Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: The Elements Trilogy by Melissa Pearl


 
Title(s): The Elements Series: Unknown, Unseen, and Unleashed

Author: Melissa Pearl

Release date: Unknown – June 2013, Unseen – July 2013, Unleashed – August 2013

Age Group: Young Adult
 
Genre: Fantasy Romance
 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Tour schedule link: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/2013/07/31/tour-the-elements-trilogy-by-melissa-pearl/
 
 

 

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

 
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Unknown-The-Elements-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00DCEORZA/ref=sr_1_6_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373831956&sr=1-6




 



Danger surrounds the Seekers. Having already faced overwhelming odds, Kyla and Jethro discover it is only the beginning. Now they must face the power of nature itself.



Each day is a test of faith.

Two elements remain undiscovered. The light is yet to be resurrected. Dark forces prepare to descend upon the heroes of prophecy and they have one more power they must over come...their forbidden love for each other.

Each moment is a test of loyalty and courage.
In Taramon, Athra faces his own demons as he frets over the safety of his fiancée while trying to counter a dark evil that is brought to his doorstep. Treachery lurks in the shadows, forcing the future king into an action that could destroy his beloved city.

Through it all, they must cling to the truths hidden in the unseen.
  




 

The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.

 But the light has been found.

Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon's women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone.

But two sparks have been ignited.

Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon's demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess...

But a furious light is about to be unleashed.





 Review:
This is an excellent YA series. It's full of non-stop action. Kyla and Jethro have been best friends since birth, being born on the same day. For Kyla, Jethro has been like a brother. He's taught her to fight, snuck out of the castle with her, and drove her crazy. To Jethro, Kyla is the love of his life. Through the series things change in their relationship as Kyla learns that she actually shares Jethro's feelings, but she is to be married to his cousin Athra. She has never wanted to be queen and is defiant and free-spirited. While this makes an excellent Seeker, it doesn't help one in being a princess.
 
As the story evolves, they come across trolls, dragons, and evil in many disguises. Along the way they find the Elements. Ultimately they will have to fight King Ashan and rid the world of the darkness. Being a Seeker doesn't come with a manual though and the Elements only know so much. They work together though to try to save the world as Oron wishes them to do.
 
The dynamics amongst the characters is amazing. I liked that Jethro and Kyla didn't just throw caution to the wind and decide they wanted to be together. They are truly selfless human beings. Even when Kyla is having her down moments she's still thinking of Jethro and Athra, not just herself. The Elements are wonderful beings and have very sad stories as to how they came to be.
 
This is a refreshing read and would be appropriate for teenagers and up. I wouldn't say this is a love story. While there is that dynamic to it, there is so much more going on in the story that it overshadows that part most of the time. It has a Christian feel to it. They must trust the light that Oron has given them once they have accepted it. At the end of the story all ends have been tied up, there is no cliff-hanger. These books have a good length to them at between 250- 300 pages each. The third book has so much action toward the end that I didn't want to put it down even though it was early morning and my eyes were tired. I'd give the series 4.5 stars.


About the Author

 

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

 

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