Hey there bibliophiles!
Today, I have a treat for you guys. Chosen Champion (Book 2 of the Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles) recently came out the first of this month and what’s a better way than celebrating its release by holding a mini blog tour? Being a part of Elise’s Tower Guard, this is an exclusive blog tour.
About Chosen Champion
A princess on the run, with enemies on all sides…
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.
The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.
She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…
It was the first crack of lightning that jarred Vi from sleep. She was upright in her bed in an instant, but still seemed to be the slowest of her group. The door was open, Mare and Kora a blur, Jayme behind them.
“Strike topmasts!” Marcus shouted as he ran out of his cabin behind them. “We’re
running the storm!”
Sailors were quick, pouring out from below. Determined not to be the last on deck, Vi rushed out after them. The wind howled and carried the fresh smell of rain, but the storm had yet to reach the vessel. It was a swell blotting out the stars in the distance.
A brilliant flash raced across the sky, splintering an uncountable number of times and lighting up the darkness for a brief moment before thunder rushed in. Vi stared up at the sky, dazed. She did not see the ocean, or the boat, but the end of the world drawing ever closer.
Had the lightning been red? Had she imagined it?
Another bright flare of lightning. Vi stared, both eyes open, unblinking. The thunder
boomed, rolling with her stomach.
“Red lightning?” one of the sailors shouted to no one in particular—confirming this was not a natural phenomenon to them either.
“I don’t care if it’s red, blue, green, or pink. We’re dead if we’re caught in it,” Marcus
It was red because Lord Raspian was gaining power—Vi was sure. What Taavin said was true. The dark god had been set free, and the world was slowly falling under his control as he gained strength.
“How can I help?” Vi pushed herself into motion. Gawking would do nothing.
“Out of the way, girl!”
Vi stepped back, heeding his warning. Other soldiers worked the ropes attached to the sail, wrestling with them in the wind.
Vi sprinted, narrowly dodging a rope snapping against the mast, to stand next to Jayme and Mare at the other end of the deck. Marcus had said to strike the sails. Doing so would drop the boom. Vi held out her arms.
“Vi—” Jayme didn’t have time to finish her thought.
The heavy weight of the already rain-slick sail and wooden rigging slammed into them, nearly taking them both out. Vi knew bruises coated her arms, but somehow she managed with Jayme’s help. But even her friend was struggling.
“Faster, crew!” Marcus shouted over the increase in wind. “If we don’t reef the sails,
we’re not riding this!”
“I got you two.” Mare’s voice appeared over Vi’s shoulder. Her thick arms strained as
she helped Vi and Jayme cast the topsail aside. It was just in time to ready a second one.
“Pull slack from the reef line!” One man shouted.
“Holly, help me secure this!” Mare dashed across the deck, not even looking over her
shoulder to see if Vi was following. “Hold the line.”
Vi did as she was told, arms straining as the damp rope bit into her palms. She felt the muscles in her back strain as another gust of wind threatened to capsize the boat. The waves were picking up now, their white crests crashing nearly on deck, sloshing foam around her feet and the rest of the crew’s.
“You’re set, Holly.”
“Where’s my navigator?” Marcus shouted from the quarterdeck. Magic was heavy in the air around him and the raindrops caught on his power, slowing mid-air before falling limply straight to the ground.
“Here!” Kora called back, sprinting from the rigging she’d been helping other sailors
with. Vi watched as she jumped to the quarterdeck.
Vi took a hesitant step forward. Kora had made it clear she couldn’t be of any help.
Shaking her head, Vi turned, looking for Jayme. Her friend was clinging to a rope other sailors were in the process of tying off. Vi hastened over to help where she knew she’d be of use.
“Give me a heading,” Marcus shouted over the wind, loud enough for the whole deck to hear. “I can’t see shite in this rain and dark.”
The rope they’d been struggling with fastened, Vi looked in the opposite direction of the storm. She’d spent the day watching the Main Continent dwindle away. She would’ve seen clouds in the sky… Sure enough, it was still cloudless. That meant Meru was to their left, Solaris their right; if they were headed up to the Blue Grotto, they were moving northeast, and she’d lost sight of the Main Continent just before going to bed… given their speed…
Her mind whirred, then Vi shouted on instinct, “We’re close to the Shattered Inlet.”
Kora paused, looking down at her. She had a map that was quickly turning to pulp in the wind and rain. Her eyes narrowed slightly at Vi and Vi merely waited for her judgment. Either she’d believe her, or not.
“Hard to starboard!” Kora commanded to Marcus and the crew on deck. “Shattered Inlet at port!”
Magic filled the air. A sailor worked the helm and Marcus lent his skills as a Waterrunner to the waves below. The ship lurched forward.
“Holly, up here,” Kora commanded. Vi was on the quarterdeck in an instant. The woman was still wary of her, but staying alive was winning out over any need to exert dominance.
“Marcus says you’re a Firebearer.”
Vi nodded. She was… more or less.
“We need light. Get to the bow and cast your fire ahead of us. I need to see where the
rocks are.” Even though they were standing next to each other, Kora still had to shout to be heard over the howling wind.
“Understood!” Vi jumped back down to the main deck, slipped, recovered, and worked her way to the bow. Sailors cleared a path for her and Vi slammed against the railing as she slid to a stop at the very front of the vessel.
Vi cast out her hand and, for once, didn’t even second guess her magic doing exactly as she commanded. In the distance, far enough away from the ship and high enough that they wouldn’t speed into it, a ball of flame erupted in the night. It cast the black waters in an angry red glow, not unlike the ominous red lightning of the storm quickly closing in on them.
My writing Queen has done it again! Didn’t that make you just wanna grab this book and read it? Elise has done it again and I can’t wait to see where Vi’s adventures take her.
About Vortex Visions
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.
Seriously guys, read this series! You won’t be disappointed.
Make sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour.
⌚Becky’s Book Blog! (Teaser)
⌚MorrBooks (Deleted Scene)
⌚Reading in the Clouds ( Teaser)
⌚Sophril Reads (Cover inspiration and sketches)
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