AUTHOR: A. C. GAUGHEN • SERIES: THE ELEMENTAE (BOOK 1) • CATEGORY: FANTASY • PAGES: 432
NOTE- I was sent a review copy of Reign The Earth from the brilliant people at Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for an end to the violence that has claimed so many of their loved ones. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bone Lands, a country where magic is outlawed and the Elementae–those that can control earth, air, fire and water–are traitors, subject to torture . . . or worse.
Before she is even crowned, Shalia discovers that she can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband’s irrational hatred of the Elementae and a dangerous rebellion led by her own brother, Shalia must harness her power and make an impossible choice: save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.
I almost committed the quintessential bookish sin with this book, when it arrived in the post I didn’t want to read it because I didn’t like the cover. Yep. I put off reading it because I didn’t like the cover and I thought I wouldn’t like the book. I am so pleased that I got over that moment of poor judgement and picked it up because I loved this book.
I am just starting to get into fantasy books, having preferred dystopian in the past and Reign The Earth has given me more reasons to seek out this genre. The story draws on concepts that we all know; arranged marriages, the four elements, Kings, war, love, discrimination. The way that it has all been constructed together into a cohesive and enchanting story is remarkable. The settings are contrasted from the desert to islands and somehow the author makes them all equally beautiful. The characters are realistic and Gaughen does a brilliant job at making their personalities distinct from the outset.
I still am not a fan of the cover but this one proves that it is what is on the inside that counts. The Elementae world is beautiful and flawed a lot like our own. Where the author takes the rest of the series is a mystery and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕￼￼☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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