Title: Threats of Sky and Sea
Author: Jennifer Ellision
Today I am reviewing the first book in the YA fantasy trilogy of Threats of sky and Sea.
‘Sixteen year-old Bree 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 King’s army.
Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and he’s thrown 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 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 with time.
But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for.
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.’
Breena Rose lives a simple life up north with her father, being brewers. But when three elementals came looking for a new Adept in her town little she know how this will all impact her life. All she has known her entire life is false, and now she discovers that her father is considered a traitor and they are being sent to court before the King, which can only mean death.
She tries bargaining with the king to gain more time and figure out a way to safe her and her father, but is it truly something that she can do? Is there anyone she can trust in court? What are the secrets her father never told her?
This was a pleasant surprise as there was: a son that doesn’t want to be like his father (a vicious and cruel king), a princess that would like to be free to return home and love whoever she wants, and a woman that only wants to uncover her past to know who she really is. Add to this we have politics, treason, powers and love, what else would you like to have in a book?
We followed the story from the POV of Breena, who is very sacarstic and needs to learn when is better to shut her mouth as more than once she has end up in uncomfortable and painful situations. After discovering that her father was a traitor she keeps loyal to him and tries to avoid the truth that everybody tells her about him. I felt like you could really relate to what she was going through and why she was acting like she did. However at some point I just wanted to shout at her to move on as she liked to victimize herself.
On the other side, we have Breena’s dad. You only get to know him through the reputation he had before he ‘retired’ up north, the perspective of Breena which doesn’t give you a good picture of the man and other peoples opinion. He was a loyal advisor to the king and did whatever he wanted, even using his power against innocent people. I could understand his behaviour and that he was trying to protect his daughter, but I didn’t like him most of the time. He was just sitting there quiet not trying to help Breena and apparently not caring what she might be thinking of him or what she was going through.
In all, I really enjoyed the characters as they were very different from one another. Canden, he is the son to Egria’s King. Unlike his father he is a good man trying to do what is best for his people. I missed more scenes with him.
In a place were some people are born with powers (ability to control one or more of the elements) the King of Egria tries to expand his land onto an island that has been impenetrable for a long time. In his pursue for power he doesn’t care who dies or lives as long as he gets what he wants.
We are transported to Egria but also to it’s myths and legends. I liked the fact that the author did not only create a new world but she also created myths and legends for it, making it much more real.
What it made the book not so enjoyable is the the plot is pretty predictable. If you are paying attention you can guess where the story is going and the big final revelation wasn’t the big of a deal cause it was easy to guess.
It didn’t have too many descriptions, which is good as I don’t like them. Nevertheless, I felt that there were included some scenes that didn’t add anything to the story and actually didn’t really make sense to include. They made the development of the story to slow and kept the reader wondering why it has been added.
Overall, I had a good time reading this book even when it was easy to guess where it was going. The characters and the story will definite make me wanna read the next book.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review