Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #3)
When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust. Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She's wounded and barely alive. But Vi's fight for survival is only just beginning.As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin'ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn't yet know if she's running toward salvation... or a brutal end to everything she loves. Vi's journey continues with even more betrayal, romance, magic, and a twist you never saw coming that leaves readers begging for the next book. Scroll up and buy now!

Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #3) Details

TitleFailed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #3)
Author
ReleaseJul 21st, 2019
PublisherSilver Wing Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Magic

Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #3) Review

  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*The third book of the series filled me with dread. Elise Kova is a master on creating worlds you want to explore and yet fear page after page for the characters' lives. I can't spoil much and I can only say that Vi and Taavin have a growing relationship and yet when I reached the end and REALIZED WHAT THE TRUTH WAS I cried and gasped. Elise had also said that she had the plot in I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*The third book of the series filled me with dread. Elise Kova is a master on creating worlds you want to explore and yet fear page after page for the characters' lives. I can't spoil much and I can only say that Vi and Taavin have a growing relationship and yet when I reached the end and REALIZED WHAT THE TRUTH WAS I cried and gasped. Elise had also said that she had the plot in her mind even from the beginning of Air Awakens so I can understand where the next book will move into.Still, I dread to see how the series will end.And there's no feeling of losing interest in the future!
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  • Christa
    January 1, 1970
    My mind is still spinning....Vi has made it to the Crescent Continent - has made it to Taavin. Back and forth they swung, a pendulum that never lost its momentum. The closer she got to him one moment, the further he felt the next.She’s on a mission to rescue her father. I know and love Aldrik from Air Awakens, so I was eager to see this too. I loved the exploration of the Crescent Continent. The morphi, the elfin - Elise has taken standard characters in fantasy and created a unique world for th My mind is still spinning....Vi has made it to the Crescent Continent - has made it to Taavin. Back and forth they swung, a pendulum that never lost its momentum. The closer she got to him one moment, the further he felt the next.She’s on a mission to rescue her father. I know and love Aldrik from Air Awakens, so I was eager to see this too. I loved the exploration of the Crescent Continent. The morphi, the elfin - Elise has taken standard characters in fantasy and created a unique world for them.My biggest problem was with the ending. (view spoiler)[ I hate time travel as a plot device. It feels like a cop out. I might change my tune if I can see my favorite Baldair again. If I can trust anyone to take a trope I hate and make it work - it’s going to be Elise Kova. (hide spoiler)] I am nervous but excited to see how this plays out. Read the Air Awakens series before this one. Seriously - if you like fantasy go read it.Free on kindle unlimited.
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  • L.R.W. Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Unbelievable!Okay, that's my review. LOL. But honestly, I was blown away by how this book grabbed me with gobs of action right at the start and never let me go. By the time the first action sequence ends, you're already invested in what's happening and ready for more. Of course, Kova brings Taavin in to this book, but he's actually there, like there, there. So we get to experience and know him like never before as well as see how Vi reacts to him in person, and I love how their relationship grow Unbelievable!Okay, that's my review. LOL. But honestly, I was blown away by how this book grabbed me with gobs of action right at the start and never let me go. By the time the first action sequence ends, you're already invested in what's happening and ready for more. Of course, Kova brings Taavin in to this book, but he's actually there, like there, there. So we get to experience and know him like never before as well as see how Vi reacts to him in person, and I love how their relationship grows...That was all good, but I honestly have to say, where Kova is taking this series is seriously amazing. She's said that she's had the concept for the series since before she wrote Air Awakens and that become VERY clear as the events in this book unfold. Be still my heart, I'm now thinking back through Air Awakens and seeing how she's slowly laid the groundwork for where she leaves this book. I'm loving speculating as to where she will take it next to ultimately defeat the nasty villains.Bring on Book 4!!!
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  • 𝒱𝒾𝒸𝓉𝑜𝓇𝒾𝒶
    January 1, 1970
    I received an early copy of this book for an honest review.Despite being a huge fan of Elise Kova, I decided I would try and not be biased when diving into this review. I could easily reward it five stars if I wanted because I did enjoy it thoroughly as I do all of her books...but I won’t (future me: it’s still five stars 😂). Just some important FYI: This is the third installment of the Vortex Visions spin-off series which is the sequel series to the Air Awakens series. This particular series fo I received an early copy of this book for an honest review.Despite being a huge fan of Elise Kova, I decided I would try and not be biased when diving into this review. I could easily reward it five stars if I wanted because I did enjoy it thoroughly as I do all of her books...but I won’t (future me: it’s still five stars 😂). Just some important FYI: This is the third installment of the Vortex Visions spin-off series which is the sequel series to the Air Awakens series. This particular series follows characters directly connected to the original cast, though takes place many years later. —BEWARE: BEYOND THIS POINT, SPOILERS LURK—Failed Future picks up right where Chosen Champion left off; with the union of Vi and Taavin. Something we’ve all been waiting for. The story from there deals with their relationship now that they are finally seeing each other in person, we travel to new kingdoms, we meet new monarchs, we face old enemies, and we reunite with loved ones. All elements that led to my overall love of this installment. What I liked; I enjoyed seeing Aldrick again. As someone who could swoon over him all day everyday, I was very excited to see him again. I figured we wouldn’t see him till the end, but once again I was wrong just like I was when I said Vi and Taavin wouldn’t meet until THIS book. (I mean, I was kind of right because it was the END of the second book, but still). Anyways, I enjoyed him telling Vi of his past, and the nostalgia you feel when you remember the original series and the hardships he and Vhalla faced “all those years ago”. I enjoyed the world. I didn’t know how exploring a new world with Elise would turn out, but she pulled it off quite well. Once again, it wasn’t the most extraordinary world building I’ve ever seen, but I quite enjoyed the subtle differences mentioned between the Dark Isles and the Twilight Kingdom. It called attention to the fact that we were on a whole knew land, across seas, and things were definitely different there. I enjoyed the plot. Over all this installment felt very plot driven. We were faced with Fallor again, as well as