Sixteen-year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father's past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian king's army--until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and throw him in jail along with the secrets from his last mission as the king's assassin. Secrets that could help the king win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.
Desperate to escape before the king's capricious whims prove to be her and her father's downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It's a good trade. And she has faith she'll get them both out of the king's grasp in time.
But that was before the discovery that she's the weapon the king's been waiting for in his war.
Now time is running out. To save her father's life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father's past before the king takes his life--and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.
©2014- present Jennifer Ellision (P)2015 Jennifer Ellision
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"An engaging and fast paced read."
I've had this on my wishlist since it first came out so when I got a chance to listen to the audio, I jumped at it and let me tell you that the audio is fantastic!!
Breena was an awesome heroine. She has lived her life as a barmaid and pretty much oblivious to the outside world. She has heard of the Elementals but it hasn't affected her life, that is until some soldiers come. They recognize her father as a traitor and arrest him. They take Breena with them and from that moment on her life changes forever.
As I said, she was an awesome character. She was brave, responsible, caring, smart and sassy! She is devastated that her dad lied to her but she doesn't hold it against him. She is determined to find out the truth no matter what and save her dad. She also knows her own mind and won't let anyone persuade her otherwise. She has a smart mouth but knows when enough is enough. She is everything you want in a strong level headed heroine!
Then we have the love interest Caden. The prince who is torn between loyalty to a horrible father and feelings toward Breena. I loved Caden too. He is sweet, kind to Breena but so torn up about his dad. He has a duty to his people and hopes to one day fulfill it but how can he overcome his overbearing father!
Plot wise, it was fast paced and intriguing. I love books with elementals in it and this was no different. I loved finding out all the different powers. I loved the twists and turns the author threw in, some I could see coming and some I didn't! The world building in this book was phenomenal. I loved the mythology behind the elementals and the author put her all into it and it shows. Her attention to detail and vivid descriptions make for an excellent read.
In all this was an entertaining read. I loved everything about it and can not wait for the next book!! It doesn't help that this ends with a twist because now the wait is going to be longer!!!
As I said already, the audio of this was fantastic and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. Misty Daugherty did a great job with the characters and voices. She made for effortless listening. She brought across Breenas fighting spirit which I think was the most important part. I'm so glad I listened to it instead of reading it!!
"Couldn't Stop Listening"
Yes, the book started a bit slowly, with short, often curt sentences and the narration was a little stilted for the first few chapters but after that it was great.
Breena has lived as a barmaid in her father’s tavern for the first 16 years of her life when it’s all thrown into turmoil after she runs into some of the kings adepts; persons who have elemental powers of either fire (Torchers), water (Throwers), air (Riders), and earth (Shakers). Each kingdom had an affinity to a specific element; the Egrian kingdom had a lot of “Torchers” and the Nereidium kingdom has an affinity to water. These powers usually don't show until the age of 17 or older.
She finds out her father is a rider, and a Duke to boot; the former best friend of the king of Egeria, who’s been in hiding all this time. The king of Egeria is a crazy, sadistic SOB, who wants control over Nereidium, and has held their princess, Aleta, captive for the last 16 years. He’s engineered the engagement of his son, Prince Caden, to Aleta in hopes of gaining control in Neredium, after the country has successfully repelled the attacks of the king’s torchers, riders, and shakers;( he’s missing a thrower in his pool of adepts)
Bree is forced to stay at court while her father is imprisoned by the king, who thinks her father has a weapon that could help him take over all the countries in his sites.
A wonderful fantasy novel, definitely worth a read!
I loved the father/daughter dynamic in this series, I'm not particularly close to my own father but I have a 5 year old daughter and she is incredibly close to her daddy.
The snapshots we get of what life was like for Bree and her dad before the king got his hooks into her are enchanting She really comes into her own in this story but still wants/needs her dad to be with her and wants his advice.The mythology behind the Adepts/Elementals with the religion of the Makers, I'm interested to see how that all shakes out. The romance between Breena and Prince Caden was "meh" to me, it was fine but it didn't really grab me. It felt a little forced at times but I'll hold my judgement on it until I read/listen to the second book.
I haven't listened to Misty's performances before, I enjoyed her narration and would pick up another book with her as the narrator.
Yes, I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish this book, I couldn't stop listening.
