Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.
With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.
However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.
And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.
Before starting this book I was intent on finding a book to read that would go along the lines of a supernatural theme for October and Halloween. I am not a fan of being scared, not in my reading material and not in anything I watch. I might be a little bit of a ninny, but I’m actually okay with that. I had seen Wings of Arian on other reviewers’ sites and it peaked my interest. After sifting through so many options, I settled on the first installment in the Solus Series, despite the fact it may not correlate exactly with our attempt at a Halloween theme this month.
Wings of Arian is a pretty smooth read. The fantastical world containing magical creatures and powers conceived by Devri Walls is imaginative, yet easy to picture. Her characters discover unlimited possibilities while navigating their feelings, conquering their fears and pushing themselves far beyond their limits! Each individual is compelled to ‘dig deep’ while they are deciphering what is right or wrong and forced to take a stand in a timeless war between good and evil. The main protagonists are just young teens, the Solus and her Protector. The pair, Kiora and Emane, grow so much in this first book, not only in their abilities and powers but also in their awareness of this newly-discovered magical world existing right within their familiar one. As a reader, it was enjoyable to discover this colorful universe alongside them.
Devri Walls is excellent at encouraging the reader to feel connections with her characters. This story is rich in the development of multiple players while each individual maneuvers his or her way through layers of dynamics including relatable concepts of prejudice, love, family, and responsibility. Kiora is highly emotional. Her sensitivity is both a great strength and a great weakness. At one point, I found myself thinking… “Wow! This girl cries more than I do!” (As I am the biggest sap at our house, it takes a lot of tears to out-cry me!) And right after thinking that, the author had Emane acknowledge Kiora’s abundance of tears and even called her out on it. It was good timing for a quick internal chuckle from me. The book is not short on action. Good and evil forces use opposing perceptions of history and unique magical abilities to strategically outwit and battle each other. I am interested to see Kiora and Emane’s journey continue in the second book, Wings of Tavea.