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A Dance of Water and Air

(Elemental Magicae #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 importan ...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,
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 entertaini
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 ex
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I first stumbled upon this book I knew I had to read it. Elemental magic, politics and a MM romance sounded like the perfect blend. I just knew I would enjoy this book, with that premise how I could I not. Sadly that wasn't the case and the premise was actually one of the few things I did like about this book.

The premise and set-up is great. prince Edmund has to marry the queen of the Air kingdom Aither. With only his secretary and one guard he goes to live at the palace in Aither. Instead
I requested this book from NetGalley around Sept 18th of 2018; but I didn't get a chance to download it after I was accepted by the Publisher to read/review before it was archived by NetGalley. So around July of 2019 I contacted the Publisher and asked if they could still send me a read and review copy.

They did!

And they also sent Elemental Magicae Book 2 A Harmony of Fire and Earth too! But unfortunately it's a digital edition I can only access while staying at the computer for long periods, s
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the development of the romance between the characters. They're attracted right away, but resist since they believe it's not meant to be. They're very sweet together. Plus, I love the magic aspects of the story. Really well done. ...more
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 towa
Gwen Tolios
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asexual
The demi and trans rep in this was awesome.
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 relationshi
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
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 wher
(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 i
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 w
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. R ...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. 
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, fantasty
Ah! I really enjoyed reading this. It was a fun, quick, and fantastical read. I loved reading about Arden and Edmund's friendship evolving into romance, and the touch of political intrigue was fun.

I would've liked to understand the character of Hollis a bit more-why she'd changed from how Arden remembered her, but maybe that will be expanded upon in book 2.
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!
May 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had really high hopes for this one. It fell pretty flat for me. Filled with plot holes about the marriage alliance. This was really bland, a whole lot of nothing happened for most of the book; The idea was there but it was poorly executed.
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. ...more
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. ...more
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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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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