- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Sept. 16 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062207326
- ISBN-13: 978-0062207326
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.4 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A smart choice for thoughtful fantasy readers.” (School Library Journal)
“Will stoke anticipation for the next volume.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Thomas mixes her coexisting worlds—Victorian England and a parallel magical Realm—with skill, and the romance bubbles with witty banter and elaborate declarations of love. It’s theatrical but satisfying.” (Booklist)
“A fantastic adventure filled with sneaky spies, all kinds of magic, and a whole bunch of unexpected surprises.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
From the Back Cover
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that throws into question everything he believed about their mission. Faced with this revelation, Iolanthe struggles to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—or forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
Sherry Thomas brings her trademark blend of dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and exciting action in this striking sequel to The Burning Sky.See all Product description
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Overlapping Titus and Iolanthe's struggle to make sense of visions that fracture their love and trust , the other strand of the story skips several months into the future. The setting switches to the Sahara Desert where two young people without any memory of their identities or their pasts struggle to escape the dogged Atlantean forces who are determined to catch them. In a thrilling climax the two plotlines collide in an electrifying cliff-hanger that begs for a third and final book.
In this fast-paced, action-packed sequel to "the Burning Sky" Sherry Thomas takes the reader on a thrill ride with multiple twists and turns as Lolanthe frustrated by news that undermines her future hunts for her guardian and uncovers clues to the memory keeper and her lost memories. Innovative and imaginative the story is filled with the magic of flying rugs, spells and wyverns. The intensity of the plot as the suspense escalates, is often broken by dashes of humor and witty banter.
In this story Prince Titus continues to be stiff and ungracious to his staff at his castle and aloof, pompous and self -possessed at school. His mother's diary, a life raft in the sea of uncertainty seems faultless until it reveals a destiny that ruptures his romance with Iolanthe until they can find a way to breach the gulf between them. Iolanthe in her disguise as Archer Fairfax is bold, confident and good-natured, teasing and winning friends among the other students. In a unforeseen turn of events Titus and Iolanthe face devastating turmoil in their relationship and must fight to save their love. While months later their chemistry draws the couple who believe they are strangers together, renewing their passion for one another and forging a new path to the future.
Included among a score of other characters who also add to the drama and power of the story is Leander (Lee) Wintervale who's frank, amiable and overly -confident, disguising his fear of failure and overwhelming need to please; the dreamer Kashkari, a loyal friend with a rebellious spirit; the beautiful Lady Callista conniving and deceitful; and Bane an evil and controlling tyrant.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Perilous Sea" which was even more exciting and entertaining . I couldn't put it down until the end and am looking forward to reading the final book in the series.
The Perilous Sea was quite different from The Burning Sky, because of the stakes, the emotions and all, but particularly because of its format. The narration alternated between the present and the past, starting with a weird present event that filled me with a raw need to know how the hell did this happen. This is the kind of book you simply can’t put down because you need to know what is currently happening and how it came to be. Each chapter also ends on a little cliff-hanger, forcing you to read faster so you can come back to this timeline. The plot of this novel simply flew by and it was over before I realized it.
Speaking of the plot, poor Titus lives a heart-wrenching situation, shaking his entire belief system and forcing him to review every decisions he has made thus far in his life. His troubles really broke my heart and at times I wanted to shake some sense into him because he just wouldn’t see what was right in front of him… Iolanthe. She was amazing once again, facing every event -past and present – with focus and pure determination. I hope her good heart will be rewarded in the end, god knows she, and Titus, deserve an happy ending.
An aspect of this novel I particularly liked is that fewer secondary characters are involved, thus allowing focus on some of them. We get to know Wintervale and Kashkari much better and I liked that they played bigger roles this time around. I really liked the latest and I want to know more!
The Perilous Sea does not suffer from the second book curse, thank goodness. It is full of adventure and angst and even though we still have a bunch of questions by the end, many we had after reading the first book were answered. I’m sure the majority of you will find this installment quite satisfying and will crave the last in the trilogy just as much as I do.
