Reviewed by Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
“He has surrendered. He has abdicated and sworn fealty to me, and I have chosen to
believe him. For the moment, he is…useful to me. So, I must decide his fate. And it is my
decision. Not yours. Not his.”—Wings of Air
“Wings of Air” is book four in the Heir to the Firstborn series. If you’re concerned that
you’ll need to read the first three books to appreciate this one, don’t be. Schechter does a
tidy bit of exposition in Chapter One. But if you’re interested, the Heir to the Firstborn
backlist includes “Worlds Begin,” “Written in Water,” “Forged in Fire,” and “Bones of
Earth.” Clearly, we’re into some elemental worlds here.
Aria is the Heir to the Firstborn, the woman meant to rule all her people with her
Companions by her side. Each of her Companions are born from one of the elemental
clans: Water, Fire, Earth and Air. Life among Aria’s people, which had previously been
orderly and predictable, was thrown into chaos when the kingdom was usurped by
Mannon, known as the Butcher. But Mannon was more than that. He’s one of Aria’s
family and his treachery is far-reaching.
The books, then, tell the story of how Aria and her Companions learn what
Mannon—and others—have done to block Aria’s ascension to the throne. They also learn
their place with each other.
Aria is pregnant. Del, to say the least, lost his ability to speak which is fortunate since it
forces him to further develop his innate skills. Owyn? If I told you about Owyn, that
would be a spoiler, so….
“Wings of Air” is a bridge story. That’s fine because it gets us from one place to another.
The place it gets us to, and the secrets revealed? Well, apparently that’s what the next
book in the series is about.
A four-star read about the Heir to the Firstborn saga, its court intrigues and
unexpected connections to the past.