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The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  8,228 ratings  ·  1,270 reviews
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
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Balzer + Bray (first published September 15th 2013)
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Emily May
"Why should Atlantis pay any mind to me?"
"Because you are younger and have far more potential."
. . .
"Potential for what?"
"For greatness."

The Burning Sky is the author's first YA Fantasy novel, after writing many adult Historical Romance novels, and it really shows. I expected some light fantasy and possibly a romance - I was okay with that - but this story is so ridiculously superficial. And not even in a fluffy, somewhat enjoyable way.

Some of YA's toughest critics on Goodreads enjoyed this bo
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 3.5

Be patient.

That's the advice I would give to anyone starting this book. I ended up liking it a lot, but it took a long, long time for me to get past the first few chapters.

Sherry Thomas is an established author in the Historical Romance genre; this is her first foray into the YA fantasy genre, and I think it definitely shows. I can see it in the writing style---the book reads so much more comfortably and flows so much more smoothly when the author is writing about the Victorian
Wendy Darling
Dazzling magic, great characters, WYVERNS, and lovely romance. That's pretty much all you need to know.

Trying to correct a tainted batch of light elixir, Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning. Watching from a distance Prince Titus recognises the extraordinary lightning, the phenomenon of the burning sky, for what it is. A sign the prophecy had come true. Titus knows that the elemental mage that could bring down lightning is the one who will help him defeat the Bane.

Titus VII, Master of the Domain at sixteen years of age has not yet attained his majority. The Domain is under the oppres
Steph Sinclair
DNF. I thought for sure I would love this since a few of my friends highly recommended it to me, but I hated it. The main characters are terrible and underdeveloped. Let me count the ways: Iolanthe is virtually a Mary Sue and can do no wrong. She is The One with the power to save them because of reasons and has the BEST of luck. *wink, wink* Prince Titus is a spoiled brat that wants everything his way. He even tries to manipulate Iolanthe several times to get her to do things by preying on her f ...more
Rachel E. Carter

Okay, that was a bit creepy wasn't it? How about this:


Hey, it's not my fault. If you read the book you will totally understand why I chose Shrek GIF's.

So I read the blurb and was totally anticipating a hot arrogant prince (cough, cough, no surprise I would be drawn to that), a "She's The Man" (movie) meets Alanna: The First Adventure storyline, and some really cool Harry Potter-style magic. What I got was way more of a British boys' club vibe (we are talking about things like cricket, not Harry
Katerina Kondrenko
8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog*
Living A Thousand Lives и на LiveLib

*please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work if you don't

Stuff: mages, good vs. evil, elemental magic, parallel worlds
Fail: there are not enough romantic moments, instead - too much world-building information (necessary but still)
WOW: mature minds inside young adults bodies
POV: 3rd-person, two perspectives
Love-geometry: is abse
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up because I loved every minute.

In my experience, YA novels written by romance novelists generally go one of two ways: awesomely or atrociously. Now, this may not be the case for most, but, personally, I go to a romance novel and a YA novel for totally different reasons, and I don’t want a romance novel from my YA; romance can (perhaps should) be a part of that, but there should be more going on than that. Thankfully, Sherry Thomas has written an absolu
I really like this story, but I wasn't too crazy about the delivery.

Maybe it was just me, but Thomas' style was very difficult to read. The third-person narrative type of delivery made me feel as if I'm listening to an ancient storyteller depicting a folklore. And the way she formed her sentence structure, I felt as if I was reading Old English (not really) or a foreign language (nope, it's English). The switching-back-and-forth of points-of-view was interesting, but it wasn't very consistent, s
He kissed the shell of her ear. “Then let me tell you this: I live for you, and you alone.”

The Burning Sky is a mesmerising epic fantasy with compelling characters and a heart achingly beautiful romance.

The world building in The Burning Sky is phenomenal. Thomas has weaved together a world of magic, adventure, and intrigue. In an effort to correct a tainted batch of light elixir, Iolanthe Seabourne summons a bolt of lightning and sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change her life
Don’t read it for the fantasy, read it for the love. These characters will steal your heart and never give it back. Just go with it.

