Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
Wow can i just say wow I was totally blown away by this story. This story has a great combination of prophecy, magic, characters that make you laugh and of course a good swoony romance. What i liked most about this book is it not your typical oh the prophecy did not go the way it was suppose to and so and so is really the one the prophecy was talking about. No the whole prophecy really is a way of flipping what this world has stood upon and making them realize that the one Queen is not meant to protect them forever and that maybe you need a balance of everyone with power to really protect those you love.
I love Raimo he got a great sense of humor and tells Eli just like it is. The combination of fire and ice magic in the story really made it stand out and i felt was unique to the fantasy sci-fi genre. I also like how though the story had an ending for the main events of the book your left with more story to be told. A great book and a must read.