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The Elemental Trilogy #3

The Immortal Heights

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In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort…

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.

436 pages, Hardcover

First published October 13, 2015

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Sherry Thomas

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USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided years ago that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, young adult, and three books inspired by the martial arts epics she grew up devouring. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Times and National Public Radio.

A Study in Scarlet Women, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, and The Hollow of Fear, the first three entries in her gender-bending Lady Sherlock historical mystery series, are all NPR best books of the year. The Magnolia Sword, her 2019 release, is the first young adult retelling of the original Ballad of Mulan in the English language.

Sherry emigrated from China at age 13 and English is her second language.

“Sherry Thomas has done the impossible and crafted a fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes. From the carefully plotted twists to the elegant turns of phrase, A Study in Scarlet Women is a splendid addition to Holmes’s world. This book is everything I hoped it would be, and the next adventure cannot come too soon!” —Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author

“Thomas weaves a lush, intricate fantasy world around a gorgeous romance that kept me riveted until the very last page. What a breathtaking journey!” (Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series )

"Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

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843 reviews428 followers
April 22, 2015
Dear Lord this book was brilliant!! I'm not sure I breathed through the entire thing. I also may have had several heart attacks.

Completely. Awesome.

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3,917 reviews69.3k followers
July 11, 2022
I thought it would never end.


For such an amazing start, this was just a saggy tit of an ending.
On and on and on and on it went, going around in circles. Half of this book could have easily been chopped out if Thomas had just stopped repeating the scenes where the two main characters were pining over their supposedly lost future together.
I got it already!


Now that's not to say that the ending was bad or that all the loose ends weren't tied up.
Thing was, you knew how things were going to eventually turn out even if you didn't know the exact way that they would get there. So, all this gloom and doom over and over about the prophecy/prophecies was just annoying.


One paragraph. At most one paragraph to describe that entire ridiculous (needless!) scenario.


The more I think about it, the more it pisses me off.
The story/ending is fine but the lack of forward plot movement doesn't support the length of the novel, and that's just a pet peeve of mine.
Other people thought this was great, so take my review with a grain of salt.
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September 14, 2015
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Book Three of The Elemental series
Publisher: Bazler + Bray
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....

Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?

What I Liked:

Oh. My. Goodness! I MUST reread this series as soon as possible. The Burning Sky is one of my favorite books ever, and The Perilous Sea was an amazing sequel. I absolutely loved The Immortal Heights! This series is perfect! Or as close as it gets. Definitely an all-time favorite series!

In this thrilling conclusion novel, Iolanthe and Titus must survive horrible tragedies and terrifying prophecies in order to save the realm and rid Atlantis (and the world) of the Bane. Titus will never let the Bane get to Iolanthe, but something must give. Sacrifices must be made. Prophecies must be upheld. Secrets must remain covered - until it's too late.

This book was a whirlwind. It didn't start as a whirlwind (see my notes on that below), but it ended with crashes, bangs, and lots of lightning. Sherry Thomas defies expectation - whatever I thought I was in for, I got it, and then some. I have no idea how she crafted such an intricate, exhilarating, creative series! I am quite sure I will not read anything like this, not for a long time.

I don't want to get into the specifics of the plot, as this is a conclusion novel. The first half is slow, but necessary. Titus and Iolanthe cross continents, climb mountains, scale towers, to fight to defeat the Bane, and for their love. The second half of the book was INTENSE. I think the switch flipped for me when we learn something irreversible about Iolanthe. At that point, I could not turn the pages fast enough.

Oh, Iolanthe. I love her! This book is told in third person, sometimes Iolanthe, sometimes Titus (but nothing rigid, like alternating). Iolanthe is clever and capable, determined and stubborn. She never backs down, backs away, and always fights for those she loves.

TITUS. Titus holds my heart (sorry, Iolanthe). He is so incredibly intelligent, authoritative, polished, talented, fierce, protective. He is the perfect Master of the Domain, prince, friend. He is the one who rules, but he also serves. It's not wonder everyone loves him (except maybe the Bane). Titus is clever and intelligent, always with a plan, backup plan, emergency plan. He has a knack for thinking ahead, and a master strategist. He is also quite the swoony hero. He never tries to control Iolanthe, but he is fiercely protective of her, and does everything he can to keep her - and the world - safe. Titus is easily one of my favorite royals in YA lit, one of my favorite heroes, one of my favorite swoony boys. He is so much more than a love interest - he's a prince first.

I love seeing so much of the secondary characters we all love, like Kashkari, his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Amaram even some unexpected faces. I absolutely adore Kashkari, and I felt bad for him throughout the novel. You have to read the series to know why - I feel for him, and wish he finds happiness! If only...

The romance in this book (and series) is so satisfying! No love triangle, no breakups/makeups/drama, just a sweet relationship between Titus and Iolanthe. The two of them are so in love, so devoted to each other, it's sweet and tender and sizzly all at once. Props to Sherry Thomas for keeping the romance so simple yet so wonderful. And swoony!

As with the first two books, the world-building of this novel is flawless and intriguing. I love the Crucible idea, in which the characters enter a storybook as a means of travel and uncovering secrets. I am totally not explaining this concept well - it is unique and inventive! I could get lost in the world of this series. There are wyverns!

The ending of this book is surprising and, like the romance, very satisfying. You'll be worried about certain THINGS throughout this book, but it all comes together in the end. There is plenty of tragedy, but the ending, overall, is very beautiful. I love it! I love this book. Such a fantastic conclusion novel, a great package of series-ending awesomeness.

