beautiful beginning to a high-stakes fantasy series that will have you rooting for the heroine from the very first page. *Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author for review but all thoughts are my own* Full Rating: 4.5 Stars REVIEW I flew through this book in two sittings, it was utterly addictive and easy to follow. I did give this book 4.5 stars because the "villain" of book 1 was quite obvious and I felt like a certain event did not get enough emotional attention from our MC. This was my first Elise Kova book and I am kicking myself for not picking up the copy of Air Awakens currently sitting on my shelf first. No, you do not need to read that series before this one. However, the MC from that book is the current Empress in this one and we do get to see a fair amount of her - I can only imagine how much more exciting it would be if I had read her journey. If you can, pick up the Air Awakens series first. If you can't, no worries. I fell in love with the magic system in this book. I am always a sucker for elemental magic, and when it is done right my heart sings. Kova has an interesting take on elemental magic and the different depths a sorcerer can delve into with their well of magic. The magic system is laced with an underlying hint that if a person is pushed too far their magic is something to truly fear. I grasped on to the mechanics of Eira's waterrunner magic quite quickly but I only understand the basics of the other three systems - something that I think the previous series would've helped fill. I adored Eira (pronounced AYE-rah). From the moment I met her I was in her corner as a cheerleader. She has immense power for a waterrunner and is able to hear voices of the past. In the beginning of the book you see how much she wants to embrace her power, but how scared she is of it at the same time. She carries the guilt of accidentally killing a fellow sorcerer when her magic ran rampant three-years prior, and has tried to remain on on the straight-and-narrow ever since. But the people around her seem hell-bent on keeping her tied down and sheltered from ever becoming more. Eira is deeply hurt by the people she trusts and builds up walls around her heart, literally and figuratively. This first book is about Eira learning that she shouldn't be ashamed of her power and that she has the right to forge her own future. I am really interested to see how her character will continue to develop because she has begun to take a dip into the darker side of magic and vengeance. I loved the little teasers we got to the slow-burn romance that will be taking place over this five-book series. I am definitely shipping the two of them and think that they compliment one-another beautifully. This first book is very PG in the romance, and though Kova has revealed that it will become more mature as the series progresses it will never be explicit. The female-friendship between Eira and her bestfriend Alyss was wonderful. I loved how they not only understood one-another without words, but that we got scenes of them hanging out in amicable silence while reading. They were fiercely loyal and loving and it made me really happy. I do think their friendship took a backseat in the later half of the novel, but it made sense with the urgency of the plot. Like I said earlier, I never trusted the person who was the villain from the start. I always had this inkling that there was something wrong with them and their motives. However, I only took off a quarter of a star for that predictability. The last quarter of a star I took off was because (view spoiler)[ of a character death that was rushed over. It was quite a pivotal character death and while we did see Eira mourn this character, I thought it would've gotten a lot more attention that it did. It was a little unfulfilling to see that character just ... die. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I am even more excited to go back and read Air Awakens now and cannot believe I have to wait for the sequel to come out. This series is only getting started and I know it will only become more epic from here out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    cassberrie

