Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone, let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family--even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.
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The beginning of the trailer is nice. It's not too dramatic, as it's a pretty ordinary line of "Just before the start of the summer half in the spring of 1883" against a castle-like college. However, the music more than makes up for the ordinary-feeling the first line gives off.
I've only read a snippet of the book so far (as I don't have much time to read the full preview available here) but this is very fitting to the beginning. It's not all too dramatic, but it has just enough mystery to keep me interested, as does the trailer.
Although the trailer is only pictures, they give me an idea of what the book is about. And then comes the lightning bolt at the :26 second marker, and we get the punch in the gut reviews have promised. (Read reviews of it here and here.) At marker :48, I'm not quite sure if that boy is supposed to be Iolanthe or Titus, so it kind of takes me away from the story being told.
Lastly, the four blurbs are be authors I respect, and the praise they give it makes it seem like it's worth looking into, despite the typical "special one must save the day" trope of the book. It seems unique enough, in an alternate-history sort of world, so I think it's worth at least looking into.
Final rating: Four out of Five stars