Her father’s fate is in her hands. Her hidden powers could tip the scales of war…
Bree’s hopes and dreams rest within her family’s provincial tavern. So the sixteen-year-old is stunned to discover her mild-mannered father was once an Elemental royal assassin before he turned traitor. Still shocked to learn that magic runs through her veins, she’s thunderstruck when the king calls for her death to pay for the treason…
With unexpected support from the handsome crown prince, Bree is spared in exchange for service in the realm’s unending war. Training for the day when her own talents manifest, she struggles to find noble allies as her dad rots in prison. But when the cruel monarch demands she betray her dad, she vows to take down the tyrant.
Can Bree unlock her abilities in time to save her father and the kingdom?
Breena Rose Perdit was a barmaid and as far as she knew, that’s how she had lived for the past 16 years. And her father was her business partner in their own little tavern, the Bridge and The Duchess. Until she encountered some rogue Elementals who were hunting a truant in the midst of Abeline.
The Elementals reminded me a lot of the Water, Earth, Fire and AirBenders in Avatar. In Threats of Sky and Sea, the Elementals were called Adepts and are divided into 4: Torchers, Throwers, Riders and the Shakers. How she never knew about the existence of an Elemental in their own little hovel was beyond her. After Lady Katerina revealed whatever secret her father was hiding, she vowed to uncover the missing pieces of the puzzle.
I stake my trowel into the dirt and face her. The princess is carefully toeing the line of rude and polite, slipping ever closer to ruse. I don’t need friends like her. “Have I done something to offend you, Your Highness?”
“Your very presence offends me.”
Another more pressing matter at hand was her fate in the hands of the Egrian King. Soon, she discovered that there was more than met the eye. Eyes that acted as spies and a rebellion led by the King’s own blood.
Okay, so I’ve compared the Elementals to the benders in Avatar in this first book, but for Bree, that’s another story. She wasn’t like the female counterpart of Aang, but Bree was more like the clear contender against Celeana Sardothien of Throne of Glass. But, just so you know, I wasn’t really that impressed with Celeana, so I think Bree would have her eating her dust.
Now, enough of the comparison. Bree was a heroine and a kickass barmaid in her own right. She was blindsided by her own father and the next thing she knew, she was the hidden weapon needed by the King. She was defiant and unyielding, but she knew where to put her foot and how to avoid being stepped upon.
I also liked that the author wasn’t leaning much on a love triangle. It was obvious that Prince Caden and Bree were a love-match yet their relationship wasn’t one with fireworks… yet. I liked that it was low-profiled but evident, nonetheless.
“Why waste both of our times, little girl? We both know you don’t have the fortitude to end my life.” She grins her predator’s grin, but this time I am the hunter and she is an animal that needs to be put down.
“Da was right,” I say darkly. ” You do talk too much.”
Loved the ending, or the lack thereof, of this adventure-filled fantasy story by Jennifer Ellision. I was impressed by her writing and world-building, it was beautiful and profound. Loved the twists and surprises thrown out of nowhere, too. Don’t be surprised if I read the next book immediately after this!