I must confess that this was the first book I read from Kay Moody. And I loved it.
I liked the first part with young Talise and almost cried at the thought of she would not be able to prove what she can.
The process of shaping was well described and you can almost see cherry blossom tress, the fire ribbons or the ice crown.
After finishing the book my only thought is that both the teacher and Aaden want her to win. I think they manipulated her about Marnie's funeral for some reason and I can't wait to find out the reason why 🤔
This is the collection of the first 4 books in the serie. It's totally amazing. I've started with a short excerpt/story in the beginning of book 2 and got addicted. I never read a book that could keep the suspense and the "guessing" for so long. Trying to figure out what the real agenda of each character is, is a total challenge. Even our heroine has well hidden secrets.
This four books are only the beginning of this epic adventure and I hope many more will come because the story is truly amazing.
Perfect for everybody, even for those that don't regard fantasy as their favorite.
Part 1, Ice Crown: Imagine a young teen growing up in the outskirts of society, which they call The Storm. While this is not explained, this section consists of the poorest tenements. Unlike her neighbors, her mother sacrificed so that Talise could eat and have the capability of wielding magic. Magic can be created with fire, water, air, or earth, but the elements only respond to people with the energy and time to spend learning it.
The description of the magic system and japanese-based society is wonderful. Talise’s situation is made more painful as she meets the other applicants competing to be the Mage for the Emperor. She can only escape the Storm if she wins; there is no other option. Somewhere in her past (perhaps her mom), someone gained a black mark and was banished to the dregs. Talise can only erase the black mark with utter excellence after 10 years of schooling. This is no easy task, and she unfortunately has to deal with privileged youths like Aaden....Aaden, whose aloofness belies his privilege.
Normally I don’t like to read about teenage angst, but this story is so well-rounded, I felt like I was on the boat reaching the new world for the first time. Yes, it felt like immigrants reaching America in colonial times. Conform to social rules or get the red A on your forehead...flashbacks to a haunting novel in school.
Aaden was not the upperclass snob you would expect. He was actually dealing with his own terror over the Storm, which might be his fate. But Talise is not the empathetic type of teen. She only sees her own needs, her own competitive control over the forms of magic. I just wanted them to cooperate.
Another wonderful book by author Kay L Moody.
I love reading her books. They seem to come alive as you read them.
Loved the characters and plot of this one. A wonderful book.
Wow! What an adventure this tale turned out to be! Well written I was hooked the very first page with its awesome storyline and great characters. I love Talisa our female mc who is strong and determined yet fair and I loved the world that this author has built! Well paced there is magic and family and love which makes this is a great ya read and I cannot wait to read more!