Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review | The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)

The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)

Author: Sherry Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Number: 464
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

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

My Review:
I picked this book up out of curiosity. There were mixed reviews from my friends and on Goodreads, but, my curiosity ran out. Marie Lu, Cinda Williams Chima, Rae Carson, AND Sarah J. Maas all blurbed it, calling it a "intricate fantasy" with a "gorgeous romance". I was intrigued. Defintely. It was a smart advertising choice, Publishing company. On Goodreads, it had mixed reviews. However, I wanted to try it out. So, I picked it up. It took me a pretty long time to get into it. And if it were not for me, trying to get on track with my Goodreads Challenge, I probably would have put it down. And that's my first thing-if you like books that have action on like, the first page, don't read this. This is fantasy, but the first 200 pages were all politics, and boring. Talking about stuff, blah blah blah. The action all came in the last 100 pages. The character, Iolanthe, despite having an awesome name, is an absolutely boring character. I yawned with her the whole book. Maybe that was the point, as the summary calls her "a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training". Prince Titus, is our normal superhero guy dude. Boring. No personality at all. All he wants to do is save Iolanthe. 
The one thing I liked was the world building. It was an incredibly complex magic system, but I liked it. It was intricate, and complicated, which is my cup o' tea.
My problem with this book was the slow beginning, and the bland characters. Half the time, I couldn't tell Titus from Iolanthe, and that's bad, but there were about a gazillion a lot of other minor characters, with such similar names and personalities and actions, I got VERY confused. Titus was calling Iolanthe Fairfax half the time, and Iolanthe the other half, and I didn't know who the heck was talking. Actions happened so rapidly in the end, my head hurt. 
I don't know what's wrong. Typically, I understand high fantasy. I'm a high fantasy fanatic, after all. But...this book... *sighs* I really hoped to enjoy this book, but I really don't like it that much.

Final Rating: 


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