Title: The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Year Published: 2013
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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 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.
Review: The world building in this book is amazing! When you start reading it, so many amazing words and phrases are used. Pegasi. Dragons. Sleeping Beauty. Elemental mages.
As the book progresses, the world is shown to be expansive. The Crucible is almost a Virtual Reality-like magic book. It's like a magic Holodeck and I love the way it's used in the story.
There are so many mythological beings and people in this book. I like how some are so different than the nonmage world thinks they are. Rumpilstilskin was one of my favorite references.
I like how the story takes place in the real world, but there's hidden mage realms. It reminds me of Harry Potter in that sense.
Visions are a big part of this book and I love the way they are revealed. Seeing the future always makes a story interesting.
Romance is done differently in this book than most YA out there. There was so much more happening in the story that I wasn't entirely focused on it at any time.
I've always liked stories in which girls masquerade as boys. And this one takes place at an 1800s British boarding school!
Overall, there are so many amazing things in this book. It's packed full of action and adventure. Every time magic is used it's done in such an interesting way. The only thing I didn't favor was how long some of the chapters were, but there were many breaks within the chapters.
I give this book a 5/5 and highly recommend it to fans of fantasy and amazing world building.