Author: Sherry Thomas.
Published: October 13th 2015 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Conclusion ‘The elemental trilogy.’
Part 1. The burning sky.
Part 2. The perilous sea
Source: Edelweiss and Publisher.
In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good. However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....
The burning sky is still my favorite installment, but I’m satisfied with the ending and how everything ties together. The beginning was a little difficult, because I read The Perilous sea a while ago, but soon I was wrapped into the story. There are minor spoilers for the series (if you’ve read the blurb, you can read the review)
Iolanthe and Titus are still fighting against the Bane. He wants Iolanthe or he will destroy the entire realm. This means they have to find a way to infiltrate his crypt where he keeps his original body, but their friend has terrible forecasts about Iolanthe’s fate.
I think you can see from my review that I wasn’t entirely blown away. There were a few things that annoyed me. One of them is the missing world-building, like the previous books. I still wished we had more details about the world. It is not vital for the story and there is enough action to keep you occupied, but afterwards I was still a little disappointed by the lack of it. It is one of the things I look for in a fantasy book, so it’s sad there wasn’t more time spend on creating a good structure.
This book also has one of my hated tropes: Titus makes decisions for Iolanthe, because he thinks he knows what is best for her. I seriously dislike it when characters lie and take important decisions for someone else. I could understand WHY he had the need to do so, but it shows a lack of respect and it doesn’t give any credits to her worth and talents. You simply can’t go ahead and take matters into your own hands like that. He should value her role and opinions, but instead he leaves her behind when everything is at stake. Not okay. Iolanthe is strong and stubborn like always. She stands up for herself and doesn't take Titus shit, so kudos to her.
Their chemistry is still there and despite some of his missteps, I ship it. I miss their banter like in The burning sky, but they are cute together. Luckily, the romance isn’t the main topic in this series. It’s on the background and sometimes pops up in dire situations, but the focus is still on beating the Bane. Credits for that! The author could have fallen into the whole romance-is-the-most-important-thing trap, but she stayed away from that and delivered an exciting ride filled with action and magic. It’s a good, solid series with a satisfying ending. I only wished it had given me more.