    Devoured this in one day. This book is such a welcome treat to all Air Awakens fans, and I'm thankful to have received an ARC! Eira Landan has been an outcast amongst the sorcerers of the Tower for years after she lost control of her powers and accidentally killed a fellow student. She longs to see the mysterious continent of Meru that has only recently begun to foster relations with the Solaris Empire. So when the royal family announces an international competition, where each nation will send r Devoured this in one day. This book is such a welcome treat to all Air Awakens fans, and I'm thankful to have received an ARC! Eira Landan has been an outcast amongst the sorcerers of the Tower for years after she lost control of her powers and accidentally killed a fellow student. She longs to see the mysterious continent of Meru that has only recently begun to foster relations with the Solaris Empire. So when the royal family announces an international competition, where each nation will send representatives to compete in a magic tournament to take place on Meru itself, Eira leaps at the opportunity. Having read 13 other books that take place within the Air Awakens universe, the fact that Elise is still able to add additional layers of worldbuilding and intrigue is just incredible. This book feels like both a callback to the first Air Awakens novel and a new venture entirely, with the very familiar setting of Solarin plus the less familiar post-Vortex Chronicles world. Eira is a very different protagonist from both Vhalla and Vi, despite being another case of a "girl with abnormal magic". Eira is moody and sullen, suffocated by overprotective relatives and ostracized by her peers. The trials to determine which sorcerers will represent the Empire are an excellent way for Eira to showcase her wit and skills, and I foresee her becoming a powerhouse later down the line. That being said, as clever and determined as she is, she is also tempestuous and almost antiheroic, and I'm left to wonder where the dice will land with her, especially after the events of this first novel. This little bit of uncertainty has me especially excited. As for the other characters, I enjoyed Alyss's cheery companionship, especially in contrast to Eira's moodiness. I was left torn on Marcus, as he walked that line between being frustrating yet sympathetic because of how he comes into conflict with Eira's own goals. And Cullen is wonderful. The Prince of the Tower has many layers that I look forward to uncovering with the rest of the series. Oh, and the elfin ambassador, Ferro, is a lot of fun. (view spoiler)[I knew from the very beginning that he was up to no good, especially since he was ridiculously smooth and kept prodding for more information about Eira's magic. The fact that he stayed alive at the end of the story makes me wonder about where his character is going to go from here. Much to think about. (hide spoiler)] And of course, I cannot emphasize enough how much I LOVED seeing the OG cast. There's a little part of the trials that calls back to this lovely moment in Crystal Crowned that had me squealing. A certain someone from Vortex Chronicles popped up, along with a few name-drops of some Very Important People who, unfortunately, did not appear in this installment. The little stirrings of romance were unexpected yet charming. Elise Kova has never disappointed with her romances, so I'm eager to see how this develops! All in all, this is an excellent first installment of this new series in the Air Awakens universe. It's got character development, tension, action, and rich magic. While Elise did write this to be accessible to first-time readers, I do highly recommend that people start from the beginning, just so you can savor the little details. I'm so ready for the next book <3

  12. 5 out of 5

    whitney ༅:*・゚

    ꧁ 3.5 stars ꧂ as a newbie to the air awakens universe, i was introduced to the magic system super quickly! i loved the worldbuilding and the range of characters, and i think the pacing was great! short synopsis with no spoilers: eira landan is 18 years old, she is an apprentice at the tower of sorcerers, and she has an older brother, marcus, who is the "star child" but he takes care of eira a lot because eira accidentally did something bad three years prior. so the main plot is: there is a trial o ꧁ 3.5 stars ꧂ as a newbie to the air awakens universe, i was introduced to the magic system super quickly! i loved the worldbuilding and the range of characters, and i think the pacing was great! short synopsis with no spoilers: eira landan is 18 years old, she is an apprentice at the tower of sorcerers, and she has an older brother, marcus, who is the "star child" but he takes care of eira a lot because eira accidentally did something bad three years prior. so the main plot is: there is a trial of sorts, to pick the best sorcerers to go to this competition in the neighbouring country, meru. eira really really wants to go, but everyone else is telling her to not do the trials and let her brother win the trials. and there's a romance subplot! what i loved - HUSBANDS!! H U S B A N D S!! i live for the mlm representation, and it was incorporated so smoothly and had none of the "token diversity" vibes! i get so excited when i see queer representation where queerness is accepted in the world, and this one made me so happy! - eira and marcus are such great siblings, i really related to all their sibling issues. - i really loved cullen ok he is my sweet bby i want to give him a big hug - the plot was compelling, and i was motivated to keep reading the book what i didn't love - there are many tropes used in this book that bring me back to 2015 wattpad... - some parts of the plot went too fast, and other parts went on for longer than expected. - i don't know why, but the ambassador keeps giving me middle-aged businessman vibes. even though he really isn't, i just couldn't get it out of my head? - I PREDICTED THE PLOT TWIST,,, FROM THE BEGINNING? i'm lowkey salty about that, but i guess i'm just too much of a critical reader to let the plot resolve itself. overall, i did enjoy this book a lot! i just didn't really like ferro, which took away from my experience with this book. but cullen, i loved. FDHKGFDJH I LOVE CULLEN WITH MY WHOLE HEART, THIS BOYO JUST NEEDS A HUGGG thank you book of matches media and elise kova for my ARC! all opinions are my own :) ꧁ find me at my socials ꧂ insta | tiktok | twitter | blog

