Title – Reign the Earth
Series – The Elementae #1
Author – A.C. Gaughen
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 438 pages
Publication Date – January 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN – 9781681199368
My Rating – ★★★★/5
“She is a daughter of the desert, and she has magic in her blood.”
Shalia’s people are desperate for the war to end and their people to stop dying. So she’s willing to sacrifice her freedom to save them. Shalia agrees to an arranged marriage with the king id the adjoining kingdom, even though it’ll mean behind everything she’s ever known. In her strange new country magic is forbidden and the people who have the power to control the elements, the Elementae, are traitors.
Before the coronation, Shalia discovers she has the power to control Earth. Trapped between her husband’s hatred of the Elementae and a rebellion, Shalia has a difficult decision to make – save both her people and the Elementae or save herself.
I received a copy of Reign the Earth from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is the first book in the Elementae series.
Okay so I’m just going to get this out of the way first – there is emotional and physical abuse in this book. And not just between Shalia and her husband. I felt like her husband (what was his name again?) manipulated his sister too. Or that could just have been the way she was raised. I can’t really remember a lot. But I do remember her letting him get away with a lot when he needed his head pulled in. It was hard to read at times, the scenes with Shalia and her husband, because I wanted Shalia to stand up for herself and tell him where to go. But at the same time I knew what was at risk for her. Her husband was such an ass. He just came across to me as a spoiled, weak and scared child who’d been indulged and obeyed because of the title he held not because people respected him. He doesn’t come across to me as someone who’ll eventually see the error of his ways and maybe change or grow up. He likes being in control and having the people around him fear him. This dude just needs to die. I’m so done with him.
I especially hated what he did to innocent people, even children! And don’t get me started on the things he did to the Elementae and his messed up reasons why. Not only because of the spoilers but he just makes me so angry.
Moving on from him. I really liked the magic in Reign the Earth and the story of where it came from. Not the death part! But the parts about where it went and how it was freed. I loved Shalia’s family, especially her best friend/sister and her brother. And I loved Shalia too. She was a lot stronger and smarter than a certain character gave her credit for. I’m looking forward to finding out what she does next.
And the ending was so good! I mean there was one part I didn’t like. But the action just built up and oh my god that cliffhanger! I need the sequel like right now!
I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes strong female characters and some pretty awesome magic!
*Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy to review*