It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been 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 most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he 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 tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.
My trusted reviewers on Goodreads are all right, the beginning of this is terrible. It comes off flat and makes you think this is going to be a swoon fest and all about the romance. Stick with it though, about a third of the way in it gets better.
The world building is really good in this, and I thought using real places like London, India, and the U.S. as physical settings was really interesting on top of the fantasy element. I saw a little bit of other magical books in this one, but in little details, and nothing that felt repetitive.
I enjoyed watching the characters develop, both go through some pretty big developments and really come into their own while also growing together as a team. Iolanthe works to accept her new role in what she thinks is now her destiny, and accepts and grows with the challenges Titus gives her. Likewise, I liked the lightheartedness Iolanthe brings to Titus and his world at Eaton. The humor between the two is dry and sarcastic, my favorite kind.
The challenge facing the two is deeper than we would think, and I like how those nuances are revealed. It also stands well to prepare the series, we know there are hard challenges that cannot be achieved in one book. There is a good main villain in this book, and a second introduced. I am looking forward to seeing how he develops in the second book.
Overall, It was an entertaining read with solid characters and good world building, I look forward to continuing the series.