Published: Published September 17th 2013 by Balzer + Bray (first published September 15th 2013)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 464 pages
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been 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 most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he 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 tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.
“Just before the start of Summer Half, in April 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old pupil named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his education.
Almost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton. His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was not, in fact, even a he.
This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.”
This pulled me in right away. I’ve always been interested to see what would happen if a girl suddenly showed up in an all boys school. Seriously, I think this part of the book was written just for me!
There are Princes, an all powerful alliance trying to take over the Domain, and magic of course! There are mysteries, a blood oath, and the Prince’s Mother’s diary that holds information about how to defeat the Bane.
Through the book I have there favorite parts: a girl in a boys school, a book that transports you to the stories that are written in it, and the hope that Iolanthe and Titus will get together, despite their current situation.
There is a ton of magic, stuff that you might not have heard of, but that makes it all the more interesting.
There are a lot of footnotes that give you background information, and while you don’t need to read it to understand the story, it still gave me some information that I didn’t know I wanted. I did have trouble getting used to the writing, but after about two chapters I had no issues at all.
This book is the first in one of my favorite series, though, I wish that there had been just a little more romance.
Iolanthe and Titus learn about each other, even hate each other as they both learn more about their abilities and themselves while hiding from everyone. The book is filled with action and magic and threats coming from all sides, and an Inquisitor who will stop at nothing to find Iolanthe.
★★★★1/2 I didn’t give it five stars because I have read a few books that are better, but this is definitely close!