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The Elementals (The Elementals #1)

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Upon unifying the seven warring states under one banner, the First Emperor of China began solidifying power for what he envisioned as a thousand-year reign.

Using those he conquered, the Emperor began a series of arduous projects, including the first Great Wall, the Linqu Canal, and a national system of highways. Ignoring the physical and emotional toll exacted upon the pe
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 18th 2012 by Virtual Bookworm
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Feb 10, 2013 Jay rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, own
I'm really not sure where to begin with my review of this book, but as I always choose to hear bad news first, I suppose I'll just start there.

As of late, I have grown increasingly aware of typos, grammar mistakes, et cetera in publications, although I'm not quite sure whether that is the result of increased perception on my part or of publication "catching up" with the falling standards I so often observe in our spoken language. Whatever the case, the errors within this novel were far in excess
Feb 05, 2013 Elle! rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Fantasy Fans.
Recommended to Elle! by: ARC

Looking for something to read? I can help you out. Try The Elementals besides the kickass name what else isn't there to draw your attention.

Genre: Teen, YA Fiction. Total fantasy.

The Nitty Gritty:How I love the nitty gritty.Okay so this book os about friendship , China's culutre and a fantasy read combined into one .If you are a fan of Fire Horse Girl, you ought to read this book. Imagine this, China is at war.People are panic and there is this group called Dragon's spite, who are basically like
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Jan 26, 2013 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it really liked it
Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, could have been a hero for bringing peace to his country. Instead he chose to enslave many of his people to create grandiose projects, such as The Great Wall, pandering to his own ego. Fortunately, his force for evil is opposed by a group called The Dragon’s Spite, a group intent on seeing him overthrown. In order to face each other, each side must gather those with the power of the elements to fight on their side. The Dragon’s Spite’s best hope is th ...more
I was cheering for The Elementals from the start. One reason is I like China. I used to live there. And one of the things I found fascinating was its history. In fact, ever since I read the classic, The Three Kingdoms, I always thought how great it would be if someone wrote a modern adventure set in ancient China. Well, that is exactly what Troy Jackson has done.

Another reason I was cheering for The Elementals is that I knew Troy Jackson is a first time author like myself. I know what he is up a
Nov 09, 2012 Charlie rated it really liked it
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The Elementals is a well-made blend of young adult fantasy, China’s colorful culture and history, enlightening Confucian beliefs, and a tale of friendship, hope and bravery amidst hardships.

What I liked about the book is that it blended history with a touch of fantasy. The result is a very engaging read which not only carries the reader to a different time and place, but also teaches wisdom through the application of Chinese (mostly Confucian) proverb
Mar 01, 2013 Albert rated it liked it
Overall Feedback: I found this a bit stiff in the beginning but enjoyable as I got into the story. There were times when I was lost but overall the characters grew on me and the plot became easier to follow. If you can make it through the first 3 or 4 chapters you will enjoy this read. How many chances do you get to read a fantasy novel set in ancient China?

Point of View: There were so many characters infused within the first few chapters that I lost sight of the point of view. However, once you
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Jan 27, 2013 Brenda Knight rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I read it so fast that it never even made it on my "currently reading" list. (Which is probably why I forgot to post my review. My apologies Mr. Jackson.)
I received a copy of this book from the author, Troy Jackson. I agreed to read it and post an honest review. I was not previously acquainted with Mr. Jackson or his writing.
This story is full of action. The characters are so well formed and the story is so well written that I could not put it down. I had never read anything l
Feb 17, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
This is a departure for me. I read everything, and enjoy fantasy and epic adventures but I was unfamiliar with Chinese folklore. Troy fixed that for me with this engrossing book about three young women with incredible powers that they are unaware of for most of their young lives. This tale begins (I hope!) a series of good versus evil against the an evil emperor of China that has brought all of the nations together, not in peace but through cruelty.

Troy pulled me in and never let go - try this
Dec 31, 2012 Julie marked it as stalled
I got this through Goodreads on the stipulation that I review it. Sadly, that was a few years ago and this got pushed to the back of the shelf and I forgot about it. The concept of the story interests me but the writing had me confused just a few chapters in which made it hard to pick back up whenever I had to set it down to go to work or do chores around the house. In the end, I didn`t pick it back up. Maybe someday I will give it another try. ...more
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Nov 06, 2012 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
the cover was awesome if i didnt hate needles i would love to get this cover as a tattoo this book was great
it was well written some parts made me little mad but ater i calmed down
i went back to reading itthis is one of those books that has something for everyone it is a enjoyable read please read this book u will like it
thanku troy for writeing this great book in which i had the plesare of reading thanks for sending to me
Feb 19, 2013 Capri rated it it was ok
Too much back story not enough conclusion. It felt like it took a very long time for anything to happen and it still feels like we are only skimming the top. I really love the characters and what they stand for. Maybe after the next book I will feel better about the whole.
Jan 28, 2013 Anastacia rated it liked it
This is an action-packed Ancient Chinese book. Three young women use the powers of the Elements to defeat an Evil Emperor. This was a good book, and I can't wait to read the others in the series.

The only negative thing is there are too many characters and plots.
Jan 02, 2013 Cassie rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this book. Starting with the cover all the way till the last page, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the rest of the Elementals books.
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