The Elements of the Storm contains the last four books of the series: Water Storm, Air Storm, Earth Storm and Fire Storm.
With this book our voyage through Kamdaria has reached the end 💔
These wonderful books were my companion for more than a year and I have to confess that I will miss Talise, Aaden and their friends ❤️
The last chapters show us what is happening with all the characters, even the little ones 😊. We find out how their lives are going to be and we get to see how great the love between Talise and Aaden is ♥️
Loved this entire series and highly recommend it. It's one of my favorites reads this year.
Beside a great story with people that have surprising abilities there is also a lot to learn about love, kindness and friendship ♥️
I loved the story of Talise so far and can't wait read about her next adventures.
Util then I will stay inside covered with warm blanket and drinking a hot cocoa, reading again this wonderful book 📖☕😍
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.
Kamdaria is a land full of inequalities, stratified by regions known as the crown, where the rich dwell, the gate where the middle classes live and the storm where the poor and downtrodden and criminal elements try to survive. Talise is a young girl living in the storm, doing her best to survive with her marmie who looks after her. She has an ability, one never seen in the storm, that of a shaper, but she was not only able to shape one element as most shapers usually do but she could shape all four. Marmie was doing all she could to get Talise a chance to leave the storm forever by getting her accepted after testing into the academy. Of course she passed and was at the academy for the next ten years, hoping to be chosen as the master shaper by the emperor during the final competition. She had no competition to mention from the other students till Aaden arrived on the scene. He too could shape all four elements and he desperately wanted to be chosen even though he was from the crown. He was ready to sabotage Talise's efforts in order to win, however the emperor did not just choose for talent but also for honour. In the end they both were chosen but their trials were just beginning as they went to the palace and entered into a hive of political intrigue and dangers untold. The Kessogu, a terrorist group who had murdered all of the emperor's family years before were still trying to kill him and locate his heir to eradicate them too. Aaden was the son of the traitor who had provided the information which led to the murders, so Talise was loathe to trust him, however working together and with Aaden coming to her defence every time the emperor tried to put her down, they grew closer to one another. This book is packed with non-stop heart stopping adventure, political intrigue and danger, shaper powers, loyalty amongst friends and a blossoming love between our beloved characters who are both so courageous. I love that Talise is so idealistic and that even though the Kessugo are her enemy she still holds their ideals at heart and she is all set to save the people of the storm, since it was her experiences whilst living there that honed her, turning her into the fine woman who would have made her marmie proud. I cannot wait to continue reading book 2 in this totally captivating series.
This is the first book 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.