Mages and Epicness: A Review of THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1) 
Sherry Thomas
464 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 17th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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 revenge 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.

Prophecies, Mages, and dragons THE BURNING SKY is an action-packed fantasy set in a world you’ll want to dive into.

Iolanthe Searbourne is a Mage. And according the Prince Titus, Master of the Domain, she is destined to destroy the Bane, the strongest mage that has ever lived.

There are very few words to describe the epic awesomeness of THE BURNING SKY, but I will say this – go pick up a copy. Right now. I loved everything about this book – the sarcastic characters, the all-boys school, and the idea of mages thrown in with the non-mage world. Muggles and wizards, anyone?

Yes, the beginning was slightly confusing, and nearly made me scream in frustration. But after the first chapter or so, I was pretty much drooling over the book, and sneaking in words whenever I could, and flipping pages like mad. Sherry Thomas’s new fantasy trilogy is one you don’t want to miss out on.

I loved the banter between Titus and Iolanthe, sometimes it just cracked me up and other times it made me feel pity towards them. I loved Titus and how he changes throughout the book. The rest of the characters were the perfect jumble of good and evil. Though the story is told through a point of view alternating between Titus and Iolanthe, there wasn’t much to tell the difference between the two. The writing was still awesome though, evenly spaced with action and humor and the developing story.

The ending was a little rushed, jumping from one point to the other, and was over all too soon. It might bother some readers, but I didn’t find any issues with it, and only noticed it after I flipped the last page and finally took a breath. And isn’t that cover just beautiful? I love the flames shaping into the form of a dragon, the tiny castle, and how the background looks like everything is being swallowed by a storm.

And the usual problem with amazing books and their trilogies: the wait. Oh the wait for the second book!

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    September 14, 2013

    Ohhh! Sounds epic and exciting. I’m loving that cover too! Banter is always a big plus for me (especially if it’s kind of funny). ;)

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    September 14, 2013

    This one sounds really good. I’m not usually one for magic and dragons, but The Burning Sky sounds like so much more than that.

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    September 15, 2013

    I’ve read so many awesome reviews of this book that I must read it! Even with my super busy TBR list as it stands… I might just have to bump it closer to the front!

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    Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity

    September 15, 2013

    The cover is seriously gorgeous!
    I have been wanting to read this book for what seems like FOREVER, and now I am seeing it on so many blogs, and I just want to get my hands on a copy already!
    It just sounds like a seriously awesome fantasy novel, and I just want to hurry up and read it. Although, now that I know it’s a trilogy, and I hate waiting for books more than almost anything, I may wait (oh, the pain), until the second or third books are out, and save myself the wait!
    Great review :D