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Sara's Review: Rootbound (The Elemental Series #5) by Shannon Mayer


Publisher: Hijinks Ink Publishing

Released: June 7th 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: 229 pages

Format: Ebook, Paperback

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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 am the half-breed bastard child of a king. I was not meant to survive the trials cast my way. Yet, here I stand. The world has deteriorated in the years I was banished. The Elemental families are rife with deception, violence, and madness more than ever before. A voice I know all too well calls me to do her bidding. A voice I no longer wish to hear. The mother goddess begs me to save the four families, and stop my nemesis. To do it, I must face each of the Elemental leaders and take from them the power they hold close: the stones I once entrusted to them. Now, the secrets I unearth as I pursue the stones shatter everything I know about my world, and everything I was taught. Yet, I am not the naïve girl I once was. If I am to see this through, I must completely embrace the new reality of my life and all its obstacles while forging ahead. Four stones abused. Four families broken. A half-breed princess as their only hope. Through it all, the one I love waits for me to find him. When I do, will he, like everything else in my world, not be what he once was?

Four Boundless Stars

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. One of the things that I liked right from the start is, this book explains how Rootbound takes place 25 years after Elementally Priceless, which is a Rylee Adamson novel. What it doesn’t tell you is, Rootbound picks up several months after Blood of the Lost, another Rylee book. Needless to say; these series intertwine pretty frequently, and if you haven’t read Rylee, are you mad? It is totally awesome! You must add it to you TBR now!

Lark once again finds herself called upon by the mother goddess to do her bidding; to save the four Elemental family from the stones of power, yet after years of being banished in total isolation from everything, including her elements, Lark isn’t the same person she once was. Family and friends are learning this with shocking clarity.

“What does he think? That I could survive tow oubliettes and remain unchanged?”

“That I could survive the last battle that nearly ended our world and remain the weak maiden he knew as a child?”

“I am my own hero. I will slay the dragons. I need no one to save me.”

Yet, the task Lark is sent on is met with obstacles right from the start; she has forces working against her, and nothing is going to be easy. At the same time, nothing is really as it appears.

“The feeling that I was missing something integral, something I needed to understand, yet couldn’t see was overwhelming.”

Once again Mayer has given us a non-stop action packed adventure that starts on page one, and doesn’t slow down until the end. This is one of those series that leaves you hungry for the next word, page, chapter, and now, the next book. We are once again left in breathless anticipation for what comes next for Lark.

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