March 28, 2014

The Burning Sky - Sherry Thomas

Young Adult
Pages: 480
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: 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.

Reminiscing of Harry Potter, this new magical fantasy takes readers on a journey through magical realms and a London institute. The writing and story telling was superb. The narration sizzles with anticipation in every page and the characters are as unique as one could hope they were.

Iolanthe Seabourne thought herself quite ordinary for a mage until lightning changes everything. Tutus, the prince, has been waiting a long time for lighting and to meet Fairfax. One of my favorite parts of the whole book was the opening. You can tell just how magical and well-written it will be by reading just that bit. Part of the anticipation building while the book unravels is the romance. It's my favorite kind of romance, a slow realization over time and over many interactions, a love/hate relationship where they depend on each other while not wanting to. Thus, I loved the romance.

Then there's the plot, which while it was not utterly surprising or unexpected, it was satisfying and worthy nonetheless. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.

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