This book will appeal to everyone. It has strong characters--both male and female--fantasy, a little steampunk, strife, looming war, royals, bullying and revenge, a bit of romance, a LOT of magic and a great plot! The story moves very quickly but you never feel rushed--along with an interesting supporting cast you want to find out what is going to happen next and what dastardly deed Prince Titus's family is up to! How will Iolanthe avoid them and their tricks? --Stephanie's Staff Picks
Magic, romance, and intrigue combine in this extraordinary novel--the first in the Elemental Trilogy--for fans of Cinda Williams Chima and Kristin Cashore. Publishers Weekly called it "a wonderfully satisfying magical saga" in a starred review, and Kirkus Reviews said it "bids fair to be the next big epic fantasy success."
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or so she's been 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 most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he 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 tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission--and her life.