Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Review

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been 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 most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he 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 tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

Check it out on goodreads! 4 stars

I got this book from the library because I got an ARC of the sequel.  And you 100% cannot read the sequel before the first book!! I was a little daunted by the size but before I knew it I was already 50 pages in and then a 100 ;) I could tell from the beginning that it was going to be a great fantasy book.

What I liked:I liked a lot of it. Almost all of it really, even if the world that the author built was confusing at first it was still very interesting and that, along with the characters and a plot that takes off right away got me hooked until I was finished reading. And then I wanted the second book xD The writing is really good and it has the fantasy vibe that makes a fantasy book great. There were a lot of details in the plot that I feel like could be under-appreciated. The way the school was done. The way they had their fairy tale book to train in. The way there was a dragon in the story. The mysteriousness of the enemy. Just so many things added up to a great story. The ending was a bit eh for me but I still tore through it. The book was very exciting and very well done. The characters were beautiful done. Just yea.

What I didn't like so much: The beginning wasn't very confusing, it was more how the Domain was a fantastical land and yet there was still our world (in the late 1800s) that they could still visit. So that was a bit confusing, figuring out the whole situation of what the world was like. I'm still not sure where the Domain is xP The end felt a little disappointing for me. It was still really good, but it was a bit disappointing.

Overall, this is a great book and a really good beginning to what I can already tell will be a wonderful fantasy series. The characters were lovely and I got involved in the story within a couple chapters. I really enjoyed the world, once I got it figured out, and the plot was very good. I would definitely recommend it. I was so glad to have the second book on hand, I wanted more! (It was amazing)

Read my review of the sequel, The Perilous Sea, at The Book Belles!

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