new kings, and the one man Taavin was running from. There was plenty action where as in earths end I felt like there was a lot more romance (not complaining one bit) but I quite enjoyed the action. When there’s good balance of both I find myself quite satisfied. Anyways, I enjoyed the progression of the story. I feel like a lot happened and Vi managed to accomplish a lot despite the obstacles in her way (and there were definitely obstacles). What I didn’t like: I’m not going to say I have a bunch of things I didn’t like. Though there were things I found a bit lacking—at least for ME. Most might not agree or care enough to find it lacking for them. Anyway, I found that I wanted more between Taavin and Aldrick. I guess because this was Aldricks, daughters, love interest. I expected more reaction from him? I guess? Once again that’s just me. I was a little confused by some of the fights between Vi and Taavin. Mostly because they felt a little rushed and maybe even a little forced. Like picture playing catch and someone who is a pro sports player throws you a ball and expects you to catch it with ease but you don’t because you’re not a pro! You don’t know all of the information needed to catch the ball correctly. Like with more information, I think I could have grasped the sudden anger (the ball) between them much better than with what we were given, if that makes sense. Like if I annoyingly compared them to a Aldrick and Vhalla, their fights felt a little more natural than Vi and Taavin. A little more justified. Not saying they didn’t have reasons to argue. Taavin definitely betrayed her, but all of it was just kind of thrown at us by a pro sports player, and we were the clumsy beginners. (Probs the worst analogy ever but I tried. Lol.) Anyway, this last one is entirely personal and only applies to people who like romance in their stories. (I meet a lot of people who don’t like it). I remember loving the original series because there was a good amount of descriptions when it came to the spicy scenes. I will say that in this book it was lacking. And not to be that person, but I wouldn’t mind more of that in the future! Overall I enjoyed this series IMMENSELY. My complaints did not actually affect my review at all because in short, Elise progressed the story perfectly, she answered any questions lingering in the second book, she progressed the relationships, and she brought forth much to look forward too. Ok maybe not in short, but in medium. lol. So I’m giving this a 5 stars. And no, not because I’m biased, but because this was a perfect third installment.
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  • Hetal
    January 1, 1970
    Kova weaves words the way rumplestiltskin weaves gold.Failed future is a brilliant addition to a series that only becomes more magical with each book.Vi and Taavin learn the trials and tribulations of love. Add that to having the fate of saving the world one your shoulders and jeez, that's harder than any first Love most of us have had! Love hurts, butlove betrays , love drives. Vi and Taavin learn this in minute detail.We get to meet some old characters, and new, like Arwin who I hope we'll see Kova weaves words the way rumplestiltskin weaves gold.Failed future is a brilliant addition to a series that only becomes more magical with each book.Vi and Taavin learn the trials and tribulations of love. Add that to having the fate of saving the world one your shoulders and jeez, that's harder than any first Love most of us have had! Love hurts, butlove betrays , love drives. Vi and Taavin learn this in minute detail.We get to meet some old characters, and new, like Arwin who I hope we'll see more of in Book 4. KOVA is seriously a master world builder. I was enchanted-and horrified- by all we learned and experience on Meru.If you're one of those readers who sometimes reads the end first (guilty), I STRONGLY recommend you DO NOT. It will ruin SO much and you'll honestly be left more confused than if you'd just naturally gotten to the end. Trust me, you will not understand it without reading the book.I'd you've read the Air Awakens series to completion, I do believe it'll really enrich Failed Future. You will have moments of "OHH HOLY CRAP THAT EVENT CAUSED THIS??" It's really quite satisfying.I give Failed Future all the stars! It wraps up plots from book 1&2 while introducing us to new ones. I'll leave you with two final sentiments!1. Poor Vi! If anyone needed to hear the song "Move Along" by All American Rejects, it's Vi! She's really pushed Into the frier by the end!
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  • Cecily Wolfe
    January 1, 1970
    I was captivated from the very first chapter, and the intensity of the story and the relationships between the characters (Taavin & Vi, be still my heart) kept me clicking through pages without wanting to stop for anything. Vi has had to grow up incredibly fast, with so much riding on her actions and choices, and the future seems dark - but she doesn't give up. Saving Taavin and taking on the unknown by herself leads to greater danger and mystery, and as always, Kova gives us just enough to I was captivated from the very first chapter, and the intensity of the story and the relationships between the characters (Taavin & Vi, be still my heart) kept me clicking through pages without wanting to stop for anything. Vi has had to grow up incredibly fast, with so much riding on her actions and choices, and the future seems dark - but she doesn't give up. Saving Taavin and taking on the unknown by herself leads to greater danger and mystery, and as always, Kova gives us just enough to make us want more at the end. Book four - yes. I'll just take that right now, thanks.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Third books in long series are always a turning point and this one was as well, in more ways than one.In the first half of the book there was a lot I liked. Kova's ability to introduce new characters and make them interesting right off the bat is something that works really well at the beginning of new series or, in this case, when our main character is somewhere new and has to make new c I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Third books in long series are always a turning point and this one was as well, in more ways than one.In the first half of the book there was a lot I liked. Kova's ability to introduce new characters and make them interesting right off the bat is something that works really well at the beginning of new series or, in this case, when our main character is somewhere new and has to make new connections. However, the rest of the book was a little boring to me despite the fact that it was rather fast paced, or maybe that's why, since I enjoy a bit more focus on characters and relationships. But I might have honestly just not been in the mood for this, because I was also bored with Vi and Taavin's relationship since it took more page time than the prequels. I did enjoy some moments of course and I was able to focus on the final 20 pages more than I did for the second half of the book. And that brings me to the ending (no worries, no spoilers from me). I think what Kova did in this book is very brave and I'll be able to fully process what happened in this book when I read the next, but it's certainly taken a turn I'd have never seen coming. I'm still not entirely sure what it all means for the rest of the series and for our view of Air Awakens, but I'm very curious to see what will happen next.Speaking of Air Awakens, I truly believe that while it's not necessary to read it for the first two books of this series, there will be a lot of connections that are lost if you haven't read the original series. Especially going into the next books, I fully recommend catching up with the first series if you haven't done so already.
