Series: Book #1 of The Elements Trilogy
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genre: YA (Romance)
Synopsis. Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.
Then a star begins to fall.
Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.
Then a star begins to fall.
Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.
Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a trecherous journey into the unknown.
Diary entry from Princess Kyla of Taramon
I have been chosen. I am sixteen years old and I have been chosen. The idea is terrifying, yet electrifying. Do you know what this could mean for me? Adventure, freedom, a chance to escape this castle! No more being Princess Kyla. For once I can be myself without the watchful glare of my mother constantly on my back. This journey is a chance to spread my wings, one last time, before they are clipped forever.
When the star first fell, I was fascinated. Everyone else seemed so afraid. What was this thing falling from the sky? Knocking us to our knees. To me it was a break in the mundane routine. I didn't want to show Athra how excited I was. My betrothed would no doubt disapprove. Watching the men ride out to the landing site and not being able to accompany them was a torture all of its own, but I knew Athra would return with news. And he did. He brought me pieces of the star itself. I don't think he would have if he knew what was going to happen. The moment I touched those chips of rock, a fire spread through my body so hot and intense, I thought I might turn to ash.
Everyone thought we would die. Jethro - my twin (not because we are related, but because we share the same birthday) had the same reaction to the rock, but it was meant to be. We are both now branded with tattoos on our wrists. They represent the four elements, which we must now go find. Mordekai, the seer from Mezrah, keeps calling us seekers. I guess that's what we will do. Seek the elements, which will lead us to the God of Light. He will help us defeat the darkness like he did hundreds of years ago. At least I think that's what the prophecy is trying to tell us.
The funny thing is, when my father was killed, I stopped believing in the God of Light. Now I am have been chosen to carry out a prophecy that's supposedly from him. I guess most would shy away from such a journey, but not I.
I know Jethro and I ride towards danger tonight. I know this task could take our lives, but I want to go. I want to be with Jethro, to see if we can resurrect the friendship he murdered a year ago. I still don't know why he won't talk to me, but this is my chance to find out. This is my chance to see the world. Whether I live or die, this is my final chance at freedom and I am going to take it.
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