Posted in 2016 Releases, Reviews

Sydney Reads and Reviews: The Onyx Vial

Title: The Onyx Vial

Series: Shadows of the Nine #1

Publication Date: January 31st, 2016

Publisher: Self Published

Author: Alexis Lampley

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads page

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Ariana Emory hides a rare and forbidden talent: she creates portals between worlds in the pages of books. These portal books are dangerous. But to Ariana, they are freedom. Her world is one of several ruled by a tyrant king. The books are banned and burned, their creators along with them. She wants nothing more than to keep creating them, so that her fellow countrymen can have means of escape and, if she succeeds, rebellion. Driven by that desire, Ariana disregards the dangers and entangles herself in a rebel society’s plot to regain freedom. Along the way, her fate collides with Hunter Woodworth and Killian Fyrenn, identical twin sons of the king.

The king and the rebels are after a deadly weapon, known as the Onyx Vial. The king wants to use it, the rebels want to destroy it. The rebels’ success depends on Ariana partnering with the boys, but they are worlds apart and she is convinced their motives aren’t pure. With the king closing in on the location of the vial, time is running out. Ariana must trust them or uncover their true intentions before it’s too late. The fate of the worlds rest in her hands.

My Thoughts:
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Ariana, Killian,
Needed BROTP: Ariana & Killian

Actual Review: The Onyx Vial is a great story that takes a new spin on Magic and how elemental powers work. I love the idea that it used to be someone had all 4 elements, water, earth, fire, air but everything changed when the fire nation attacked….err…bad fangirl, stop making references.

Its been a few weeks since i read the book,so bear with me. Something happened in the past that caused magic to alter within the people and split. Now most people if they have magic can alter just one element, but there are the rare people out within the nine worlds who can manipulate two elements and they are called Tieren. The three main characters are all various forms of Tieren, there is Killian (not Jones unfortunately, and he’s not as sexy to me. unless Alexis says he has an irish accent. then he is as hot as Killian ‘Hook’ Jones. but i digress). There is also Ariana who has a proclivity for portal books and Elder Script, which is the old language of magic to keep the secrets well..secret. And if you order the one-time box through NerdyPost/NErdy Store, Alexis even writes a little message in Elder Script on the first day and you get a key to figure out the message. Finally there is Hunter who is kinda meh compared to Ariana. He’s a very typical teenage boy where he meets a pretty girl and she basically occupies his thoughts throughout the rest of the book, like really dude you’ve got so much other shit to worry about than a pretty girl.

The plot is hard to explain without giving away big spoilers but the story is absolutely breathtaking and I loved exploring this world that Lampley has created. LEarning all about how the different elements come together in different types of Tierens and the other 9 Realms/worlds. I love how the FIrebird has an opposite counterpart that is Ice/water related.

I can’t wait to see where the series goes, and hopefully the sequel comes out sooner rather than later.



23 year old Mechanical Engineer that likes to read a lot in her spare time as well as take pictures of the books she reads.

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