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Wings of Arian (Young Adult Fantasy) (The Solus Series Book 1) by [Walls, Devri]
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* * * Wings of Arian, Book 1 in the Solus Trilogy, is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel. If you like Cassandra Clare and the Infernal Devices series or the Mortal Instrument series you will love Wings of Arian! * * *

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.

* * * Wings of Arian is a young adult paranormal romance novel with approximately 115000 words. It also includes a bonus preview of Book 2 in the Solus Trilogy, WINGS OF TAVEA! * * *

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, a young adult paranormal fantasy novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1040 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 2 edition (11 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WMYJ7E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Rachie Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 August 2016
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This was one seriously epic discovery into magic. The first couple of chapters were a bit slow and boring, but once Emane entered the story the whole book picked up making it damn near impossible to put down!
Some closer attention to editing would have been helpful for missing or extra punctuation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From a Mom's perspective 12 June 2012
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I read a lot of young adult books because I have a 12 yr old daughter and a 14 year old sister who love to read. Plus, honestly, YA books tend to be clean and more fantasy, thus a better escape, than adult books. Since I purchased my Kindle Fire in March I can think of about 3 or 4 books off the top of my head that I really, really loved, enough to pass along to my other sisters (5 total), friends, even my mom. I just finished this book today and it's going into the keeper pile.

First, things I look for in reviews: no sex. Even though there is a romance, yes a bit too convenient and early on in the book, it works and is cute, not too unbelievable or over the top. Just the right amount for a 14 yr old in my opinion.

There are several curse words that were not necessary, in my opinion, but were at least the milder variety. And did, actually, make me laugh, so...shame on me, lol.

The theme is not new, a girl chosen to save her people from evil, but done in a sweet, refreshing voice. The author shows a great progression in the main character, a girl, from a timid, less than confident girl to a young lady who has come to recognize her own worth. I read the author's blog after finishing the book and this was no accident on her part.

Also, all the characters have depth. The Pegasus has a wonderfully dry sense of humor, the dragon is a hoot...shapeshifters, fairies, etc... A great range of characters.

This book made me smile and laugh a lot, something I really enjoy in a book. I read a review that compared it to a cross between Graceling and Eragon. I've read both, and this did remind me a bit of Graceling, which is MUCH darker than this book and not something I let my 12 yr old read.

I wouldn't quite give it 5 stars, just because I have read a few lately that knocked it out of the ballpark, but this was a close 4 stars. I will definitely read the sequel. And I just told my daughter she could read it :D
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugary sweet at times, but an all around fantastic high fantasy book 5 February 2013
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The descriptions and visuals are stunning in this book. It was amazing how every scene was so crisp and lifelike and yet it never felt bogged down by the descriptions. There are good characters and there are evil characters. They aren't many gray characters. However, the good characters have not so nice traits and the bad characters...well, they're pretty bad. I wish that there was more fleshing out with the bad characters particularly those that end up siding with Dralazar. He is a fun character, although his insistence to send minions to do his dirty work is almost humorous because of how badly it backfires time after time. I really loved Dralazar. He reminds me of Hades from Disney's Hercules. Talks way too much, underestimates the good guys, and is so cute when he's mad.

I knew generally what was going to happen but by the time it did happen, I wanted anything but. The romance is sappy and the two united faster than I liked. The banter between Kiora and Emane was really cute in the opening chapters. But it was nice to have a relationship in a YA novel that was healthy. They cared for each other without the controlling, possessive, and jealous nature that many couples have in this age bracket.

Although the characters are 17 or so, this book is a very clean read. There's hints but nothing more on screen than a kiss. There was more action on that Go Daddy Superbowl commercial than what this book shows. So, both MG and YA readers can enjoy this book. There's some violence, but again it's downplayed. The focus is more on the intent of the characters than on the gore. (A-)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wings of Arian (The Solus Trilogy #1) 4 February 2013
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4.5 Stars

In the first book of The Solus Trilogy - Wings of Arian - Kiora learns that her entire life - her entire world - has all been lies. It feels like nothing is true anymore and everything has been turned upside down in an instant. Not only that, but now it seems that there's evil demanding control of everything and she must go on a journey to save the world. Just when she finds out a bit of seemingly good news, that she doesn't have to take this perilous journey alone - that she will be guarded by a Protector - things continue to go from bad to worse. The Protector that must journey with her is non other than the very irritating and stubborn Prince Emane - whose hotness is rivaled only by his hot temper. Kiora must embrace her destiny and take the plunge into the unknown to save herself and her world from destruction. Will she be able to succeed?

This was a really wonderful fantasy that blends all the right amounts of magic, alternate realms, and strange creatures together to form an awesome novel. The characters were really interesting, if not a bit stereotypical at times. I really liked Kiora right away - she was such an innocent girl before her world got flipped upside down. She shows a lot of character growth throughout the book as she steps up to take on her tasks and face her destiny head on. I was able to identify and empathize with her early on, so I was definitely rooting for her to succeed through the story. Prince Emane was the stereotypical hottie with a bad attitude, but had so much more underneath that nobody knew about. I really loved the intricate details and descriptions that the author put into creating the world of the novel and the history and politics surrounding the characters and the storyline. It added a great depth to the novel that made it all the more believable. The writing was excellent and had a great pace - so I flew through this book fast due to the fact that I couldn't put it down. It definitely drew me in with the setting, characters, and I adored the magic aspects too. Overall, this is a really great first book in what promises to be a enchanting trilogy.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good... 15 January 2013
By Angie - Published on
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The cover totally screams Paranormal Romance, not High Fantasy, but that's okay because it's a genre that I'm growing to love. But the description is also quite misleading. Lies do not make up as huge of a part as it makes it out to be. Yes, Kiora has been lied to in a sense, but the actuality of the situation is that no one talks about magic where she's from, since no one knows it exists. At least not until an ancient prophecy is coming to life, and even then only those involved learn about the magic.

