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A Dance of Water and Air

(Elemental Magicae #1)

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Edmund is heir to the throne of Thalassa and a wielder of Water magic. Devoted to his kingdom and his duty to it, Edmund can do nothing but acquiesce to an arranged marriage with the queen of a neighboring kingdom. The marriage and the child it is required to produce will seal an alliance between Thalassa and Aither that is vital to Thalassa’s safety, and far more ...more
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Published October 1st 2018 by NineStar Press
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Joyfully Jay
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


The best part of this book is the part that’s supposed to be the twist, but it’s not much of a twist and I think it’s both important enough, and well-done enough, that it doesn’t need a super-secret reveal to give it more of an impact. Indeed, the very lack of drama about the situation is part of what makes it both admirable and … normal. Arden is a transgender man living in a time when there are no hormones, no surgery; just chest binding, wearing men’s clothing,
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Lou
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always been a strong proponent of the LGBTQIA+ movement and more diverse characters throughout the publishing business, so when I discovered 'A Dance of Water and Air', I was instantly drawn to the premise and the promise of such characters featuring heavily here. That was one of the features that Aquilante completely delivered on and not only that but the characters are relatable, believable and have a great dynamic between them.

The story is one that is a fun, lighthearted and
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Chloe Natasha
I'm a little on the fence with this one, as I'm a sucker for good LGBTQ+ representation - and this is good rep, with m/m romance and a trans main character - but the story fell a bit flat for me.

I think this was an interesting concept, but the execution could've been better. I think the romance would've benefited from more development (but maybe that's because I prefer slow burn romance to instant attraction) as it felt rather rushed to me, with the two main characters lacking the chemistry I
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Paula
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
At times, I feel like I write so many reviews which ought to contain the words 'I really wanted to like this book, but...' and A Dance of Water and Air is just another one of those reviews. For starters, the title itself feels awkward as the elements are just the wrong way round for it to seem natural. That is the least of this book's problems from my perspective.

The basic premise of the book is that we have two neighbouring kingdoms in a universe where people have elemental magic but tend
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J.C.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

Things I appreciated/enjoyed:

1) LGBTQ+ representation: demi/pansexual characters are always a plus. Throw in a trans man, and you've got my attention.
2) One of the main characters is not white (still hard to come by in queer fiction, even these days).
3) The magical system (elemental magic is always cool in my book - loved the mention of an undine)
4) I have to circle back to number 1 - I LOVED the potential this book had.

Things I did not enjoy:
1) The lack of literary devices that would
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Kelly
Mar 28, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy, queer, romance
This was absolutely lovely, as all of Antonia's books are. I think this could be my new favourite, though. The story has such a great flow. It's effortless, which is something I always admire about Antonia's writing, along with her word choices. The characters are sweet here, too, and there's lots of intrigue and magical adventure. Definitely recommended!
Gwen
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ace-reads
The demi and trans rep in this was awesome.
Marie
I received a review copy over NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First of all I gotta say that this is a very diverse book and that is amazing. It centers around a m/m relationship in a fantasy world and also features a trans character. Amazing is how in this world LGBT relationships seem to be quite a norm and aren't questioned, which I thought was very nice and refreshing.

The first half of this book was actually very enjoyable to me and I did like the characters and their
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Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Overall, I liked this book, but I don’t think it’s going to be quite the favourite that some NineStar reads have been recently. It tells the story of Edmund, prince of the Water realm, who is betrothed to Hollis, queen of the Air realm – but he can’t help falling for Hollis’s charming brother, Arden. Both princes knew they’d need to marry for political gain, rather than love, but how will they cope with finding their soulmates so close, but so far out of reach?

Both Edmund and Arden have point of
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Wax
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, own-have, dbml-review

This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

In a world in which elemental (water, air, earth, fire) magic abounds, Edmund is a prince who is proficient in water magic. As the heir, he always expected that he would marry for his kingdom. However, he never imagined that his marriage alliance would mean that he would have to move to a neighboring country. Edmund’s father has negotiated an alliance with the queen of the neighboring country
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Maja
(Realistic rating: possibly as low as 2.5, because it really felt like a slog at times and so much of it was at least lowkey boring/disappointing -- but I'll round up because the premise is so creative, and there's so much potential! It's so unfortunate it wasn't all executed better!)

I really, really liked this premise -- I mean, gays and elemental magic? Is there better catnip for me?? -- but unfortunately, the book itself is kind of a hellacious mess. The writing is wildly subpar, the pacing
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Heather Nixon
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
We follow Edmund, heir to the throne of Thalassa as he is betrothed to the heir to the Aither kingdom, Hollis, which it is hoped will strength both kingdoms against their enemies. However, Edmund and Hollis's brother, Arden, strike up a friendship which leads to something more. Amidst this are political problems and Edmund and Arden have to flee.

One of the main points I loved about this book was the complete acceptance in this world of LGBT relationships and I adored the elemental magic (I need
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ChaosMoondrawn
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Due to rising tensions with their neighbor, Tycen, the King of Thalassa is pushing an alliance with Aither on their western border. The king’s son Prince Edmund is to marry Aither’s Queen Hollis and conceive within two years. The author nicely sets up some political intrigue at court in an understated way that will germinate in later books. The prince and his secretary, Peregrine, travel to Aither for the wedding to take place in three months time. Since the Queen’s father died and she is still ...more
Maggie Chatterton
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A Dance of Water and Air by Antonia Aquilante is an elemental fantasy romance story following Prince Edmund and Prince Arden as they handle betrayal, threats from another kingdom and an arranged marriage. This LGBTQ+ novel has good diversity with the characters, though I felt that it wasn't handle quite as smoothly as it could have been.
The characters, while developed, seemed to fall flat for me. And the story a bit rushed in sections with shaky foreshadowing. I'd enjoyed the aspects of magic
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Nicki Markus
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-lgbt
I really enjoyed A Dance of Water and Air. I adored the premise of the story, with the elemental magic, and I also fell in love with both Edmund and Arden. Their relationship was beautifully handled, their romance developing at a believable rate alongside all the other dramas taking place. Aquilante's excellent pacing, good world building, and compelling prose kept me feverishly turning the pages, and I am certainly keen to read on to book two, to see what will happen next for the two princes. ...more
Destiny Bridwell
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This was a lovely story and it had as nice flow to it and the world was detailed enough that one can picture like being there. The story is sweet even in the fear of war and the two countries at at odds. I really like Edmund and Arden. It just touched me in such good way. I still have some questions but I find that happens to me a lot because my mind gets working. ...more
Jena
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of this author’s books. She just keeps getting better and better. The suspense in this novel made it a really enjoyable read. I won’t spoil anything, but I love how she connects a hint of mystery at the beginning with a big teaser at the end. Can’t wait for the second book to come out!
Sahar
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
It was quite good but at the same time lacking a little something to make it great. I can't put my finger on it but it made the story feel a little too flat.
Jessica
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - With excellent LGBTQ+ representation and an elemental magic system, 'A Dance of Water and Air' is an enjoyable YA fantasy.
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Ana Santo
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
With this book Antonia Aquilante proved that she has good ideas. And that’s about it.

The book premise is interesting. Edmund, a prince with affinity for water magic sees himself into an arranged marriage with a queen from a country were the affinity for air magic prevails. Although his duty, he starts to get close to Queen Hollis brother, Arden. As if that wasn’t bad enough there is an attempt against Hollis’ life and Edmund is the suspect number one. By all means this would be the foundations
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Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent - they all end in happily ever after.

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