Monday, June 27, 2016

Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger

Series: Sky Fall (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Paranormal Romance

Subjects: sylphs, weather, elementals, abilities, mythology, supernatural, love

Setting: in the desert of Southern California, and on Mount Washington and in Nebraska and Oklahoma

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense, rotating between Vane and Audra

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 407 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Simon and Schuster: Simon Pulse

Summary/ product description: “Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn't know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn't believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who've betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?”

My Review:  Let the Wind Rise is the 3rd and final book in the Sky Fall trilogy. I waited so long to finally read this series. I decided to series-binge it. I had copies of the first 2 books autographed and sitting on my shelf for a long time. I bought the 3rd book. I picked the perfect time of year to read this because it's set in summertime, in the desert of Southern California. If you have not read Let The Sky Fall and love paranormal romance and fantasy, then check it out. It’s very unique, since it’s about Sylphs, which are wind elementals. There’s a lot of cool Air-bender stuff, like controlling the winds and making tornadoes.

The series is told from the perspectives of two main characters, Vane and Audra. I really like Vane. He reminds me of Ethan Wate from Beautiful Creatures, or David from Steehert (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson, and Percy Jackson or Magnus Chase from Rick Riordan’s series. He’s a Westerly and wasn’t aware of it for the last ten years until Audra triggered a break though and told him. Audra is pretty awesome too. She’s a tough fighter, a guardian and an Easterly. They fall in love, even though Vane is betrothed to a princess named Solana. There’s this evil sylph named Raiden who killed her parent and took over they’re castle. Vane must help Audra and the Gale Force defeat him. This series has a lot of action and humor and fantasy elements. I especially love Vane’s inner monologue and his dialogue. He is hilarious. I wish I could get a boyfriend like him. I wouldn’t want him to be lazy, but Vane’s defiantly not that lazy anymore. Audra is such a bad-a, and totally got his butt into shape.

If you have not read the series, then stop reading this review now.

In this final book, Audra is now Raiden’s prisoner, as well as Gus, a young member of the Gale Force and Vane’s new guardian. Audra bonded with Vane through a kiss at the end of the first book and through that bond she knows the Westerly language that Raiden desire to learn. Audra decides to break that bond to protect the language and it works. She forgets Westerly completely. She’s also afraid that breaking her bond will affect Vane’s love for her.

Meanwhile, Vane is planning with the Gale Force and now the leader, Os, decides he wants to teach them the power of pain, which means ruining the wind, breaking it. This is because the wind spikes that Vane wove with the power of four didn’t seem to be defeating the living storms, so Os have to break a Northerly within it to make it work. Vane is completely against this evil power of pain stuff. He wants to find a better way, or at least someone who won’t become a crazy power addict using it. So he seeks out Aston, an ex-Gale and ex-captive to Raiden and his awful torcher. Aston has experience with the power of pain and really wants Raiden dead. They also need Arella, Audra’s criminal mother, and Solana to help them. Vane, Solana, Aston, and Arella plan a rescue mission to save Audra and Gus, while Audra and Gus are trying their best to find a way to escape on their own.

And the escape is only part of the book. The rest of the book is an action-packed finally that will keep your heart racing till the very end. Will Vane be able to kill Raiden? Will Audra ever forgive her mother? Will Vane and Audra restore their bond? So many questions. Trust mean, the ending will leave you breathless. Will Vane and Audra get what they deserve? I will say I am pleased with the ending.

Cover Art Review: The cover is kind of cool, but the type choice seems to conflict with the image. It almost feels like a cover from a fantasy book from a decade or more ago. Or even more like a middle grade book.

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