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Threats of Sky and Sea (Threats of Sky and Sea #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  646 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Createspace (first published May 16th 2014)
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Sep 14, 2016 Katerina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
“Monstrous men will turn and flee,
When faced with threats of sky and sea.”

ΥΑ Q&A (Threats of Sky and Sea edition)
Q: So, Katerina, you read tons of YA Fantasy. What made you pick this book?
A: The cover!
Q: Isn't that a little... shallow?
A: Yeah yeah, I know, don't judge a book by its cover (literally and figuratively), but have you seen it? It's so pretty!

Q: But what about the story? Was it engaging?
A: Yes, it held my attention from the very first pages! It's about Bree, a plain, common
Faye, la Patata
Let me guys tell you something: I have complete faith in my co-bloggers. If they love a book so much, I am very much inclined to check that book out for myself and see what was in it that lit their reader pants on fire. Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision was one of them. To be honest, I have never heard of the book until Aimee reviewed it on her blog, listing so many awesome reasons why we should read the book. She didn't need to write that review to convince me; just the fact that she ...more
May 14, 2014 Aimee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Throne of Glass, or anyone looking for a kick-ass heroine
Want to win this book and the prequel, Sisters of Wind and Flame? Jennifer Ellision's giving away e-copies of both books on the blog!

This one caught my eye when I saw it being featured in one of my favorite blogs, so when the blog tour sign-ups were announced, I had to give it a shot. Thank you to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours and Jennifer Ellision for the opportunity to read this book!

Do you guys remember me ranting about how Throne of Glass didn't live up to my very high expectations? Well,
Power, the more the better, greed, and betrayals will mark a turning point in young Breena’s life as she goes from barmaid to Elemental in a brief span of time. Threats of Sky and Sea is a nicely paced fantasy of a young girl’s coming of age as her life is rapidly turned both upside down and inside out.

Parents don’t tell their children everything, but the secrets that Breena’s father kept from her could lead one of them to their death and the other into a lifetime of servitude in the king’s army
Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
To everyone who is comparing this book to Throne of Glass, I will have you know, I still like Throne of Glass more and Celaena is still more bad ass. That is all. Carrying on...


Threats of Sky and Sea stole my heart like a thief in the night.

I like my protagonists strong-willed, I like them feisty, I like them rebellious, I like them kind-hearted and most importantly, I like them smart.

Breena is all those things, if not more. She knows exactly when enough is enough. She c
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Patchwork Press for giving me this book to review.

Bree has lived a normal 16 years as a barmaid at her father’s tavern, until her father’s past catches up to them. Bree discovers that her Da was a good friend of the king but ran away after his last mission. With her father in prison, Bree is throw into a new life of politics and lies. Bree is desperate to free her father and escape but that b
Oct 30, 2014 Rane rated it really liked it

This was like a breathe of fresh air for me, it hit so many points. An amazing story,a strong heroine,court intrigue, and some twists and turns I didn't see coming.
Breena, I felt for and cheered for thoughout the story, she had some sass but didn't overdo to the point of doing some stupid. She step lightly and used her brains to see where everyone stood and watchful. It was heartbreaking some of the choices that lead her to the path she walked, but she kept strong.

The use of elementals migh
Often in Fantasy, a humble hero or heroine will have their world turned upside down with a warning to flee some danger that is searching for them, and they get away just in time. But what happens when the warning doesn't come, and the heroine is captured? That’s what happens to Bree in Threats of Sky and Sea, and she is torn away from the humble world that is all she’s known, alienated from her father whom she realizes has lied to her, and thrown into a dangerous world at court under a cruel kin ...more
Nicole Pramik
For starters, this cover is really gorgeous, both in color and design. Plus, kudos for using a short-haired model 'cause we short-hair gals don't get enough press, if you ask me!

Who says only long-haired lasses can save the day? If anything, we short-haired gals at least don't have to worry about messing up our tresses while battling evil-doers. :D

Okay, I'll stop rambling now.

While I liked this first novel in a planned series, the story itself toed the three-star line for me. While it's not a t
Sep 28, 2016 Tracie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy and Intelligent Heroines
Book: Threats of Sky and Sea
Series: Threats of Sky and Sea Book 1
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 14, 2014
Rating: Image result for five stars

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*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this in exchange for my honest review*

The Low Down:
Breena Rose was content as a barmaid in her father’s humble tavern. They lived good if modest lives and were never bothered by a soul. That is, until one day Breena and her father are confronted by and taken by
Wart Hill
Jul 25, 2014 Wart Hill rated it really liked it
You can read this and other reviews at Things I Find While Shelving

[I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley. This fact has no bearing on my review.]

When I get into a DNF streak, I start to get discourage and I wonder if I should have kept going, given the books I couldn't finish more of a chance.

But then I read something I absolutely love, and I know it was a good thing I didn't struggle through those other books, because then I might never have gotten to the ones I like.

That's how I fe
"I need to stop dwelling. Things are what they are. They happened as they happened. There's no changing that. No changing who we are."
"Perhaps not. But we can still change what is to come."

Introduced to a world that is certainly fascinating and characters that are easy to like, one cannot deny the great read that is Threats of Sky and Sea! This is surely a book that fans of Throne of Glass will love.

The plot:

Breena Rose (Bree) is just working at living at a tavern with her father in a simple c
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jennifer Ellision and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Breena lives with her father, and helps him run his Tavern – The Bridge and Duchess.
When strangers come to their small village looking for people who are able to control the elements, Breena is sure they’re in the wrong place, until suddenly they intrude on her life.
What is Breena’s father hiding from her? And who are the strangers really looking for?

Jul 31, 2015 Tamara rated it really liked it
Okay a pure reminder of (view spoiler). Besides that, this book did not much do well when it came to its characters.