What I Did Not Like:

Like I've said before in this review, the beginning, let's say the first half, was very slow. I was just reading to keep going, see what would happen next. There was absolutely no chance of me DNF-ing this book, that wasn't an issue. It's just that things didn't really pick up until the second half ish, about when we find out something about Iolanthe's future.

Something that affected me - I could barely remember what happening in The Perilous Sea! I have The Burning Sky practically memorized, but details for The Perilous Sea elude me. This could have been why I struggled with the beginning of this book? Could be just an Alyssa thing.

Would I Recommend It:

I recommend this conclusion novel, as well as this series! Definitely an all-time favorite series. If you haven't read The Burning Sky, or The Perilous Sea, be sure to fix that as soon as you can. Meanwhile, I am going to be rereading this series. The Burning Sky is still my favorite, but this book and The Perilous Sea are not far behind! Fantasy fans - you NEED this series in your life!


4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (see my notes above). A stunning conclusion to an epic series! With gorgeous covers, too. And a beautiful romance. And a crazy plot. There are so many reasons why you could fall in love with series as much as I did!
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1,422 reviews1,325 followers
October 4, 2015
I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite series out there. If you haven’t started it yet, what are you waiting for? I’m struggling with my review for just this reason… I can’t really put into words how satisfying this series was for me and the story itself was just everything I look for when reading.

The final installment of the Elemental Trilogy was everything I had hoped it would be and more. An epic story of love, friendship and adventure, The Immortal Heights wraps up this fantasy series in absolute perfection.

Iolanthe and Titus are on a mission to end the Bane’s reign of terror and in order to do so, they eventually have to find a way to get into the deepest parts of his fortress. But along the way, new prophecies will come to light that will alter plans and change lives…

My favorite part of this story is the evolution of the relationship between Iolanthe and Titus… the way their relationship has progressed through these books has been everything I could have hoped for. The friendship, the banter, the love… *sigh*.

And the love is amazing you guys. Thomas writes romance on the regular so she totally knows what she’s doing and she’ll absolutely make you melt and swoon.

“His breaths came in quicker.

With her other hand she traced his spine upward, vertebra by vertebra. His fingers sank into the deep pile of the carpet, trying to hold on to something. And she shifted – a muffled sound upon the carpet – and kissed him at the base of his neck.”

I want to keep going but I won’t.

Thomas keeps this series fast paced with a ton of action and it picks up where The Perilous Sea left off. Iolanthe and Titus and their friends are facing off with the Bane. I know I mentioned above the prophecies … they have played a huge part in this series and it’s no different in this installment. The prophecies are what drive these two forward, but things happen that even I couldn’t have figured out. AND I LOVE THAT! I love not being able to guess what’s going to happen or figure things out early and Thomas had me thinking one thing would happen and I’d turn the page and realize that I was completely wrong.

I have to mention the epilogue because it was absolutely the best. Like I said, I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying end to this story.

Are you looking for an amazing fantasy series filled with magic, excellent world-building and amazing characters? Do you want to swoon over a love story and fall for each of the characters? Do you love amazing friendships and witty banter between characters? Then look no further. This is the series you need to read! I hope Sherry Thomas keeps writing for the YA crowd because I for one can’t wait to see what she does next!

I can’t wait to reread all three of the books back-to-back and experience it all again. Thank you HarperTeen for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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276 reviews249 followers
March 12, 2023
¡Y llegue al final de esta bella trilogía! 🙌🏻 Cómo leí los tres libros seguidos, tenía toda la información súper fresca, tanto del mundo, los personajes y la famosa profecía.

¿Qué me pasó con este libro? Sentí que la autora se apresuro demasiado por terminar la historia. Los hechos pasaron muy rápido y ¡nos da tantos giros! Que uno se termina enredando, todo lo que pensaba haber entendido en las dos primeras entregas, al parecer no era así y ¡era al revés! 🤯. Si bien siempre pasaban cosas, lo cual te mantiene enganchado al libro para saber que pasará a continuación, pero faltaban esos detalles que si existieron en las dos primeros libros. Finalmente, la autora nos introduce a nuevos personajes, lo que no esta mal, pero en este caso no es algo bueno, ya que fue como si aparecieran de la nada; no se narraron mayores explicaciones de cómo llegaron a estar en el final y ser personajes muy relevantes para el desenlace de la historia.

Lo positivo de todo, es que amé y amo a los protagonistas, Iolanthe y Titus; me encantaban sus diálogos llenos de ironía, con citas pícaras, en donde la protagonista no es víctima sino más bien lleva las riendas en torno a poder cumplir esa profecía. Y por sobre todo, si bien existía el romance no era lo principal para la historia.

En cuanto al final, llegó de golpe, después de alrededor de doscientas páginas de detalles; apareció el antagonista y en menos de tres páginas, lo vencieron; así de fácil. Y para llegar al desenlace, sentí que la autora incorporaba cosas nuevas, varias cartas, sueños, objetos mágicos y otras cosas más, que antes no se habían mencionado y que nos llevaban de forma fácil poder llegar a ese final.

En fin, lo que me gusto un poco más fue el epílogo, pero no al 100%; si bien era la continuación de lo que había pasado con la vida de los protagonistas, el contexto y la ambientación no me gusto, sumado a que el comienzo fue como muy enredado y, en definitiva, me esperaba otro escenario para ese final. Por tanto, mi puntuación va para los personajes principales, y algunos de los secundarios, con los que llegue a encariñarme.
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1,258 reviews273 followers
August 31, 2020
A perfectly satisfying ending to a fun, romantic and often moving trilogy. 5 for the series overall, 4 for this installment.

