“My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”
My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.
In a world of lava and fire, I am about to face my hardest trial yet. Not one of strength, or power, but intrigue and manipulation. However, my tolerance level for anyone outside of my family is at an all-time low, and the queen who rules the Pit expects complete obedience.
As Ash’s life is held in the balance, I have just three days to prove his innocence and mine. This place holds more than a scorching heat; new foes, traitors, and creatures from the depths of the lava are all trying to keep us from surviving.
The only question left. . . Can I get us all out without being burned alive?
Welcome to the Pit.
“Child, do you really want to know the future? Or would you rather live it and know each choice you make will take you to places you must be?”
A new book, a new change of scenery. This time we’re going to the fire elemental home, and there are even more danger than before. Especially themselves.
See, basically this book is about their past actions catching up with them. Sure, they acted based on an emergency in Recurve. Sure, they didn’t actually do what they’re claiming they did. Sure, the Queen is yet another crazy person who somehow is allowed to reign over an entire people. Yet it doesn’t excuse the fact they both absolutely just didn’t think through their actions. They never do. It keeps getting them into trouble.
Lark is actually a lot different in Firestorm than she was in Recurve. In book one, she was kind of meek. She was beaten down by years of abuse, but she was growing into a strong character bit by bit. Now, in book three, we have a fully formed badass on our hands. Who thinks she can do no wrong and is always right and because she is right she has the right to do whatever the hell she wants. To be honest, Larkspur is kinda bitchy.
We also have a new character! Well, not new, she was introduced in the last book. Yet Peta, the bad luck cat, is here to stay. She is going to be Larkspur’s familiar, and it is amazing that it took until book three to get this character who is going to be so integral to the plot of the series. Peta has had a really, really rough go at being a familiar. She is beaten down by all that life has had to offer her, just like Lark did at the start of the series. Yet this bad luck cat’s luck is about to change, because she has found her forever home.
There is a lot new added to this book on the fly, though. Lark is displaying a lot of powers she really shouldn’t have (according to Peta). She is basically able to do whatever she sets her mind to. There is also a new enemy that shows up. The enemy is the mysterious Blackwing, and he is another spirit walker just like Lark. In other, not so new news, the Mother Goddess is still a fickle bitch and I hate her.
The romance is kind of falling apart on me. In Recurve and Breakwater, it was a bit wishy washy, could be, could not be. In Firestorm it is real clear that something is there. It can’t get much more clear than the guy literally trying to sacrifice himself to save the girl, afterall. Which is stupid, but that is neither here nor there. Then there is the fact that this has turned into a love triangle. Why has it done that? Why would you do that to me Mayer?
I feel like I’m repeating myself, but really nothing is as it seems. Everything changes at the drop of a hat. Every time something changes, it feels like it is on a whim. There really doesn’t seem to be any reason why anything changes the way it does. I’m just along for the journey, not the adventure apparently.
Peta is a novella that you can get by signing up for Shannon Mayer’s newsletter. It takes place during the events of Firestorm, so there is really nothing new that happens here. It is mostly just recap, but from Peta’s perspective.
You can really feel the pain that Peta is going through, though. It is so visceral. I feel so sorry for her. This really is the first part of the series that has really gotten to me, emotionally. It has been the best thing I’ve read so far in the series. It is totally worth signing up for the newsletter just for this.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the The Elemental series page!