Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fire (Elements of Power 1) - Heather James

The Book
Release Date: 5 January 2013
Is control over the elements a gift, or a curse?

Roxy thinks that she is in control of everything: with flames flaring at her fingertips and an equally fiery attitude, what more could she need? But then she meets Brae, a prince from a rival Realm, who turns her assumptions of superiority upside down.

Jasmine has none of Roxy’s confidence or intensity. But she does have a secret - and Brae - and she’s not going to give either up willingly.

My Opinion  5 STARS
**This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review**

First, i'm glad that I didn't judge the book by it's cover, as I would have totally dismissed it.

This author is up there with the likes of Robin Hobb and Maria V. Snyder in her telling of other worlds and really brings you into the story. So much so that I could hardly put the story down and even woke up thinking about the story.

The book alternates between the views of Roxy aka Roxanne a Helian and Jazz aka Jasmine who was brought up as an Arcan and both bring a different way into how each side looks at things.

Roxy is a princess with the power of fire and control and has the personality to match the fiery streaks that are in her hair showing the world of her race and power.

Jazz, found in a basket in her adopted fathers boat feels the cold and her best friend is Brae the Arcan prince who has the silver streaks in his hair telling the world of his power with air (wind). Jazz has recently found purple streaks in her hair and thinks that she is turning into a monster.

After having a prophetic dream, Jazz gets a friend to help her get to the Helian realm where delegates from the other realms have gathered (including Brae) for a conference for the first time in many many years. She finds Brae and tells him of her dreams, but scared of what she is becoming hides the purple streaks in her hair at all times.

The ending of the book is left on a cliff hangar, but also feels a little rushed. However that does not sour what is an excellent story and I would gladly recommend it for others to read.

I wait with baited breath for the next book in the series.

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