• Vortex Visions

  • Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Elise Kova
  • Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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The story was overall enjoyable, but the narration…that was a test of my will to sit through. The accents are jarring and the delivery is choppy. I was constantly taken out of the narrative based on the narration alone. The only way I made it through was by listening at 3x speed. The story is worth the read but not audibly…

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HORRIBLE NARRATOR - recommend increasing speed

I have never in my life come across a narrator this horrible. I’m shocked there’s only 2 other reviews about it. Her accents are elementary, verging on culturally insulting, her voice is nasally & she talks extremely slowly. That said, the book came highly recommended so if you want to avoid putting your head through a wall - I’d recommend increasing the speed of the audio.

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Absolutely atrocious narration

Honestly, I can get through my fair share of bad narrators, especially with an author proven in storytelling the way Kova is. This one however, was beyond. I can’t for the life of me understand how more reviewers didn’t take issue with the narration. Kindle has a reader function that is like a robot narration for closed captioning purposes, that would put this narrator to shame. I don’t want to be mean, but honestly a speak and spell would have more life. She made this a painful and frustrating experience and if I continued to listen for one more moment may very well ruin the entire series for me. I would rather get my cavities drilled out than have to suffer at her hand for one more minute. If you like Kova, please don’t ruin her for yourself with this audio production

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Not sure yet

It’s so hard as I personally love the Air Awaken series so much and I was hoping that this was going to continue in the same mind gripping way. But honestly it felt slow and barely any romance as what there was in the other series . Maybe that’s why I’m struggling through this book. I will finish all of the books but I’m not sure if it will compare to the former series.

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Narrator killed the story

The narrator was so bad that I couldn't make it past the 1st chapter! It is sad since the premise of the story sounded interesting.

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  • CB
  • 06-16-20

It Was Love at First Sight

From the moment I first saw this book, I knew I would enjoy it with every fiber of my being. I am absolutely enraptured by the amount of care and description Kova uses in her writing. I was entranced from start to finish. I have a deep appreciation for magic systems and religion/deities in fantasy novels, because they're both ways to express utmost creativity. The world building O got to enjoy was absolutely beautiful.

I'm a long-time fan of the Graceling trilogy by Kristin Cashier, but I do believe Elise Kova has overtaken my favorites with Vortex Visions!

Sarah Sampino did the most wonderful job. This novel would not be the same without her skill. I loved the accents, they sounded real and authentic and I loved the different voices for each character, as they were consistent and helped me just enjoy listening instead of wondering who was talking.

Thank you for making one of my favorite reads to date!

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  • Izzybear1
  • 08-23-20

Loved it!

The world created in Vortex Visions is unique and very interesting. There seems to be so much to explore and discover. I’m excited to do just that with Vi Solaris and her friends.
Vi is a young girl coming into herself. She has a great amount of power that she is just beginning to understand. She also has a connection with a man that she has never met but their destinies are intertwined. I really enjoyed watching their connection grow and evolve into something more.
Vi’s friends are wonderful. They are supportive and protective of her but I’m wondering if Vi will have to continue her quest without them.
It was a pleasure to begin this journey with Vi and her friends. I can not wait to find out what magical, thrilling and death-defying adventures lay ahead for everyone.

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  • Matipufu
  • 03-16-20

really good

it was a bit slow at the beginning bit it got to me and I've been listening to it non stop. cannot wait to see what's happening next
I got a code from Facebook's group audiobx

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  • SarahReadsALot
  • 02-14-20

Even better in audio

I’ve already read this whole series but was excited to listen on audible. I remember thinking the first book was my least favorite - that it was a bit slow as the series and characters were introduced. Listening to it on audio, that was not the case! I could hardly shut it off and listened to all 10+ hours in less than 2 days. The narrator brought the book to life in a way my imagination couldn’t.
This is one of my fav series and I highly recommend it!

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  • Karisma
  • 11-11-19

Give me more!

I truly loved this book, the writer and narrator come together to take you to a completely different world. I can’t wait for more!

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 08-17-19

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 .

Heroine is Vi .
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
  • 06-03-19

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.

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  • Elaine S.
  • 02-24-22

enjoyed 1st book in series

like the author the narrator and story line brilliant story. without long overdone sex scenes interrupting the plot