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The Burning Sky

Thomas, Sherry

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Burning Sky
"A young elemental mage named Iaolanthe Seabourne discovers her shocking power and destiny when she is thrown together with a deposed prince to lead a rebellion against a tyrant"--

Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0062207296
Characteristics: 449 pages, 19 unumbered pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 18, 2013

“'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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“Friendship is untenable for people in our position.”

Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“The success of my rule does not rely on my ability to recite obscure Latin verse.”

Dec 18, 2013

“Dreams are not real; but when you are inside a dream, it is real to you.”

Dec 18, 2013

“As long as I live and breathe, I will be with you.”

Dec 18, 2013

“You can live forever for me.”


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Feb 15, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a perfect illustration of the fact that familiar fantasy tropes can still feel fresh, new, and exciting in the hands of the right author. It's the story of Iolanthe Seabourne, an elemental mage with a great destiny who, under the guidance of Prince Titus, disguises herself as a boy and enrolls at Eton in the 1880s to escape the notice of evil powers at work in the alternative magical realm from whence they hail. A lot of this book feels familiar--it's Harry Potter meets Diana Wynne Jones meets romance novels meets Brit boarding school books meets a dozen other things--and yet that doesn't stop it from being totally entertaining. The two main characters are well-drawn and memorable, their developing relationship is handled really well, and the book is just a really fun read. (And the first in a trilogy, even better!)

Feb 15, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_RuthL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When Iolanthe Seabourne calls a lightening bolt from the sky she’s not expecting to attract the attention of Prince Titus or Inquisitor of the Realm. She’s not expecting to have to abandon her home, or run for life, or hide in plain sight in as a boy of Eton College but that’s just what happens. Creating a vivid world and incredible characters, Sherry Thomas’s The Burning Sky is a superb blend of fantasy, adventure, romance and 19th century London. The first in the Elemental Trilogy, fans of Graceling and Katsa will find Iolanthe a worthy heroine and her adventure one they can’t wait to take again.

Jun 18, 2014
  • XXx_PandaCupcake_xXx rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The realm that this story created merges many fantasy plot lines with the complex bonds in political societies. It'll be a great read.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • XXx_PandaCupcake_xXx rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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