Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rootbound (The Elemental Series, #5)” as Want to Read:
Rootbound (The Elemental Series, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(The Elemental Series #5)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,637 ratings  ·  177 reviews
My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I am the half-breed bastard child of a king. I was not meant to survive the trials cast my way. Yet, here I stand.

The world has deteriorated in the years I was banished. The Elemental families are rife with deception, violence, and madness more than
Published June 7th 2016 by HiJinks Ink Publishing, Ltd.
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.33  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,637 ratings  ·  177 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Rootbound (The Elemental Series, #5)
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

ROOTBOUND’s blurb mentions Lark’s “banishment” and even though it’s not critical that the novella, ELEMENTALLY PRICELESS, be read before this next installment, it does help to set the tone. Out of the four locales, I found that the Eyrie didn’t get its due, as such I was very happy that this plot had the protagonist retracing her previous steps because it made up for WINDBURN’s shortcomings, and also advanced the series’ story arc wonderfully which means that book 5 i
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
There was no Ash. Ash is, mostly, the reason I read this series, so no Ash, mean no like. The book was boring, even though lots happened. I ended up with just skimming it...
Boundless Book Reviews
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. One of the things that I liked right from the start is, this book explains how Rootbound takes place 25 years after Elementally Priceless, which is a Rylee Adamson novel. What it doesn’t tell you is, Rootbound picks up several months after Blood of the Lost, another Rylee book. Needless to say; these series intertwine pretty frequently, and if you haven’t read Rylee, are you mad? It is totally awesome! You must add it to you TBR now!
keikii Eats Books
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books!

71 points/100 (3 stars/5)

It has been years since Larkspur has been banished and the world isn't the same. She has been locked away, she has gotten into trouble - and she has helped save the world. Now it is time to return to the journey she was already on. Lark has to correct some wrongs and she has to find the thread of truth in all the lies.

Holy time jump! Rootbound takes place a full twenty-five years />It
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
We are back in business with ROOTBOUND. WINDBURN wasn't my favorite book in the Elemental series, so I was really hoping ROOTBOUND would pick up and really rock and it did.

ROOTBOUND made me think that most of the book would stay focused on the rim, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. ROOTBOUND visits every elemental home base and major things happen in all.

On the romance side. We know that Lark has been torn between Cactus and Ash. She loves them both, but she had to choose
Shakuita Johnson
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been trying to come up with something to write for this review for weeks and I'm still not quite sure.

The Mother Goddess is back and she has a mission for Lark. This mission involves her heading to the four heads of the families and asking for something back that she'd given them. But trouble seems to follow Lark wherever she goes.

I'm also not sure what's going on with Cactus's character and hopefully we figure it out soon. We get a glimpse of Ash that left me annoyed. I'll be
L.P. Hidalgo
So confusing

I was reading this series and now I am just so confused. 25 years have passed and events passed that I have no clue about. It was hard to follow and ultimately I feel like I am missing a huge chunk of the plot of the entire series. While the writing was good I just can't understand what happened and who Rylee is other than the baby from Windburn. I am assuming the girl grew up but again still can't wrap my mind around it all in what happened before this and wibfburn
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm too far in now and I want to know what happens so I'm going to keep reading the series, but I feel like each book has gotten worse. Mostly I've noticed that the author seems to get lazy and skip ahead, and give vague language as to what happened during that time skipped. And I get confused and have to go back and see if I missed something.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Fantastic Fantasy Stars...We continue traveling with Larkspur, Peta, and Shazer as they continue on their journey towards fulfilling their destinies....this story takes place twenty-five years after "Windburn", and although not necessary, it helps to have read "The Rylee Adamson Series" to fully understand the extent of the occurrences that happened in the interim... we watch as Larkspur battles her emotional trauma resulting from her time in the oubliette as well as the final battle with Or ...more
Elli Whalen
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, what in the absolute world happened? Going through the series, ended Windburn and then coming straight to Rootbound....did I miss something? I went back to Windburn and made sure I truly finished the book (since it was and ebook) but there was nothing left....I am 100% confused. If you're going to mention all of this stuff about Rylee and another book series in the first couple of pages of the book, maybe there should be a warning? If it changed the fundamental personality of the character, ...more
Ashley Critchley
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult for me to say this but... I May just love the Lark books more than Rylee's (don't cut my head off with a sword!) I love that we've had lots of time with this character to see how she's grown and changed. I did go back and read the Lark parts in the Rylee installments to make it flow better, and I recommend it, it helps the understanding of not only the story, but where this character is. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, she has been through hell. I adore her. She admits she ...more
Ashlee Thatcher
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Larkspur never dissapoints!