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bhavya

    That cover is so pretty ♥️🥰

  14. 4 out of 5

    Naia Pard

    I stopped having high expectations from this author. I still enjoy her books, but I got accustomed to the idea that they would be more inclined to conform to the trend than pay attention to its plot or characters` development. This is the story of a girl that has magical powers. She has an affinity with water (I had to kind of guess that, because for the most part she doesn`t do anything with water, the only bizarre thing that happens with her is that she can hear voices—I pegged her for an air-s I stopped having high expectations from this author. I still enjoy her books, but I got accustomed to the idea that they would be more inclined to conform to the trend than pay attention to its plot or characters` development. This is the story of a girl that has magical powers. She has an affinity with water (I had to kind of guess that, because for the most part she doesn`t do anything with water, the only bizarre thing that happens with her is that she can hear voices—I pegged her for an air-something). She is a sorceress and her big brother is a sorcerer and they both have a place in the Tower of sorcerers. They are good students. They are talented. They are specials. Nothing mysterious there, we are deep in the trope. The conflict of the book is centered around this trail that they have to take in order to compete in an even bigger trailer. This prospective tired me. Just to thing that I have to stand by and follow not just one trial but more than one!? I would better participate in those trials myself! “Look, he’s going to try.” A young apprentice walked forward, hesitating at the edge of the flames. He had the capped sleeves of a Firebearer. Yet, apprehension radiated off of him. He looked like he was barely fifteen.” Needless to say that this brought strong Harry Potter flashbacks. I almost expected that boy to have a discussion with Dumbledore in the back room. There were parts that I enjoyed, of course. I liked that the heroine wouldn`t let herself be downplayed. I liked that she had powers. I liked that she had dreams. I liked that she kissed. However, there were so many buffs. There were so many parts with which I struggled. I get that you`d build a book on easy-to-sell tropes, but I would have liked that at least those tropes that have become already too expired to be plucked out. For example, let`s take the instance of the moment the heroine is invited to the ball. Of course that a dress is brought to her. She doesn`t even have the time to get anxious that she doesn`t have something to wear for the ball, that she has already received the dress on her bed. “Her usual hems were looser-fitting pieces that actually gave her room to move. This clung to her frame, giving her shapes that Eira hadn’t realized were there. Ah, the illusions that could be wrought with good tailoring. The door on the Tower side of the hall opened, finally, and Cullen strode through in all his court finery. He came to a sudden stop, as if walking into an invisible wall, and just stared. Eira’s feet halted as she did the same.” a bit tired of the trope "going to ball". I don't like it anymore. The guy always sends the girl a gown--god knows how HE got tailors in his pockets, to spring gowns here and there. It is creepy that he knows her exact measurements. Also, there are these little tableaus of jealousy wrought into the material of the trope, i.e. there is usually a lady that comes to flirt with the main guy while our gal is still present. The lady will be, unavoidably, described as an obnoxious man-stealer. “It’s not common for you to bring a lady with you. What should we think of this development?” Allora adjusted the furs around her shoulders with a serpentine grin.” Was serpentine-grin necessary? “Kiss me and we’ll both make it out of this unscathed.” or the necessity of kissing as a way to extricate themselves from a dangerous situation. It is a reasonably good book, but nothing above appropriate-average. Instagram\\my Blog\\

  15. 5 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    Um, the cover is making me anxious.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    Just LOOK at this cover 😍

