by Sherry Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 17, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Advance Reader Copy
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I was immediately sold on The Burning Sky from the moment I saw its cover; it’s just gorgeous. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, but when I read the synopsis I was even more intrigued and it landed squarely on my must-read list. I’m thrilled to say that the story lived up to its cover!
Sherry Thomas did a fantastic job of building a world full of magic, and even fairy tales! The story started out slowly for me, but soon I got caught up in it and had a hard time putting it down. While reading, I was completely immersed in the story, enthralled by the landscape, the magic, and the characters.
I loved the banter between Iolanthe and Titus, and seeing their relationship slowly build through all of their adventures together. Iolanthe is smart and loyal, and though there were times she wanted to run and hide (who wouldn’t when suddenly asked to defeat a tyrant), she’s fierce. Prince Titus kept surprising me… just when I would think I knew who he was, another layer was revealed. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the romance. I think because I knew going in that Thomas also writes romance novels, I was expecting more… passion. That said, I liked how the romance slowly built up, and I’m looking forward to being back with them again in the next book.
The Burning Sky is a brilliant mash up of fantasy, action/adventure, and romance with a bit of a steam punk feel. There’s so much to love about this book, and there’s something for everyone. I can’t wait to find out what Sherry Thomas has in store for The Elemental Trilogy!
Related Link: My interview with Sherry Thomas