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1,019 reviews386 followers
November 25, 2015
I'm a bit...disappointed maybe. Just a tiny, almost irrelevant, bit. I didn't have problems with the book until the ending, which did not satisfy me like I had hoped. I liked it, it was a good ending, but it wasn't perfect in my opinion.

Plot-wise I think The immortal heights is the strongest volume of the trilogy. The plot is complex and not predictable at all, which is always nice, and it showed that the author had planned every detail. All my questions were answered and as I said, I'm really impressed with how all the puzzle pieces clicked.

I love the characters and this is no mystery. Titus and Iolanthe give me some of my shippi-est(?) feelings, which is always appreciated, and I like how they're not just Titus and Iolanthe together, but they do have their own personality and dimension. Iolanthe is no damsel in distress and I've always loved her character because of that.
However, if I could complain about one thing, I'd have to say that I wanted more to happen between them. I kept waiting and waiting for them to have a shipp-y, romantic scene (which demonstrates they I'm not entirely myself when I read about them) and...it didn't happen. I wanted more! And this is the reason why the epilogue disappointed me a bit. It was almost perfect. Almost. It was surprising and delightful and well written, but at the very end I wish it would have been a bit longer. It's not just that I'll miss Titus and Iolanthe, but it's also the fact that I would have loved to see them after that epilogue.
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115 reviews
October 31, 2015
Update: Just finished the book. Satisfying ending. Adding a proper review soon.

edit: 2/21/2015


[edit] 1/27/2015
I reread The Burning Sky the other day and kashfklajshdf I've actually forgotten that Titus' death was predicted and as this is the last book....

Defy destiny, please.

[edit] 1/22/2015


Gosh, I expected another element involvement in the title! Oh well. *excited for the cover*
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498 reviews828 followers
January 7, 2021
9.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Tyrone Wells – Enough
Christopher Lennertz – Stand Strong Stand Together
Sarah Blasko - Not Yet

Stuff: mages, good vs. evil, elemental magic
Fail: chats instead of actions
WOW: plot-logic, characters
POV: 3rd-person, two perspectives
Love-geometry: is absent
While I breathe, I hope.

Phew, I'm done! That was an awesome reading-journey in length of ~ 1500 pages, which is equal to 3 weeks of my life. Why it took so long? This series isn’t a fast read, sometimes you have to struggle with it, sometimes you're scared to go further and sometimes you simply having your time re-reading some moments again and again. But believe me, the finish of this trilogy is delicious, rich and memorable.

There is no pause between “The Perilous Sea” and “The Immortal Heights”. We left Titus and Iola at the battlefield in the desert, they had remembered each other and themselves and they are ready to die fighting Atlantis. We will find them at the same place and moment on the first pages of the final book.

In this part of the trilogy the secondary characters become the main ones. Kashkari, Amara, Mr. Haywood, Mrs. Hancock, and even West would play very important roles. We’ll see (finally!) the Bane himself (and not only himself), but also we'd learn the way Atlantis live.

Atlantis. I have to admit, I thought they were like some organization, but they turned out to be a mage-society, just like Sihar (Titus’s father’s home) or Kalahari (Kashkari and Amara’s native land).

The Bane convinced Atlantis to help him to get the power over all the mage realms under a specious excuse of protecting those who are in need of protection. Meanwhile, he was disjointing children and using black magic for the sake of his cute and young face. Oh, and he was jumping between handsome boys’ bodies as well. I mean literally, not, khm-khm, sexually. And he’s like an old pal Lenin with his own sarcophagus!

The main plus of the story is its unpredictability. Not total one but still. I was fooled not once and even not twice while reading this book. Sherry is awesome. When the truth was coming out all I could do is staring wide-eyed and recalling all the clues I was given during the reading. And then I was screaming: Exactly! Fuckingxactly!

Let’s talk about the main leads.

Titus is so manly. He's young but old in his soul. Maybe not old but at least mature. His love for Iolanthe isn’t a first one, which is silly, selfish, and simple (c’mon, first loves are more about theater than real feelings). Nope, his love is vast as the universe itself. He’s ready to give up on his own life, he knows that he’ll die (and the first paragraph of “The Immortal Heights” would mend the fire of your fear for the life our dear prince), but all he's dreaming about is a future for Iola. This love isn’t young too. And it doesn’t seem false. He says, 'I beg you!' (such a bombastic way to address to a teenage girl you like… or love). But you believe him! You believe in every feeling he expresses.

Iola is adorable. I was and I am a fan of Penryn Young but this girl is even worse ass in a good-bad-ass-meaning of badasses (sorry for breaking your brain). She’s a true fighter who had grown up from a reasonable coward. She has a heart as big as Titus’s love. Iolanthe went through a lot and she isn’t that scared little girl anymore who doesn’t wanna hear anything about her destiny or the Bane. She is the greatest mage of her generation and she’s ready to be killed by her friends just not to let the Bane do his dark ritual with her body.

Wanna know what was my favorite Titulanthe moment? Helguira’s bastion. Oh my, it was very emotional.

You would cry, guys. This is the last book in the series, deaths are inevitable. Five pyres will be burning next to the end of this story. Sad spoiler. No names, though.

I’m impressed by Sherry’s way to finish every line of her plot. No questions are left for me to be asked. Only a strong demand for Thomas to write one more YA-series.

