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The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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The Burning Sky Quiz - What is Your Elemental Power?

Elemental magic was elder magic, a direct, primordial connection between the mage and the universe, needing no words or procedures as intermediaries.

An elemental mage is able to control one of the elements: fire, water, earth, or air. A great elemental mage is able to control all four. But a great elemental mage has not been seen in a thousand years. For Iolanthe Seabourne, fire is easy. Fireballs dance and sparks fly from her fingers. It is a natural ability that makes her powers superior.

What about you? If you had a connection with one element, what would it be? Find out with this quiz! Then discover if Iolanthe Seabourne really is the greatest elemental made of her generation in Sherry Thomas’s The Burning Sky.

1. What’s your astrological sign?

a. Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius

b. Capricorn, Taurus, or Virgo

c. Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio

d. Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra

2. Your dream vacation is:

a. Paris, Las Vegas, New York – a bustling hotspot where you can see and be seen.

b. Hiking the Grand Canyon – an adventure that gets you outdoors and staying active.

c. The Caribbean – any island provides plenty of opportunities for relaxation and reflection.

d. Italy or Greece – from historical ruins to museums and fabulous dining you’ll never get bored.

3. We’ll admit it: we all have a character flaw. What’s the one quality you would change about yourself?

a. Your temper. You tend to lose your cool sometimes.

b. Your stubbornness.

c. Your tendency to zone out.

d. Your nosiness.

4. There is a new student this semester at your school. You…

a. Introduce yourself and offer to show her around campus.

b. Say hello and welcome her to the school before hurrying to your first class.

c. Smile and continue on your way. If she needs something, she’ll probably ask.

d. Don’t say anything. You’re not being mean, you just get nervous meeting new people.

5. Two of your best friends are fighting. Where do you stand?

a. You talk with each of them separately about the other. So what if it adds fuel to the fire? They need to vent!

b. You don’t understand why they’re arguing. Someone is wrong and someone is right. There is no gray area.

c. You listen to both sides of the story and try and figure out a solution. You’re good at reading a situation.

d. You try and get them to talk to each other face to face. Once they communicate in a healthy manner, their issues are sure to be resolved.

6. If you could major in any subject in college, it would be:

a. Theater – on stage or behind the scenes, you want to run the show.

b. Math – it’s logical and useful. Plain and simple.

c. Art history – combining the concrete nature of history, with the emotional nature of art, appeals to multiple parts of your personality.

d. Philosophy – you love discussions and thinking outside boundaries. These classes sound like your cup of tea.

Mostly A’s – Fire

Filled with energy and a burning passion for living life to the fullest, you embody FIRE. Those around you love your enthusiasm and optimism. You are outgoing and love helping others. Sometimes your energy can flare up in less-than-flattering form, and those that are on the wrong side of your temper are sure to get burned. Be careful and try and look before you leap (or throw a fireball at someone) and you’re destined for great power.

Mostly B’s – Earth

Grounded and practical, you command EARTH. You look at things logically and with a level-head. You work hard and are usually very extroverted, sharing your thoughts and ideas with others. Yet sometimes, you can be a bit stubborn. For those around you, trying to get you to see a different viewpoint, or take a break from work, can seem as difficult as moving mountains. Know that your strength and strong will wield great amounts of power, and relaxing every once in a while won’t change that.

Mostly C’s – Water

Like Fire, you are full of passion, but WATER is a quieter, more controlled passion. You throw yourself into whatever you do, and exhibit a strength that often surprises those around you. You’re intuitive and and tactful in your relationships with others. Make sure to use your powers for good, though—with your keen senses, you also have the ability to be extremely manipulative. People can easily get swept under your charms and it can be difficult for you to stay aware of personal boundaries.

Mostly D’s – Air

With your serene nature and cool demeanor, you glide through life on AIR. You are great at communication and tend to be a mediator when trouble is brewing between others. You have a clear head, and tend to remain calm in high-pressure situations. Just make sure your ability to detach yourself from a situation doesn’t come across as being aloof! And don’t completely block out your emotions—sometimes your heart is just as good of a guide.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–When her guardian purposefully ruins her meticulously prepared potion to prevent her from performing a rite at a local wedding, 16-year-old Iolanthe Seabourne tries to revive it by bringing down a bolt of lightning and instead brings down a load of trouble. Turns out, Iolanthe has been kept hidden her whole life because of a prophecy that she would destroy the Bane, a powerful mage and tyrant who rules the Realm. The teen would be happy lying low, but Prince Titus has spent his life training to avenge his family and restore power to his throne, and he is determined that she fulfill her destiny. The fun begins when Titus brings Iolanthe to London–real, nonmagical London–and pressures her to enroll in Eton College with him disguised as a boy named Arthur Fairfax. Though Iolanthe is initially furious at Titus, romance quickly begins to crackle as they plot how to save the Realm. This first book in a trilogy thankfully lacks a cliff-hanger ending, instead promising more adventures in a vividly realized fantasy world.–Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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  • File Size: 1045 KB
  • Print Length: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BATIMO6
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Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to report yet, her debut book, THE BURNING SKY, book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been named to the Autumn '13 Kids' Indie Next List.

