I'm not sure if it was just me, but this book was kind of hard to get into. I might have had too many expectations of this book. everything was moving so fast sometimes I had no idea what was going on, and I often found myself going back and reading a page or too again. *SPOILERS* I find it annoying that Sophie learns the elemental magics in all of two minutes, and suddenly knows what to do. I'm missing what the magic is really all about. This really had the potential to be a great book, but the plot has fallen short. I will read the next book, though, just not right away.