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  • Novel Grounds
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT DID I JUST READ. But really. What. Did. I. Just. Read. But really, you have to know that with an Elise book it is going to absolutely jar you. You KNOW that there is going to be a twist that is going to break you. So far in this series? Three times. Elise has done that to me three times in this series.I don't even know what to write. If you are reading this you know it is the third novel in this series and you have hopefully already read the other two. This novel dives far deeper into our WHAT DID I JUST READ. But really. What. Did. I. Just. Read. But really, you have to know that with an Elise book it is going to absolutely jar you. You KNOW that there is going to be a twist that is going to break you. So far in this series? Three times. Elise has done that to me three times in this series.I don't even know what to write. If you are reading this you know it is the third novel in this series and you have hopefully already read the other two. This novel dives far deeper into our duo's world and their individual lives. I'm IN LOVE with a new character that joins the plot and absolutely speechless about the turn of events the last few chapters brought. No words.I don't know if I forgive Elise for that ending. That stands to be seen.We will see.But if you have ever read one of her other series, you need to read this one because you will absolutely love it.
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  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I read an Elise Kova book i am amazed yet again. She somehow gives you a false sense of security that nothing worse can happen, then pulls that rug out from underneath you and leaves you absolutely anxious for her characters.We mainly follow Vi and Taavin as they try to figure out what it is to be the Voice and the Champion. We meet new characters such as Arwin and learn of different magics that the different people have. There is betrayal, there is vengeance, and there is love.Elise Every time I read an Elise Kova book i am amazed yet again. She somehow gives you a false sense of security that nothing worse can happen, then pulls that rug out from underneath you and leaves you absolutely anxious for her characters.We mainly follow Vi and Taavin as they try to figure out what it is to be the Voice and the Champion. We meet new characters such as Arwin and learn of different magics that the different people have. There is betrayal, there is vengeance, and there is love.Elise never fails to keep me reading and never fails to surprise twist I'd never see coming.
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  • Victoria Mariconda
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything I wanted, and more. I am so filled with dread that I have to wait 3 months for the next book 😭😭😭
  • Katelyn Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    My mind is too blown right now to form proper words to write a review. Once I've recovered from the shock (if I ever DO recover) I'll update this review.#HolyShitBatman** UPDATE **Okay. I think I've recovered enough from the whiplash. Maybe. BIG MAYBE.***Elise Kova is a mad genius. I can't go into detail why without spoilers... but not only has she taken my Queen of Plot Twists crown, she rules the entire damn Queendom of plot twists.This was my FAVOURITE book in Vortex Chronicles because the tu My mind is too blown right now to form proper words to write a review. Once I've recovered from the shock (if I ever DO recover) I'll update this review.#HolyShitBatman** UPDATE **Okay. I think I've recovered enough from the whiplash. Maybe. BIG MAYBE.***Elise Kova is a mad genius. I can't go into detail why without spoilers... but not only has she taken my Queen of Plot Twists crown, she rules the entire damn Queendom of plot twists.This was my FAVOURITE book in Vortex Chronicles because the turning point is just absolutely mind-blowing and I'm still reeling WEEKS after finishing this EPIC book. Not only do I need therapy, I need the next book STAT because I NEED ANSWERS AND I NEED THEM NOW.
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  • J.A. Cintron
    January 1, 1970
    All I gotta say is wtf but in a good way, this ending is was unexpected
  • Harmonee
    January 1, 1970
    What the fuck? What the FUCK? I'm going to assume we can cuss in these reviews because I haven't stopped saying this for the past minute. I feel like Bradley Cooper when he tossed that book out the damn window. SPOILERS DO NOT PROCEED TO READ SPOILERS I cannot believe Kova did this. My brain isn't catching up to the amount of questions I have right now and to think I have to wait until October for further explanations. Kova, how dare you!First of all how could you literally rip my heart out of m What the fuck? What the FUCK? I'm going to assume we can cuss in these reviews because I haven't stopped saying this for the past minute. I feel like Bradley Cooper when he tossed that book out the damn window. SPOILERS DO NOT PROCEED TO READ SPOILERS I cannot believe Kova did this. My brain isn't catching up to the amount of questions I have right now and to think I have to wait until October for further explanations. Kova, how dare you!First of all how could you literally rip my heart out of my chest when it came to Taavin, after all this build up. What was the purpose, what was the reason? This book is the 3rd in the spin off of the glorious Air Awakens series, coming with new characters, new plot twists and let's not go easy on the heartbreak, wouldn't want that now would we? Vi is the crown princess of the Solaris Empire and being next in line to the throne after waiting your ENTIRE life for this, would make anyone stay their ass in place and rule, right? NO! With her goddess-given gifts of all things fire and physics-bending-glyph-making, she sets out to find her father, (the perfect, fire-wielding, rose-loving, hopelessly romantic) Aldrik Solaris, from his captivity (gods I love this man, it's unhealthy)On this journey, Vi has been through betrayal of every kind. The pure woman with a flaming heart of gold had been completely destroyed to one that now knew the ways of the world. Vi: She learned that people will not treat you kindly simply because you do, nor will they love you because you love them. Harsh lesson, I appreciated that Kova. Our badass Vi has learned distrust of the worst kind, the chasm of darkness that hopelessness can bring you to, and the taste of revenge that seems too sweet. All in all, her goal for reuniting her family has been at the forefront of her mind and is what has pulled her through to the point she has arrived at currently. A point she had foreseen but didn't think would actually come to pass. Ya. Same here, princess. What I appreciated: ~ The realistic banter between Vi and Taavin. It wasn't merely something out of a Jane Austin novel, it felt like a real conversation which was so refreshing to have. That line, "Hush that doesn't count," from Taavin was just....so freaking cute. I don't know why that stands out to me. It felt so relaxing and just casual. ~ The awareness that Vi had. Most times as I read a book I'll think of something or a scenario that the author won't usually put down. But Kova gave me that. I was aware of Vi's thoughts, her motives, her fears and desires. She felt real. She felt just as wrecked as I did. ~ I loved creating a world