Rein the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
Age range: 14-18 | Series: Elementae (Book 1) | Hardcover: 448 pages | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 30, 2018)
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About the Book
Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for an end to the violence that has claimed so many of their loved ones. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bone Lands, a country where magic is outlawed and the Elementae–those that can control earth, air, fire, and water–are traitors, subject to torture . . . or worse.
Before she is even crowned, Shalia discovers that she can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband’s irrational hatred of the Elementae and a dangerous rebellion led by her own brother, Shalia must harness her power and make an impossible choice: save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.
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My Book Review of Reign the Earth
Oh my goodness, this book was amazing! I loved every page of it.
Shalia is a daughter of the desert, but in order to secure peace for her people, she marries the king of the neighboring kingdom. At first, she is hopeful that things will work out and her family will be able to live out their lives in peace. However, things aren’t what they seem and people can’t be trusted.
I loved so many things about this book.
First of all, Shalia is an amazing main character and the perfect narrator for the story. She’s fiercely strong and she holds to her values in spite of everything she goes through. Her heart is soft and her greatest asset is her ability to love people — all people, no matter if they are family, friend, or stranger.
Second, we need to talk about Kairos. He’s Shalia’s brother (one of many) and he comes with her after she marries Calix. He’s got the whole “quietly dangerous warrior” thing going for him. Plus, he has a pet hawk — something that would put anyone on my good list. Kairos always shows up at the right time and place and is insufferable when it comes to protecting his sister.
The romance wasn’t over the top, but it had a slow-burning quality that I loved.
There was so much to enjoy in Reign the Earth, I could go on about it forever. The magical abilities of the Elementae, the secret leader of the Resistance, the terrifying villain, and a heroine with a heart of gold. It’s everything I want in a YA novel.
Reign the Earth has a ton of crossover appeal for adults, too. It’s definitely one of my must-read YA novels for 2018!
Content: Non-descriptive sex and violence.
Source: Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy).
I read A.C. Gaughen’s other series, Scarlet, which was also a very enjoyable YA series. You can see my reviews of the first two books here:
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