Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas


The Perilous Sea
by Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elementary Trilogy #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by Balzer + Bray
Library book
416 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

“Is there anything else I can do for you?”

“No, thank you.”

He looked back at her. “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am sure,” she made herself say.

She returned to her room and leaned for a minute against the door.

So this was what it had come to, this stilted courtesy, like that of a divorced couple who must still deal with each other.

With she being the one who hadn’t found anyone else, of course.


  • I love the cover.
  • I enjoyed this book a lot. Even more than the first one.
  • This book delivers many blows–both physical and emotional–to both Titus and Iolanthe. And they happen just when they think everything is wonderful for both of them.
  • I was annoyed at first when the book switched back and forth between two different time periods and places, but I adjusted and began to try to figure out the mysteries of both settings. And by the end, I have to agree this was a very effective way of writing this book.
  • I’m sure this is classified as a young adult book and I don’t read too many of them, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. To me it felt like an adventure fantasy and I just enjoyed it!
  • Titus suffers a crisis of faith in this book.
  • The book moves the story along and we find out more about the history behind the story.
  • I like the secondary characters a lot–especially the boys at Eton. So many good characters there.
  • I like the big surprises in this book…and they are some doozies!


  •  The mage world and the non-mage world aren’t really explained very well. I don’t know how they fit together, but I have to admit when I like a book I can forget about “little” things like this!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m ready for the next book!
  • One of my favorite books of the year.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

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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?