I could eat fantasy for every meal of the day and still be satisfied for the rest of my life. I’m a simple girl. Yes, the Jess who exists on the cusps of 2014 and 2015 still prefers to devour a fantasy (over her nemesis, the contemporary), just one that won’t work her as much. As a fantasy, The Burning Sky was confusing, rather convoluted and hard to follow word
First read: September 2013
Second read: September 2015

4.5 stars

The Burning Skyis one of those books with a premise and a cover that pretty much had me salivating. It sounded perfect for me. It hit all the right notes. And while I recognized many points on which the book could have been better, this was such an engaging and absorbing read that I loved it all the same.

Let's get the elephant out of the room: the romance. It is... amazing. Irresistible. Addicting. Iolanthe and Titus have a chemistry
A breathtaking masterpiece!

Wow! Have you ever finished reading a book and just wanted to sit there and hug it and read it all over again? The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas is that kind of book.

One of the things that I enjoyed about The Burning Sky was the complex and interesting world. The book is set in England at the Eton School at the end of the 19th century. But it is also set in a parallel magical world where elemental mages are hunted down by a powerful Inquisitor and a formidable mage know

With a whole lot of curiosity I delved into this book, and was completely immersed in the world Sherry Thomas created. I was hooked by page one! Everything from the characters to the magical world and the time period.

This didn't feel at all like a YA, maybe because both leads Iolanthe Seabourne & Prince Titus VII while only 16 acted mature for their ages and didn't act sullen or whine about their life, but took life by the horns and thought their actions through instead of jumping the gun
Scarlett is✿Crazy4Raisy
This series is an amazing crossover of 'Harry Potter' and 'Avatar'.

The prince’s jaw tightened. “I am not exploiting you. I have saved you two times, offered you as much security as you will find anywhere on this earth, and put myself at abysmal risk. It is a fair enough exchange to ask for some help from you for a good cause – for as worthy a cause as there ever was.”

Losing sleep over a book is one of my favorite things about reading lol. Let me tell you something, I barely slept the other ni

Rating: We went from a hot mess of a beginning to an inventive, magical tale with EPIC romance.

Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

I spent all of my Across a Star-Swept Sea review talking about my favorite tropes, and I sort of wish I'd saved that discussion for this book. Because The Burning Sky employed two of my utter favorite tropes brilliantly, so brilliantly that they overcame what I thought was a kind of horrendous beginning: Girl-Disguised-as-a-Boy and I-Hate-You-I-Love-You.

I started
4.5 stars

Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.

The Burning Sky is one of those books with layers of goodness. There were so many things I loved about it that I'm not really sure where to start! I guess I can't really complain about this kind of dilemma, can I?
Although, knowing me...I could definitely try.

I guess I'll tackle the characters first.
Iolanthe is an awesome female lead. And what I mean by that is that she isn't so perfect and wonderful that you don't believe she's real. She has flaws,
Oct 24, 2015 Susana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes strong main characters
Re-read (19/10/2015)

Still a great read this second time around.
However, I decided to remove a star to its initial five star rating, because there were some things that could have been more developed. (view spoiler)
Also I could have passed without the magical wands.

"A messy business, rescuing princes." (pg 423)
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

In a somewhat amusing turn of events, I actually picked up a copy of Sherry Thomas' debut young adult fantasy THE BURNING SKY because I read one of her adult historical romances several months back and really loved it. How's that for a commentary on the state of affairs in my neck of the woods these days? And while I really do love the cover after having read it (and for blessedly not featuring any actual human beings or, worse, a young boy reaching out to a
Solid! Gave me that joyful, satisfied feeling I had reading fantasy as a kid, but not at all dated. Strong characters, well-realized setting (I had a few questions about some aspects, but these were omissions rather than implausibilities), well-constructed plot.

