Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: (The Elemental Trilogy #1)
Published: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Categories: High Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: This book has been sitting on my currently read shelf for months. I think I have said plenty of times that high fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. I’m still thinking that Throne of Glass is a fluke because I turned out to be a huge fan. I was reading this book gradually, little by little in hope of properly taking everything in as possible. I admit there was a moment that I’m almost feel like giving up and that it wasn’t working. But then suddenly I started to see myself enjoying it. Now the real magic begun.
The thing with this genre there’s a lot of to take in. It’s a different ball game when it comes to it and the little me is intimidated by the complexity I will read ahead. This book is no exception, but what really surprised me is that the book is actually has this straight to the point method of narration. It focuses more on the two main lead Prince Titus and Iolanthe and their mission. And I must say this two stood out and made my reading worthwhile.
Iolanthe Seabourne is an amazing elemental mage and even as a child she was very good at handling her power. This got the attention of Prince Titus when he saw it with his very own eyes the powers she possess. This is the sign of the prophecy he had waited all his life. He needs Iolanthe to achieve his goal. He was using her purposely for his plan but it didn’t turn out the way because he fell in love with her.
I have this opinion on this genre that the thing that made it complicated is that it has so many sub-stories. That even side characters have stories to tell and that diverts the attention of the readers. But it wasn’t like that here. I got to see Iolanthe and Titus’ characters developed. Of course, the romance was greatly played out as well so hats off to that. I like the fact that at the beginning Titus was just using her to accomplish his goal but as they spend time together a romance between them has blossomed.
What made this book super cute on my watch is when Iolanthe pretends to be a boy. I like gender bender stories and how they keep it hidden to others. I also liked how surprised Titus was because he didn’t expect that the powerful mage to be a girl. Iolanthe on the other hand has this innocent vibe surrounds her that make her so likeable. I also liked her entire time as Archer Fairfax and how she adapts to a life as a boy. Brilliantly entertaining.
They were times, many of them in fact, that had me sort of confused. And it’s a lot to take in. I’m not huge fan of Harry Potter and the likes so magical spells doesn’t sound ‘magically’ appealing to me. And there were tons of I don’t know incantations of such here. But nevertheless, if I weighed everything in I can say that I enjoyed majority of it. And with that I am surely eying the sequel.
I received an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “…she meant to wrap her hands around the reins of her destiny. Around the reins of their destiny.” (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)