The Immortal Heights
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy #3
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis 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.
Perfection. That’s what this book was. It was the perfect ending to this epic fantasy series. I loved every single second reading it. I read it one sitting and tore through it, unable to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen and how it was all going to end. Throughout this series we have been given so many details, crumbs of the story, leaving a trail all over the pages of the books. And now those crumbs finally lead to answers. The way that Sherry Thomas wove all these details together was astounding. I loved seeing everything come together and the way it all came together was magnificent. No detail was unnecessary. Every single one had a purpose.
The plot and the pacing were crazy. In the best way. This book is probably the fastest-paced of all three. The action doesn’t let up the whole time reading. There is no rest for our heroes. They battle tooth and nail from beginning to end. I loved that things weren’t easy for them. They had to fight every step of the way. And every time they thought something would work out, another obstacle would be thrown their way. Sherry Thomas knows the definition of “think of the worst thing that can happen to your characters and then make it worse.” She’s mastered that part of her craft.
The magic was out of this world. This book and series has so much magic within the pages. There’s fantastical creatures, spells, elemental magic, elixirs, potions and more. All of this magic had me doing my internal happy dance. Books like these make me wish magic could be real.
So we finally get to see the all-powerful Bane in this book and holy shit is this guy fucked up. I wanted to jump in the pages and kill him myself. He is quite easily one of the worst villains I have ever encountered. Sick and twisted, my skin burned with hatred for him as I was reading.
You know what my favorite thing about this series is? Titus and Iolanthe. And not just the romance in general. Which is amazing. Seriously, these two are fucking adorable. The banter between them is perfect. They provide comic relief when things get serious. Their love for each other has withstood a lot and I loved seeing them together. But my favorite thing about these two is that they communicate and work through their problems. They don’t just argue and nitpick like many couples we see nowadays in YA. They work on their problems and resolve them. And they work together towards a common goal. There’s a mutual respect between the two of them and it allows them to become a remarkable team. More relationships like this in YA please!
There are so many moments in this book that made me laugh and also brought me to tears. I cried several times, screamed in rage and/or fear and laughed and smiled at these characters. So many feels guys. If you haven’t read this series and you’re a fan of fantasy you are seriously missing out. I think this is a really under-read fantasy series and I will now commence the book-pushing in full force. READ IT READ IT READ IT! I want more fantasy from Sherry Thomas because if it’s anything like this, I know I won’t be disappointed. One of the best series enders I have ever read. Every detail coming together in an epic conclusion that will leave you breathless.
Have you read this book yet? Please gush over the ending with me!! And if you haven’t read it, get on it!