I hope there's a sequel! I was actually expecting, as we neared the end and the larger plot (that is, Titus's plot against the Bane) didn't seem to have gotten much forwarder, that it was going to be a cliff-hanger, but no! All the immedi
Rating: 3.5 Stars

It isn't a truth universally acknowledged--but it should be--that The Burning Sky has one of the absolute worst beginnings ever. In fact, for nearly the entirety of the first quarter, I put the novel down dozens of time, scratched my head in confusion, searched online for clarity to my questions, and once again picked up the novel with a sigh. It's a chore to barrel through the beginning of this story but, I promise you, it is very much worth it.

The Burning Sky is the type of no
Alina Rain
Это история о девушке, которая обманула тысячи мальчиков. О юноше, который обманул целую страну. О дружбе, которая изменит судьбы миров. И о силе, что способна бросить вызов величайшему из тиранов.
Ждите чудес.

Очень долго шла у меня эта книга, и всем только приступающим к ее прочтению, желаю терпения. Первая часть книги, хоть и наполнена сотней событий и интересных описаний, похожа на кисель или жвачку, смотря какое сравнение вам больше по душе. Повествование тянется, создается впечатление, что
The Burning Sky combines one of the most creative magical system since Harry Potter with sizzling romance and characters who will win your heart.
Had been in a sensible, adult-type mood, friends, I probably would have rated The Burning Sky a bit lower.

But I was in a “Sure, what the hell, let’s go on a magical cross-dressing adventure that doesn’t require logic!” kind of mood instead.

And for that, this book was perfect!

Iolanthe has elemental powers the likes of which have never before been recorded? Awesome! She has to run away to the non-magical half of the world (read: Victorian England) to escape being tortured and killed by the peril
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

Don't be put off by the 3 stars!

“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 is a very, very light YA epic fantasy. It reads like a middle grade book.

I'm pretty sure this was her first take on epic fantasy, having only written historical fiction before, and it shows. The world building was severely lacking. It wasn't exp
Zemira Warner
Sep 25, 2013 Zemira Warner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of HP, Shadow and Bone, Throne of Glass
Do you want the know what was the first thought I got after finishing with The Burning Sky? Well it was - I need to find that 'throws confetti gif' online because that's how I feel right now. That was my first thought. Then I actually went and googled it and found out it's not confetti the dude is throwing but rose petals. *crickets chirp* At least I didn't announce it to the whole world I didn't notice till now, oh wait... I actually had the thing saved on my laptop under throws confetti.gif.

Camly Nguyen
Meh. Not as good as I expected:/

So this book is about an elemental mage named Iolanthe Seabourne. She is the only one in centuries that was able to control lightning. Therefore, many people want to use her to their advantage. But when prince Titus appears and saves her from some evil people, she is suspicious of him( with reason) and is grateful for his efforts. He then makes a deal with her that so that she would help him destroy the bane. Blah blah all goes wonderfully and they live happily ev
Actual rating 3.5 Though I did enjoy this book I did struggle to continue reading it a few times, this was in fact my second attempt at this book. My last attempt I made it to chapter 10 before I decided to put it on pause. I re-read this from the start this time.
I ended up really enjoying the book and I am glad I made myself try again.

Favourite character - Titus
Favourite Quote's;
“You overestimate the courage of those in power. They are often more interested in holding on to that power than i
4.5 stars

My reading of YA books has been pretty much confined to Harry Potter (if that even counts!) and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materialsseries. Being an old codger, back when I was eleven there was no such thing as YA – you had kid’s books and you had adult books, and once you’d outgrown the one, you read the other, so the whole YA genre just wasn’t on my radar until I had kids of my own.

But Sherry Thomas writing YA? Given I’d read whatever this woman writes, even if it was the stuff on the
Jodi Meadows
I love this book.

And, uh, adding Titus to my collection of boys I name when someone asks, "Who's your book boyfriend?" Because YOW.
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Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award.

On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to say
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“Love will make you weak and indecisive, remember?" she murmured.
What a fool he had been. For a journey like theirs, love was the only thing that would make him strong enough.
"Don't ever listen to an idiot like me," he answered.”
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