Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

the-burning-skyThe Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by Balzer & Bray, 2013
e-book, purchased
464 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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 avenge 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.

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You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn’t mine. I don’t want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.


Friendship is untenable for people in our position.

What I like about this book:

  • Iolanthe didn’t agree with Prince Titus’ plans immediately.
  • The world building for this fantasy is well done. I like that the fantasy world is different from the “real” world (which is like 19th century England).
  • She isn’t immediately heroic. She doesn’t want to die. She doesn’t understand who she is and has had no training. I thought this was a realistic reaction to her circumstances.
  • This is the second book in a row I’ve read with a girl pretending to be a boy (Hunting by Andrea K. Höst was the first–I didn’t plan it that way…lol). Both books are very good.

What I don’t like:

  • Iolanthe almost spent too much time disliking and distrusting Prince Titus.
  • I thought Iolanthe liked Titus a little too much at first and then distrusted him a little too much.

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My thoughts: 

I’ve read some of Sherry Thomas’ historical romances and liked them, but wasn’t sure I’d like a young adult fantasy. However, I think she did a very good job with the first book of this trilogy. I hope the next two books are as good!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

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