in my mind, Kova was just brilliant in this world building. In the descriptions of magic, shifts. ~ I loved Arwin!!!! And her never ending assumptions of Taavin's betrayal, she killed me with that. Like she just couldn't wait to find proof and say it!She reminded me of a viking woman. Ferocious, brutal and was not afraid to say what was on her mind. I don't know why I expected her animal form to be a bear or large cat. Sarphos however, I'm gonna bet he was a wolf. What I didn't appreciate: ~ I wanted a little more fire from Aldrik, but I could understand his behavior. He's older now, the world is ending and he has one thing on his mind. To just be with his family. Like when Ulvarth slapped Vi in the face, I expect him at some point in the FAR, changeable future, to burn this man's face off. ~ The ending between Vi and Taavin had my eyes flying across the screen trying to make sense of what the hell was transpiring. Love and hate does have a fine line but my heart was shredded that the world was coming to an end and it left off with them on a note like that. I'm holding onto hope. The Voice and the Champion do not end here. Fix this Kova. FIX ME! ~ Also, going back to the original Air Awakens, it had a proper amount of romance. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I was expecting a bit more here for Vi and Taavin. Kova didn't seem to hold back in that series but this one seemed very...G rated? Like did they actually have sex, was it heavily implied cause that cut off scene had me questioning. Not that THAT'S important, but with Taavin no longer being that nice, slightly-pushover guy like in the beginning, I'm expecting more of a fight from him (If we ever see him again >.>) ****** Even though I mentioned spoilers ahead, I simply cannot spoil this ending because the element of surprise is what I love, but damn Elise you got me good. Truly, most times I can guess where a story is going and I got like 10% of this ending right (involving time!), BUT I DID NOT THINK YOU HAD THE AUDACITY. I wanted to release a combination of screams, tears, and impatient rage and I released none of it because my shocked mind could not muster up a damn thing. Truly, you are as brave as the characters you wield and I love you. Also for those that have read Kova's other books, Vi reminded me a bit of Ari from Kova's Loom Saga series in this book.
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  • Morgan Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    “What does she mean to you?” “Everything”Okay so first off I should mention I received an ARC in return for my honest review. That being said I also have pre-purchased my own copy as well! I’m assuming if you’re reading this review you are caught up with the series and have read book two. But if not stop here cause there are spoilers afoot! Scroll to the bottom from a TLDR spoiler-free review!Also there are swears. I like books and I curse a lot okay! You've been warned!************************* “What does she mean to you?” “Everything”Okay so first off I should mention I received an ARC in return for my honest review. That being said I also have pre-purchased my own copy as well! I’m assuming if you’re reading this review you are caught up with the series and have read book two. But if not stop here cause there are spoilers afoot! Scroll to the bottom from a TLDR spoiler-free review!Also there are swears. I like books and I curse a lot okay! You've been warned!*************************************************************Alright with that out of the way here we go: Holy bananas!!!!!!! Let’s start with a quick summary while I try to get my brain to an emotionally healthy place yeah? So we last saw Vi stranded on the beach of Meru after her encounter with Adela the bitch queen pirate. She’s wounded, mostly unconscious and just all around not in a great place. She’s coping with the betrayal of her best friend and life’s just not freaking going her way. BUT! Taavin is here. Like IRL here! After waiting for two books we have Taavin. And now their adventures to save the world from Raspian can begin in honest. In Failed Future, you’ll find shapeshifters (Morphi), pirates, douchebags, love, betrayal, adventure, snark, character growth, shocking twist, and a cliffhanger to boot. Honestly, everything you could look for is in this book.So now that we’ve recapped a little let me say this. I can OFTEN predict movies and books. It’s honestly a curse and friends and family hate me because I often spoil things without meaning to. But Failed Future dished me up some “holy shiz did that just freaking happen twists!” When a writer can do this in a way that leaves me saying “I should have seen this coming but I didn’t” they’ve done their job right. If I'm being honest, I’ve been in love with Elise Kova since book one of the Air Awakens series. I’ve read every single one of her books. Kova’s talent lies her ability to write main characters that are deeply flawed but also incredibly lovable and relatable. She manages to make you feel like you are on this journey with them. You empathize and understand their faults while cheering them on to be better. Some authors just can’t do this. They just write snark for the sake of snark and call it character development. When in reality it adds little to no value to any character. Failed Future has a wonderful pace as well. Kova writes it just right. She hooks you with amazing moments that make you stop breathing because you are so god damn nervous and then she slows it down so you can rest and recoup. Honestly, if I could have, I would have foregone sleep to finish this book. Curse you real-life needing me to be adulty!!!! Another one of Kova’s many talents in writing amazing relationships that break your heart and make you feel so whole all at once. Vi and Taavin’s romance is very Romeo and Juliet. Vi even mentions in the book how strong her love is for him but she worries she may be setting her self up for some heartbreak. Now in fairness Vi is also fresh off the boat of betrayal and she has to battle the fine line between protecting herself from future pain, while also allowing herself to be loved and love others. We are also introduced to some new characters, one, in particular, being Arwin. Arwin is similar to Vi. It’s clear she’s suffered heartbreak and betrayal so she isn’t quick to trust. The development of their friendship feels so natural. They understand each other but also could learn from each other if given the chance. It definitely adds to the book in a great way! Don't get me started on Ulvarth though. That man sucks more than wet socks on a rainy day. Seriously, I can't wait for karma to bite him right in the arse. TLDR review:All around Failed Future is an amazing addition to the Vortex Chronicles. It adds to the already existing story, introduces new twists and turns, but answers just enough questions to not leave you feeling like you got nothing out of this book. You’ll cheer on characters and feel as if you are part of their story. You love their faults because you understand them, but you also want them to succeed and be better. What good is a character without growth right? Elsie Kova is an amazing writer who knows her readers. Her ability to create a story that is both unbelievable and at the same time relatable is truly a gift. I highly recommend picking this book up. Failed Visions is currently available for pre-order at the time of writing this review and will be released July 21st, 2019!
