Friday, February 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Wings of Tavea by Devri Walls Review & Tour Giveaway

I am super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Wings of Tavea  today!! I really enjoyed the first book and was excited to read this one. I have my review and the tour wide giveaway. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page on Xpresso Book Tours.

  •  Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
  • Publish Date: November, 2012
  • Source: eBook provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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.

My Thoughts

Not being a big reader of high fantasy Devri Walls has a way of making me love it. With fantastic world building, character growth, a solid plot she takes me into the world she has created and commands my attention. After reading Wings of Arian and loving it, I was eager to dive into this one and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. It was packed full of action, suspense, and a twist that makes me have a pouty face, but I am sure that it appeals to a lot of people. This book takes us to new places and gives us new obstacles to face. This was a fantastic sequel that in no way suffers from middle book syndrome.

Kiora is a character that I love, but annoys me to no end most of the time. I understand that she is a caring, feeling, sensitive person, but her melt downs and hesitations in deadly situations started to get to me. She is the friggin Solus, she needs to man woman up and take charge. She needs to be able to fight, to kill, to do what must be done. There is too much goodness in her, which isn't a bad thing, but it takes her too long to realize that they are fighting evil and if she has to off the enemy, then that's what needs to happen. She puts people at risk and wallows in self pity too often. On that note, she has tremendous growth through the book. Not just with her personality, but with her magical abilities too. It takes some harsh situations for her to finally break down that wall of emotion that holds her back, but she comes out a strong woman rather than a lost girl in the end.

Emane has never been a favorite of mine, but I do really like him, and I feel like I am invested in him and his well being, as well as his relationship with Kiora. It took me a while to warm up to him in the first book, but he has proven his loyalty and his feelings. Now out of Meros, he has his own issues to deal with. He is the weakest link and he is supposed to be the protector. No matter what though, he will not let the fact he has very little to no magic stand in his way. He is a fighter and he loves Kiora and will not let any harm come to her. When trouble comes his way he fights and does everything in his power to protect her. He is willing to lay down his own life if it means saving hers.

We also have a new cast of characters.We have Alcander who leads them to where Lomay's hideout is. Lomay is who they set out to find so this works in their favor. Alcander is one moody guy. He shows his softer side to Kiora on occasion, but I never really warmed up to him and I can say that I still don't like him. Then there's Lomay who is very old, and very odd. I thought he would be a bigger part in this honestly, but we get very few appearances from him. We also still have Drustan who I adore. He gives the comic relief that is needed in a lot of the tense situations.

Now facing more danger and unknown things, this installment of the Solus trilogy really steps it up. We have more fighting, more tension, and and even more dangerous enemy than Dralazar. It's hard to fight evil when you also must hide from it. With almost no good left they are easy to track down and there is most definitely a search out for them. I love great action and adventure and this book gave me that and more!! I will be eagerly awaiting the third and final book Wings of Nestor!!

 About the author
Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.

Books in the series so far:

 Wings of Arian buy links: Amazon | B&N

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  1. Ha there are 777 entries in the giveaway right now. I haven't read the first book in this series so I just skimmed your review but I am happy to see that the second one continued to be good for you. I really like the covers for these ones, I have a weird fetish for backs though... Let's pretend I didn't just say that.

    1. Lol!! Oh, Jenni! You crack me up! I wouldn't say I have a fetish, but I like backs too. ;)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Autumn. I don't read a lot of high fantasy, but this series is great.

  3. I enjoy fantasy books and I have been curious about this series. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I think the cover with the guys back on it is hot to Jenni. Great review Amy. I'll have to put this on my list of series to check out.

    1. Haha!! Hot guy back!! I hope if you get around to this series you enjoy it. :)

  4. Yay I'm glad that you enjoyed the sequel too! I remember you liking the first book. I'm not a fan of fantasy at all either and I still enjoyed the first book. And with all the disappointing sequels I'm glad this one wasn't one of them. I think more authors have to step up their game and introduce more characters and increase the tension and action instead of making it a blan middle book where nothing but character development happens. I mean, I love character development but I need plot development too! Great review, muffin cups!

    1. I loved where Devri went with this one. She did all the things that should be done in a sequel. Story progression, new characters, and the characters we already knew definitely grew. I can't wait to see where she goes with it next! AND she told me that instead of being 3 books, it will now be a 4 book series!

  5. I think the more you learn about a character, sometimes things will annoy you.
    Thanks for lovely review
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. I liked WoA, too, and am excited you liked WoT. I still need to get it! Devri dies a good job of writing fantasy that all can enjoy. Great review!

  7. I'm glad you mentioned you don't read a lot of fantasy, because I have a hit or miss relationship with it, too. I'm glad to hear you liked this despite that! Sounds like an intriguing book.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. Glad you enjoyed the book. Sometimes fantasy catches me and other times it doesn't. Nice review.

  9. I love me a good high fantasy series so these books sound right up my alley! Emane and Kiora sound perfect together and I love the way you describe the world.

  10. Been staying away from high fantasy. I love these covers though.


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