In Through Fire & Sea Nicole Luiken paints a rich world centered upon four mirror worlds which draw from the four elements and though individual and wonderful in their own right, are not the actual “true world”. The story opens in the Fire world, where Leah, a seventeen year old illegitimate daughter of a lord suddenly finds her self in the company of her father, whom she’s always hope would notice or acknowledge her. He certainly does when he needs her “hot-blood” like his, which allows her to communicate with the temperamental volcano gods, which reminded me of toddlers. Long story short Leah gets sent away to a neighboring dukedom/volcano because a rogue dragon is terrorizing her Daddy’s domain and upsetting his volcano. There she learns she’s a Caller which allows her to call her “Otherselves” in the mirror worlds.
The mirror to Leah is Holly. Holly lives in the Water world. She’s completely oblivious to the existence of any other worlds and when a near death experience, the rescue by a cute boy from school who may or may not have a secret, and weird and unexplained things start happening to her she wonders if she’s loosing her mind.
Inevitably Leah and Holly’s lives cross (literally),the Fire and Water worlds get chaotic, and all will be lost if these two girls don’t take some major risks.
What I liked:
The premise – when I first agreed to this review I liked the cover so much I didn’t read the summary. Some of the themes in this book are closely related to my current WIP, so I may not have agreed to read it. I am however, glad I did. I enjoyed the plot and characters.
What I didn’t like:
Their is romance. I feel like it was rushed and there was no development of the relationships. This is a result of what I feel is an overall lack of character development.
The sequel to Through Fire and Sea dropped on 7 March, I’ve not read it yet, but it is on my TBR list!
To celebrate there’s a little giveaway – check it out!
A Red Jasper Pendant inspired by Jasper from Amid Wind & Stone (US & Canada Only)