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely my favorite book in the Vortex Chronicles series so far. I can't wait to read Sovereign Sacrifice! The story picks up quickly with Vi and Taavin on the run from their enemies and just gets more exciting as the story goes on - leaving us with a big cliffhanger at the end, as always.If you haven't already, I do think it would be beneficial to read the original Air Awakens series before taking up this book though. It would bring a lot more gravity to certain things that happen/a This was definitely my favorite book in the Vortex Chronicles series so far. I can't wait to read Sovereign Sacrifice! The story picks up quickly with Vi and Taavin on the run from their enemies and just gets more exciting as the story goes on - leaving us with a big cliffhanger at the end, as always.If you haven't already, I do think it would be beneficial to read the original Air Awakens series before taking up this book though. It would bring a lot more gravity to certain things that happen/are said.**BEWARE: POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW**Things that I liked:- You learn a lot more about Meru. I'm not someone that enjoys long and descriptive passages about every minute detail in a world so I felt like the level of world building in this book was perfect. I especially loved the part of the book that is spent with the Morphi. The animosity between the Morphi and The Faithful was portrayed very well. (Plus, I just love some of the new characters here!)- There were a lot of great action scenes in this book. It was definitely much faster paced than the prior two books, which I really enjoyed.- I'm a sucker for romance, so I definitely liked that we got to see more of the relationship between Vi and Taavin.- I really enjoyed where the story ended up! It will be super interesting to read book #4, considering we have some insight into what's going to happen from the Air Awakens series.Things that I didn't like:- The events leading up to the ending felt abrupt and were a little confusing. The events that happened after she got her second power word seemed a little too rushed for me... not in the sense that they were pressed for time (which they were), but more so that Taavin seemed to completely take over and just decide what the right thing to do was without really explaining much. It was difficult to follow.- Like I said above, I'm a sucker for romance, so I kind of wish there had been a little bit *more* to Vi and Taavin's romance. I feel like there wasn't any real progression in their relationship between Chosen Champion and Failed Future. None of the "spicy scenes" really got any "spicier".
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  • Kelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Wow...just wow over and over again...I was beyond lucky to received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.Hands down this book was my favorite of the series...so far that is because I bet the last two books are going to blow us away. I’m not going to write a super long review (even though I could write PAGES about the amazing-ness of this book) because if you’ve read my previous two reviews of this series you know I love it and how much I recommend it.This book takes place almos Wow...just wow over and over again...I was beyond lucky to received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.Hands down this book was my favorite of the series...so far that is because I bet the last two books are going to blow us away. I’m not going to write a super long review (even though I could write PAGES about the amazing-ness of this book) because if you’ve read my previous two reviews of this series you know I love it and how much I recommend it.This book takes place almost immediately after the end of book 2 and boy oh boy did we need to know what happened to Vi after she escaped Adela!! During this book we see a lot more of the Crescent Continent and encounter some new people, including the Twilight Kingdom and Lord of the Faithful. The Twilight Kingdom was one of my favorite parts of this book! Elise does such an incredible job detailing the new city and her imagination seems full of endless possibilities! I really enjoyed Vi’s character development in this book. She is no longer the Princess we knew in book 1, she has come so far to try and save this world and family she loves so much. And after a certain betrayal in book 2, Vi is hesitant of new relationships and it definitely impacts her in this book a lot. From new friendships to Vi and Taavin’s relationship, everything is suspect and it takes its toll on our heroine. Hands down my favorite part of this book was an epic fight scene. I won’t go into any more detail about the who and what but just know IT WAS AWESOME!! I absolutely love the idea of lightspinning and to see it used for fighting...I NEED more ASAP! Elise’s writing style made this scene came alive for me. I honestly felt like I was right in the middle of this battle and I could not stop myself from devouring this scene (seriously I tried)! The last 25% of this book is where things really got interesting/complicated. Of course in true Elise fashion we are left with our jaws hanging open and thinking seriously Elise you did this to us AGAIN!! But we all know that we love those endings and Elise! I cannot say enough about this book and series. I have loved every moment of it and cannot believe how close to the end we are getting!! If you haven’t heard the next book in the series, Sovereign Sacrifice, comes out October 15th! Check out the temporary cover on Elise's page...I’ve heard the final cover is even more beautiful!