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine Manzari

    I loved being back in the world of Solaris with new characters and new types of magic. I love stories with tournaments and can’t wait to discover all of the secrets some of the characters are still keeping.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hetal

    I GOT AN ARC AND I'M SO EXCITED!!!! --- Re-review. I don't think my old review did the book and my feelings justice. I don't think I can ever get tired of this world Kova continues to build. (Also that cover is just stunning. Like just jaw-dropping, mouth watering, gorgeous). Eira is jaded and spunky- the way I imagine any adult to be after growing up the life she did. Not unhappy, exactly, but not fulfilled either. A mouse scurrying after the shadow of her brother. Eira is somewhat of an outcast I GOT AN ARC AND I'M SO EXCITED!!!! --- Re-review. I don't think my old review did the book and my feelings justice. I don't think I can ever get tired of this world Kova continues to build. (Also that cover is just stunning. Like just jaw-dropping, mouth watering, gorgeous). Eira is jaded and spunky- the way I imagine any adult to be after growing up the life she did. Not unhappy, exactly, but not fulfilled either. A mouse scurrying after the shadow of her brother. Eira is somewhat of an outcast. She's make mistakes that haunt her everyday. Little did she know she is followed by a cursed past. In this book you'll find secret passages, A swoonworthy main lead in Cullen and that slow burn this author is famous for. In fact, I wouldn't even say it's a romance...yet, but don't worry there is very clearly romance and that hate-to-love trope we all love. Eira will get there, eventually. The book is reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I was giddy with excitement about that. I was slightly wary when I got to the actual trials- I'm so tired of the "3 trials" , "3 quests" , "3 battles" trope because so much of it just involves fighting. Kova manages to pull me into them though because there were no battles! not in the way you're thinking. A Trial of Sorceres focuses heavily on the theme of family. More so in th is book than any other, I'd argue. Eira is Fritz and Gram's niece and her relation with them and her brother, Marcus, is pivitol to Eira's actions and emotions. All I'd like to say here is the author clearly likes tearing siblings apart in ways that leave me crying. That's 3 for 3 in the air awakens world Kova! 3 for 3! Stop it!! This book, more than the Vortex Visions series (which follows Vhalla & Aldrik's daughter) is much more a return to the Air Awakens world- or so it felt to me. We got a lot more Vhalla in this book,and a lot more Fritz, who definitely is not the funcle in this book. I was pretty mad at him a lot of the time, actually. Even Denya is back and man I loved her in Vortex Visions, and she's still go that Devil-may-care attitude. The betrayl and plot twist was predictable to me, but how it went down broke my heart. I'll say nothing else on that. This can be read as a stand alone series, but the story will be vastly enriched by reading Vhalla and Vi's stories first. And if not Vhalla's story, at least Vi's in Vortex Vision. Not because the author doesn't do a great job building a new story in an old world, but because the magic system Kova built in past two series is just so amazing, you'll want that background in Vortex Visions. You don't need it, but trust me, you'll want it. As usual- Kova does a good job of separating the series. If you're a fan of her other stories in the Air Awakens universe, Eira's story is one you won't want to miss!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I jumped into this book completely blind. All I saw was the gorgeous cover, the author's name, and I knew I had to request being part of the street team. I have only read two books of the Air Awakens series, but the good thing about this book is that you don't have to have read the entire series to enjoy this. Although I know there are some name drops I didn't get that others will. What sets this book apart is that it does not I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I jumped into this book completely blind. All I saw was the gorgeous cover, the author's name, and I knew I had to request being part of the street team. I have only read two books of the Air Awakens series, but the good thing about this book is that you don't have to have read the entire series to enjoy this. Although I know there are some name drops I didn't get that others will. What sets this book apart is that it does not follow the typical YA story-lines and assault us with cookie-cutter romance and plot twists that we see coming a mile away. The character development is not notch. I loved the friend and family relationships so much I was so afraid of something happening to them. That's a good sign. I cared about the characters enough to nibble my lower lip in anxiety during the trials. Let's talk romance because this romance was sort of enemies to lovers with a SLOOOOW BURN. UGH I was fanning myself at that one scene when he did that and she was like (I can't say but it involves a kiss to "distract the guards" and I LOVE THAT MINI TROPE so much! The ending was fantastic and has me yearning for book two. I know Kova will expand the world so much, and with Eira's newfound strength, I have a feeling it's going to be