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Jeweled Fire

(Elemental Blessings #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,268 ratings  ·  263 reviews
The national bestselling author of Troubled Waters and Royal Airs returns to her Elemental Blessings series with the story of a young princess who will need more than blessings to survive in a kingdom where everyone will do whatever it takes to claim the throne…

As one of the four princesses of Welce, Corene always thought she might one day become queen. Only circumstances
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Ace
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Aubree Royal Airs explains why they can't be together. I was disappointed for a bit there too, but I do really like her new love interest in it! I think you'…moreRoyal Airs explains why they can't be together. I was disappointed for a bit there too, but I do really like her new love interest in it! I think you'll be satisfied with how it turns out.(less)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book was glorious. GLORIOUS. This series has been pretty amazing in general (ok, so maybe book 2 was slow as fuck, but nobody's perfect), and this was a spectacular ending.

It's got everything. Amazing character development. A high fantasy world that's actually decent and spectacular and thoughtfully built. Palace intrigue. Diversity. Female friendship. Low on romance. No insta-love or love triangles of any kind in sight. Spying. Danger. Murder. A mystery.

MY FEELS!!!!!!!!!

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy
A solid fantasy by the talented Sharon Shinn. Review first posted on

Jeweled Fire is the third book in Shinn’s ELEMENTAL BLESSINGS fantasy series, each one of which focuses on a different young woman. Corene, a secondary character in the previous books, is a strong-willed and fiery young woman (purely sweela, or fire, for those readers who recall the elemental influences that are presumed to govern personalities in Welce), one of four princesses of Welce who were in con
A fantastic third instalment in the Elemental Blessings series. Still not as fantastic as Troubled Waters, but very-very good, nonetheless.

Although Corene's story takes place in a different country, not Welce, thankfully, the elemental blessings play a a much bigger part than in Royal Airs.
When Corene decides to escape to Malinqua as a stowaway on the ship of the Empress, her sister, Josetta sends her a set of blessing coins, so not only can she draw blessings, but so can her new friends.
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I can’t think of any other author that so consistently satisfies as often as Sharon Shinn. I don’t read that many new books, and the few that I do don’t often hit the mark. It feels like I simply wait every year for Shinn’s newest release to fulfill the need for a brand new read—and during the rest of the year I’m rereading her old books! Shinn just has the touch, whether it’s world building, characters, cracking plots or—and I admit this is why she always works for me—some of the most solid rom ...more
Melissa McShane
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been putting off writing this review because there really isn't much to say. If you liked the first two, you'll probably like this one; the setting and the magic/religion are still interesting, and the characters are still superb. I'm struck by how much of a presence Darien Serlast still has, even though he doesn't show up at all and works through proxies. And Corene...honestly, I never thought I'd care about her, since she was such a stinky brat in the first book, but she really comes into ...more
I liked this! I liked the variety of women and that they were FRIENDS despite being somewhat in competition with each other.

I liked the romance and it made me feeeeeel at the end, but I wish there had been just a SMIDGE more of it. I feel like it wasn't set up quite enough.

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Audiobook Re-read June 2018

I like this a lot better than I d
Olga Godim
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Welce, there is a surplus of princesses. The Empress of Malinqua needs a princess or two as brides for her three nephews. When Princess Corene of Welce decides to accept the Empress’s invitation to visit Malinqua, she defies her father’s wishes but she is determined to forge her own life. Unfortunately, when Corene arrives at the royal court in Malinqua, she discovers that the situation is much more complex than she had thought and much more lethal.
The Empress hasn’t named her heir yet, and m
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again Shinn has written a love story that simmers in the backgound. Corene and Foley are a great pair who have to respond to multiple threats. Nothing is as it seems. Does the empress really want to marry off her nephews? With three old choices and one new choice who will actually be the heir. Who is pulling strings in the background to see that their candidate wins. Why is one of the princesses in more danger than the other two.

All of this is happening in a book that is full of tension eve
Anne Osterlund
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Corene craves adventure and escape. From a life in Welce that has been one of royal intrigue and manipulation.

So she boards a ship to Malinqua--one of an assortment of princesses sought to match up with an astonishing number of possible heirs for the Malinquan throne. She doesn't care that much who she marries or even if she marries. She simply needs to get away.

Which turns out to be a great deal more challenging than Corene bargained for. As it appears the princesses are not only possible bride
katayoun Masoodi
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook, fantasy
liked this way better than the second one and was pleasantly surprised cause i didn't like corene all that much in the previous book. can't say i liked the romance all that much but it really wasn't that much part of the story and sometimes everyone acted a bit childish and very illogical but as a whole it was fun and pleasant. ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Unlike in previous entries in this series, the main focus in this story was on the protagonist's, Corene's, personal growth rather than on a romance. At the end of the previous book, Princess Corene, feeling unwanted at home, stowed away to Malinqua to take up the empress's invitation to vie for the hand of one of her nephews, all hoping to become her heir. There's plenty of court intrigue, but dealing with that and befriending some other princess candidates give Corene a chance to take
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It turns out one Sharon Shinn series I had totally ignored is precisely my cup of tea and now my favorite of hers. I liked this as much, or even more than Troubled Waters, Corene is compelling as a teenager finding herself, and I liked the plot. As usual I do like Shinn's writing and pace, it is all very readable (which seems like faint praise but it is not) and smooth and compelling. Great female characters as well. The love story is quite subtle, perhaps too much because I would have loved a b ...more
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. Unlike the previous novel in this series, there is a lot going on in this novel. Corene has always been an interesting character and in this novel it was wonderful to see her coming into her own. I loved the friendships in this novel, the four young women growing to care for and support one another as well as all of the characters in the Malinquese court. It was just terrific.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
YA Fantasy Absurd

I can't remember ever being so irritated by a book as I am with Jeweled Fire. This book can't decide what it wants to be, with the first 90% spent slogging through excruciating court politics, then a quick turn at murder mystery before finally having a bit of adventure in the last few pages.