Another amazing, fast paced, page turning adventure that runs you through every emotion and leaves you wanting more. Lark and Peta continue to ban together to put the world right, when so many seek to manipulate and control the outcome. The anticipation to know who is right, and who is lying, will have you turning pages late into the night
Keely Eller
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay so page three and I’m already completely lost and extremely mad about it. Shannon does give you a nice little blurb before the start that says it’s 25 years after Windburn and Lark’s story does connect over to her other Rylee series. The stories are connected, how cool. Authors do it all the time so I didn’t think anything of it. Typically a crossover doesn’t impact a storyline too much. SO MUCH HAPPENED in either the crossover Riley books or in some novella she published between Windburn a ...more
Essie (Midknight.traveller)
Very weak 3 stars

I thought I would find some beautiful gif about spirit (since Lark is a spirit user) but instead I found these

So my plans for this review went into the dumps straight away but that hasn't deterred
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc in exchange for a honest review..
What can I say umm wow, this is by far the best Lark book yet.
This book starts up after Blood of the lost (Rylee Adamson series), Lark goes on a adventure for the mother goddess but is finding out not all what it seems, she also realises who her heart belongs to. There are twists and turns in this story that keeps you turning the pages..
I can't wait yet again for the next instalment..
Rebecca Williams
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the best story in the series so far! So many secrets revealed and new questions left to explore.
Lark thinks she's finally in a position to begin moving on with her life; whatever that means considering all she's been through, but she is asked to save the world once again. There are a ton of surprises in this story. Hold on to your seat.

*I received this as an ARC in return for an honest review*
Rita C
Aug 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
These books seem to be getting darker and more depressing with each addition to the series. Is the author allergic to happy endings, or at least hopeful ones? I felt like none of the old dangers got resolved in this book and new dangers were added. Ugh.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review: I can’t stop. This series has its hooks in me. Lark has been through too much.
Stephanie Erickson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book was AMAZING. Lark has grown so much throughout her journey, and I love where she's going. I can not WAIT to read the next one! Gimmie gimmie gimmie!
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
So when I read books, I listen to Audible. I have to drive a lot, so Audible books keep me awake, and let me continue my book fever.

With that said, I fell upon the Elemental Series, and it sounded interesting. I have loved every book, and definitely enjoyed all the twists and turns. But this book made me SO MAD!!!!!!! Thanks for that small "blurb" about the 25 freakin years that are passed over!!! Then continue to bring up again and again and again and again and again who has died, what specifi
Mary Lee
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OWhiners stop complaining

Really, all these whiners and low stars need to stop. Truth is, Elementally Priceless should actually be read before this book, as the author suggests in the forward. It isn't Rylees story, it is actually both Rules and Lark's. As Rylee was introduced here, then that book is actually a perfect fit. And yes, there is some missing time with the Demon War, but the author told you enough for it not to interfere with the story. Fact is, if you like this series, you would absolu
Denise Allen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not quite finished with the book but I feel like a 25 year stretch to be explained in a few sentences is not good enough there were characters that were not developed in the 25 years and it would've been nice if there was a maybe just a chapter for each year with an explanation...I wanted to know more about the character Rylee and her timeline with the heroine. I am still reading the book and will come back and finish this review...I have finished the book and while it was good it provided v ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was okay. I usually finish a book in 1-2 days and put this down at chapter 3 to read 2 other books before completing this one, if that tells you anything. I’ve really only decided to finish the series because of Ash and was disappointed with where this went regarding him. I’ve been reading the Elemental series and Rylee’s series in chronological order so the time jump in this book didn’t bother me since I knew what happened. That said, I just felt this was basically a repeat ...more
Jenny Schultz
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do you

Make her such an are home. Someone no one believes has good intentions to such a full extent that there is no hope for her. It's gone there is nothing you can write at this point that will have me believe she can have a fragment of happiness. You've plotted no one to understand her goodness and just made her suffer. Broke down all her relationships. Life no matter how hard you work has no joy no redeeming value. Why couldn't you give small slivers of hope that it will be ok. I do
Barb Shuler
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There was a lot happening in this story, as I figured there would be. Larkspur is on a mission and let’s just say, this one is a monster of a mission. The tables turn on her more than once, and with that turning table, comes the reality of it all. The missing pieces she never knew where there. The things she couldn’t quite put her finger on.... it’s quite the conundrum....

