Series: The Elementae #1
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.
But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.
This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.
To be honest, I don’t want to review Reign the Earth. For me it was one of those books that was so perfect that I don’t even want to sit and be objective about it. I don’t want to go over details and pick it apart. I just want to bask in its amazingness and all the beautiful feelings I have about the book.
But that being said, I also want to do this book justice. I want people to know how much I loved it so they don’t miss out. So how about I at least give you a few awesome bullet points:
- The main character is FIERCE, but in a very kind-hearted way. I loved seeing her struggle with trying to find the right thing to do amidst so many hard choices.
- Slow-burning, forbidden romance. Yes please.
- Elemental magic!
- The main character’s husband, Calix, and their relationship was hard to read, but also interesting to read about. The whole situation was pretty complicated. It was the kind of thing where one wrong move could destroy Shalia’s whole sacrifice. This just did more to highlight how amazing Shalia was.
- Beautiful setting, interesting cultures, strong family ties and traditions.. There was a lot to love. I found myself wanting to be part of Shalia’s world.
- And the whole thing built up into a very intense, exciting, devastating ending that I can’t stop thinking about!
- My reading experience consisted of periodically bookmarking my place and gazing longingly at the cover. I normally read ebooks but had a physical ARC from BookExpo. I’m really glad I had a physical copy because honestly it was fun to stare at the woman on the cover and imagine her as Shalia.
I read Reign the Earth in June and the one thing I regret is how long I have to wait for the next one.