(ARC)Review: The Burning Sky

Book Title: The Burning Sky
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy 
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:  September 17, 2013
Source: ARC from publisher, A huge thanks to Sarah and Megan from Harper Collins!
My Rating: 5/5 stars!
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Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being 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 greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus 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 Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

"There existed something in this world that bound a mage tighter than a blood  oath: love. Love was the ultimate chain, the ultimate whip and the ultimate slave driver."

Oh.My.Goodness. This book is beyond words. I don't even know where to start. Okay, let me first control my breathing before anything else...

Now, let's get down to business, shall we? To say that this book is brilliant is an understatement. I can't clearly express how much I love The Burning Sky. Seriously! But one thing is for sure, this book certainly lived up to its hype. The solid world-building, the swoony romance, the adorable characters and the theme of the book were perfectly executed!

Iolanthe Seabourne is prophesied to be the greatest elemental mage in their time who will someday overthrow the Bane (the greatest mage ever known). Surely, she doubted the prophecy for she can't even manipulate air! But Prince Titus of Elberon swore an oath to protect and help enhance her powers. Together they will conquer the Bane. 

Iolanthe is a kick-ass heroine! Not to mention she can arrogantly act as a boy too. Cool huh? Titus on the other side started as a bastard with a cold heart. He manipulated Iolanthe to follow his commands through a blood oath. But Iolanthe saw right through his facade. 

I super-duper adore Iolanthe and Titus. Both are quick-witted, sarcastic and downright entertaining. I love their bickering and banter. It really added up to the brewing romance. Speaking of romance, in my opinion it was the strongest element in the book. It was the reason for my excitement every time I'm about to open the book. The feels in this book guys...OMG!  Iolanthe and Titus are keen to not showing their feelings towards each other. But the spark they kindle was undeniable. And hearing the thoughts of both made me swoon even more. The words Titus used with regards to his love didn't make sense at first but by the time you're halfway through, all the things he said made sense. And that's when I realize that he isn't a selfish bastard after all. I was totally rooting for them. 

The world-building, aside from the romance, was the best thing about this book. It was explicitly vivid and imaginative. I love the Crucible where Iolanthe and Titus virtually train. It kinda reminded me of the simulation tests in Divergent by Veronica Roth.

The Burning Sky is a well-thought-out tale about a prince who'll fight dragons for sleeping beauty and an elemental mage who happens to be his princess (I'm being all fantasy here. lol).So far, it's one of the best books I have read this year. Five shining stars for this AMAZING book!

NOTE: This review was posted previously on my prior blog before it was published. Hence, this is a re-published review of the book.

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