Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: The Burning Sky


Title:  The Burning Sky
Author: Sherry Thomas
ISBN:  0062207296
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Book Source:  Edelweiss


Goodreads 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:

For months I've seen this book around and heard many of my friends talking about it, so naturally I was interested in the story. The idea of the book was very intriguing, I found myself hooked from the synopsis and title alone.

This book is about Iolanthe an elemental mage that has yet to discover her own powers in manipulating the elements. One day all of her world is turned around when she discovers how sought after her powers are. On the run and looking for refuge, she has no idea who to trust and whether or not she should believe in the prophecies surrounding her.

I have to admit, the first 50-60 pages were hard to get into. I found myself getting distracted a few times, whether it was the writing, the switch between point of views or just trying to get into this world Sherry developed, I'm not exactly certain. But after that, the book practically flew and I found myself done with it in mere hours.

The romantic aspects of the story were the right amount. It didn't come too quickly or too intense to be plausible or want you to heave the contents of your stomach, no, the relationship between Titus and Iolanthe was very subtle at first, and not the least bit rushed. It was perfect, especially since she had every right to hate him at first, yet slowly came to trust him.

The great thing about Iolanthe is that she wasn't a hero. Not in the active revolutionary sense. She just wanted to be left alone and to have no part of the heroics she was meant for. She didn't want to play a role in changing the world, she just wanted to stay alive. I found that very refreshing, as well as the motives driving her to become the hero, how she gradually got there, and not that she was doing it to be a hero, she had her own reasons and I quite enjoyed seeing her character grow, how she adapted to all the different circumstances she was thrown into.

I absolutely loved this book. The world building was albeit confusing at first, but by the time you got into the story, it was easier to appreciate all the work that came into it. The writing was very descriptive, and the characters were all unique and special in their own ways. They all had deeper sides that weren't completely revealed in this book, but were hinted. Kashkari in particular had me intrigued, I got the feeling there was more to him than met the eyes. There was Princess Ariadne's character and how she met her demise. There was her father and his cruelty. There's also more to both Iolanthe and Titus than was let on, more about their histories and whether or not there was a tie between them from earlier on. Who were her parents? Who was his father? And how did Horatio come to be her guardian. Hell, who was the other candidate to be her guardian? I am just so very hooked on this story with so many questions that I need to have answered soon.

Rating: 4/5

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