amazing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    (1/28/2021) 5 stars. A Trial of Sorcerers is an action packed, angsty, mature dive back into the world of Air Awakens. The story follows Eira, an apprentice Water Runner, who has a dark past. Seeking to prove herself and to overcome her tarnished reputation, she enters the trial of sorcerers. The competition for glory and a chance to travel to the foreign lands of Meru take a high stakes turn that leaves everyone shaken but Eira is determined to leave her mark and to prove her naysayers wrong. Eir (1/28/2021) 5 stars. A Trial of Sorcerers is an action packed, angsty, mature dive back into the world of Air Awakens. The story follows Eira, an apprentice Water Runner, who has a dark past. Seeking to prove herself and to overcome her tarnished reputation, she enters the trial of sorcerers. The competition for glory and a chance to travel to the foreign lands of Meru take a high stakes turn that leaves everyone shaken but Eira is determined to leave her mark and to prove her naysayers wrong. Eira is not your typical hero. There is darkness in her past and skeletons she didn’t even know existed in her closet. She’s soft spoken yet determined. She’s constantly pushed down by her peers and even her family. This lights a fire in her and she is determined to visit the land she’s so carefully studied and dreamed about: the land of Meru. Elise Kova’s romance is always top tier. Will Eira end up with the seemingly arrogant Prince of the Tower or will she fall into the arms of the enigmatic Elfin ambassador? With Kova, nothing is set in stone and anything is possible. I don’t know who I’m gonna root for but I know either way I’m in for a hell of a ride. Kova is a master of creating interesting, deep, and complicated characters. We get to see beloved old faces but also are introduced to new characters that are sure to make their mark in the Air Awakens universe. The action is great and the twists are, in typical Elise Kova fashion, mind blowing. She always knows how to leave you wanting more. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Eira. The entire Air Awakens is an incredibly and intricately woven tale with badass female characters, beautiful romance, and a fantastic magic system. It’s important to digest every detail, no matter how small, because Elise is INCREDIBLE at laying little seeds and watching them grow. ———————————— Elise Kova did it again!!!! No spoilers here but let’s just say that she never ceases to blow my mind. A Trial of Sorcerers is a wonderful first installment of a new series set in the world of Air Awakens. Filled with magic and political intrigue, it’s so great to delve back into this realm. This is a story of finding your own voice, persevering in the face of adversity, and standing up for yourself. I cannot wait until the next book and I cannot wait to see what path Kova takes with the romance 👀 Also there is a single line in this book that has me so shook!!!! What does it all mean?! ———————————— I have a great neeeeed. Look at that cover!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This book is the first novel I have read by Elise Kova. I jumped into this book quite blind. I didn't know much about the plot, except that it took place in the Air Awakens Universe. What sold me to this book was that fans of The Legend of Korra and A Sorcery of Thorns would love it. Where do I start? While this book did start off slow for me, I was hooked around the 13%-20% point. I read this book rather quickly. I couldn't put it down because I was curious to find out what happens next. Kova's This book is the first novel I have read by Elise Kova. I jumped into this book quite blind. I didn't know much about the plot, except that it took place in the Air Awakens Universe. What sold me to this book was that fans of The Legend of Korra and A Sorcery of Thorns would love it. Where do I start? While this book did start off slow for me, I was hooked around the 13%-20% point. I read this book rather quickly. I couldn't put it down because I was curious to find out what happens next. Kova's characters were what made this story magical. I loved the various relationships that took place (from Alyss and Eira's friendship to Marcus and Eira's relationship as siblings). The character developments and personalities stood out to me. Eira was a likeable protagonist who was a bit gullible at times. However, I felt she and even Cullen were relatable characters. The romance, which will probably further progress in future books, was slow-burn. I loved it, and I'm excited to see how it will further develop in book two. I was able to figure out who the antagonist was early on in the book. However, the events at the end were a surprise to me. This book left me excited for its sequel, and it also left me with tons of questions. I'm curious to see how the plot will further develop. I also hope a few of my questions will be answered in the sequel. My only critique is that I wish there were a little bit more descriptions of the setting. I wanted a better understanding of what the tower and its surroundings looked like in the story. Overall, A Trial of Sorcerers was an addicting read that made me excited for book 2. The romance, the characters and their relationships, and all my questions kept me hooked until the end. I will be reading book two when it comes out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria Starkov

