Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky

The Elemental Trilogy 1

Author: Sherry Thomas
Pages: 464 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Review Source: Publisher

 It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

This was quite definitely another favorite of mine for the year. Sherry Thomas's YA debut was fun, fantastical, and full of intrigue. I highly recommend it.

Iolanthe and Prince Titus are our two main characters. Both had distinct voices and add a little something different to the story. I really enjoyed getting to see them through the others eye and better understanding where each was coming from.

Sherry created such an amazing world with fantasy elements, creatures, and such that we've heard of before. She just made them her own. Everything from wands and spells, to struggles with certain elements and untapped power, Sherry gave us a little bit of everything within the magical realm set it all in 1883 London. Brilliant.

The deeper I delved into this story, the more I wanted to know, and the more difficult it became for me to put it down. I already want to re-read it as I wait for book 2, The Perilous Sea, which can't come out fast enough!

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