New Young Adult Fiction: The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas

Is this not a cool cover? Apparently it’s a cool YA a debut, too, complete with a starred PW review and a strong marketing campaign. No less a master world-builder than Cinda Williams Chima says, “The Burning Sky combines one of the most creative magical systems since Harry Potter, with sizzling romance and characters who will win your heart.”

Thomas, who’s built a strong reputation in historical romance, turns to YA fantasy with aplomb in the first installment of the Elemental Trilogy. Sixteen-year-old Iolanthe Seabourne is an elemental mage with a gift for fire; she has trained in obscurity with her drug-addicted mentor for as long as she can recall. When their quiet life suddenly turns to chaos, he’s coherent enough to help fling her out of danger but into a world she does not know—late 19th century London, a ‘nonmage’ society that coexists with the rival mage realms of Atlantis and the Domain. … As expected, Thomas’s romantic touch is sure, but she is just as adept with fantasy world-building, carrying the banners of Anne McCaffrey and Caroline Stevermer, among others, in a wonderfully satisfying magical saga.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Bids fair to be the next big epic fantasy success. Teens and adults in the target audience will devour it.”
— Kirkus Reviews

The Burning Sky (9780062207296) by Sherry Thomas. $17.99 hardcover. 9/17/13 on sale.

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