Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky coverBook 1 in the Elemental Trilogy

When Iolanthe Seaborne called down a thunderbolt, she had no idea that it would mean the end of life as she knew it. Prince Titus knew; he had been waiting for years, searching for the mage that could free his kingdom from the tyranny of the Bane, ruler of Atlantis. He had prepared carefully, creating an entire false identity to hide this mage from the spies and informers that plague him. Titus was ready for anything, had plans for every contingency.

He didn’t plan for a girl.

Now Iolanthe and Titus must work together to fight the evil that has swallowed their world, while keeping Iolanthe hidden from the agents of Atlantis. Guided by visions Titus’ mother recorded in her diary before her death, they struggle to unlock Iolanthe’s power before it is too late.

Sherry Thomas blends historical fiction with epic fantasy in her YA debut, while maintaining her inimitable style. This book will appeal to fantasy lovers, especially fans of Diana Wynne Jones or  Patricia Wrede’s Sorcery and Cecilia.

Highly recommended for grades 7 and up – some language, depictions of psychological torture.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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