Wins of Arian (Solus #1)Author: Devri Walls
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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.
Oh, this book was absolutely captivating! It's amazing to me how sometimes a book can just come out of nowhere and sweep me away into its story.
This, of course, is all due to fabulous writing skills. And Ms. Walls has them! I can't even wrap my mind around how much I enjoyed this.
To start, I love that the romance of the story isn't love-at-first-sight.
I firmly believe that love-at-first-sight has its place. But it is SO overdone. I like a couple that takes some work to get to a good place. A couple that slowly finds out how amazing their counterpart is. Each individual gets taken by surprise by the positive attributes of that other person. It's wonderful. I love going on that ride with the characters!
Throw in there some magic and danger and you've got a winner!
The supporting characters in Wings of Arian were also most enjoyable! Seriously, a Pegasus? That can communicate telepathically? BRILLIANT!
I am quite sorry that I didn't sign up to review the rest of the books in the Solus series. I'm going to have to devour them soon!
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~The Solus Series~
~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.