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  • Emmie
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 *Oh how far Vi has come. She is no longer the innocent and naive Princess she was back in the North. Yet she is much the same. She is still too much of each world to fit into either. “Now, she was an occupant of his, and even the princess who belonged nowhere had never felt so out of place.”In two short books, Vi has morphed into a strong woman who would do whatever it took to save her family, fate be damned. With all the shit she’s gone through this shift is not only realistic but so neces 4.75 *Oh how far Vi has come. She is no longer the innocent and naive Princess she was back in the North. Yet she is much the same. She is still too much of each world to fit into either. “Now, she was an occupant of his, and even the princess who belonged nowhere had never felt so out of place.”In two short books, Vi has morphed into a strong woman who would do whatever it took to save her family, fate be damned. With all the shit she’s gone through this shift is not only realistic but so necessary.  She felt no remorse to the lives she took. No hesitation in using whomever necessary. And for that, I love her all the more. There is a darkness in her, and I love that she embraces it. It is a contrast from her mother, who always did what she had too, but also worried about the people caught in her way. Taavin is a more complex character. I was wary of him in the first book. I loved him in the second. Now I just can’t pin him down. He was troubled and tortured. Kind and compassionate. Clever and rash. At times I wanted to wrap him in a hug. Others I wanted to throttle him. He may always be a mystery to me, but I enjoy every moment of it. The characters and relationships in this book all grew so much. Vi and Taavin went through so much together. With all that, they needed to evolve“‘You’re not the same woman I first met’ ‘No one stays the same,’ Vi whispered.”No one who has gone through what these two have could ever stay the same.  No relationship could ever remain the same. Change is not always good, but it is inevitable. I love the progression of their relationship and want more,I’m hesitant on the ending. I honestly don’t know how I’ll feel about it till the next book. It was unexpected for sure. The next book will have so much to do, and I can't wait.All in all, this is the perfect continuation of Vi’s story. I loved it and need the fourth book now!Thanks for the arc. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Keo
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC by the author for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion. Failed Future returns with our Champion Vi—exhausted, injured and heartbroken from a long and dangerous journey to the Crescent Continent—who wastes no time continuing her mission on new, unfamiliar territory with strange, new people and magic. Fortunately, she immediately has help upon her arrival, and who better to travel with her but her counterpart in the goddess Yargen’s mission, the Voice. With Yarge I received an e-ARC by the author for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion. Failed Future returns with our Champion Vi—exhausted, injured and heartbroken from a long and dangerous journey to the Crescent Continent—who wastes no time continuing her mission on new, unfamiliar territory with strange, new people and magic. Fortunately, she immediately has help upon her arrival, and who better to travel with her but her counterpart in the goddess Yargen’s mission, the Voice. With Yargen’s Champion and Voice finally united, their joy is short-lived when Vi discovers the Voice is being hunted by those who wish to use his position for greed and power and those who wish to kill him for actions out of his control. Not to mention, there is already one who claims to be Yargen’s Champion. No matter the obstacles, Vi’s mission doesn’t change: she must first find her father, then find a way to stop the evil god Raspian from returning and destroying the world. But how can Vi accomplish this when every vision she receives from Yargen shows her failing? She must find a way with the Voice to change the future before it’s too late.In my opinion, Failed Future could be the best of Kova’s books. It was exciting to finally see the Champion united with the Voice. The new people and cities that are introduced are described so beautifully! I would love for Kova to delve deeper into the Crescent Continent and its people. And that ending... Kova sure knows how to work up a climax. I could never have guessed that ending. She definitely has outdone herself with Failed Future, with the Vortex Chronicles in general! I’m ready for the fourth installment!
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  • Brittany Klingler
    January 1, 1970
    I was honored to be able to read this EARLY as a Tower Guard follower on Ms. Kova's email groupie. So I finished it last night and while I can't share details about the book (which I wouldn't anyway) I want you to know that this is the third book in the series. Also if you haven't read Air Awakens series and you don't know who Vi's parents are then go back and read that series FIRST. The twists and turns in both series are amazing! I can't say enough good things about the books and this one espe I was honored to be able to read this EARLY as a Tower Guard follower on Ms. Kova's email groupie. So I finished it last night and while I can't share details about the book (which I wouldn't anyway) I want you to know that this is the third book in the series. Also if you haven't read Air Awakens series and you don't know who Vi's parents are then go back and read that series FIRST. The twists and turns in both series are amazing! I can't say enough good things about the books and this one especially. Failed Future has a bit of revenge, a bit of love, a lot of magic, a lot of skills, a lot of tears, a lot pain, a dash of twist, a pinch of turns, and sadly betrayal. Ms. Kova is an excellent writer and this series has A LOT of twisty ploty things so be careful not to read too quickly just to find out what happens in the small plot sequences, read carefully and look at the plot as a whole. To be honest I highly in my e-reader to come back and re-read parts. I can't wait to follow Vi in the next book which should be coming out SOON! Definitely go follow Elise Kova on Facebook and Instagram and then sign up for her e-letter! She even has shout outs for books she recommends too! - Tower Guard Soldier OUT
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  • Michelle Fritz PA
    January 1, 1970
    I'm absolutely sitting here crying these huge fat ugly tears!!! I'm utterly in awe of Elise Kova!!! I'm heartbroken and astonished and so many other emotions and thoughts are flittering through me. So many beautifully detailed books with captivating plots lead to the conclusion of this book! So many layers upon layers and ideas carefully sown in here and there. It's breathtaking!!! Vi is one dynamic character that you just can't help falling so hopelessly in love with. Taavin and the pull betwee I'm absolutely sitting here crying these huge fat ugly tears!!! I'm utterly in awe of Elise Kova!!! I'm heartbroken and astonished and so many other emotions and thoughts are flittering through me. So many beautifully detailed books with captivating plots lead to the conclusion of this book! So many layers upon layers and ideas carefully sown in here and there. It's breathtaking!!! Vi is one dynamic character that you just can't help falling so hopelessly in love with. Taavin and the pull between he and Vi was such a magnetic force!! I wanted so many things for them, to find their happily ever after, and that was what I was invested in!!! It is what they deserve so very much, to find and celebrate a love like no other. So many things were happening in this book!! It was one moment after another that put you through the paces. The tender moments were enough to either give you hope or crush your heart!! I can't even think about the next coarse of events to take place, and yet that's all I want to do! I want to re-read every moment that came before and look for even more depth and meaning because this is just... everything!!! Well done to Ms. Kova!!! I'm not sure if I want to hug her or scream in denial. 💝💝💝💝
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  • Lourdes Sreb
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t know what to say about this book. I’m speechless at the ending. There were some things I saw coming and some I didn’t. First of all, I ❤❤❤❤ It. Of course I loved it! Elise Kova never disappoints. Her world-building is fantastic, the plot was driven by loads of actions and the characters are amazing!After such an explosive ending from the last book she picks up right where she left off and the action never stops. Vi who I admit annoyed me at times in the previous books has really come int I don’t know what to say about this book. I’m speechless at the ending. There were some things I saw coming and some I didn’t. First of all, I ❤️❤️❤️❤️ It. Of course I loved it! Elise Kova never disappoints. Her world-building is fantastic, the plot was driven by loads of actions and the characters are amazing!After such an explosive ending from the last book she picks up right where she left off and the action never stops. Vi who I admit annoyed me at times in the previous books has really come into her own and is more confident in her powers. We see more Taavin (yay!) and are introduced to some pretty interesting characters. A lot happens but it’s written well so it was easy to follow. There were a couple of moments that I had to give Elise the side-eye though because I felt like some answers came way to easily to certain characters. She did leave us again with a pretty jaw-dropping cliffhanger (several in fact!) and let’s just say I immediately pre-ordered the next book as soon as I got done reading the last line.
