Review: The Burning Sky

Aug •  5 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Burning SkyThe Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on September 17th 2013
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

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.

Since the cover to this book is flippin awesome, I knew it be an adventure.

Plot: Confession, I never read the Harry Potter books. (Ducks from flying objects) I’ve started the first book and never finished. Through the blogosphere, I heard of a lot of comparison to this book. Since I did not read the HP books, I went in with a fresh mind. Now that I’ve read the book I honestly don’t think its nothing like HP. Yes, it has magic but its different. For me, it was darker yet intriguing. It pulled me into a world filled of magic and power. One that will play in my mind forever. Each chapter went from action, to lies to betrayals.

Love: There was a love interest that I saw from the beginning. It grew significantly well, just the way I wanted it to. No insta-love (THANK YOU) Just two people fighting against a destiny coming at them fast. I’m happy to report that this romance is one I want to see develop more. So much is going against them right now, that I’m anxious to see what will happen in the next book.

Deception: The biggest part of the book is the lie that is being told. A girl pretending to be guy, hiding her magic from others. I really loved the way it played out. She didn’t realize how powerful she was. How much she out people she loved in danger. How much others wanted to kill her for her power. And just how much sacrifice she is going to have to make.

A fast-taking story that will capture you, The Burning Sky is not something you want to miss. Painting a portrait of darkness and magic, this story is an easily devouring book.  A worthy tale that will take your breath away, The Burning Sky is excellent.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. I’ll be reading this very soon and glad to hear you loved it. Makes me that more excited to read it since I love my fantasy and this one I’ve been eyeing off ever since I heard about it. (Thank god I’m auto approved with Harper on Edelweiss) Haha!

  2. Sarah J
    Aug 5, 2013

    This sounds like such an interesting book and I haven’t read Harry Potter either. I love the movies with a passion, but I’m too lazy to actually pick of the books.

  3. Alise
    Aug 5, 2013

    I am dying for this book and the fact that you gave it such high praises only makes me more excited to read it! The sound of a good romance within a book like this pleases me. Can’t wait to read it for myself!

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Aug 5, 2013

    I am soooo tired of people comparing everything to either Harry Potter or Twilight. It gets old, you know? I’m glad to know you were able to enjoy this one, because it looks really good!

  5. Candace
    Aug 5, 2013

    This one sounds SO good! I love fantasy, and I love that cover! Glad to hear it was really great, it sounds like it has all that stuff I love in a fantasy!

  6. I can’t believe you haven’t read the HP books. People who weren’t readers loved it. However, even HP isn’t for everyone. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one and had no comparisons. That helps me because I don’t always see the comparisons or they get in the way. Will have to check this one out!

  7. Ashley
    Aug 6, 2013

    Awesome review! I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to read this book, but you’re making it sound fabulous and I’ve seen other people raving about it too! I think I’ll pick it up now! Thanks. 🙂