Dance of the Elements, Book Two
by A.M. Deese
Pub Date 29 Jul 2019
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A WARRIOR PRINCESS.
CHAOTIC SEAS AND ANCIENT SECRETS.
“Jura pictured her friend’s beautiful face.”
Jura and Tylak have successfully infiltrated the nation of Kitoi in search of answers but come upon a web of lies that will unravel the world as they know it. With the Tri-Alliance shattered and puppets controlling the Republic of the Sand Sea, they must find a way to save their nation before all perish.
“Tylak reached for her hand, interlacing her fingers with his own.”
Together, Jura and Tylak set out to free Amira from the clutches of a ruler gone mad. Jura hopes to meet the Sea King in a desperate attempt to stop the impending war. Instead, she meets his daughter Coralyn, a powerful princess with plans of her own.
With the drums of war beating faster, and secrets surfacing all around her, Jura and her allies must stop the Queen of Shadows before the Sand Sea is submerged in chaos.
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FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Gr 8 Up-Palace intrigue, elemental powers, and dragons are brought together in this tale of one young woman's quest to free her father from mystical bondage. Jura is a member of the first in the hierarchy of 13 ruling families. She discovers that her father has been cursed and is now under an unknown person's control. Barely escaping his attempt to kill her, she holds her father captive as she turns to the world of Shadow Dancers, people who are able to move at will without being seen, to find whoever enslaved him. Each chapter is told from an individual character's point of view, helping illuminate this world. Tylak, whose true identity is hidden, agrees to connect Jura to the Shadow Dancers; Beshar, a lower level member of the ruling hierarchy trades in gossip and blackmail to maintain his position; Ash, a retired champion Fire Dancer-a manipulator of flames who entertains the wealthy by fighting dragons-is trying to hold on to his former glory; and Kay, a seven-year-old fire-bending prodigy, is kidnapped and sold to the Fire Dancers. This is the first in a planned series, so the plot has a bit more setup than resolution and ends with a surprising cliff-hanger. Although the tone sometimes feels mismatched with the narrative, with a focus on alluring body parts and being distracted by them, the plotting and fantastical elements will keep readers engaged. VERDICT Fantasy fans will find a lot to enjoy in this world of scheming, intrigue, and magic. An additional purchase. — Carla Riemer, Claremont Middle School, Oakland
"Forbidden love, magic, betrayal, and dragons make Ignited a must-read and the beginning of an exciting series for YA readers!" - Seattle Book Review
"This will definitely find an audience with my teens who are clamoring for more like Red Queen, An Ember in the Ashes, and Rebel of the Sands." - Megan S., Librarian
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