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  • Audra Zimmer
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful and intriguing!Yet another fantastic installment from Ms. Kova! This one was very fast paced and emotion evoking. I found myself thinking and trying to reason through certain events and trying to figure out what was going to happen but in the end it was very surprising with many twists! I can’t wait for the next book and hopefully some explanations into the wild concepts at work in this fantastical world. I enjoy the characters more and more with each interaction and each decision they Beautiful and intriguing!Yet another fantastic installment from Ms. Kova! This one was very fast paced and emotion evoking. I found myself thinking and trying to reason through certain events and trying to figure out what was going to happen but in the end it was very surprising with many twists! I can’t wait for the next book and hopefully some explanations into the wild concepts at work in this fantastical world. I enjoy the characters more and more with each interaction and each decision they are forced to make. They are real breathing people who make mistakes and are faced with the following consequences. Vi is a strong woman and she continues to grow dramatically as a character. It’s quite amazing to watch happen. I feel a connection with each and every character as I read. That’s something I always look for and Elise Kova does a fantastic job! I highly recommend giving this series a look but definitely would suggest reading her prequel series’ first! It’s all intertwined!
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  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    With a name liked Failed Future you got to know a huge shift is approaching in this third installment of the spin off series from Air Awakens. This book is very emotional between our main characters Vi and Taavin who are on what seems impossible task to rescue Vi farther. Two characters who are from very different lands who are trying to save the world. Two characters who think they know all their is to know but as you read this incredible twisting novel you find not all is as it seems.Vi opens With a name liked Failed Future you got to know a huge shift is approaching in this third installment of the spin off series from Air Awakens. This book is very emotional between our main characters Vi and Taavin who are on what seems impossible task to rescue Vi farther. Two characters who are from very different lands who are trying to save the world. Two characters who think they know all their is to know but as you read this incredible twisting novel you find not all is as it seems.Vi opens herself to many people and puts a lot of trust in them but she ends up getting betrayed by those she never thought would betray her. Their a lot that happens on this journey to rescue Aldrick and by the time your at the end of the book your so far from where you started that just like Vi your not really sure where you are. I am very excited to continue this tale in book 4 Sovereign Sacrifice due out October 15, 2019.
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  • Munaza Tariq
    January 1, 1970
    I am reeling with soo many emotions after finishing this book. Finally, Vi and Taavin, are together taking on the world. We are introduced to new magical elements, and everything we knew about the world is torn and reformed as new things come into the light.We really see Vi step up from the girl we had known in the first book to someone new, with each new challenge she learns to step up and fight.Who is she to you?Everything...And I diedJust like always Elise builds the relationship slowly..to t I am reeling with soo many emotions after finishing this book. Finally, Vi and Taavin, are together taking on the world. We are introduced to new magical elements, and everything we knew about the world is torn and reformed as new things come into the light.We really see Vi step up from the girl we had known in the first book to someone new, with each new challenge she learns to step up and fight.Who is she to you?Everything...And I diedJust like always Elise builds the relationship slowly..to the point that we begin to care and then suddenly we are in love. And that's when the pain starts.Soo damm good!! I want the next book!! October is soo far away!!!
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  • Aanja Charis
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that happened.So, I do this thing where I binge a book, only for there to (half the time) be books in the series not released yet. The responsible thing would have been to wait until October (I think that’s when book four comes out) to devour this number.Because now all the things have happened and I don’t know what to do with my life.This book gave me just... just all the feels. I would give it all the stars for one particular recurring character I LOVE, though I gotta say, Vi is turning Well, that happened.So, I do this thing where I binge a book, only for there to (half the time) be books in the series not released yet. The responsible thing would have been to wait until October (I think that’s when book four comes out) to devour this number.Because now all the things have happened and I don’t know what to do with my life.This book gave me just... just all the feels. I would give it all the stars for one particular recurring character I LOVE, though I gotta say, Vi is turning out to be one of my favourite leading protagonists. She’s just incredible, as is this instalment to the Vortex Chronicles. I’m gonna stop there, because if I continue, I don’t think I’ll stop.
