Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision
Book 1 in the Threats of Sky and Sea Series
Published: May 16th 2014 by Createspace
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I received an e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.
Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.
But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.
Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.
“Monstrous men will turn and flee. When faced with threats of sky and sea.”
This book started off really good. It was fast paced and had a lot of action and injustices that you just wanted the main character to fight her way out of! And then…the story starts to lag. A whole lot of nothing seems to happen while at the castle. Bree goes for training/education, she talks to her Da, reports to the king, and sneaks out and talks to Caden, Aleta, and Tregle. Repeat that for at least a quarter of the book, and then add in a random party/social event. Don’t get me wrong, there was some parts in all of that talking and training that was really good and helped move the plot along, but some scenes could have just been left out. The writing style and characters really helped me keep going in this book.
“I do so enjoy your particular brand of honesty”
As far as main characters go, I think Bree might be one of my top favorites. She is smart, resourceful, snarky, and has a conscience. She tries not to get bullied by Lady Kat and the King, and shows her defiance when appropriate. She also tries to fix her mistakes, but knows if she isn’t the one to blame then it is not her fault.
“‘They think I am glass,’ she says. She’s hard again. “But I am not. I am not delicate. I am stone. If they want to break me, they will have a hard time of it. I am unbreakable.” We say no more that night.”
The relationship Bree has with her father and her trio of friends were great. Bree and her father treated each other as equals and she wasn’t afraid to tell him what he needed to hear. Even when she was mad at him, she could never truly stay mad and she kept trying to come up with an escape plan for them both. Although Tregle wasn’t in the story much, he was there when the plot started to move. So we got to see him evolve as a character more so than Aleta and Caden.
“It is like an untrained marksman loosing an arrow. Without proper direction, there is no telling who he will down.”
I just loved the last quarter of the book! I wish it was a little bit longer, but of course we had to end at a cliffhanger. This book had a little bit of everything for everyone. A very light romance, tons of action here and there, magic, politics, and great world building. There were some twists and turns that I was not expecting, and I can’t wait to see how that affects the next book in the series!