Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Review

Expected Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Page Count: 464 pages
Source: Publisher
Series:The Elemental Trilogy #1


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 revenge 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 is why I love fantasy. There's an interesting plot and storyline, and it has great world building.

One of the main character, Iolanthe, is the greatest elemental mage. One day she did this experiment to fix an elixir but also caused and "accidental lightning". From here on, the prince, the Inquisitor, and basically all of Atlantis wants her but all for different reasons. The prince needs to protect her and the Inquisitor is hunting her down for her powers.

According to this whole prophecy thing about Iolanthe having to defeat the Bane, this all mighty mage tyrant was a little confusing to be honest but it played out really great. I think it was just the overall meaning to why confused me.

This is told in two perspectives which I thought was really great because Iolanthe and Prince Titus are similar but very different from each other and we got to see what the other character felt or did from a different point of view.

Iolanthe is a sixteen year old girl who is loyal, strong, and very smart. She's not those pathetic whiny girls who when they don't know how to do something and expects someone to do it for her. NO! She gets things done!

Prince Titus has been preparing for this moment basically his whole life to defect the Bane to revenge his family. He's one of those characters who doesn't want to let anyone in or to have any friends. But aside from those flaws, he does have this romantic swoon thing going on. You'll get it when you read it or one of the quotes later on this review.

There is romance in this but not very much. By very much I mean it's not all about their love relationship but it has to do with how the story changes. Like there are a few stolen glances and inner thoughts about each other but (this is NOT a spoiler since it is in the synopsis) Prince Titus has to protect her and defeat the Bane but instead he falls for her and now has to decide whether to save her or his mission.

Just a side note, here's one of Prince Titus's quotes. Boy, oh how he can bring forth this good of a line:

“Then let me tell you this: I live for you, and you alone.” -Prince Titus

Enjoyable and I cannot wait to read the next book.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray


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