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  • Brittany Rios
    January 1, 1970
    10 starsSomeone put the option to choose 10 stars because holy cow did this book just consume my reading soul! From beginning to end, was straight challenges Vi had to push through just to get to Risen. And once she was finally there, everything was falling apart, by the end she lost everything that mattered to her. And then bam, the ending throws one last straw of hope. A straw so small there is no way to know what in the “new” world will happen. Elisa Kova has created this new world for us and 10 starsSomeone put the option to choose 10 stars because holy cow did this book just consume my reading soul! From beginning to end, was straight challenges Vi had to push through just to get to Risen. And once she was finally there, everything was falling apart, by the end she lost everything that mattered to her. And then bam, the ending throws one last straw of hope. A straw so small there is no way to know what in the “new” world will happen. Elisa Kova has created this new world for us and has beautiful crafted this book to flow smoothly, no matter “when” in time we are reading.
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  • Corryn
    January 1, 1970
    So excited to read more about Aldrik and the world of Meru! That was what made the book to me honestly. I liked this one well enough, and I definitely want to read the rest of the series but this book didn't seem as strong as the other two. I think I just kept getting annoyed with Vi's trust issues and the whole "swinging pendulum" with Taavin and their relationship of insta love. The ending though! If it is what I think it is and how it connects to the Air Awakens series could just elevate this So excited to read more about Aldrik and the world of Meru! That was what made the book to me honestly. I liked this one well enough, and I definitely want to read the rest of the series but this book didn't seem as strong as the other two. I think I just kept getting annoyed with Vi's trust issues and the whole "swinging pendulum" with Taavin and their relationship of insta love. The ending though! If it is what I think it is and how it connects to the Air Awakens series could just elevate this series even more! I can't wait for the next book, as this is a great series even if this book by itself wasn't my favorite.
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  • Alexa Abee
    January 1, 1970
    You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the UniverseTitle: Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3)Author: Elise KovaPub. Date: July 21, 2019Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This will be a spoiler free review. I want to thank Elise for gifting me an early copy to read and review!I’m still screaming.This was by far my favorite book in this series. It starts with a bang and keeps going, until your mind explodes in your skull, because Elise did that.If you’ve read the book, then you’ll k You can check out this review and my other reviews at Writing the UniverseTitle: Failed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3)Author: Elise KovaPub. Date: July 21, 2019Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This will be a spoiler free review. I want to thank Elise for gifting me an early copy to read and review!I’m still screaming.This was by far my favorite book in this series. It starts with a bang and keeps going, until your mind explodes in your skull, because Elise did that.If you’ve read the book, then you’ll know what I mean.Nothing, absolutely nothing prepared me for the ending. It was amazing, and while it blew my mind upon reading it – there were a bunch of little follow up explosions when I realized what it actually meant in the whole scheme of things.If you haven’t yet, you definitely need to check out the Air Awakens series as well as the Vortex Chronicles…because you’re missing out big time. Elise knows how to tell a story, how to create a vivid and lush world with complex characters, and she does it in the most amazing manner.This is the third book in the Vortex Chronicles, and it pulls all the punches. From the very beginning, picking up right where Chosen Champion leaves off, Vi on a beach and Taavin somehow miraculously there.From there things just hit the fan right after another and Vi is tested in ways she’s not previously been. Some new characters are introduced, and truths are revealed.Vi’s been on a journey for the whole series, obviously, but more so in this one, does she truly grow as a person. Her beliefs, her heart, everything she thought are challenged and she has to decide whether or not she’s strong enough to make it out the other side. Her world – everyone’s world is ending, and she will do whatever she can to try and stop it. That’s what I like about her, it was the same thing I liked about Vhalla in the Air Awakens Series – that it didn’t matter if there was a guaranteed successful outcome, that they would fight or die trying. That even the faintest spark of hope, of success was enough to get them to fight. Vi proves her strength, her smarts and her skills over and over in this book, and I cannot wait to see how her story progresses and closes in this series.As for Taavin, I don’t want to say too much, since he has a really big role in this book, and to really talk about my feelings would be too much of a spoiler. But I will say that as much as I do love him, I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that he was too good to be true. I’ll let you form your own opinions. I don’t think he’s a bad guy, I think he’s just been dealt a seriously shitty hand.If it wasn’t clear, Elise blew me away with this book, and I’m infinitely more excited for the next one, Sovereign Sacrifice. If you’re looking for a lush, vivid, diverse fantasy world where the fate of the world is at stake and hearts are tested, then you should definitely check out this series, and the first one if you haven’t already. You’re missing out on an amazing journey with amazing characters. Elise’s worlds are so easy to picture, to visualize, they feel absolutely real.Sovereign Sacrifice is out October 2019, so you have time to catch up!I also just want to thank Elise again for giving me the opportunity to read Failed Future early!
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  • Nat Pap
    January 1, 1970
    The truth is I thought this book would be the last of the series and I got a bit disappointed. It's certainly not the last, two more are coming.... I am a bit sceptical for what is coming next.... Are we going back to the past? Will we go through all the mysterious appearances of the mysterious woman to all the known heroes from Air Awakens series, that we thought it was the goddess etc because then I am afraid that will become a bit boring. Let's hope it won't though....Does anyone know when th The truth is I thought this book would be the last of the series and I got a bit disappointed. It's certainly not the last, two more are coming.... I am a bit sceptical for what is coming next.... Are we going back to the past? Will we go through all the mysterious appearances of the mysterious woman to all the known heroes from Air Awakens series, that we thought it was the goddess etc because then I am afraid that will become a bit boring. Let's hope it won't though....Does anyone know when the next book is coming out?
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Did I have the strongest urge to toss my kindle at the wall after that cliffhanger ending that @elise.kova made me endure... why yes . Yes I did I’m I going to be an emotional mess till October when the next book is released? Yes... yes I am... I’m i going to spam you all with air awaken stuff for the next several weeks to force people to see how amazing this series is and needs so much more praise then it gets YES I AM!!!! nor excuse me I’m going to curl up I to a ball cuz omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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