Let me explain why it received 4 stars:
1. It has my love of elemental type abilities
2. The idea was entertaining
3. The writing was great, not the best I've come across though

What the book lacked:
1. Better descriptions of the characters
2. Stronger characters
All in all, the book lacked character development. The author did not quiet develop the charac
A fantasy story with all the key ingredients: breeches and gowns, power and magic, hidden identities and secrets, assassins and political intrigue. A good YA read complete with the beginnings of an epic tale.
The first chapters were really promising but then the story slowed down quite a bit while they traveled. There was enough happening with the main character Bree and the elemental magic that the slower parts didnt feel too tedious. Theres not a tone of action but around the half way mark we started getting some entertaining political scheming. Not to mention I love elemental magic. I was able to predict most of the plot but maybe that because I was able to pick up on the authors hints.

Bree and he
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Threats of Sky and Sea is the first installment in author Jennifer Ellision's Threats of Sky and Sea trilogy. The series starts out with 16-year old Breena Rose Perdit living and working as a barmaid in Aberline with her father who runs The Bridge and Duchess tavern. Bree and her Da live the simple life keeping to themselves, knowing that Elementals are spirited away to join the Kings army. But, things change after Bree enc
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 26, 2015 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales (

Quick & Dirty: Fast paced high fantasy that I really enjoyed!

Opening Sentence: I am already frozen when the scream reaches me.

The Review:

Breena Perdit has spent her entire life living in a small town where her father runs an inn. Her mother passed away in child birth and Bree is oblivious to the life her father lived before she was born. Bree has a happy simple life, but soon a small group of highly trained soldiers known as E
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

*I really enjoyed the main character and her attitude. Breena is feisty and spirited and has her priorities straight. When she’s confronted with a problem, she doesn’t wallow or wait for others to take care of it; she’s strong-willed enough to get things done on her own. When she has everything stripped away from her and she and her father are taken away from her home against their will, for the rest of the book she never stops trying to escape. Even when certain revelations come to l
Feb 05, 2016 chelsea rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

(This is just a quick short review, I really can't be bothered to go into detail about every single thing I didn't like about it)

I DNF'd around 40%. There's nothing I like about this book. And that's kinda funny because I love fantasy and everything this book should've been. I tried to like it. I kept reading it even when I wanted to put it down. But eventually I gave up hope that it'd get better.

My main problems were with the
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

DNF at 58%

I'm so sad about this! I heard great things about Threats of Sky and Sea before I started it. It was being compared to Throne of Glass, one of my favorite series at the moment, by a friend of mine. But I didn't like it. I didn't really click with the writing, characters, story,... For me it was pretty confusing. There are terms like Torchers, Throwers, Riders, Adepts, Makers and others like that, but I didn't have a clue what it meant. Th
S. Usher Evans
Oct 14, 2016 S. Usher Evans rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, fast-paced elemental epic fantasy full of twists and turns that kept me guessing what the truth was. Ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so it's nice to have book 2 ready to go.
3.5 stars

ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Some readers recommended this book to readers who love Throne of Glass. The blurb says it's about element possession which reminds me of Elemental series. Therefore, I didn't have high hope to this debut, though it also intrigued me and made me requested it on NetGalley.

It indeed reminds me of both Thorne of Glass and Elemental series. There are moments that made me think of them. Fortunately the simi
Nay Denise
Jan 15, 2016 Nay Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Received a review copy through NetGalley.

Jennifer Ellision is a fantastic writer. She has written an amazing fantasy novel surrounded around the idea of elementals. Elementals are people that control different elements such as air, fire, water and earth. In the story they are known as riders, torchers, throwers and shakers. I love the characters and the world. I just wish there was more action involved.

Breena Rose Perdit is 16 years old and lived a wonderful life with her dad in a small town as
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Threats of Sky and Sea is a sweeping fantasy set in a kingdom at war – where the king employs Elementals to do his bidding and take down kingdoms. Bree is just a simple girl living a simple life who gets caught in the crossfire – and her life becomes more complicated than she ever would have imagined.

What Fed My Addiction:

The writing.
Ellision is a fantastic writer. There were so many little turns of phrase that caught
Mar 02, 2016 Shannelle rated it liked it
I received the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I'd love to write a magnificent intro, but all I can remember is the first impression that I got when I started listening to Threats of Sky and Sea. The audio quality wasn't really good, and if you listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, you'd pick up on the buzz in the audio. As for the narrator, there were some parts where her narration just didn't seem natural, and this is all issues based on my personal preference, but my enjoyme
Mar 08, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing
Wow what a start to a series. I was hooked from the very first page which is extremely rare. I was wanting to know more and more, I kept guessing at what was going to happen, something things I did manage to work out and some only half guessed, but certain parts I completely clueless, which is the perfect combination. I like to at least feel I work some of it out.

The characters were amazing, Breena's spunky attitude was great, I kept looking forward to quips. It also helped that she was learning
Review to come.
Jan 13, 2014 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
This little gem is basically everything I could ask for in a book! Wonderful, thought-out characters, excellent world-building, dramatic twists and THE FEELS. Oh, the feels.
A mediocre fantasy novel that started out promising but went from a Hunger Games or ACOTAR type plot to something boring, involving too much palace life for me. I wasn't the biggest fan of the main character because she seemed to constantly shift from an unfeeling stoic being to a regular emotional teenage girl. I understand yes this could make her seem more realistic but the transitions between this shift were very unnatural and jerky. Another thing I could have done without was the love intere ...more
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Jennifer Ellision was born and raised in South Florida and lives in perpetual fear of temperatures below 60F. She spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn't find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them.

She has an OTP, loves character analysis, and is a master of the fangirl flail, with a particular soft spot for
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