Blog Tour: The Solus Series Review + Giveaway

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BOOK 1Wings1
Wins of Arian
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #1
Published: April 24th 2012
Synopsis:

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.


BOOK 2

Wings of TaveaWings
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #2
Published: November, 2012
Synopsis:
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

BOOK 3Nestor
Wings of Nestor
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #3
Publication date: June 24th 2013
Synopsis:

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?

 


BOOK 4Lomay
Wings of Lomay
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #4
Publication date: February 4th 2014
Synopsis:

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?

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AUTHOR BIO
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.


My Review of Wings of Arian book #1

4-out-of-5-stars

Thoughts: The story of Kiora, the Solus and Prince Emane, her Protector, was memorizing. There was also some very good comedic lines as well in the story that really had made it. The relationship between the two main characters was uncanny. They truly are a sight to see (or read).

I loved the world building of this book. Most of the time the prologue in a fantasy can be overbearing full of loads of world building, but the prologue for this book really played it’s part. It really helped to excite me to read the book. And the book did not fail to meet the prologue’s expectations.

Kiora had grown up not knowing what or who she was, all she knew was that something wasn’t normal about her. She had visions of events that happened in the future; things she tried to stop from happening. When she is found by Aleric as the Solus she begins her training. However, the Solus must always have a Protector, and Kiora’s just so happens to be the rude, arrogant Prince she’d met when she’d been brought to the castle. As the two learn to fight and use their strengths, a greater evil tries to stop them. Drazalaar has awakened and he wants to stop the Solus from becoming stronger than he. A thousand years of peace had been granted to this land and now that the time is up danger and chaos shall ensue. Kiora must learn to work with Emane and stop Drazalaar from destroying her home.

Many battles between good and evil take place in this story. Also there are many new types of creatures introduced that make this a great fantasy read. There are the Guardians who we would think are faeries but really the Fallen Ones , Guardians who have chosen evil, are what we speak of. The Guardians are good creatures who help protect the land. Then there are some well know creatures like dragons and Pegasuses. In my head I could picture all of these creatures living in the land in which they do and it made the story for me.

The main fault of this book for me though was there was a lot of telling and not enough showing. I wanted to see how Kiora was before she knew who she was and was brought to where she is. There was also parts where I felt some lines were unnecessary.

Pushing that aside, this book is really great. reminded me of the Hobbit in the way that the story was told, like a journey. And overall it wasn’t that bad of a book. There may have been some parts where I couldn’t continue reading, but once I pushed through I found it was worth the struggle. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a great fantasy read.


Giveaways!

My giveaway
Open World Wide – Ends September 5th
–One ebook copy of any book in The Solus Series of the Winner’s choosing
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Tour-wide giveaway:
Open to US/Can – Ends August 26th
–Tanzanite earrings, a dragon earcuff, a wing necklace, and ebooks + swag

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