Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1) by Sherry Thomas
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
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
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
And thank you, Edelweis!!
I really, really, really enjoyed THE BURNING SKY from actual moments of consideration on whether knowing a guy for a split is worth setting aside self preservation to authentically funny moments on wands, wand sizes and what one did with the same? It's a fun read made even better by a couple of things like the 'new' feeling world of both their magic: hers the elemental and his the subtle; all the while the both hidden in the midst of the ordinary. Two things are hidden here actually: her from whomever, then their magical world from the non magical one. How it's all bridged is what I loved...because all those details to consider? Absolutely delightful!
As an introduction, I'd say this works pretty well. As we've got the lay of the land on who's on one side and who's on the other. And sure we do see a lot of things being done to mold her, and to have him fulfill certain destinies, but we've also less on actual confrontations... which surprisingly wasn't such a bad thing. Why? As mentioned it's allowed so many details of the magical sort to seep through, making each moment with the pair of them even more interesting.
The magical aside, the two of them are darling characters! Him with his I don't want this but I must heaviness... and her with I want this but don't know how. Then mix those with other moments of honesty about dishonesty! Confused? Never you mind, as this is what allows for friction between them... and so, this is me, entertained. The love bit was not wholly unexpected, but for what it's worth, them together was entertaining. They're a throw back to all those Japanese romantic comedies I used to watch with girls hiding in plain sight and what not.
It was funny, they were fun and the magic world/ system in this one new, different especially when considering the crucible and what it could do.
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