The fantasy series has an interesting magic system with an harry-potter like hidden-from-human-world magical status. I’m sure adult and young adults alike will enjoy it intricacy and spectacular adventures.
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We were given some answers in this one, as to who Iolanthe's parents are, who some of the students are and what key roles they play. We get to see Titus and Iolanthe's relationship grow and even fall apart just to be picked back up again. We also get to get further in depth with a lot of the story. As to the rebels and the cause for what they are fighting against.
Towards the end, this starting pulling together. In the last chapter we start to find out how the Sahara Desert plays in to all of this. Just wish we didn't have to wait until the last chapter to figure that out. But I definitely can't wait to get the third book and find out how this all ends.
I loved The Burning Sky so I was super excited when this one popped up on Edelweiss. The only problem is that I didn’t remember too much about the first one, you know, because of book amnesia. (It’s a thing…) But I didn’t have time to reread and it wasn’t on Recaptains so I decided to just go for it and hope for the best. While some stuff did come back to me, I really wish there had been more clues. Because there were times when I was struggling. But I had the basic premise and I did get sucked into the story.
Iolanthe and Titus are back together after a long summer apart. They are back at Eton, their nonmage school, with their friends. I freaking love these two. I love that we got to see them together in this book. That we got to see more kissing. We waited so long in the first book for them to get together and then got like one kiss. But don’t worry! There are lots of kisses and small touches and just everything that will make you squeal in this book.
Both Titus and Iolanthe are such awesome characters. Iolanthe is determined to follow her destiny. To take out the Bane no matter what it takes. She has grown so much both as a mage and as a person. In the first book she was scared and wanted to run away from everything, but in this book she faces things head on and doesn’t let anything or anyone get in her way.
Titus is still the ever swoon-worthy prince. I’m in love, guys. He cares so much about Iolanthe. Even when something happens that may or may not change everything, it doesn’t stop him from wanting to protect Iolanthe at all costs to himself. Titus is so courageous and I think that others around him feed off of that. He just has this aura of confidence around him that screams “I will get whatever I want even if I have to pry it from your cold dead hands.” He does have a softer side too though and even though he oozes confidence, he’s still scared and he’s not afraid to admit it. I just love this guy.
So here’s my problem. The world-building is fantastic. So many details. So many different magical creatures, wands, potions, spells, books. And Sherry Thomas does a great job of describing and explaining everything. But at times it felt like info-dump to me. The world-building would get in the way of the plot and the pacing could be too slow during these periods. That being said, I think I would rather have really good world-building, even if it slows down the plot, then none at all. But I think the details could have been woven in a bit better.
All in all, a fantastic book. I love both of these characters so much and this world is so incredible. The elemental magic is by far my favorite, but Titus’s use of spells and potions also makes my inner nerd do a happy dance. I loved the way that this book alternated between the present time and a few weeks into the future. It really upped the intensity and anticipation of the story. I can’t wait to see how this is all going to end because guys, cliffhanger!! Noooo… I can’t wait to see Iolanthe kick the Bane’s ass. Happy reading all!
Friends, it met all these high expectations.
In fact, The Perilous Sea far, far surpassed them, easily catapulting this fantasy series into favorite status. There are so many things to love about this sequel! The characters, most notably Titus and Iolanthe, are thrown into testy situations and have their layers stripped to reveal even more individual complexity. The relationships (romance, friendship or enemies) were really well developed, showing readers the connections between these characters. The plot, which was noticeably affected by the shift back and forth between past and present in every chapter, was set up and executed well, with a few surprise revelations tossed into the mix.
Sherry Thomas manages to reel readers in hook, line and sinker with The Perilous Sea. The combination of plot, characters and romance (because seriously, Thomas knows how to write really good romantic tension) will delight readers, even as they will want more of Titus, of Iolanthe, of this story. If you have yet to read The Burning Sky, do it and then go straight into reading The Perilous Sea – it will totally be worth it.