Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past — except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.
Audra is real, but she isn’t human. She’s a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian — Vane’s guardian — and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.
I love Shannon Messenger’s The Keeper of the Lost Cities series a ton, so I knew I would have to try her Sky Fall series. It’s a trilogy about sylphs, aka air elementals. Although I’ve just included the blurb about the first book, this review is about the series as a whole.
I liked the series more as it went on. The first book was pretty good, but it was the second two that sold the series for me. Part of this was because Vane as a character matured. The books are split perspective, so every other chapter was from Vane’s perspective. In the first book he’s, well, a horny teenage guy. I’m not a huge fan of multiple perspective books to begin with, so it was frustrating to keep switching to a character that couldn’t stop thinking about how hot Audra was, etc. He grew up as the book went on and by the sequel I enjoyed his perspective, but for the first book I definitely liked Audra a lot better.
The use of sylphs and how Messenger shows them harnessing the winds were neat concepts. I also haven’t read any other books utilizing sylphs so it was nice to see something new. I wish we had gotten a little more on how their culture and society worked, since we only got vague hints about it, but I guess it’s good to leave a reader wanting more.
I was a little disappointed to see the books fall into some YA romance cliches. Audra and Vane are !super soulmates! and it’s a forbidden romance. It would have worked so much better if they had not been attracted to each other from basically their first interaction. The cliches got handled a little better in the sequels, but eh. I love how Messenger handles romance in her other series so I was kind of meh here.
The action and plot were great. The danger felt real and I loved how the characters were all complex. There were also some really great moral quandaries and Messenger really knows how to keep a reader guessing about what will happen next.
While I vaguely thought about this while reading, looking over reviews made it obvious I wasn’t the only one seeing this: there are a lot of similarities to Avatar the Last Airbender. Make of it what you will. I like Avatar, and I liked this.
Overall, a really fun trilogy. I still like the Keepers of the Lost Cities better, but this was a good read while I wait for KotLC book 5 to come out.
Stay magical readers!