Warning: Cliffhanger (Why you gotta end it there, huh? I tell you, no respect for the readers)
“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.
The King is missing and his mind is cracked. It is up to me to find him before the Rim is taken over by the bloodthirsty heir to the throne.
But the path to finding the King is anything but straight, and I find myself in the human world facing possible banishment. All to find a Tracker who happens to be on the run from a demon, yet she is my only hope in bringing my father home.
Nothing is as it seems and I’m uncertain who is friend or foe. My impending punishment threatens to suffocate me as I defy our laws and fight to bring peace to my home. . . and fight to keep those I love the dearest alive.
How will I get both my father and I out of this one unscathed? Welcome to being The Chosen One.
“You don’t love her the way she needs,” Peta said, shocking him.
“What do you mean? I love her. What else is there?”
Peta shook her head. “You love her, but love isn’t enough. Not with her life.”
This has been the best full book in the series so far. It managed to make me cry a little. It made me interested what was going on. I just plain cared.
The back 40% of the book is really, really strong. If you’ve read the Rylee Adamson series, these events probably aren’t as big a surprise as they would be to someone who hasn’t read that series. Yet, even if you know what was going to happen it is still really, really powerful. Knowing doesn’t prepare you for the impact they’ll have. There are so many things happening at once, so many feelings to feel. It really makes the experience enjoyable.
The first 60% of the book is a bit weak. Like, the back 40% makes up for the weakness, but it was still a bit of a slog to get through. This first part was mostly a tie in to the Rylee Adamson series, though it is set something like 25-30 years prior to the start of that series. It kind of meanders a bit. It has a purpose, I know it does, yet it feels like it doesn’t have any purpose because of what is going on and how everyone is acting. We just have to get through these parts to get to the part of the book that matters, because the part that matters hinges on this meandering journey. I was bored. Everything felt like it just didn’t matter.
Which is basically the entire point of the book. I mean, I guess I’m not surprised that Lark is the one who has to look for her crazy father who has been nothing but trouble. I’m still a bit confused on why we have to be searching for him at all, to be perfectly honest. He causes nothing but trouble every time he is around because he just isn’t stable. He doesn’t feel like a leader at all, and they’re getting along fine without him so far. It still feels like a cop out on the part of every other earth elemental to just let Larkspur handle it. Why do the Enders even exist if not for this very purpose?
Also, this love triangle has changed from unnecessary to just one of my many nightmares. While Ash is pretty okay, Cactus is just a nightmare. Every single person knows that he will not handle being told by Lark that he isn’t the only one she cares about. He is filled with a jealous rage. Even when he finds out himself, he causes all sorts of problems throughout the plot. All over the place he feels slighted, acts out, constantly badgers, and is just a plain nuisance. Again and again he has to be told by everyone (except Lark) that he just isn’t good for her, that he isn’t capable of being what she needs. AAAAAA! Enough already!
Overall, Windburn has been the best in the series. Incredibly emotionally powerful. I wish all of this series was so easy to connect to as the end of Windburn.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the The Elemental series page!