Oh, I remember. I have one issue with the book. LGBT-topic. I mean, there weren’t any cues or hints and suddenly one lesbian and two gay persons had appeared as the curtain was ready to fall. What was that? Tribute to fashion? A way to explain a couple of plot-twists? LGBT is a tool now? Or it’s just me and I’m trying to understand something that isn’t there.

The final was long and good. It was lasting from 70% until 90% and the last 10% was dedicated to a brilliant epilogue. There is the actual epilogue on the last pages and it takes only 2-3%, but for me, the epilogue-part had started before 10% until the ending. Sherry managed to put an intrigue even into afterwords! You are reading and thinking that everything's over then BOOM... What the heck is going on? Don’t you dare to end it like this and tell me this isn’t the end and you’re going to write book #4! But, thank God, Sherry wasn't that cruel)

If you love slow-burning romances, magic, adventures, riddles, amazing writing, and suchlike things, this series is for you. Just...
“Remember always: Fortune favors the brave.”

The Elemental Trilogy (Магия стихий):
The Burning Sky (Пылающие небеса) #1/3
The Perilous Sea (Опасные воды) #2/3
The Immortal Heights (Незабвенные выси) #3/3
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726 reviews621 followers
December 25, 2015
My thoughts on The Elemental Trilogy can be summed up in three letters: OTP.

I love this series for its imaginative worldbuilding and exciting magic. I love it for its historical setting and how its words so effortlessly sweep me away. I love it for its emotional intensity and loveable supporting cast. But mostly, and unsurprisingly, I love it for the romance between Titus and Iolanthe. This is a series with a truly epic love story, full of steady devotion, witty banter, deep friendship and trust, and heartwarming swoons. No two people could be more endearing together than Titus and Iolanthe.

It's always difficult reviewing the last book in a series, but I think the main goal is to let readers know if you've found it a satisfying conclusion or not. By now I'm sure you all know what makes ME happy, and to keep things relatively short, I'll say that I closed The Immortal Heights with a smile on my face and with perfect contentment. It's without a doubt a worthy end to this trilogy, and while I will miss these characters dearly, I couldn't ask Sherry Thomas for anything more.

As with The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea, the third book is impossible to put down. Whether it's the intense action sequences, the dialogue and camaraderie between the characters, the descriptions of magic, or the swoons, I was so entirely engrossed in the story, from beginning to end. The fast-paced plot picks up right where the second book ended, with Titus, Iolanthe, and their allies facing off against the Bane's forces. From there, the two of them (along with friend, Kashkari, who I'm happy to say we get to spend more time with in this final book) set off to destroy the evil Bane. This series has had themes of fate and destiny woven throughout, with Iolanthe's powers as a mage and Titus' prophesied death at its center. I was anxious - and terrified - to discover how all the threads would tie together. There are plenty of heart stopping moments that I was expecting but still not at all prepared for.

In this final book, Titus and Iolanthe continue to be characters I adore. They are not without faults but are even more lovable because of those. They are fierce, loyal, devoted, and courageous, and I admire their strength greatly. Together they are even more brilliant, and not only do they make an excellent team but they are such an emotionally-satisfying couple, too. They can banter with the best of them, but there's also a deep-seated passion and care for one another that you don't always see in young adult books.

Needless to say, if you have yet to start this series, now is the time. It'd be an excellent one to binge! You'll fall in love with these elemental mages and all of their shenanigans (including cross dressing!), and you'll be rooting for them through their thrilling but harrowing journey every step of the way.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review!

This review can also be found at Love at First Page.
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384 reviews40 followers
July 18, 2020
A thrilling and epic conclusion to the elemental series.
The villain, the Bane, afraid of what awaits him in the after life because of all the atrocities he’d committed, will stop at nothing to gain immortality. The price? Human sacrifices with blood magic. He usually seeks out powerful mages for this sacrifices to buy him extra decades. Iolanthe, the main character, fits his perfect profile, so he went after her relentlessly, ultimately to his demise.
To defeat the Bane, Iolanthe and Titus had to watch out for friends turned enemies, yet remained trusting enough to form new alliances. They both put their love for each other on the line for saving the world from the Bane’s tyranny. In the end it paid off but not without loss of some of their loved ones.
It was a fantastic page turner, page after page of thrill, action packed scenes, and was delightfully entertaining.
5 stars!
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2,676 reviews1,011 followers
September 17, 2016
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars, rounded up.

The Immortal Heights is the final book in Sherry Thomas’ YA fantasy Elemental Trilogy , and brings to a very satisfying conclusion the story of Prince Titus of the House of Elberon and Iolanthe Seabourne begun in The Burning Sky and continued in The Perilous Sea. I don’t normally read Young Adult fiction, but I’m a huge fan of the author’s, so her name on the cover was enough to get me reading. And once I started, I was completely hooked, because the whole trilogy is utterly compelling and I can say without hesitation that this series surely represents a pinnacle of achievement in the genre. It’s Sherry Thomas – so it goes without saying that the writing is superb – but she has also crafted a terrific adventure story which incorporates one of the most deeply felt and beautiful romances I’ve ever read.

This is one of those times when it really is necessary to read all the books in order so that the story can be fully appreciated; and as neither of the first two books has been reviewed here, I’m going to talk about all three of the books in this review.

