Monday, February 4, 2013

Welcome to my stop on the Wings of Tavea Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can check out the full tour schedule here.  On my stop, I have a review of Wings of Tavea, the second book in The Solus Trilogy by Devri Walls, as well as a couple of awesome giveaways for you guys.  But first, a little about the books:

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Title:  Wings of Arian
Author:  Devri Walls
Series:  1st book in the Wings of Arian series
Publisher:  Stonehouse Ink
Publication Date:  April 24, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

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Title: Wings of Tavea
Author: Devri Walls
Series: The Solus Trilogy, book #2
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

I was so excited to return to this world of magic and strange beings and to find out what old friends are up to.  Things were left rather unfinished in Wings of Arian, so I knew I could expect some serious action from Wings of Tavea, but I had no idea there'd be a new villain and even more odd creatures than in the first book.

I loved how everything developed in Wings of Arian:  the romance, the world, the magic.  I kind of missed all of that in this second installment.  But all in all, everything was pretty well established in the first book, and so this one focused more on the new evil on the other side of the magical barrier, the evil that has stolen all of the good away.  And that was kind of awesome in itself.

The beautiful imagery and lush descriptions in this series are part of why I enjoy the books so much.  It's so easy to visualize the setting and even to put yourself in the midst of all of those magical creatures.  But I also love the characters and everything they learn about each other and themselves.  They are really put to the test in this book, and I loved seeing the outcome.  And the introduction of new characters adds a bit of intrigue to the storyline, though I can't say I liked them as much as the characters I've already grown to love.

Like the first book, this one really captured all of the fantasy elements that I enjoy so much:  magic, mythical creatures, and of course, a world with secrets just waiting to be discovered.  It was fast-paced and full of action that kept me riveted until the end.  I can't wait to see what else is in store for Kiora in the final book of this trilogy.

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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.

  • This giveaway is international.
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And now for the grand prize:

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Thanks for stopping by & happy reading!


  1. It's great that Wings of Tavea lived up to your expectations. I still need to get it. The cover is so gorgeous, it just kills me.
    Great review!

  2. Ooh, this series sounds FANTASTIC! Great review!

  3. I wasn't that big a fan of Alcander as well simply because I adore Emante! ;)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  4. Beautiful imagery and lush descriptions? Sign me up! I hadn't even heard of of this series, but it sounds like I need to check it out. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. I swear I have an ebook copy of the first book. I love that this has great world building and descriptive writing I am such a sucker for that. Glad you enjoyed this series, Jen! Happy Monday!

  6. Sorry, for email I meant to write Thanks for the giveaway!


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