Review: The Burning Sky (The Elementals Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 17, 2013)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 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.

My rating: 4/5 Stars – A good read. I really enjoyed it.


The Burning Sky stands out from the crowd of young adult fantasy novels primarily for its worldbuilding.  I love that the author throws readers into the deep end without stopping to explain every detail of the complex universe she’s created.  Instead of dumping information on you and slowing down the momentum of the story, footnotes are scattered throughout the text, offering insight into magic, history, culture, and other subjects that reveal more about the world.  There are still a few things I’m slightly confused about, but overall I really enjoyed the story’s swift pace, the exciting plot, and the way the setting slowly comes into clearer focus over the course of the book.

The romance is predictable, but Titus and Iolanthe are both such interesting characters that watching them navigate their relationship is actually pretty entertaining.  All in all, this book has everything I wanted: creepy villains, spies, conspiracy, mystery, prophecies, magic, and mayhem.  The Burning Sky exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.


Reading Order:

  1. The Burning Sky
  2. Untitled (The Elementals Trilogy #2), expected September 2014
  3. Untitled (The Elementals Trilogy #3), expected September 2015

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