The Burning Sky

By Sherry Thomas
Published on September 17, 2013
Published by Balzer +Bray
Source: Publisher for review
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.
I have been eagerly awaiting The Burning Sky for months.  I am a huge fan of high fantasy and this book sounded absolutely amazing.  Now, The Burning Sky was not one of my favorites of this year, but I did enjoy it.

I have no say, the first 30% of the book I was bored.  I feel a little bad saying that because things did happen- there was magic, action, and adventure.  However, I simply wasn't connecting with the book.  I actually put it down for a few weeks and only picked it back up at the urging of Andye from Reading Teen (she is gaga over this book!)  I have to say, when Iolanthe is changed into a bird- that seemed to be the turning point for me and the book.  I found myself reading it urgently, needing to know what happened next.  The book and I had finally "clicked".

The Burning Sky really could easily slip into the Harry Potter world.  I am not sure if this was done on purpose, or if it was simply something that happened as the book was being written- but I really enjoyed it.  It was almost a grittier version of the HP world (the latter books instead of earlier).  I enjoyed the magic use, the ability to "slip" into books.  Oh yes, and the dragons.

Iolanthe wasn't as completely developed as I would have liked.  I did have some issues connecting with her, mostly because I didn't get much about her past in the book.  I enjoyed learning about Titus and found his character extremely captivating.

I am glad this is the first in a trilogy- I found myself wanting to know more and I would have been incredibly disappointed if this would have been a stand alone.

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