The secondary characters were interesting too, Aleta was a firecracker; Tregle was one of my favorites in the book, Lady Cait a good villian. There was an attempt at a "twist" at the end that I figured out fairly early on; it wasn't much of a surprise. I received this book at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast; thanks Jennifer for letting me listen to your book.
"Quintessential YA Fantasy"
Threats of Sky and Sea is a sweeping fantasy set in a kingdom at war – where the king employs Elementals to do his bidding and take down kingdoms. Bree is just a simple girl living a simple life who gets caught in the crossfire – and her life becomes more complicated than she ever would have imagined.
What Fed My Addiction:
Ellision is a fantastic writer. There were so many little turns of phrase that caught my attention. I’m not the type of reviewer who typically makes note of many quotes (and listening to this book on audio would have made this even more difficult – I would’ve had to pull over to write them down half the time!), but if I were reading this on my Kindle, I would have been highlighting a lot!
Bree is a strong heroine. The type who knows who she is and refuses to change for anyone – even when everyone around her is trying to mold her into someone new.
Strong family bonds. Bree absolutely refuses to give up on her da, even when she discovers that he’s been lying to her her entire life (this happens pretty early on in the book, so it’s not really a spoiler). I love that, even though she was rightfully frustrated about her situation, she never actually doubts her father – she never turns into a petulant child who lashes out because of his transgressions. Her faith in him and her love for him are unwavering.
A slow-forming romance that had me swooning? Yes, please!
What Left Me Wanting More:
I had figured out most of the twists in the book before they were actually revealed (but I I hadn’t figured out the exact circumstances for the main twist, so I still really enjoyed the reveal). The fact that the book followed typical YA fantasy tropes didn’t help that any. If you’re the type of reader who’s gotten tired of the typical tropes, you might get frustrated with this one – I still enjoy the book as long as they’re done well, and they were in this case.
If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, then you need to pick this series up! It has everything that you could want in the genre – complex characters, fantastical magic, dangerous plotting, and exciting conflicts!
I really enjoyed the narration of this book. I thought that Misty Daugherty did a great job with it and gave it an emotionally compelling reading. Her voice was light and pleasant, but still had just the right amount of snark for Bree!
I give this book 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the author via Audiobook Blast! in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
"Adventurous New YA Series with Exceptional Heroine"
Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision is an adventurous YA novel that is a cross between the Princess Diaries and The Last Airbender. Like the Princess Diaries, our heroine is 16-year-old Breena Perdit who grew up a relatively normal kid but she is secretly of noble blood in a Kingdom across the globe that may soon be in jeopardy unless she comes to the rescue. [Not like the Princess Diaries, she is a motherless daughter of a pub owner, who has worked the last few years as a barmaid.] Like The Last Airbender, there are a few people born with the natural ability to control one of the four Earthen natural elements: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. Those that control fire are called Torchers and their abilities and the Egrian Kingdom is the focus of this book. Those who can control the earth or ground are called Shakers; those who control water are known as Throwers; and those who control air are called Riders. Included in the title is "Volume 1" so I can't help but hope there will be at least 4 books — one for each element. Although the story starts off slowly, the pace picks up quickly, and when it does, it is a whirlwind of excitement.
The story begins shortly before Bree and her father are captured; unbeknownst to Bree her father is a deserter of the Egrian army who disappeared 16 years ago on a secret mission for the king. Apparently Bree's father was ordered to do something so heinous that he escaped rather than execute the king's orders. Both Bree and her father are thrown in jail when they arrive in Egria. When the king condemns Bree to death, the king's son Caden saves her by pointing out that she is of noble blood and can't be condemned for the sins of the father. This obviously translates into a friendship between Bree and Caden and a promise of something more, possibly, if he doesn't get married within the next few weeks. While Bree learns how to be a noble, she also plans her escape with her father who remains in jail.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Misty Daugherty who did an admirable job. Although Bree is written as a very feisty and intelligent character who never rests, I felt Misty's portrayal of her was rather dull. Plus, I heard a constant static noise in the background. Once I sped up the narration, it was better. Despite its flaws I enjoyed the story so much, I will definitely listen to the next book in the story, especially because it has a different narrator. I received a copy of this audiobook from audiobook blast in exchange for an honest review.
