Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Follow the Author
Recurve (The Elemental Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Her magic is weak. Her ruling stepmother hates her. And now she’s her people’s only hope.
Frustrated by her pathetically useless powers, Larkspur can only dream of being accepted by true elementals. And as the bastard daughter of the king, she lives under the constant wrath of his jealous wife. When she’s falsely accused of attacking the cruel woman, she must choose between military service or banishment… and both lead to certain death.
Seizing her slim chance for survival, Lark embarks on training as a soldier for the unforgiving kingdom. But though she excels in her new role, it may not be enough to stay safe from a queen out for her blood.
Will she bow under pressure, or unlock the power to vanquish the vicious tyrant?
Recurve is the thrilling first book in The Elemental urban fantasy series. If you like iron-willed heroines, forces of nature, and rooting for the underdog, then you’ll love Shannon Mayer’s enthralling tale
From the WSJ and USA Today Bestselling Rylee Adamson World, Recurve is the first book in The Elemental series and is the perfect introduction point for new fans.
Rylee Adamson Series (Completed Series)
- Elementally Priceless (novella)
- Tracking Magic (short)
- Alex (short)
- Raising Innocence
- Shadowed Threads
- Blind Salvage
- Guardian (novella)
- Veiled Threat
- Stitched (novella)
- Rising Darkness
- Blood of the Lost
Rylee Adamson Epilogues (Completed Series)
The Elemental Series (Completed Series)
- Peta (Novella)
The Questing Witch Series (Completed Series)
- Aimless Witch
- Caravan Witch
- Maze Witch
- Elemental Witch
"I love Shannon's Rylee Adamson series . . . and I was wonderfullysurprised that I loved "Recurve" more!" Denise Grover Swank USAT NYTBestselling Author of the "Chosen Series"
"I could not put it down and greedily consumed it in one sitting!" Books In Veins
About the Author
Shannon Mayer is the author of numerous series, including the Nevermore series, the Celtic Legacy series, and the Risk series. She lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00TKK41LA
- Publisher : Hijinks Ink Publishing (March 31, 2015)
- Publication date : March 31, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3842 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 242 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I suspect a lot of the disappointment for other reviewers comes from expecting this to fall into a similar space to what people have come to expect from the fantasy genre due to many of the well known series greats... complex storylines, complex characters, and rich worldbuilding.
To put it plainly, it’s not that sort of book. This book is very simple in its storytelling and characterizations. For me, I think that’s what was enjoyable about it. Those epic fantasy books have their place, but sometimes I just don’t want to work so hard for a good story, you know?
I found the storyline and worldbuilding to be fleshed out enough to give a good base to the events of the plot. Hopefully, it will be expanded on as the series progresses, but for the first book I thought it was sufficient. I quite enjoyed the overall premise and it kept me captivated and intrigued throughout all the plot happenings.
The characters are mostly where this book stumbled, I think. The heroine was likable and tenacious. She was able to pull herself through some difficult situations without falling into the “whiney brat hero/ine” trope. She just kept moving forward and trying her best. I admired her strength. However, there wasn’t a lot of insight into her motivations. And I felt more time could have been spent on exploring how each of these events were affecting her emotionally. This was true for most of the characters in the book... only hints of emotions and brief glimpses of motivations. It made it hard to fully understand why the events of the book were happening the way they were happening.
Moral of the story... An easy and simple read with a likable heroine and an engaging plot. Don’t read if you’re expecting a complex fantasy book. I would recommend for people just looking for an enjoyable fantasy book that they don’t have to think too hard about.
**Side Note: There was no romance in this first book, however, it looks like there is a set up for a male lead for the future books.
The world the author has created with the Elementals, is a harsh one, and Lark sits on the edges of that world, barely accepted by her kind. In that respect, the character really did remind me of Rylee. There were some other characters who I felt had parallels in Rylee’s world, and I was very happy to see my suspicions about one particular character were spot on, largely because the way the character was introduced and fleshed out reminded me so much of a favorite character in Rylee’s world.
Lark’s challenges are huge ones, and I felt myself breathless with anticipation through the whole book. It reads extremely quickly, and I had a hard time putting it down once I got through the first couple of chapters.
The ending was satisfying but definitely leaves you eager for more.
Lark’s world sits within the human world, but separate. With few exceptions, her people avoid contact with humans. At some points, she seemed very ignorant of the human world and human customs, but at others, would do things like joke about getting a “pedicure”. That inconsistency in how much of the human would she was aware of was about the only thing I found to be annoying. Otherwise, as a 1st book in a new series, I am well and truly hooked.
***I was provided this ARC copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***
Top reviews from other countries
Larkspur is an elemental, she can draw power from the earth. Or at least she should be able to but something happened and she's lost that connection, it's trapped somewhere inside her waiting to be unleashed. She is an outcast among her family the illegitimate daughter of the king. She must come to terms with her past if she ever wants to discover the truth and protect the ones she loves.
If you have read the rylee Adamson series by Shannon then you should definitely try this one to.
I'm not the best at saying why a book is good. This one is great.
What's a definite is... Whatever Shannon Mayer writes, I will read. I don't need to see a description, She's that good.