The Burning SkyBook - 2013
Magic, romance, and intrigue combine in this extraordinary novel--the first in the Elemental Trilogy--for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and Kristin Cashore. Publishers Weekly called it "a wonderfully satisfying magical saga" in a starred review, and Kirkus Reviews said it "bids fair to be the next big epic fantasy success."
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission--and her life.
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“'Love will make you weak and indecisive, remember?' she murmured.
What a fool he had been. For a journey like theirs, love was the only thing that would make him strong enough.
'Don't ever listen to an idiot like me,' he answered.”
“You overestimate the courage of those in power. They are often more interested in holding on to that power than in doing anything worthwhile with it.”
“You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn't mine. I don't want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.”
“The success of my rule does not rely on my ability to recite obscure Latin verse.”
“Dreams are not real; but when you are inside a dream, it is real to you.”
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Iolanthe's normal life as a mage is interrupted when Atlantis seeks to capture her. Who would someone want a mage who could only control fire, water, and earth? Nobody. Ostensibly that was her elemental mage leve, but underneath the deceptive identity her adopted father wove for her protection is a destiny that Iolanthe can't hope to escape. When she encounters Prince Titus....well a boy with such a destiny certainly changes the outlook of things. Together the powerful pair work for the downfall of the Bane, a notorious head mage over looking Atlantis, in the hopes of a better future for their kingdom.
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