Sara’s Review of Wings of Nestor by Devri Walls
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Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Date Published: June 24, 2013
Series: The Solus #3
Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing—how can she stop the Shadow from using her dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.
Kiora’s search will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and lead 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, the rebels are hurtling toward one outcome: war. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path, but will fate allow it? Or will it teach her a hard lesson about following her own destiny?
This is a challenging review for me to write for several reasons. The first is because I loved the first two books in the series so much and the second is because I’m struggling to find the words to describe this book and my feelings towards it. As some of you may know from my reviews on the first two books in this series, Walls has managed to create a series that is rich in visual images, enjoyable characters, and leaves you wanting more long after the story is done. But unlike the previous two books which blew me away, this one was harder for me to get into and it didn’t seem like the connection between events was as solid as it had been in the previous novels.
Now before I continue, I would like to state that once again if you’ve not read Wings of Arian and Wings of Tavea, please make it a point to do so before you read this book. Just as the events in Wings of Tavea took place directly after the events in book one, so do events in this book take place after the events in book two. There is very little down time between stories, so don’t think that you can just pick up somewhere in the middle and understand what is taking place. This is not that type of series. And while Walls does do some backstory retelling, it’s not nearly enough to give a new comer to the series a full understanding of what is going on.
Having said that, while I still enjoyed this book, it took me longer to get caught up in what was happening and there were several moments where I felt like I was missing important details, even though I had read the other books in the series. I guess the advantage I had the first time around was that I was able to read books one and two back-to-back. And maybe, if I’m to be honest, I simply just wasn’t feeling this story at first as I did the others. I don’t know. It’s safe to say though that the further into the book I read, the more interested in the story I became, I just hate that it took nearly half the book for me to get into it though. =^-.-^=
Aside from that, I still think that Kiora is turning out to be a great character. She’s certainly grown a lot since the events in the previous two books, and while her indecision between her emotions for Emane and Alcander got under my fur, mostly because I really dislike love triangles, I can’t help but feel as though she’s more than proven she’s meant to fulfill the prophecy of the Solus and that she’ll find a way to avoid war. And if she doesn’t, it’s certainly not for lack of trying. It was fun to watch Emane come into his own this time around. Now that he’s found his place in the group and settled fully into his role, he’s not nearly as aggravating as he was, though again I could do without his constantly getting into a hissing match with Alcander. And speaking of Alcander, whereas with book two I wasn’t entirely sure I liked him all that much, I’ve come to have more respect for him in this novel. At the very least I understand him a whole lot more. All three of them have gone through so much…it’s hard not to feel for them all at this point.
As for Walls’s writing, as I said, it is still just as rich in imagery and power as in her previous novels. I greatly enjoyed her description of the island of Toopai and it was definitely my favorite part out of the entire book. I love dragons, and the entire two chapters dedicated to Kiora’s trip to the island were fantastic. Meanwhile the ending of the book had me in tears. Walls definitely knows how to convey emotion in her writing and the ending chapters just about killed me. And that makes me want to read the fourth book in the series, Wings of Lomay, once it comes out all the more. Heehee