Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
First off, let me start by saying that I took this book on a trip with me and I could not put it down! From the moment I cracked open the book in the terminal waiting for my flight until that evening I was hooked! Thomas really does an amazing job building the story from the ground up with a solid foundation, her elaborately vivid world building and truly fantastic character development! I absolutely fell in love with our heroine, Iloanthe. She is everything a protagonist should be! She is brave, she is volatile, she has purpose, she definitely has something to lose (skin in the game) and has the ability to affect change. Of course, she is not without flaw, but Iloanthe embraces every curveballs thrown her way with an admirable grace and flexibility. Prince Titus is also worthy of notice and transforms before your eyes in this novel from a rather pompous, entitled and spoiled princeling to a rather admirable and brave champion. Can we also mention the FEELS?! Titus and Iloanthe have some seriously swoon worthy moments that bring on the FEELS! The tension and relationship between the two flex and bends to create a perfect climate for intense waves of FEELS!
I cannot say enough good things about this book. You all really need to go out and add this to your readers, shelves and TBR lists! Soooo good/amazing/wonderful/(pick your adjective)! You will NOT be disappointed. Brace yourself for intense action, some emotional FEELS and an epic journey!