For as long as he can remember, Prince Titus of the Royal House of Elberon and Master of the Domain has known of the prophecy that he will, one day, defeat the cruel and tyrannical High Commander of Atlantis (otherwise known as The Bane) and free his people from fear and oppression. He will not, however, perform this onerous task alone; in fact his will be rather a secondary role as his task is to protect, at all costs, the great elemental mage who will actually do the deed. As he is just sixteen, the Domain is ruled by a regent (Titus’ uncle, who is little more than an Atlantean puppet), and Titus has been allowed to attend a non-mage school – Eton College in Victorian England. He has prepared well for the coming of the mage, inventing a persona and weaving various spells among his housemates so that when the mage eventually arrives, it will seem as though he has always been there. But Titus, a young man who has spent his life in preparation – learning how to fight both physically and with extremely complicated magic, learning everything he can about healing, about all forms of magic, about… basically, everything and anything - has forgotten to take into account one thing. He hadn’t given a thought to the fact that the most powerful elemental mage of their time … might be a girl.

When she’d summoned a bolt of lightning to revive a failing batch of elixir, Iolanthe Seabourne had never imagined it would throw her into the path of danger, adventure and destiny. The Burning Sky basically tells the story of how Titus and Iolanthe – who assumes the identity of Archer Fairfax at Eton – progress from their initial wariness and distrust to form an unbreakable bond of friendship and loyalty as they work together to confront the forces of Atlantis in what turns out to be the first skirmish of what will later turn into a full-scale conflict.

The Perilous Sea is perhaps the most romantic book of the three, as Titus and Iolanthe find themselves inexplicably in a situation where they have no memories of their past or of each other. Watching them falling in love all over again is a real delight, but Sherry Thomas doesn’t let up on the action front, skilfully interweaving narratives in dual time-lines that gradually converge to let the reader – and the protagonists – in on the secret as to how they got to where they started out. In the course of this story, Titus makes a discovery that turns everything he thought he knew upside-down, causing heartbreak for himself and Iolanthe, and raising the stakes as the final confrontation looms ever closer.

The Immortal Heights picks up exactly where The Perilous Sea leaves off – with Titus, Iolanthe and their fellow rebels declaring war on the might of Atlantis. Ms Thomas writes the action sequences very well, making it easy for the reader to get a clear picture of what’s going on amid the myriad of flying carpets, armoured chariots and flying wyverns, floating fortresses, ancient libraries and castle strongholds. But running beside all the magic and the action is the incredibly well-written, tender romance between the mage and the prince that began in the first book. Sherry Thomas is a consummate writer of romance, so once again, it’s no surprise that the relationship between Titus and Iolanthe is such an important part of the overall story, and it’s probably the element I enjoyed the most. Having two teenaged protagonists necessitates a less explicit romance, perhaps, but it’s certainly not without its heated moments and the chemistry between the couple is palpable. Both protagonists are engaging, fully-rounded characters who, while possessed of a maturity beyond their years, never come across as adult characters written into younger bodies. Titus is, it has to be said, a hero to swoon over – he’s handsome, fiercely intelligent, authoritative, witty and deeply loyal, with an underlying vulnerability and deeply-buried sweetness that he only ever allows Iolanthe to see. Above all, he is determined to fulfil the prophecy and free his people, even though, according to that prophecy, he will die in the fight. He has lost so much – his mother, his freedom, his childhood – but he has accepted his fate and all he wants is to protect Iolanthe and for her to live a long, happy life. Needless to say, she does not share Titus’ views about that – even when he tells her, in The Burning Sky she is to save herself and not worry about him when they get into tricky situations, she will have none of it and is as determined to keep him safe as he is determined to do the same for her. She is the perfect foil for him – just as intelligent, strong and determined as the prince, but with a more optimistic outlook that complements Titus’ more driven approach, and which starts to loosen him up a bit. This is a couple who are truly devoted to each other; they support each other without question, and the fact that they have reached a point when they don’t need words to express their feelings is truly affecting.

The story itself explores some complex themes, and while there are some elements which no doubt occur in many YA fantasies (like the baddie seeking immortality), I haven’t read enough of them for it to feel samey; so for me, this whole trilogy was a refreshing departure from my normal reading fare. I teared up several times while reading, and was genuinely sorry when I reached the final page. If Ms Thomas ever decides to take up the story of the mage and her prince again – and there are hints of other exploits in the epilogue – then I’ll be at the front of the queue with the grabbiest hands.

The Immortal Heights is a worthy successor to the earlier books, and a terrific conclusion to a hugely enjoyable trilogy. The fantasy/adventure story is very well thought-out and executed, but ultimately, it’s the strong bonds of friendship and trust that develop between the small group of central characters, the excellent dialogue, and the heartfelt romance that make this series into something special.
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March 7, 2016
This was a satisfactory ending to the trilogy... not amazing, but good enough I guess. Book 2 was just so damn good with the alternating timelines and how they came together, that this book was more on the level of the first one. The perspective jumped around a lot without any clear destinction as to who we were following... I mean it often took a while to figure out if it was Fairfax or the Prince we were following because it would jump in the middle of a chapter, sometimes several times. Also, it just wasn't very well put together and often felt jarring. The biggest problem I had was that we begin the book in the middle of a battle. Because book 2 cut off in the middle of the battle. It was disorientating and confusing and it lost a lot of its impact. Don't do that! Don't cut a battle scene in half like that! The amount of cheesiness in the book also just annoyed me.

Look, it was fine, it was good enough, but I expect books to get better as a series goes on, not get better in book 2, then go down to the level of book 1 again.
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145 reviews126 followers
February 7, 2017
Just as solid a finale as I expected it to be! The time for preparing and training is done for the characters, and this whole book is about them heading towards that final battle against the Bane - to free their world and finally face a terrifying foretold fate. The book gave me serious anxiety worrying over the characters. At times it got depressing and I just wanted to get past all the pain and hopelessness and get to the wins! Not that the characters were whining about was happening - you can't help but root for them and admire their courage and selflessness.

