THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,
THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,
THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,
THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE
The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very…
normal. However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive. For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander. It doesn’t help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander
can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.
And if course here are my thoughts!
This book was very different then what I have come to expect when reading one of Messengers’ novels; I knew this book would lack the violence of his other works as it is a NA story. So to be honest while I was sure he could pull it off I was blown away by how well he truly writes in this genre.
I am going to start my review off by saying I totally loved Sean, I realize he’s a supporting character in this book, but he might possibly be my favorite of the crew of characters. One of the most important things (in my opinion) in a book is the ability to connect to the characters whether you feel some sort of kinship, you fall in love with their journey and how they were written or to equally hate them… yeah I know it sounds weird, but I felt something for each character in this book.
Messenger has a way of writing characters with depth that feel like living people you get to know. I felt invested in Xander and Sammy both. My curiosity is probably
going to drive me crazy as I wait for the next book in what I believe will be a trilogy. I know a lot of people who read this book will most likely dislike Jessica, but I feel and hope there is a story line for her in each book, hopefully one where she will grow into someone a little less shallow. And Sean… well I just hope we see a lot more of him.
The take on elemental magic was very unique and honestly I can’t think of a single thing I’ve read or seen that reminds me of the world Messenger created. It was truly a great read and I can’t wait to see where he takes this fantasy world and memorable crew of characters.
So pretty much another fantastic novel worth grabbing up and getting lost in.