Author: Sherry Thomas.
Published: September 16th 2014 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: The elemental trilogy #2.
Part 1. The burning sky.
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher.
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in. Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
I was a big fan of The burning sky and while this book was good, it didn’t live up to the first one. The plot was a bit too slow and that made me look at the missing world-building. Still, it gave me all the Iolanthe/Titus feelings. For some strange reason I never wrote a review for The burning sky, so I'm going to include some of my thoughts about that book as well (spoiler free)
The burning sky introduces us to Iolanthe and Titus. She is a gifted magician and Titus believes she is the one from the prophecy. She will be their savior and he is ready to train her. She goes undercover as Archer to a boy's school and the two become close friends. I was confused by the world-building (a map would have been great), but I loved the whole girl-dressed-as-boy concept. Plus, Titus/Iolanthe have crazy chemistry during their banter.
The perilous sea throws you right into the middle of a new situation. We get to see Iolanthe and Titus, but they deal with memory loss and have no idea who they are and where they are. The next chapter talks about the events before this happening and the chapters switch back and forth. I like that we unravel the story this way, but at the same time I sometimes wanted to read more from one time line.
Iolanthe/Titus are delightful again. Titus found out that ‘The One’ might be someone else, but Iolanthe is not ready to be pushed aside. This gives some tension between the two and a lot of banter. Sherry luckily stays away from the sappy love-moments we often have in the sequel. It made me ship them even harder.
We get to spend more time in the Crucible and I loved that part. It’s such a fascinating idea that you can use a book as portal to travel to other places – and the stories can help you out, like the part where they meet the Oracle to ask important questions. It would be amazing to have a book like that in real life. I would use it to conquer some of my fears, like talking in front of a crowd.
This brings me to the part that lacks. While the Crucile is nicely explained, I still don’t get the world-building. Is their magical world integrated in our world or is it someplace else? I was more aware of these missing details, because the plot is a bit slower. It could have used some extra excitement, but the ending made up for it by a twist I never expected. I highly anticipate the next and last book.