Sherry writes in her second language. She learned English by reading romance and science fiction--every word Isaac Asimov ever wrote, in fact. She is proud to say that her son is her biggest fanboy--for the YA fantasy, not the romances. At least, not yet...

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on September 4, 2013
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In a somewhat amusing turn of events, I actually picked up a copy of Sherry Thomas' debut young adult fantasy THE BURNING SKY because I read one of her adult historical romances several months back and really loved it. And while I really do love the cover after having read it (and for blessedly not featuring any actual human beings or, worse, a young boy reaching out to a young girl in space), I really don't know if I would have picked it up on its own. In my experience, when an author transitions from adult to YA, it is often (sadly) an absolute train wreck. As though the writing has been . . . sanitized or lobotomized . . . and all I want to do is wipe my mind clean of the lost chance. This is not always the case, of course, and there are instances of the exact opposite. And when that happens, everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. But. I do tend to hold my breath. Especially when it is a beloved author. But knowing how much I loved Ms. Thomas' writing before, I just had to see what she would do with a whole new world and a whole new readership at her disposal.

Iolanthe Seabourne has spent her life in relative isolation, living in quiet scholarship, moving from village to village with her increasingly unreliable guardian. And then one unsuspecting morning, as she is busy preparing for a local wedding, her life splinters into tiny, unrecognizable pieces. As an elemental mage, she is able to control three of the four elements, and her powers with fire (her best element) are often sought for weddings and other local celebrations. But when she succeeds in summoning an actual bolt of lightning, all manner of hell breaks loose and Iolanthe finds herself unceremoniously magicked away to a far corner of England where a strange young man insists she disguise herself as a boy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookY on October 10, 2013
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This book was such delicious YA fantasy awesomeness and I really enjoyed it. It didn't hurt that it utilized some of my favorite devices: girl disguised as a boy, boarding school setting, and a romance that was subtle and believable (NO insta-love). The prologue set the stage nicely and once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down. The pacing is good and the story is told in a way that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next until suddenly you reach a point where you NEED to know what happens next and then there's no going back after that. The story is heavily driven by prophecies and seeing how everything plays out is thrilling and intriguing.

The characters are fantastic, especially our two protagonists. Iolanthe aka Archer Fairfax is an awesome heroine - her personality is endearing, she's brave, level-headed, strong (uhm, as I'm writing this, I'm starting to realize that maybe she was a little TOO perfect. Oh well, whatever, it didn't bother me). She possesses incredible magical powers and is destined to defeat the Bad Guy.

And then there's Titus, the Prince of the Domain, who has spent years meticulously preparing for the time when he and Iolanthe would finally meet, as she is the only one who can help him with his secret goal. But while Iolanthe's power is the key to everything, the day they meet also starts the clock ticking for the prince and marks his impending death.

"The beginning of the end, for his prophesied role was that of a mentor, a stepping-stone--the one who did not survive to the end of the quest."

This is revealed very early on in the book and I have to say, with that sentence I was pretty much a goner when it came to the prince.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jen7waters on June 29, 2014
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* * * REJOICE! NO INSTA-LOVE OR LOVE TRIANGLE :D * * *

Man, I'm so happy I gave this book a chance, because it's fabulous! \o/
The story can be a bit confusing in the beginning, but that only made me want to keep reading until I understood it all, especially when I was enjoying the world, and loving the main character so much.

So, this book is about a very powerful girl, Iolanthe, who can control the elements like no one else, and because of that, the bad guys are after her. But then comes Titus, a prince who will do anything to protect her. She's no damsel in distress though, nor is Titus your typical prince charming---on the contrary, he's quite distant and cold towards Iolanthe for, like, half of the book, not to mention, a manipulative liar and a jerk. There's a reason for this behaviour though, and he explains it later on, but until then I suffered. Really, SO MUCH ANGST.

My favorite part of the whole story is when Titus transforms Iolanthe into a canary, because all the scenes are painfully adorable, and also because it's only after that, that I truly started liking him. I love how he finally lets his guard down a little bit, even if that's only because he thinks she won't remember any of it once she's human again. HA!

But really, I loved it all---I'm a sucker for stories about girls dressing up as boys and Iolanthe does it beautifully; plus, the shapeshifting! And the secret passages! And Eton College! And how Titus and Iolanthe are both so clever.

Sherry Thomas, ma'am, I commend you for writing a story about a young girl mage who has to hide in the mortal world, disguised as a boy; and for giving her an apparently doomed, tortured, protective-but-not-to-the-extreme Prince as a love interest---who, btw, sometimes turns her into cute little animals. Now I just need the sequel!
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