out The Book:
Title: IGNITED (Dance of the Elements, #1)
Author: A.M. Deese
Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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.
This is such an interesting book! We have multiple perspectives, intrigues from all sides, politics, a little bit of love, desire for power and ambition. I would have given it 5 starts with a little strawberry (like them better than cherries) on top if it were not for that slow beginning and that I did not completely understand all the aspects of the action in the beginning.
The story begins with Jura trying to rule in her father’s place, while trying to discover who has set a cure on him. Maintaining appearances has never been so difficult, especially when she becomes entangled in lies, plots and schemes. Nothing is too much for trying to save her father. So she must do all that is required to ensure his return as ruler of the Republic, head of the Thirteen. It all gets much more complicated. Believe me, you will not get bored at all!
But she is not the only character that we have in this book. There are a lot of them, all revealing their intentions at some point. The voices are different, but they have in common one thing: all have their own agenda, all want to manipulate. Young or old, with a lower rank or a better one. And that’s the beauty of this book. You never get bored with someone’s story. At one point, I found myself cheering for Jura, then Tylak comes in and he is a complete mystery. I liked how the author created him – simple, yet powerful, mysterious, and handsome in his own way. We have Ash, whose goal is to become spoken of, become part of the history, and become a legend. Beshar is your typical politician who wants more power. Amira is the jealous best friend. Kay is the innocent who has to become more that her age would allow. They are so different and so complex. 356 pages (as per Amazon) are not enough to capture all their sides.
The magic system is great as well (or at least to my liking). We have shadow dancers, fire dancers, people that can manipulate fire, DRAGONS! Each group has its own interests and hidden agendas. The author has created a complicated world to say the least. Did I mention the dragons in this book? (oops, I did! )
I liked the characters so much, that I can easily forget all the things that made me a little confused in the beginning. I will go with 4.5 stars and I am looking forward for the next book!
Alexis Marrero Deese is an avid reader of young adult and fantasy. Her favorite authors include Brandon Sanderson, Jaqueline Carey, and Orson Scott Card. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and a sun tan she misses dearly since her move to northern Georgia. She has a passion for cooking, spends entirely too much time on Pinterest, and is a self-proclaimed dog training expert to her family’s legion of dogs.
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