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The Burning Sky: The Elemental Trilogy, Book 1

By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Girl learns to use fire-controlling power in magical tale.

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THE BURNING SKY, by adult romance author Sherry Thomas, is full of entertainment and adventure from beginning to end. Think The NeverEnding Story meets Harry Potter. Two teenagers take on their oppressive government and use magical portals to transfer from fantasy realms to real-life England. The kids practice training by entering "the crucible" (a magical book that contains famous oracles and rulers of the past). Each page of the crucible offers a different imaginative quest that the duo must learn to conquer successfully without being killed. One of the many missions is slaying a dragon to free Sleeping Beauty from her castle. Readers will be pulled into the pages while watching the characters as if they're competing in a video game and cheer as the two escape fire-breathing wyverns and evil rulers while skillfully riding dragons through oncoming tornadoes and rainstorms.

Although Thomas has an impeccable vision for fantasy, this installment lacks that one major climactic moment all readers wait for. Also, though the adventures are fun and will keep viewers hooked, due to the many interlacing story lines the character development of the heroine falls short.

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