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Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision
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it was amazing
bookshelves: epic-fantasy

16-year-old Bree knows nothing beyond her simple life, helping her father run his inn on the outskirts of a small village. Their close relationship keeps things running smoothly even when most of the time they are barely making ends meet. A simple life, in a simple place, far from the intrigues and dangers of the capital.
Until the day three of the king’s elemental masters arrive, seeking a runaway, and Bree’s life is simple no more.
I freely admit I struggled a little to get into this book, in particular because I have an aversion to reading in the present tense. The plot is also a little slow once the initial shock is over, but the worldbuilding caught my interest, so I persisted, and I’m very glad I did.
This is a gem of a story, one that twists and turns and draws you into the very heart of the most dangerous places - and people - with vivid, distinctive characters, and pace that leaves you almost as breathless as if one of the air elementals had sucked the oxygen from your lungs. Yes, they can do that.
Now, I write an elemental series myself, so I’m always intrigued to read other authors’ takes on the subject. Rarely am I as satisfied by their concept as I was this time.
I certainly never saw the final twist coming, and that sent me straight out to purchase the box set so I could see where it led, and discover answers to all the other intriguing questions the first book raises.
As any good series should, there is a solid climax to the plot of this individual story, with plenty of dangling threads to lead onto the next. This isn’t a ‘big battles’ book, though I suspect it might be heading that way by the end of the trilogy: while the story is about individuals, whole kingdoms are at stake. I have even managed to (almost) cease noticing the use of present tense, which tells me how much I am enjoying it, and I have no hesitation recommending it to any fantasy reader who likes intrigue and a unique style of magic.

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Started Reading
February 1, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 4, 2019 – Shelved
March 4, 2019 – Shelved as: epic-fantasy

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