Iolanthe and Titus are such great characters! And they make one of my favorite couples in a book series - and so, every adorable or angsty moment between them counted for me as "highlight-worthy" on my kindle! And again they proved how perfect they are together!

But did I wish for some more light hearted moments in the book to relieve the gloom and doom of it all? Yes, definitely. The tone was darker than the previous two books, the angst heavier, and a bit more relief here and there was much needed.

The two side characters - Amara and Kashkari, as great as they are, they definitely don't being much fun with them! Especially, Kashkari - that guy and his prophetic dreams are such downers! Someone needed to get him high on caffeine during these deathly missions. And I still have no clue how Kashkari ever thought Amara was going to be the great love of his life. She saw him as strictly her brother in law, so all my hopes for a blossoming side romance between them went no where.

Also, I was a bit disappointed in the villain. The Bane is definitely nasty and very grossly terrifying, but not really layered or interesting. Or maybe I've just come to expect more from antagonists in books these days. But then again, some villains are just meant to be completely twisted and hateful. And the Bane was that kind of pure monster you just want to see defeated.

Near the end, though, the book became impossible to put down with all the suspense during the final moments. I'd already guessed some of the twists but there were some awesome surprises too! And I am happy to say that I loved the conclusion so much, how it all ended and turned out for the characters.

So, it may not be not a perfect final book (not my favorite out of the three) but a very satisfying conclusion nonetheless! And overall, this series is wonderful with its rich world building, exciting plot, enchanting settings, gripping writing style, constant surprises, suspenseful action, and such lovable characters you won't resist falling for!
Titus, I already miss you!

I am now very eager to soon check out this author's other books, even though they are all of a very different genre! I am all for romance written as beautifully as Titus and Iolanthe's!
I definitely would not have guessed this is Sherry Thomas's first fantasy series (as far I can see), And if she writes another one (YA or Adult), I will be over the moon and expecting something amazing!
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260 reviews270 followers
December 15, 2016
UPDATE: 03/01/2015


UPDATE: 10/16/2014

“Iolanthe raised the wand that had once belonged to Titus the Great and summoned lightning, a white-hot flash that lit up the sky.

The war against Atlantis had begun at last.”

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588 reviews252 followers
October 12, 2015
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It's usually the second book in series that I have issues with. Which, if you ask me, is logical. You usually have an idea and a way to start it and mostly how to end it, but the middle is tricky. Well I have no idea how but with this series is actually the opposite.

What started like a really interesting story in The Burning Sky, exploded in The Perilous Sea, where I fell in love with everything. It's just the story progressed in a way I didn't expect it too and it surprised me so much. But, it's sad that The Immortal Heights didn't continue in that direction.

Don't get me wrong here, this is not by all means a bad book. Quite opposite, as was it written a stand along I would for sure be writing a praise for it. However, the trick with series of any kind is that after the latest one you expect the next one to be more. This one wasn't that. It continued in a good manner, the story progressed nicely and the characters developed even more. It all went in a right direction towards nowhere. There wasn't that blow at the end that would leave me breathless, something that would make me hold this book and weep that there is no more. Something that would make me remember it till the end of days. Even the romance between the two became dull, there weren't those sparks from the previous books.

I might be asking for to much, but with such a world building and great characters it's what it needs. Still it will be remembered as a great story, one you should most definitely read.

Rating: 3.5 stars
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425 reviews165 followers
April 1, 2016
Heartbroken that I can't give this book a higher rating being that I LOVED the previous two, but this one was such a tough read for me, it dragged and dragged and dragged, I honestly had to force myself to finish it and it pains me.

I still love Iolanthe and Titus so much and I'm so happy this book ended the way it did, but everything else... just...

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I also missed a bunch of things that made the first two books special, Iolanthe pretending to be a boy at an all boys boarding school, the fact that Iolanthe and Titus had to sneak around all the time, the way they had to pretend there was nothing going on between them and so on, and of course I knew sooner or later this would have to end, but still, these things used to make this series so exciting and fun to read, and sadly The Immortal Heights lacks all of that---even if it makes sense for the story.

I still have to recommend this series because the first two books, The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea are FANTASTIC.
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349 reviews
October 18, 2015
The perfect ending; I couldn't love it more.
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2,120 reviews1,348 followers
May 6, 2016

The first book in The Elemental Trilogy, The Burning Sky, was one of the first books to make me fall in love with fantasy. With this final concluding novel, this series remains one of my top fantasy series of ALL TIME. If you're a fantasy fan and haven't picked this series up yet, do yourself a favor and change that ASAP, especially if you love your books action-packed, deeply romantic and with characters so easy to root for.

I was incredibly nervous and wary when I went into The Immortal Heights. Not because I didn't think it would live up to my expectations, but because of a certain prophecy looming over this book, if true would have completely destroyed me. So I waded into this book, my heart racing in a giant ball of nerves. As expected Sherry Thomas gave me multiple heart attacks throughout the book. I honestly didn't think I would survive the entirety of the story because of how scared I was. She did the characters so much justice though and I could not be happier with the way this book ended, even though it managed to slay my feels along the way.

The Immortal Heights was one action-packed book from start to finish. I have to admit to being a little bit dazed at the beginning because the reader is immediately thrust into the middle of action and it took some adjusting. Once I was into the story though, I was fully into it and I had a very hard time putting the book down. Sherry Thomas' prose and storytelling, was as usual, phenomenal. The gorgeous writing, the fast pace of the story and the non-stop twists and turns made for an exhilarating reading experience. All the magic and sense of danger were amped up in this series ending, exactly what I expected out of this book.

