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Rich and Compelling: A Review of ELEMENTAL by Antony John

Posted by on October 27, 2012

Antony John
320 pages
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: November 21st 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

A lost colony is reborn in this heart-pounding fantasy adventure set in the near future . . .

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.

   Rich and compelling, ELEMENTAL is a book you’ll love as soon as you read the first chapter.

   Thomas and his younger brother Griffin have always been the outcasts in their small colony. Thomas being the first and only child born without an element and Griffin, a mute, deaf boy that can see the death of others.

While they were sent to stay in a shelter in Skeleton Town away from an approaching storm, pirates capture the Guardians, Elementals that can control the elements. Now it’s up to Thomas and his friends to save them. But Skeleton Town has secrets of it owns and soon, Thomas unravels the lies his entire life has been built on.

   Antony John is an author that’ll have you happy but disappointed – in a good way- by the time you turn the last page. I was confused at first, but slowly, slowly the characters and plot grew on me. It was difficult to put down and when I did all I could think about was whatever was happening in the story. My favorite character is Griffin, Thomas’s brother – he’s smart and strong. The ending was surprising and caught me off guard, something that I love in a good book.

   I love the cover as much as the story. The stormy background with the symbol with the title on top is stunning. And the color tone reflects the interior – perfect!

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  1. I am not sure I even heard about this book until now. I like the diversity it adds with Thomas. I liked your review and I love the cover too. Thanks. I am adding it to my tbr list.

  2. This book hadn't been on my radar, but I definitely like that it has pirates! I'm also a fan of books that have a good sibling dynamic. Sure, romance is great to read, but sometimes I want to read about families. I also quite like this cover. Thanks for sharing :0)

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