by Shannon Messenger
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Sylphs
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Vane Weston is the last Westerly but he doesn't even know it. When his parents died, his memories were erased and he was sent to live with groundings. Audra is a Guardian of the Gale Force and has watched over him for the last ten years. When Audra accidentally leaves a mark on the winds that will lead the enemies to her, she must awake Vane's abilities and train him within a week to be able to defeat an army of Stormers coming for him. It is told in alternating POVs.
This one is a little hard for me because there was a lot I liked but at the same time it was a bit too slow for me. Vane and Audra train for the entire book which is to build up to an exiting conclusion where the stormers are going to come attack. Then two little itty bitty Stormers come and that is it. A bit of a let down for a 400 page build up. Secondary characters are almost non-existent except for a few scenes with his parents and best friend. I also found the wind commands a little hokey but I haven't read much about sylphs so I don't know that there is a way to talk to the wind that doesn't sound cheesy. lol
Since Vane is the last Westerly, he is the last one that can control the Western winds. Someone that is able to control all four winds would be the most powerful Sylph. Our villain Raiden wants Vane to teach him Westerly but Raiden doesn't appear in this book. There was one twist that took me awhile to figure out. As much as I wanted more action, I did enjoy the banter and relationship build of Vane and Audra. Audra was strong and determined to fulfill her duties while Vane was a bit more rebellious. Vane trained hard because he didn't want Audra to get hurt. Realistically I can't really blame Vane for being upset that so much rests on his shoulders. A somewhat slow but still good start to the series. I look forward to hopefully getting into more action and more sylph background in the next book.
"We can get back to training later. After you've had a chance to cool off."
He laughs. "I'm not the one who looked hot and bothered earlier."
I'm not current with grounding slang, but I'm fairly certain what he's implying-and he's wrong.
"Anyway," I say, changing the subject-quickly. "I recommend taking a nap. We'll be putting in a long night tonight."
"Sounds good to me," he says, his smile stretching wider.
I roll my eyes. "For training, Vane. We'll tackle some of the harder skills tonight, when it's dark and the winds pick up."
"Looking forward to it."