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Vortex Visions

Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins

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A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne. 

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price - some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored. 

All eyes are on her, and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world. 

If you enjoy epic fantasy stories with sorcery, slow-burn romance, and expansive worlds to adventure in, then you’ll love the Vortex Chronicles.

©2019 Silver Wing Press, LLC (P)2019 Silver Wing Press, LLC

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  • Brandi
  • 21-05-2019

Book-hangover worthy author

This was my first audiobook. I was leery to try them thinking I would space out and not pay attention but the story catches your attention and holds it! I absolutely loved the Air Awakens series and had a book hangover for weeks after finishing it. It’s so great to be back in the Solaris world again!

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  • jennine.
  • 21-05-2019

WOW THAT WAS FANTASTIC.❣

Wow again. l just finished and l now really want to find the next book in series. The story kept my unwavering attention right the way through and some of the characters grew to feel like my friends. l fully recommend this impressive book. The narrator was perfect, the voices all recognizable and emotionally correct. It was a pleasure to listen too.

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  • M. Fritz
  • 18-05-2019

Loved This!!!

Hearing Vi brought to life like this was breathtaking! I was utterly captivated by the beautiful narration. I love this series so much. Vi totally has my heart as does Taavan! This was loaded with surprises that left me stunned and I admit freely that I'm begging for more! Elise Kova is so brilliant and one of my faves!!

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 12-07-2019

Vortex Visions review

Thrilling and captivating, Vortex Visions Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, Book 1 by author Elise Kova and narrated by Sarah Sampino, a fantasy story tells the tale of main character Vi Solaris. With it’s unique characters and remarkable writing, I actually enjoyed listening to this, it’s interesting, and well worth the time in continuing on with the series.

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  • Shayay19
  • 30-06-2019

Unique ideas and great narration!

Really enjoyed the magic parts and how Vi and Tavvin are connected; it’s an interesting idea how they communicate with magical means. The beginning is slow to start, but does pick up once Vi’s powers start showing themselves. I haven’t read the previous series that this one is a spin-off of, but I enjoyed this anyway. I do think I may have had a better emotional connection to the characters if I had though, but it’s a plus that I didn’t have any preconceived expectations.

I listened to the audio and the narrator did a great job. She really fit the character of Vi; her voice felt right for the character. I’d recommend it!

Vi has a bit of that naive princess thing going on, but luckily, she starts to mature some. I really don’t get why she feels she can’t be truthful with people about her powers. I might have missed the reason why, but it seemed rather pointless to not discuss it with anyone. The reason she’s kept from her family is stupid as well. She really didn’t need to be away from them since birth; she was supposed to be training or something like that, but that doesn’t happen till she’s older. Vi could’ve stayed with her family till she was in her teens before having to leave, so that whole thing didn’t make sense. I also didn’t like that it seems she may have to have an arranged marriage; that probably won’t happen, but I expect better from parents who went through something similar.

The white death stuff was entertaining and added some much needed action. This book felt like a set-up book towards the adventure and fun to be had, so I’m hoping the next book will have more of that. Also, after reading some reviews that mentioned how disappointed they were about what happened to Vi’s father; I’m thinking they must not have read the whole book because there’s hope on that front, so don’t let that deter you as of yet.

Overall, entertaining and unique with a lot of potential for adventure.

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  • Mary
  • 19-06-2019

Amazing 1st book to a new series

This book was amazing. I was sucked in from the beginning. The main character grows so much in this first book that I can not wait to see what happens next. This story has little romance at least in this book. This is very much an action packed fantasy.

The narrator did an amazing job and I will be looking forward to her narration for the rebate of the series.

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  • Tera
  • 29-05-2019

Excellent book

This is the first book by this author that I have had the privilege to read/listen to and let me say I will be reading the Air Awakens series eventually. With plenty of magic and mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire book you can tell that the characters and world building meld perfectly together. I have grown to love this narrator as I totally enjoy how she handles the different characters in the books.

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  • Jana Morimoto
  • 23-05-2019

Awesome novel, Definitely worth a listen

I loved the novel. I read the previous Air Awakens series but so I enjoyed reading about characters from the previous story as well as new ones. I don’t think it’s necessary to read the first series but you defiantly get more out of the story if you do.
I love audio books, and so was excited to listen to this book on audio. I thought the narrator did a good job but having a male narrator for the portions that dealt with a male counter part to Vi would have enhanced the listening experience.
Over all I would defiantly recommend this novel to anyone who likes fantasy novels. It’s addicting and leaves you wanting more.

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  • Cecily Wolfe
  • 21-05-2019

A worthy successor to Air Awakens!

I loved Vhalla, and I love her daughter Vi just as much! I read the book before listening to the audio, and I have to say I didn't think I would like it as much listening to the story. But I did - the narrator really captures the different characters' personalities and emotions without overacting. I really enjoyed listening to this, and was captivated just as I had been while reading!

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 16-08-2019

I loved entering this world!!

This is a wonderful and imaginative story! There are so many things I enjoyed about listening to this book! The world they live has so many neat animals/customs and her environment has me wishing I lived there too. The characters are simply amazingly done! Every time a new one was introduced I couldn’t wait to get to know him/her. They all have attractive qualities that I loved learning about. Each one whether good or bad really garnered my interest. The story is just out of this world. We have a princess who has been raised in another place (for her own safety). Just as she is getting ready to be able to go home and join her family all heck breaks loose. She learns stuff about herself that she never knew before. The white plague is moving across the countries. Oh and let’s not forget someone is trying to kill her. And she keeps talking to a man made of light. Interested yet? You should be! Paranormal or Fantasy readers would love this!

This is a new to me author. Now I can’t wait to see where everyone goes and what is going to happen in the next book. Will Vi end up being the Champion or the the Crown Princess? Will she get to actually see the real Taven? I can’t wait!
I did listen to this on audio and Sarah Sampino did an amazing job with the various voices.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 17-08-2019

This will grab your vision

First in a series . The story has many levels , right when you think you know where the story is heading the author throws another direction that will have you glued till the end . This is a great fantasy book that is full of magic . You need a strong character to know how to control the elements to do what is needed .

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Vi is promised to someone by her parents before she is even born . Vi is sent away from home , she’s sent North it’s only suppose to be for a certain amount of time but 14 yrs come and gone. Vi is wondering if she will ever go where she is suppose to. Vi is even more wondering what she can do when her magic shows a new element . Does she go home and marry who she is suppose to

Sarah performance is perfect. Her magic with her voice telling this story is strong, clear and smooth

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 03-06-2019

A magical story!

The author has a wonderful imagination and an artist at telling a Sci-fi story. The author writes and wonderful story that you can get lost in. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this book to everyone that loves a great Sci-fi story.

Sarah Sampino narration brings the characters to life for me. She is definitely awesome at the voices of the characters in each story she narrator’s. Her persona of each individual character is very entertaining with heartfelt emotions.