"Young girl learning the world and finding herself"
This book has the solid fantasy feel to it and the world. It also has a young feel with Bree at a young age and coming into court life. The story was easy to listen to. The world was introduced at the beginning, with the Elementals or Adepts as the nobility like to call them. The special names for what each Adept can do along with a brief description slip easily into the action of the story so it's not feeling like an information drop. Then we fall into the troubles that await us, or Bree and her father. All the scenes have an importance and you can see the connections as you reflect on what's passed as we move forward.
Predictable? Yes it is. But the writing is well done and sometimes familiar is relaxing to read. The friendships created, threats made, and the revolutions made of the characters were a few things I saw coming.
The narrator's clear and clean in speaking, but the space feels dead around her, like the sound is eaten up around her. She feels as she's talking to me with a slight ting of a southern and relaxed country feel to her voice as Bree, the main character. At the beginning I notice it's not at a steady cadence but that there is draw in some of her words and quickness in others. She does a smoothness that fits Lady Katherine and a slight low tone for Da, more a small attitude difference but not major voice differences for characters.
This is a nice fantasy for teen readers to enjoy. A fantasy element and story with characters that relate, even when clashing in thoughts.
The story is well written and relaxing for me. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
"Not a bad READ."
I pushed myself through this one because the storyline was a neat concept. Overall, the story was compelling, though I think some of the characters (*cough*the king*cough*) could have been way more developed and the climax isn't exactly unexpected. I'm really picky about my narrators and this one almost made me quit the book. There's a southern or Texan accent that fades in and out (maybe that's intended with the use of "da" and "ma"). Her voice is very throaty and breathy so it often sounds like she's almost reading to herself under her breath. Many of the characters come off sounding whispery and overly languid, like everyone's trying to be Jessica Rabbit or something. I guess just sample before you buy.
This is a quick paced story. I enjoyed the story itself. The narration is terrible. She mumbles and doesn't finish words. It drove me crazy. I wish I had listened to the demo before I bought the book.
"Threats of Sky and Sea"
This was an amazingly good bookI found Misty Daugherty to be a pretty good narrator.My only complaint would be that there are times her voice is so low I could not hear what she was saying.In the story Breena,a barmaid,encounters 'Elementals' in the woods.She's told not to say anything to anyone about this.It could be the worst mistake she's ever made!I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"
"A Big Happy Surprise for Me!"
Narration - Misty Daugherty - OK - She kind of has an upper crusty lilt to her voice that fits some of the characters but I didn't like it in her narration and for Breena
I did receive this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review, so here goes.
I didn't even read the blurb before I started this book, so in the beginning, I was kind of confused with some of the terminology and it took me a minute to realize this was a fantasy book in a fantasy world. Not really the Fae, but a land where some people can control the elements of fire, water, wind and earth. Those people with these abilities are in turn controlled by the monarchy of whatever rhelm they come from.
So, once I figured that out, I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I listened to it twice because I was doing so many other things the first time through that I felt I missed some key points but I enjoyed it the second time through as well.
It's a fantasy with a royal family, peasants, a bit of mystery, a huge reveal and we are definitely left with a cliffy. So, the fact that I immediately started looking for the next book in the series tells me, it's a keeper. (but it's not out til the end of the summer... *sighs*...*childishly stomps foot*...)
There is a romance in this book that was sorely underdeveloped, in fact the first time through (when I missed some things) I was completely perplexed that this couple was all the sudden supposed to be doing some pining for each other. I wasn't really any less confused the second time, it was so minor, I felt it could have been left out entirely, but with additional books, I'm sure that will leave room to grow.
I like her relationship with her Da and the allies that she begins to gather and definitely feel like there's a reason for this to be a series - REALLY did NOT like how things with her Da panned out.
Would I recommend? Yes, to those who like the fantasy genre - pretty sure a romance junkie wouldn't get their fix.
Will I continue the series? Absolutely...even though I am a romance junkie, I'm enjoying this world that she created and feel like I want to know what comes next.
That is all!
The was a fun book! Easy to listen to the story line because it was well developed, and so were the characters. Can't wait to listen to more from this author. Worth a credit! Only complaint is the terrible narration. If it hadn't been for the enticing writing I never could have gotten past this annoying narrator!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
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