5 Sept 2022

Audio Review: CRYSTAL CAGED by Elise Kova, the finale in the Vortex Chronicles Saga


Author: Elise Kova
Series: Vortex Chronicles #5
Source: Audio from Audible
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2020
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The highly anticipated and breathtaking finale of Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles by USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova.

One way or another... she will be the end of the world.

With powers that weren't supposed to be touched by mortal hands, Vi Solaris is determined to free herself and the world from the deadly vortex it's trapped in. This mission has taken her to forbidden lands and has transformed her from a sheltered princess to a fearsome warrior.

But the ultimate triumph requires the ultimate sacrifice, forcing Vi to choose between the last tethers to her humanity and the very people she's sworn to protect.

Vi's story of magic, sacrifice, triumph, and love reaches its epic conclusion in Crystal Caged. 
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Note: This is part of the Air Awakens universe and the fifth book in a series. If you have not yet read some or all of these books, please know that there may be some minor spoilers!

This was better than the last book - and more of what I was expecting from this series overall - but still not the best book that Kova has written. I think up until book 3 I was entirely INVESTED, and I just didn’t enjoy the path the series followed after that.

I was never really invested in the romance or a lot of the relationships, but I loved seeing how Vi impacted the original Air Awakens books. I liked seeing connections and putting things together that made a lot of sense now that I have the hindsight. There was a LOT of planning put into both the original series and this one - a lot of little details you may have overlooked in the original Air Awakens series are now made to be clearer after reading THIS book.

But... that's a lot of reading for only a little pay off. If this series was more of a duology rather than FIVE books, I think I would have enjoyed it more overall. There was just too much (reading) for too little satisfaction.

Would I recommend this series? Probably not. Would I recommend reading just this book? Maybe, actually, if you enjoyed and read the Air Awakens series. I think you could get the gist of this series from this book and then you'd feel satisfied overall.

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?

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