Book Reviews: The Perilous Sea & The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny--especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies--and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.*

Why, oh why? The diary of Titus' late mother is the bane (no pun intended) of my existence. The amount of cliffhangers in this book is fantastically torturous. They make it entirely impossible to put the book down. The format of The Perilous Sea varied from The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1), in that it jumped back and forth between two timelines simultaneously. The chapters throughout the book alternate between the present and the past catching up to the present moment. Writing two simultaneous stories can be quite tedious, but Thomas does an exceptional job with it, keeping the novel an easy read. I also loved that Thomas focused quite a bit on the secondary characters in The Perilous Sea, it added to the depth and emotion of the story. This is one sequel you will definitely want to read. It is intense, fast-paced, and absolutely magical. 

The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy #3) by Sherry Thomas
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good. 
However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible--finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies comes to light, foretelling a doomed effort...
Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. 
But will it be enough?*

What an unbelievable conclusion to The Elemental Trilogy series. I am still having a book-hangover (yes, that's a real thing) from this novel. Thomas did a great job bringing this magical adventure to a close. Toward the end of the book, there were a few parts that felt a bit rushed to me, that left me wanting for more detail and explanation. Although, my opinion might be biased by the fact that I simply did not want the book to end. I have read a lot of books recommended for Harry Potter lovers, but this one is the best I have read so far. Thomas' thrilling story-telling is guaranteed to sweep you away. Fair warning, you will become emotionally invested in the characters of this book. The main and secondary characters were so well-developed by this third installment, that it is impossible to not be attached to them. The Immortal Heights is a gut-wrenching, dangerous, and electrifying finish to the series. I highly recommend The Elemental Trilogy for those searching for their next magical adventure.

Click here to my review on The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1).

What did you think of The Elemental Trilogy?



*Synopsis provided by Goodreads.com

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