Since ancient times, the Elementarí, elemental spirits, have slept under the care of the guardian tribe of the Terakhein. Now that these caretakers have disappeared, the awakened spirits are bringing destruction as they roam the land. Only a young man named Jonathan, who dreams of a young Terakhein girl, the last of her kind, has the means to find her and, perhaps, save the world. Arrayed against him, however, are forces that wish to see the Terakhein exterminated. Hightower's debut mixes elements of classic epic fantasy with ecological ideas. Jonathan is haunted by the loss of his brother and faces even greater losses as he struggles to protect the last of a dying race. VERDICT Interesting characters and an unusual world of deathless trees and common folk who are more than they seem make this a winner for fans of epic fantasy. With elements that should appeal to readers who enjoy Terry Brooks's "Shannara" series and fans of weird fantasy.
A mythic world of terror and beauty, conjured in poetic prose...Elementari Rising might be about the inevitable loss of innocence, the unsustainability of normal life in the face of natural disaster. Perhaps for that reason the protagonist is young, and the threatened Terakhein are children. It is children, after all, for whom we are meant to guard the world and the last vestiges of normality; they are the most precious thing we have to lose. --Ilana Teitelbaum, Huffington Post
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"A gripping high fantasy, with a complex and convincing mythology thatcomes alive as the characters work desperately to save their world."-- Martha Wells, author of The Cloud Roads
"Wonderfulblend of magic, mystery, and swordplay, all told at a blistering cinematicpace. Hightower weaves a tale both fresh and familiar that is sure to delightreaders of all ages."--Eldon Thompson, author of The Legend ofAsahiel trilogy.