Published by RadiantTeen on March 27, 2018
Series: Dance of the Elements #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Publisher
A NOBLE DAUGHTER.
A FORMER SLAVE.
SCORCHED EARTH AND DANGEROUS GAMES.
“Jura imagined it sounded like rain.”
Juggling death is nothing new for seventeen-year-old Jura, daughter of the First of the Thirteen, successive rulers of the Republic of the Sand Sea. However, when a blood chain ensnares her father, she is thrust into the seat of power and forced to rule her elders.
“To Tylak, water had never tasted sweeter.”
Jura must track down her father’s assassin and balance a country on the verge of collapse. To find the Prince of Shadows and uncover the truth, Jura puts her trust in Tylak, a former slave accused of stealing from the Everflame—a man she once condemned to death.
In a world where water is currency and enemies lurk around every corner, Jura will use her wits or risk igniting a world war.
Ignited is the first book in a new young adult fantasy, called the Dance of the Elements series by author A.M. Deese. I am so sick of books that start out slow and eventually build up to something interesting. It seems like that has been all I have been reading lately. But I am really happy to report that Ignited is not a book that starts out slow. It plops us right into the middle of interesting action. We start with out main character, Jura having to plow head first into a governing council meeting in her father’s place. She is the daughter of the first, the highest family in the council of the Thirteen, and she has to make lots of tough decisions as she tries to unravel the mystery of what is going on with her father. While keeping the whole thing a secret. In a country that thrives on secrets. I immediately fell in love with these characters, this world and this story. Ignited is one of my favorite books of 2018!
Ignited is told in multiple perspectives. I loved Jura, Kay, Tylak and I even loved some of the less expected characters. But I really loved the world that AM Deese created. It is world filled with fire wielding magic, dragons, and plenty of political intrigue and secrets to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times. I didn’t think there was a single dull moment in this book. I gobbled it up in one quick sitting and I was left wanting book two asap.
My only two gripes about the book are so minor and they didn’t really detract from my overall love of this fast paced, intriguing magical adventure. First, Kay. I loved little Kay. I loved her so much. But she is 7 years old and she acted about 15. Which is fine, I prefer characters on the mature side, it just seemed a tad unrealistic how mature she actually was. But I loved her so it was only a casual observation on my part. The other is that it was pretty easy to guess who one of the bad guys was. And I didn’t want it to be true for the simple fact that it was too easy to guess. But other than that, this book was tailor made for me. I love political fantasy and I really love magic and dragons and secrets. And this book had it all. I feel a love triangle coming on in the next book, so we will have to see how that plays out, but fans of politically driven fantasies with court intrigue will really love the Dance of the Elements series. I already know it is going to be a favorite of mine. Ignited is easily one of my favorite reads of 2018.
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