But as always, where there’s a will, Lark will find a way. The worlds fate lay at her feet, and in order to fix w
Mirinda Turner
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye Opening

Loved how this book in particular tied up some of the suspicions and tid bits left from earlier books. Some I’d figured out, others not so much. But hey isn’t that the exciting thing about reading? It was exciting to go on the adventure with Lark, Peta, Bella and Shazer to each of the elementals home. Lark was sent on a mission to retrieve each of the stones from the Queens. It’s not an easy task to say the least, exceptionally fun to read though. Absolutely love the banter between P
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’ve given 5 stars to the rest of the series and while I loved this one as well it left me wanting more... I felt some what lost at times and also longing for some more “closure”. The book didn’t seem complete and spent more time leaving questions to entice you to read the following book. While I enjoy series and understand the entry into the next book in line, I felt this book lacked a bit of thickness in its own story. Of course I will continue in the series and love the world that ha
Joyce A. Malcolm
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing Series

I started reading the first book in this series because I was bored. Bored with the same old stories, scenes, words, etc...just bored. The first book grabs you and throws you into a world where you have to see where it was going next. So by the end of the second book, you are hooked. Thank you for this series. It bought me back from an almost point of no return of reading this type of genre. It was refreshing and entertaining. Would recommend it to anyone who likes changing s
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this series! I would definitely recommend it. Only a few minor sex scenes that are short, tastefully done, and easily skipped over. I found myself sucked into this series from start to finish. I loved the underlying theme and feeling of hope and love throughout. I cried with Lark so many times, and found myself cheering for her along with the other characters when she doubted herself, and wanting to comfort her along with Peta so many times. So good!!! I'm kinda sad it's over. Sigh.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
You know what? This book pissed me off. Because of all the Rylee books a huge chunk of Larks story was missing. I read the first Rylee book as per the instructions at the start of Book 5 yet I still missed the battle!! This was a massive part of the story. While this book was still good it kept referencing the pieces that were covered in the other books. Not cool!!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
I wondered when the time line would catch up. 2 12 Jul 15, 2018 12:02PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Culling Trials 3 (Shadowspell Academy, #3)
  • The Culling Trials 2 (Shadowspell Academy, #2)
  • Warrior Fae Princess (Warrior Fae, #2)
  • The Culling Trials (Shadowspell Academy, #1)
  • Warrior Fae Trapped (Warrior Fae, #1)
  • Queen of the Fae (Dragon's Gift: The Dark Fae #3)
  • Natural Dual-Mage (Magical Mayhem #3)
  • Heir of the Fae (Dragon's Gift: The Dark Fae #2)
  • Overtaken (The Warrior Chronicles, #6)
  • Invasion (The Warrior Chronicles, #4)
  • Siege (The Warrior Chronicles, #5)
  • Spirit of the Fae (Dragon's Gift: The Dark Fae #4)
  • Shadow Lands (The Warrior Chronicles, #3)
  • Natural Mage (Magical Mayhem #2)
  • Trial by Fae (Dragon's Gift: The Dark Fae  #1)
  • Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles, #2)
  • Fused in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy, #3)
  • Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles, #1)
See similar books…
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was born into a family of Star Wars nuts. I have a lot of siblings (somewhere I lost count but I think there was more than could be numbered on one hand) and being one of the young padawans I was subjected to Star Wars marathons, on a regular basis. If you've read any of my books you'll see there is often a reference to said movies as a small homage to my u ...more

Other books in the series

The Elemental Series (7 books)
  • Recurve (The Elemental Series, #1)
  • Breakwater (The Elemental Series, #2)
  • Firestorm (The Elemental Series, #3)
  • Windburn (The Elemental Series, #4)
  • Ash (The Elemental Series, #6)
  • Destroyer (The Elemental Series, #7)
“I am my own hero. I will slay the dragons. I need no one to save me.” The” 1 likes
“I leapt up behind Bella, Peta right behind me. She put herself between Bella and me, curling up in the puff of Bella’s voluminous skirts. No” 0 likes
More quotes…