I'll admit though that The Elemental Trilogy wouldn't have been an instant favorite of mine hadn't it been for the delightful characters. Titus and Iolanthe are the heart and soul of this trilogy and they carry the story through its entirety. These are two characters that you can't help but cheer for. You want them to emerge as winners and to overcome every obstacle that they face. I love these two so much and this final installment just solidified my love for them. The fierceness, strength and resilience that they exhibited throughout this series has been beyond admirable.

As much as I loved Titus and Iolanthe as individuals, I loved them even more as a couple. They are so much stronger together and the loyalty and respect that they had for each other made my shipper heart very very happy. This was a YA couple that communicated and worked through their issues together. There was never any silly separation or miscommunication, which I absolutely loved. Plus, the banter between these two continued to crack me up. The swoony moments between these two perfectly balanced out the darker moments in the book. Another bonus point about this series is how incredibly well-crafted the secondary characters are, from Titus and Iolanthe's friends to the main villain, the Bane. I will miss them all dearly now that this series is completed.

Needless to say, The Elemental Trilogy is an epic, magical and all-consuming series that completely swept me off my feet from the very start. Everything about this series is brilliant and Sherry Thomas is a force to be reckoned with. If you want to read a YA fantasy series that makes you FEEL every fiber of your being, then read this.
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1,248 reviews
February 12, 2022
I got bored by the continuous battle scenes but the ending was perfect. I’m impressed by how well-structured the trilogy is; I can’t find any dangling plot threads that aren’t satisfactorily addressed.

Now I just want a million more fluffy epilogues! I really don’t care about magical battle scenes, lol. Read via library.
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779 reviews26 followers
March 2, 2018
I'm gonna miss Titus and Iola, and this world, so so much.
<3 <3 <3 <3

Edit #2
Titus, I'm coming for you, darling.

The cover. *sighs*
Now, I just need the book.

Dear, book #3.
I need you.
I need you so much it hurts.
Like, now.
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423 reviews987 followers
February 3, 2017

*This review contains spoilers*

Not all will be lost.

Sherry Thomas presented to us another masterpiece, full of adventures, dangers, love, friendship - all we need for an epic book conclusion. I am a little bit sad as always when something great ends, as this trilogy came to an end and I don't want to say good buy to it, not yet. The Immortal Heights was the best book of the trilogy; it was more passionate and more endearing as main characters were nearing their prophesied deaths and feelings escalated with every step closer. I wanted to cry at almost every page of the book, so much loss and pain our heroes faced throughout their journey.

The scenery as in the previous books was wonderful. I marveled at the complexity of the world Sherry Thomas created. We've been given detailed descriptions of different realms and cultures. But I loved the most the world inside - the Crucible, it was something magical (yeah, literally) - a world inside a world *sighs* I wish I could have something like this myself: it's the world of possibilities. All descriptions of magical places were very precise and you could easily picture them in your head. The worlds of mages and nonmages were interlaced and it'd added the book some charm knowing that somewhere in our nonmage world magic occurred; I loved that the story was not in a mage world completely. This part of the trilogy was packed with action and it was unexpected most times, so much I was flabbergasted sometimes at what was going on out there.

The characters were absolutely wonderful; there were more than two main characters: every person who fought evil was a hero and had a significant role in the book. I absolutely loved it about the story! We don't have the chosen ones, there's no annoying complaints about destiny and its unfairness. Yes, main characters carry a very heavy burden on their shoulders, and it's hard and there's a lot of pain in the process, but they do understand the meaning of this sacrifice and ready to make, knowing that they will probably die in the process. And every one of them has an important role, and without one there wouldn't be victory for all of them in the end. So, we have a great friendship - friendship that lasts for life.

Titus was my favourite character in this part. He endured so much, he had known at a young age of his destiny and responsibilities, all this was heavily laid on his shoulders and he became physically and emotionally exhausted.

Only yesterday I made Titus promise that he would do everything in his power to topple the Bane. He did, my solemn child who already had the weight of the world on his shoulders.And this was his reward for that promise, a brutally short life and a violent death.

Tears rolled down his face. He was already an adolescent. How much time did he have left? How much? Was it enough to accomplish this great task she had thrust upon him?

There was no question of that now—no newly made friends or legendary outings on the hot air balloon. There would be only work. And then, after that, more work.

Iolanthe, also known as Fairfax, was much stronger and confident in this book. She also understood her destiny and was ready for sacrifice. Even after she discovered about her own demise she chose to fight side by side with Titus. They were a great couple together; every moment, every touch were precious for them - real soulmates they understood each other without words, they felt each other's emotions. It's a deep connection and I loved the way their relationship progressed. And that in the end of the way they faced danger together.
His eyes met hers. He was afraid—she knew this because he did not hide his fear from her—but beyond the fear was an unbreakable will. All his life he had prepared for toil, peril, and the ultimate sacrifice.

Some moments were really funny.
She tsked as she worked, murmuring mild criticism on how little he took care of himself. Her touch was efficient, almost impersonal as she took care of the wound. But when she was done, she rested her hand against his upper arm.
And he really, really wished they were alone. Kashkari was safeguarding them against known and unknown dangers, but he would give the man his castle in the Labyrinthine Mountains if he would go elsewhere in the base for fifteen minutes.
If he would stay away for half an hour, Titus would throw open the Crown Vault and Kashkari could have any of the treasures therein.