Whatever else it may be, this story is certainly not a romance. I cannot imagine who this will appeal to, certainly not teen girls. The supposed purpose of Corene's trip is to find a royal hu
Allison Scheu
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off, I loved this book! In Troubled Waters, I didn’t care much for Corene. In Royal Airs, you could see that she had grown and matured and I enjoyed reading this book from her perspective.

This is Corene’s story of finding her place in the world, discovering what she wants from life and who she wants to be with. This book is filled with court intrigue and a murder mystery. It has my favorite kind of romance, one that builds up slowly instead of the unrealistic and rather unhealthy insta-lo
I love!! this book!! It's one of my favorite Sharon Shinn books, period, with so many elements that I adore -- a strong-willed heroine who practically leaps off the page, whose growth and maturity is so intensely heartwarming to read about, a cast full of lively, engaging characters (my favorite of which is bi!!), incredible female friendship saving the day, twisty but not overwhelmingly tangled political intrigue, plot that is just intense enough to keep the pages turning but not so intense tha ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This may be the best thus far in Shinn's "Elemental Blessings" series! The pacing, the characters, the plots, the world- all worked together to make a seamless, compelling whole.

Corene- an annoying character from the previous books- sets off for parts unknown (with her family's disapproval), and in so doing, learns a lot about herself and the world, and how she can interact with the world as it is.

But that sounds all too educational! There is flirting! There are mysteries, including murder myste
J L's Bibliomania
I didn't enjoy Jeweled Fire as much as I thought I would or as much as I had the earlier two in the series.

In particular, there's a scene early on where the Empress's 3 nephews are introduced/described to Corene, our protagonist. The eldest is the smartest, but his flaw is that he uses a wheelchair after an accident left him apparently partially paralyzed. The middle nephew is adequately smart, but his flaw in the eyes of his countrymen is that he is more interested in other men than in any pro
Dichotomy Girl
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These books always defy my expectations a bit, which is a nice change of pace.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! Good story! I thought it would be more romantic but the story line was more a mystery whodunit!
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the previous book in the series, Royal Airs but the first book, Troubled Waters is still by far the best.

This one features the Princess Corene whom we last saw stowing away on a ship to go to the far land of Malinqua to run away from the disappointments of her life. To be fair, poor Corene has had it a bit rough.

Her mother Alys is probably one of the most scheming, poisonous characters in the series. She is a woman who is completely ruled by her ambition for power a
Emma Rose Ribbons
Reread in January 2020 - My goodness, this book. Seriously. I really liked Filomara this time around, she's flawed, but it's hard not to be awed. I also loved Corene in this, she goes through so much personal growth. The female friendships are excellent and so is discovering Malinqua. Leah is precious, I loved meeting her here too. Shinn is the queen of slow burn and it worked so well here. I have nothing but praise for this book - everything works and the characters always feel like close frien ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-fantasy, 2015
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I loved this book. LOVED IT. I was super excited to see it as an option on NetGalley, and when my request for an ARC was approved, I told everyone at work. I was so excited. Just so you know that this review is probably biased. :D When I got home, I read the whole thing. Not quite in one sitting, because I fell asleep, but within 24 hours of starting it. I thought it was interesting to get out of Welce and see some of the other countries first hand. I'm hoping that we get
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I like that this was more character focused, similar to the first book, but I didn't think the romantic relationship was well developed. It relied too much on their history in the second book and didn't show the evolution of their relationship. ...more
Shinn never disappoints. Excellent books with adventure, court intrigue, mystery, small bit of romance, magic. Really wonderful.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi

I read this all in one night. Idk what even to say, but MOST OF ALL I loved loved loved that this book had incredible friendships (and, of course, swoon worthy romance).

It’s what YA should be more often– led by very real protagonists, politics based on more than “we have always been in a war”, deep worldbuilding without annoying info dumps, and plots that carry through the entire series despite each book being about different characters. Just wonderful and refreshing. It’s not an insult that
Sam Robinson
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! Love Sharon Shinn!! Unexpected story and a great addition to the series
Carolynn Markey
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sharon Shinn has long been one of my favorite authors. I love the futuristic technology mixed with religion in her Samaria series, and the hero/heroine pairings and adventures in the Twelve Houses series.

I remember loving the first book in this new series, Troubled Waters, and after finishing this third installment, I'm pretty desperate to get my hands on a copy of the second: Royal Airs.

In Jeweled Fire, young princess Corene is the narrator and heroine. Corene has lived in her elder sister Jose
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although there was a sophomore slump with Royal Airs, I very much enjoy the Elemental Blessings series and am happy that this third installment is the return to form that I had hoped. It doesn't reach the highs of Troubled Waters, but it was still a very pleasant read.

This book centers on Corene, the Welce princess who fled to the foreign court in Malinqua at the end of Royal Airs. Corene feels out of place and unwanted in Welce, and hopes to find some purpose in Malinqua. The Malinqua Empress h
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