    Why the hell do all Elise Kova's books always sound and look stunning? I honestly can't wait for this one, the cover got me from the first glimpse. Bow to the queen. Why the hell do all Elise Kova's books always sound and look stunning? I honestly can't wait for this one, the cover got me from the first glimpse. Bow to the queen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ♡Kavita♡

    Ohh I’m excited for this one! It’s being published on my birthday too! 🥳😍

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite

    5 Stars!!!!! An absolute delight and roaring return to the Air Awakens world - I absolutely devoured this book and so many feels. If you are already an established fan of the Air Awakens books, then this will be an absolute delight for you! I loved every page and Elise really delivers - across characters, relationships, plot and world-building. I'm very much looking forward to reading where the series goes next (and fingers crossed for five books!!). I've noticed with my read through of the Vorte 5 Stars!!!!! An absolute delight and roaring return to the Air Awakens world - I absolutely devoured this book and so many feels. If you are already an established fan of the Air Awakens books, then this will be an absolute delight for you! I loved every page and Elise really delivers - across characters, relationships, plot and world-building. I'm very much looking forward to reading where the series goes next (and fingers crossed for five books!!). I've noticed with my read through of the Vortex Chronicles that there seems to be a slightly different tone to Air Awakens, but Trial of Sorcerers is a real return to form. I loved this book so much I purchased a signed hardcover copy through the author's Etsy store :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    4.5/5.0 This is one of the best first books in a series I have read in a long time! It is destined to be a fabulous YA fantasy addiction. Eira is a supremely sympathetic heroine, the twists and turns are a can’t-put-down, page-turning pleasure. The world is fantasy at it’s very best and the magic interesting and creative. The Ferro twist was obviously predictable, but every other thing was exactly what any lover of fantastical stories could wish for!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sydni

    so so fun!! i’m so happy to be back in this world it’s one of my favorites and i don’t know why this series is so underrated ??? anyways i’m looking forward to the next book since I finished this in one sitting <3