He reached out and touched her hair, feeling its softness between his fingers. “Thinking of the ice cream?” she murmured.
“Of course,” he said.
Every bright, beautiful memory was always associated with her. Until she came along, he had never understood the concept of boyhood, of those years in a man’s life that should be full of fun and laughter. Now he only wished he had met her sooner—that they had spent more time together.

I am sooo glad that in this book Titus and Iolanthe had a lot of sweet moments *sigh*, but there will never be enough of them. *Sigh again* One of the best book couples ever!.
She squeezed his hand. We will outlive this.

Kashkari and Amara - other two main characters were loyal and great friends for Titus and Fairfax. They never hesitated in their decision to help defeat Bane. I was so sad that not all of them returned home.
“I will go with them,” said Kashkari.
“Have you dreamed of it?” asked Amara solemnly.
“No,” answered Kashkari. “But I don’t need dreams to tell me which way my destiny lies.

And Amara had been there, sitting quietly among them. Had she felt the metallic pressure of the armband against her skin? The unbearable weight of a future that had been revealed?

Every character had their own path, they all worked as a team, and great friendship is born when you help the one in need. So none of the sacrifices were made in vain. This book contains the best and selfless characters.

Sherry Thomas once more created something precious and beautiful. The language, the story, the characters - everything was perfect. The ending was great; we do not get closure always in the books, but here we had a picture of the future and it was sooo wonderful to see our lovely characters through years and know that they are happy and content at last. As always with great books I wish that someday there'd be a new adventure for our beloved characters, so that we could one more time visit the wonderful world of elemental magic.

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1,179 reviews315 followers
November 12, 2016
I looooove Titus and Fairfax. This is exactly what I look for in a series for romance. No love triangles! Lots of swoon! And a couple who builds and works together without unnecessary drama!

These two aren't perfect, and they have some major disagreements, but I love that they're always fighting for each other despite that. Fairfax's anger comes out after Titus does something she doesn't agree with, and I was cheering her on for sure. I adore that they're not afraid to confront each other's stupidity.

I did notice more Harry Potter similarities in this one, especially with the . This book also had a lot of information downloads. I wasn't ever bored, but that has been a characteristic of this series. I think these books would work best read back to back with all the heavy world building, background details and characters one must remember.

Although book 2 remains my favorite, this is a solid conclusion with plenty of danger and deception and intrigue. I do wish

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Series conclusion

Full review to come
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937 reviews124 followers
September 13, 2015
Oh my god, seriously, these covers. They kill me they're so epic. I think this last cover is actually the best of the three, maybe because DRAGONS. More specifically LIGHTNING DRAGONS.

Anyway, going on to reviewing the actual book- unfortunately, I feel like this series lost its momentum a little, with The Immortal Heights ending up being a somewhat satisfying conclusion that wasn't really up to the level of the previous books.

The writing was so medieval that it was kind of hard to read sometimes. I'm sure the writing style hasn't changed from the first two books, but for some reason it grated on me more in this one. Maybe I just wasn't concentrating enough while reading? I don't know, but I have to say, this was one of the big reasons the book got rated down compared to the previous ones. The other reason was that the plot wasn't as epic as I wanted, with the final conclusion not being the big conflict I expected it to be.

The romance was still as swoonworthy as I remembered, but I have to admit, I was still frustrated with how they kept things from each other to stop the other person "worrying". I feel like it's always better to know things than to be kept in the dark, as secrets have a way of getting out at the worst time.

All in all, the whole series was a pretty good one. I probably would still recommend it, although this third book wasn't quite as good as the others.

Overall: 7/10
Plot: 3.5/5
Romance: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
World Building: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
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437 reviews707 followers
August 5, 2015
The Immortal Heights is the finale of this series and it's by far my favorite one in the trilogy. As we know, there was a real war against the Atlantis in the end of book 2, The Perilous Sea, this book started right where it left. That is, Iolanthe and Titus teamed up with their classmate, aka Kashkari, an Indian boy whom I thought was a nonmage, but obviously he was not. There were lots of fighting scenes and they were truly amazing, I must admit. Particularly when they confronted the Bane, the most powerful old man who used the elemental mages to stay young. Even though I didn't have a good impression on the first book, this one was incredibly fast-paced and page-turning for me. Seeing them fought against either the wyverns or the Bane, using all kinds of magical spells on a flying carpets, was like watching an action-packed movie, making me heart-pounding, blood-boiling, and breath-holding.

Most important of all, the relationship between Iolanthe and Titus was taken up a notch in the story. That probably met my expectation pretty well. I mean, they finally didn't have to conceal their love in public and they earned some sweet moments with each other, which were totally romantic.
His kiss felt exactly like that, full of danger and exhilaration, making her heart rattle and thump, ready to leap out of her rib cage.

To sum up, I do enjoy the trilogy and I'm relieved it wasn't a waste of time. At least it didn't disappoint me!
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350 reviews49 followers
February 14, 2016
В общем, я знаю, что Томас славится своими ИЛР, но я в них не особо разбираюсь и даже не помню, читала ли что-то из ее взрослых романов.
Но эта трилогия... Пусть пишет YA-фэнтези. Потому что получается у нее явно лучше, чем у 99% нынешних авторов, избравших сей жанр. Возможно, как раз потому, что рука набита на тех самых ИЛР))
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16 reviews
October 14, 2015
What do I have to do to get a ARC? Seriously, I'll do just about anything! Love, love, love this series!!!

Edit: Perfect ending to a perfect series. Well worth the wait!
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