In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.
Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together.
Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, and she finds out that nothing is at it seems.
There is a war surrounding her and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her as she trains.
For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.
I have to say I have been quite excited for the YA debut of a favourite romance author – Carrie Ann Ryan – From Breath and Ruin is the first in the Elements of Five Duology (I think?) – and it is a YA book that definitely had my attention.
Lyric is just like another recent high school graduate; who is in confusion as to what exactly she wants her future to entail except one single thing – she has vivid dreams that scream of something otherworldly and definitely nightmare inducing; though she doesn’t take them to anything more than just nightmares.
It’s only when she has an accident when she is on a hike with her best friend, Braelynn; her crush, Rhodes and his sister, Rosamund; that she realizes that she needs to open up her eyes to otherworldly aspects in the world around her.
As this is the first book in the series; there is a whole lot of information dump – introducing a whole new world to the readers + with a skeptical protagonist, it become a lot more difficult – which is why I found the combination a little dry as and when it actually occurred in the plot.
It was, however, the action in the plot that had my interest right till the end; especially with the doozy that the author served us in the climax – which definitely had my interest and has me quite intrigued enough to keep my eyes out for the next book.
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About the ELEMENTS OF FIVE series
One thousand years ago, there was one realm of magic. The Maison Realm. It held five kingdoms with five kings or queens, who worked together to keep the Maison people safe and ensure the balance of magic. Over the last five hundred years following the Fall, the great war that began the fracture, many of the kingdoms’ inhabitants intermated, and the magics soon became tied to one another in pairs. Except for the Spirit Wielders. The two remaining kingdoms are now converging, and the veil between the two is fading. Only the human realm lies between the two, and no one there knows there is a war surrounding them.
Over time, certain children of the Fall began to leave their respective kingdoms to venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together. For the realms are dying without their sister magics. And soon, there will be no more power left to rule the kingdoms, for there will be no more kingdoms left to rule.
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.