I did enjoy this book, but let's start with what I didn't like. Number one being Kiora. She's just not an interesting heroine, at all. She's the chosen Solus, who is a magical human that is suppose to banish evil once and for all. Of course, she's also the most epic magic user in history. However, she has no flaws, unless you count being overly good, sweet, innocent, and caring as a flaw. Throughout the book you always know that she's going to do the nice thing (not necessarily the right thing) no matter what. Evil creatures are about to kill them, they have been disarmed, does she kill or even injure them so they can't get her? Nope, she just leaves and pleads with everyone else whose lives are in danger to just leave them be. Sure that's nice, but it's a war! They will kill whoever they can as soon as they're able! She also cries a lot, about everything.

The second problem is that the story isn't that memorable. I read parts of this over three different days and found that I couldn't remember what had just happened during my previous reading session. That's not good. There was nothing that kept me excited to keep reading, which is why it took me so long to finish.

Now for the good stuff. I loved the magic! It was interesting to watch Kiora learn about her magic and read parts of the ancient text that she's studying. This was also the only time Kiora wasn't perfect. She would sometimes mess up spells with disastrous results, or accidentally do something really awesome. I think the way magic works was explained very well without being info dumpy.

Shapeshifters, Pegasus (Pegases? Pegasi?), and dragons, oh my! I adored these mythical creatures! Arturo, the Pegasus, has so much attitude! He steals almost every scene he's in! The shapeshifters were also especially awesome. They can morph into anything they imagine, including things that don't even exist (Drustan turns into something hilarious at one point). My favorite part of the book was when Kiora and Emane were staying with the shapeshifters. There's also a budding romance, but that hasn't gone very far yet, so I don't have much to say about it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable enough read, if not very memorable. The plot is the typical good versus evil, but I'm still not sure I know why Dralazar is doing what he's doing, but there's still two more books. I hope things clear up sooner rather than later. I'm definitely looking forward to more magic, more Arturo, and more romance! Hopefully in the next book Kiora becomes less goody-goody, too.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fantasy reads, I have read! 9 July 2013
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Wings of Arian was one of the few free books on Amazon that I would not have mind paying for. After re-reading it again since last summer, I am reminded as of why I rated this book a 5/5 star - the more you read it, the more you'll enjoy it!

Devri Walls immediately shakes things up with a fast-paced opening and immediate actions. I liked that she got straight to the point, releasing readers from agonizing-superfluous details; slowly - little by little giving us the details we require to better understand the situation at hand and the character's roles.

There is a prophecy stating that a war will be unleashed between dark and light, and only a Solus and his protector will be able to end it.

Kiora has always known deep down she was different. She has visions in which many will not understand, and it made her `evil' in their eyes ... including her own family. So when Aleric seeks her out and offer a hand filling her in on the world of magic ... her role in it, she unconsciously grabs on. Not truly grasping the idea of what the future has planned for her, what lays ahead, her role ... as the Solus. Not forgetting to mention, that out of all those who can be her Protector, it had to be him ... the Prince, Emane. An unlikely alliance has to be made, fate is waiting on them, and it is a question whether or not these two will be able to come through.

As I write up this review, I am still in a hazy state. It is what Devri Walls tend to do to you. Once you walk into her world of many extraordinary creatures and magic, you'll never want to step out. Her writing is phenomenal; it is a clear image in my mind of how the land of Meros is like; so clear, I am certain I can, in details, draw it out. Every creature was described in great niceties, which allowed readers to live and be a part of the characters - fear the Aktoowa (enormous bird) as it bends down to try and swallow you whole, or squawk at the Shapeshifters as they take on interesting shapes and sizes. There is nothing more to be said, as the story goes on, Devri's ability to attract readers' attention and move the story forward will only prove strong.

If it is one thing readers need to understand, it is Kiora and her inability to do and witness evil. It will get maddening as the series continue, and she may come off as a big baby, but what you have to keep in mind is that she can't help it. The evil emotionally hurts her until it gets physical. Honestly, I didn't understand it myself, and found it frustrating and wanting to curse her at times; but then I am reminded that it is inevitable - it is in her nature to feel the grief - the pain of others, be it they are siding with her or trying to take her life. Throughout I pitied her; it was both a strong point and a weakness. This is where Emane comes in.

Emane, I wouldn't say is your typical `prince charming' in the beginning of the book. He was ever so the definition of a horse arse; cocky and overly self-assured. Sure enough, you'll start to wonder why he was chosen as the Protector of the Solus. However, as the story moves forward I don't believe Kiora would have emotionally been ready for what is to be accomplished, without the help of Emane. What she lacks in terms of physical combat skills, and that knowledge of having the weight of the world on your shoulders, Emane has. As cliché as this is going to sound, he completes her.

I believe all that is needed to be said has been said. There is only so much I can say regarding how wonderful this book is you'll just have to pick it up and find out for yourself.

Happy reading!

Thank you to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours, the Publisher of Wing of Arian, and of course Devri Walls herself in providing this copy, in exchange for an honest review. :D