  27. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    Actual Rating: 4.5 This was a FANTASTIC read. I've been meaning to read one of Elise Kova's books for a while, since I have so many on my TBR. This book is set in the Air Awakens universe, but it can be read without any prior knowledge (this was the case for me). My favorite part of this book was the characters and their development. The main character, Eira, starts off as a self-conscious and alienated, but grows into a complex, strong individual, and it was a joy to read. The side characters we Actual Rating: 4.5 This was a FANTASTIC read. I've been meaning to read one of Elise Kova's books for a while, since I have so many on my TBR. This book is set in the Air Awakens universe, but it can be read without any prior knowledge (this was the case for me). My favorite part of this book was the characters and their development. The main character, Eira, starts off as a self-conscious and alienated, but grows into a complex, strong individual, and it was a joy to read. The side characters were as equally as interesting, and I absolutely adored the sisterly bond between Alyss and Eira. Eira has a lot of issues with her family, and her family honestly made my blood boil at times. The disputes were well written, and I'm looking forward to continuing to explore these characters throughout the series (view spoiler)[I need more Cullen PLEASE (hide spoiler)] . I'm a sucker for good world building, and I thoroughly enjoyed the world and the magic system. Not to mention, this book has a TOURNAMENT plot line??? Sign me up. The competition was a lot of fun to read, and it was cool to see the magic system develop as Eira grew into her powers. I'm actually pleased that this book was not super romance heavy, since we will see these characters again throughout the series, and I want a slow burn. But the bits we do get in this book are super cute and I absolutely loved it. This was a phenomenal adventure, and the end had me bawling. I can't wait to see where this series goes! I received an ARC of this title from the author through Books of Matches Media in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the first in a new series in the Air Awakens universe but I've been told you can start here. Luckily for me I haven't read the others but I think I need to go back and read all of Elise's books. I have been trying to catch up with all the books I've missed in the past 5-10 years. Checks Goodreads she has 38 books! 🧙‍♀️  About the book.. Eira starts this journey as an annoying little sister type who grows into her powers which are so unique she's been teased about them her whole life. There This is the first in a new series in the Air Awakens universe but I've been told you can start here. Luckily for me I haven't read the others but I think I need to go back and read all of Elise's books. I have been trying to catch up with all the books I've missed in the past 5-10 years. Checks Goodreads she has 38 books! 🧙‍♀️  About the book.. Eira starts this journey as an annoying little sister type who grows into her powers which are so unique she's been teased about them her whole life. There are some Elfin visitors that propose a Trial of sorcerers and an apprentice per element will win and get to visit their home, Meru. Her brother Marcus wants to be the only one that competes in the trial and all the family agrees which is very unfair so Eira shows how badass she is by entering.  So many fun secret rooms, mysterious lineages, a love triangle, betrayals, some slow burn, tricky competitions, and an awesome magic system!  This is a fast paced action packed magical journey. Eira is a badass who isn't what she seems, she's so much stronger than everyone realizes (which is my favorite type of heroine)! Definite 5⭐ from me!  Thank you for @elise.kova and @bookofmatchesmedia letting me join you on this ARC book tour and for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Reader☽

    the cover mah dudes ❤️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Turner

    If you’re a seasoned Elise Kova fan, which I consider myself as, you will love diving back into the Air Awakens world with this new series! But even if you’re new to her books, this is a brilliant place to start! The characters are fun and relatable and leave you with just the right amount of questions to keep you intrigued 👀 To start off, the elemental magic system in Elise’s books is just gorgeous. There is a vivid and rich history that is cleverly woven to tell the story of each affinity. Whi If you’re a seasoned Elise Kova fan, which I consider myself as, you will love diving back into the Air Awakens world with this new series! But even if you’re new to her books, this is a brilliant place to start! The characters are fun and relatable and leave you with just the right amount of questions to keep you intrigued 👀 To start off, the elemental magic system in Elise’s books is just gorgeous. There is a vivid and rich history that is cleverly woven to tell the story of each affinity. While you don’t get a super extensive look at this history in AToS (and this is why I really recommend diving into AA after if you haven’t read it yet), Elise still is able to create a believable and solid world that the reader can ground themselves in. Political intrigue and court scheming is one of my favourite aspects of high fantasy, and AToS has all that and more! There is a budding romance and a brave heroine, there is redemption and reconciliation. Eira was such a fantastic protagonist; I loved the mystery and uniqueness of her powers and she had such a tenacity to prove herself. Eira is stubborn and strong willed and I really admired these traits in her. Even when people tried to push her down, because they didn’t understand her and were afraid of what her power meant, she rose above and never took no for an answer. I can see many similarities between Eira and Vhalla (protagonist of AA) and I can’t wait to see her growth throughout this new series. Elise’s action scenes are so incredibly well-written, I go back to several scenes from the AA series often because they are just so gripping and intense. You can feel yourself transported to the moment, you can feel the ice and wind and fire surrounding you, and to me this is what makes a truly memorable book and series. The only downside to this book for me was it started off a tad slow, which is something I’ve found in most of Elise’s books. BUT once the story gets grooving, it is magnetic and I know I will love the second book even more (Elise Kova’s sequels are always legendary!).

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