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The Immortal Heights (The Elementals, book 3)

by Sherry Thomas

Rated: Moderate

Iolanthe, an elemental mage with extraordinary powers, and Prince Titus, the Master of the Domain, have been planning, training and preparing to defeat the evil Bane, a despot who has ruled not only his land of Atlantis but made other magical lands subordinate to his rule as well, including Titus’s. Because of a new ultimatum by the Bane that threatens to destroy thousands of innocents in Titus’s land, the time has now come for them to try to find a way in to the heart of Atlantis, where they are sure the Bane hides his true self. Destroying the Bane’s real body will be nearly impossible because of the layers and layers of protection the Bane has put in place, but they have to try.

They have collected information along the way, information about the Bane’s murky past and what has possibly allowed him to live as long as they suspect he has; information about Iolanthe’s past that has been kept secret; information about anyone else whom they can trust and can be of help in their quest.

In The Immortal Heights, Iolanthe and Titus and their close associates gear up for their dangerous and probably suicidal quest. They leave behind the comparably comfortable world of Eton and even their homeland, facing danger after danger. But they do have help, some expected and some surprising.

This book goes at a fast pace, with the peril always high. But it still retains the warmth, the wit, the sweetness of special relationships that were so enjoyable in the previous books. I loved uncovering every last bit of revealed truth and seeing the big picture come together, and I loved the poignancy of many touches that were part of that. I had no idea how it would all work out, but I enjoyed every part. Such a great book and great series: a perfect mix of derring-do, strong heroes and heroines, camaraderie, humor, clever repartee, a cool magical system and overall story. I want to sit and savor it and stay in the world a bit longer.

Rated: Moderate. There still is very little language and not much in the way of overt sexual content. There are some implied sex scenes in this book but they’re “offscreen.” Violent references are stronger here, as the Bane’s cruel practices to lengthen his life span and power are revealed in gruesome detail in several passages.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 15 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Immortal Heights (The Elementals, book 3)
  • by Sherry Thomas
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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