Mon, October 7, 2013

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas Review

The Burning Sky book cover

The Burning Sky book cover

The Burning Sky
By Sherry Thomas
Publication date: Sept. 17, 2013
Balzer + Bray, 464 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— description

Maybe it’s that something about the cover of this book made me think of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but I didn’t realize how much fantasy/magic would be in this book. What a pleasant surprise!

The Burning Sky was slow to start for me, and honestly I had a hard time catching on to the plot. The author would drop little bits of world-building in like you already knew what she was talking about, and I got crazy lost.

BUT! I’m really glad I kept reading because it grew on me.

The Burning Sky actually touches on a few Things I Like in Books and actually inspired a few new entries: Prophecies, characters who are forced to act like jerks but are really nice, girls posing as guys, fairy tales, books you can LITERALLY become a part of and boarding schools.

See? There’s a lot to like here. It’s a trilogy, so I’m holding out that the slow start was just a matter of it being book one.

Thoughts? Will you guys give this one a try?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: fairy tale, fantasy, magic, romance


  1. Kim said:

    I´m so excited to read this one! I like almost all of the things you mentioned, like fairy tales & boarding schools, so I might just make this my next read. Also, what you mentioned about the slow start actually reminds me of Under the Never Sky, where a lot of people felt like the worlbuilding wasn’t explained enough in the beginning. That didn’t bother me at all in that book, so hopefully it won’t bother me in The Burning Sky as well.


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  2. xtina@moydrookreads said:

    oh yay i’m glad you liked this one. it’s at the top of my to read list. i don’t mind a slow start if it pays off later in terms of awesome pulls-you-in-completely world building so hopefully that is the case here. thanks for a great review!


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  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I absolutely loved this book, it’s one of the best fantasies I’ve read in awhile. I actually posted my review yesterday. Glad you enjoyed it!


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  4. Tara said:

    This sounds like *such* an Anna book!


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  5. Shelly said:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I’m a little sad to hear the beginning is slow, I am terrible at getting into books at the beginning. I’ve been looking for a great fantasy novel for quite a while so I’ll definitely give this one a try. Great review! 🙂


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  6. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

    I’m really curious about this one. I love high fantasy books so I’m already holding out hope that this one will be something I like. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


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