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Publisher's Summary

"My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental."

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.

I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender.

Option one will kill me.

Option two is meant to break me, but is the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

©2014 Hijinks Ink Publishing (P)2017 Hijinks Ink Publishing

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Avatar on Steroids

This was a great listen with different twist and turns. Its like a spinoff of Avatar on Steroids, but for Adults. It could use some more details on the sexy "times". It has an evil stepmother and a choosen child. Well worth the credit, ready for the next book!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A great first book in amazing series

Wonderful narration and a captivating and engrossing story. you will become invested fast. Emotional and engaging.

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Pretty good story here!

I was given this story for an honest review. Also, I listened to the audiobook version of this story. Needless to say, this was a good listen. It was unique and left me wondering what was going to happen next.

The story kept me entertained and the narrator did a great job narrating.

Questions/Comments:

The Queen made Lark forget everything, yet, weren’t there people she lived near that knew her and her family? Knew that there was no disease (forgot what it’s called with the borrowers) going around? Wondered what happened to her and her family? I wonder about Cactus as well. Did he have no other friends besides Lark, parents, or other family members? And why was it that they remembered who each other were when they met later on in the story?

One thing I can't stand? Those that do anything and everything to get a parents approval. In this case, Lark and wanting her father to love her. Once I got to the end, it's mentioned her father was so distance and cruel to her because he didn't want the queen messing with her. Yet, he continued this behavior even after the queen left. And if he was so worried about the queen doing something, why in the world did he stay married to her? Additionally, her father ends up telling her near the end that he did trust her? Huh? He trusted her, yet still believed she had no powers and was under the queen's control? Yup, that sounds like trust to me.

Speaking of powers...Why couldn't/didn't she show her powers to her father? That part made no sense to me.

Either way, this was a really interesting story. I've love to read book 2 and would recommend this one to others.

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Wonderful!

Fantastic story & Lauren is amazing! this is a strong start to this series, and I will definitely be reading more from this author, and I have already picked out more performances by Lauren :-)

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Legacy

Good first story start. Nice to read about Larkspur's beginning, a character introduced in the Rylee Adamson stories. Death, destruction, battle, lies, treachory, and a beginning abound in this story. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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powerful

liked this book a lot. great characters. love books with lots of special powers and mystic people. can't wait to read next one.

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  • Cherish
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 09-30-17

Took to long to get to the point

I started skipping ahead within the first hour of listening. Book just wasn’t for me.

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loved it

Rather interesting world of elementals living in the red wood forest and surrounding area. i recommend it.

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Dream team: Mayer and Fortgang

Mayer and Fortgang make an amazing team..

I was careful to avoid spoiler to this series..

And I'd say spoiler alert for my reference to the Desert Cursed series.... but it's really no secret that Steve is a completely useless jackass.

Mayer is one of my top five favorite authors. That's saying something as she has 15 years of me being a greedy bookworm consuming book after book to compete with. I am currently working on three of her series.. the Rylee Omnibus, Desert Cursed Series and now the Elemental series.. Im waiting for the next installment of the Desert cursed.. Cant handle the stress of where Im at with the Rylee omnibus and had to take a breather... but couldnt stay away from her work and started this series..

My favorite qualities about Mayer's work? She does not shy away from putting her characters through the ultimate wringer of pain and grief but she never stacks the odds against them to make one of those impossible stories where you've no idea how the main character could possibly triumph.. She builds them up as people slowly. They earn every character development though blood, sweat, tears and time.. Hard work and perseverance are what move her stories forward and it is a major joy to be apart of every win the characters face. While they do work very hard for each win, you know that with Mayer, no win is guaranteed and no random fact nobody knew about until last second will come save the day. When the characters face a loss, they must find a way to try again or work to become stronger or find more help. Sometimes they must let go that current goal and acknowlege it to be impossible and find another angle to do what they know is right. Trust is so very hard for but essential for all her main character's success.

Fortgang is my number one narrator. I am new to the world of audiobooks so she has less competition than Mayer but Ive found myself rather picky; listening to and discarding about ten story samples based on the narrators voice before finding one that might not drive me crazy. Even that process doesn't guarantee Ill listen past chapter one. Some people lack vocal grace and/or expression.

My favorite aspects of Fortgang's performance: She easily conveys the vulnerability, struggle and triumph, fear and joy the characters face like no one else could. She makes you really feel for the characters and hate their enemies... So much so, in fact, that another Mayer series she narrated called the Desert Cursed Series has forever made me hate "Steve". It has become a joke in my home to blame Steve for everything because it probably is his fault somehow, greedy, self indulgant bastard that he is. Yeah.. And I dont even know any Steve's!! Still, slimy, stupid Steve.

It would be an honor to thank both women for the complete immersion I experience every single time I experience their combined gifts to the world. Well done, ladies. Truly, well done.

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Recurve

While listening to this book I grew frustrated with Larkspur falling back on believing the bad people would come to their senses and not beat the crap out of her. And time after time they didn’t. Yes she is weak using Cole. That I couldn’t understand. Continuity fell short in a few places. Overall the book lacked real punch. Disappointed.

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  • Karen Beresford
  • 04-23-17

Love this Series! Great Narrator too!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. Great Characters, Plot and likeable Lead coupled with Great Narration. A unique storyline and world and believable explination as in how it could co-exist in present day.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Larkspur. She's vulnerable yet strong. Cactus because he is fun and Ash because you can tell he has hidden depth.

Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favourite?

I cant just pick one but Larkspur. Ash and Cactus close seconds.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes but cant just say I laughed or cried, you feel a myriad of emotions some subtle some strong. Don't want to give any spoilers.

Any additional comments?

So glad these books are being done in Audio now. Lauren Fortgang does a great job and has a great voice. Hope they hurry with the next ones to catch up to the written Series.

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  • Alessandra
  • 09-19-18

enjoyable

I really loved the performance of the reader and the story it's quite interesting even if a bit obvious in some parts. I will continue this series because the world in which it takes place is really nice and I like the idea of using elemental power.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-18

Good storyline

Easy to follow and the narrator has a great way of helping you to visualize the story. Will be interesting to see how the author moves us through the next installment.