ARC Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
The Elemental Trilogy #3
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.However, getting to the Bane means accomplishing the impossible—finding a way to infiltrate his crypt in the deepest recesses of the most ferociously guarded fortress in Atlantis. And everything is only made more difficult when new prophecies come to light, foretelling a doomed effort....Iolanthe and Titus will put their love and their lives on the line. But will it be enough?With The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas brings the acclaimed Elemental Trilogy to its breathtaking conclusion.
Review copy provided by the publisher
Have you ever had that feeling when you get to the end of something spectacular- that feeling of bittersweet bliss and satisfaction? Bliss and satisfaction since everything ended like you expected it to and you have this big, big smile on your face. At the same time, there's this sinking feeling that, although it is a new beginning, it is also a sort of farewell.
I had that feeling when I read the the last words in Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings (and when I read the endings of fulfilling books), when I heard the strains of A New Beginning and The Last Goodbye, when the sun sets on a perfect day and, I suspect, when the same moments happen thereafter.
That was the feeling I got when I read the epilogue in The Immortal Heights.
It is difficult to find characters who remained true to themselves throughout a series while at the same time grow and develop to be better characters as to continue to be the main vehicle that the books ride on. Titus and Iolanthe might as well be two of my favorite book couples I've read.
There was a point in the story where I wanted to flick the group upside the head when a person should have been under suspicion. Oh, they suspected but they never acted on it until it was too late. There was also a time where I said into the void why didn't they do that in the first place. It was freaking flying fortress! Then again, they were still humans after all, with human failings and that was the beauty of it.
I read the first book, Burning Sky, on the eve of the new year 2014, finishing just before midnight. It was a great way to end the year. The world-building was amazing, the plot was truly hashed out, and the characters were the sort you wanted to root for. The awesome storytelling continued in The Perilous Sea, reaching the series height. A year and a half later, The Immortal Heights gave a fantastic conclusion to the series.