Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1
Published by Harper Teen on September 17, 2013
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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.
The Burning Sky surprised me at first. It’s set in the 1880s and takes place between two worlds, Britain (the real world) and a magical world. It’s a blend of historical fiction and fantasy which is something I’ve very rarely read. It’s a combination I greatly enjoyed. The fictional magical world was fabulous even though I would have liked a bit more worldbuilding. The regular world, set in Britain, more specifically, Eton, was the best though. Sherry Thomas really captured life at an all boys school in the 1880s. It was fascinating.
Titus and Iolanthe (or Archer Fairfax) are wonderful characters who are marvelously well developed. Titus is a very complex young man who has too much responsibility for any one person. His destiny was told to him at a young age and it’s shaped his whole life. Knowing he will die young, he doesn’t waste time with friends or love. His life was lonely and Titus was very closed off. I still managed to really connect with him though. There was a lot more to him than meets the eye. It was the same with Iolanthe. She and Titus had a lot in common. They were both forced to grow up at a young age and it’s made them wise beyond their years. They fit together well because of this. The secondary characters were surprisingly well-developed as well but lacking much backstory. Hopefully that will be expanded on in the next book.
The story is fast-paced and fun. It’s full of mystery and twists. I was fully drawn in from the beginning and hooked until the very end. It’s a fresh story that readers will want to keep reading.
Overall, The Burning Sky is a fabulous fantasy novel that I definitely recommend. Check it out!
What others are saying about The Burning Sky:
Bookworm Dreams’ review:It feels like Sherry Thomas took a list of my favorite elements in young adult fantasy novels and wrote The Burning Sky.”
Nerdophiles’ review: “The Burning Sky won me over pretty early on.”
There Were Books Involved’s review: “The best way I can describe this book is like… if you took Harry Potter, some YA epic fantasy, and some animated Disney movies like Mulan and Sleeping Beauty; then randomly pulled out sections (or scenes from the movies) of varying length, and shuffled them all together and covered the resulting pages in extremely sparkly glitter.”