Title: The Immortal Heights
Trilogy: The Elemental Trilogy,
Author: Sherry Thomas ♠ @sherrythomas
Published: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Young Adult ♠ Fantasy ♠ Historical ♠ Romance ♠
Summary from Goodreads: 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 come to light, foretelling a doomed effort….
Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?
With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.
Average Goodreads Rating (as of 10/22/2015): 4.21
Christina read and loved the
two previous installments of this trilogy,
you can find her reviews of them here:
Book One ♠ Book Two
- Christina thought this title was perfect. It goes on her TOP SHELF! To find out why…
**SPECIAL NOTE:**An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
♠ Quick Thoughts and Rating:
5 enamoring stars! It’s rare that you find a trilogy where each book ramps up the intensity, plot, and anticipation for the subsequent installments, and The Elemental Trilogy is absolute one of those rare beauties. Ms. Thomas expertly wove this magical tale of enchantment, mystery, friendship and love, and delivered three solid novels that made for one of my favorite fantasy reads ever.
As for The Immortal Heights as a standalone, it was everything I could have ever wanted for the conclusion of this trilogy, and exactly nothing that I ever would have expected all at once. It was glorious action and brave hearts and endless worry and exceptional delight and overwhelming fear– so, basically, all the best parts of what make fantasies so captivating. Absolutely loved it!
♠ The Lowdown: This novel picks up right where the last installment left off. It looks like the Atlantis forces have finally managed to capture the greatest elemental mage of this generation, along with Titus and a majority of the rebel forces, but never fear, because this group will never just lay down their arms and await trial, or more likely, an execution. Like always, this band of troops, aided by new, unidentified allies, accomplished a feat seldom before them have by eluding the Bane and his fleet once more. However, the Bane doesn’t like to be played the fool, and so he issues an ultimatum to the young Master of the Domain: bring me Iolanthe Seabourne or watch the people of your Domain die. So Titus must choose between his beloved and his people. Although, that decision may not be his alone. Fate is a fickle thing, and new and old events foretold through prophesies forecast a grim outcome for our favorite duo and their comrades. Now they have to decide, is their path to destiny set in stone or do they make their own?
“Fortune favors the brave!” yelled a rebel.
Those closest to her shouted, “And the brave make their own fortune!”
~quote taken from an eARC of The Immortal Heights at 5%
♠ Review: This book! I always have such a hard time reviewing the last novel in a trilogy or series simply because I always push it off to read later; I have such an incredibly hard time saying goodbye to characters and worlds, especially ones I truly love. However, this was a novel that I got for review purposes, so I didn’t exactly have that luxury this go-around. That being said, I dove in, and just like the previous installments, I was immediately engrossed. Thomas has a way of pulling you in to her stories effortlessly from the very first page, and I really appreciated that this fact remained true for this novel as well. We get thrust into the height of conflict from the start, and it’s a breakneck-speed, non-stop action until the last few pages. Though, it was interspersed with witty dialogue, excellent plot development and world-building, and lastly, phenomenal character growth and interaction. One of the best aspects of this book and the trilogy in its entirety has been watching how these characters grow individually and as a unit, and Thomas continued this trend masterfully in this book as well. I loved seeing that we still had so much heart, courage, friendship, and love left to explore in these character dynamics. It played out beautifully on the page, and I couldn’t have asked for it to evolve any more perfectly than what the author presented us. On the other hand, I was always left with major questions throughout the other installments, wondering if they weren’t well-disguised plot holes, concerning the Bane himself and the mage realms he controlled, namely Atlantis. Now looking back, I should have never feared because Thomas is firmly in control of her story arc and all that it entails. We finally learn the truth of the Bane and how he came to exist and rule for so long, and also about what life was like in Atlantis. It was as vile and, surprisingly enough, as fascinating as I expected it to be. Though, I will say his downfall was a little anti-climatic for all the build-up the trilogy gave it, something that Iolanthe even notes herself, but I guess sometimes snuffing out a decrepit old corpse isn’t as intense as one would think it would be.
Overall, this was an immensely enjoyable reading experience. To elaborate any more on any of the smaller, more important details could lead to big-time spoilers, so I’ll just finish off with this: The epilogue left my heart feeling three sizes too big and when I closed my kindle, I had a wistful grin on my face and a contented sigh escaped my lips. It was splendid and I feel very fortunate to have read not only this book, but the entire trilogy.
♠ Swoons and Teaser: So very many and way too many to choose from! I absolutely adore the chemistry and stellar banter between Iolanthe/Fairfax and Titus. Their bond is only strengthened because there’s a fundamental friendship underlying their love. I adore how there dialogue is always perfectly balanced between jovial/playful and romantic, making for the best kind of swoons.
“Your wish is my command, sire,” she said smartly.
He pulled her in for a quick kiss. “Good. Say that to everything I want.”
~quote taken from an eARC of The Immortal Heights at 7%
“‘A moment of grace echoes in Eternity,'” she quoted the Angelic Canon.
He cupped her face. “You have been all my moments of grace.”
Her heart clenched. “Why are you speaking as if this is already our last hour together?”
“Because our last hour together I might be in no condition to tell you that you are the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
~quote taken from an eARC of The Immortal Heights at 31%
♠ Rec it? Without hesitation or regret, an absolute yes! To me, this is one of those trilogies that has flown under the radar of so many. I would recommend each book independently and the trilogy as a whole. It’s been an amazingly told, epic adventure from one book to the next and I will never forget it. My only regret is that I don’t have the time available to sit down and read the whole trilogy anew, one book after the next, so that I can fall in love with it all over again. Don’t miss out on this spectacular tale of magic, friendship, and eternal love.
♠ A very special thanks to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for providing an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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