Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW: UNKNOWN (The Elementals Trilogy, #1) by Melissa Pearl

Title: Unknown
Series: The Elementals Trilogy, #1
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: June 9, 2013
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received from author for review
Ellen’s smiley rating: 5/5


Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.


A star falls and the faith in a believed-to-be-dead deity and an old prophecy is resurrected. As soon as the sorcerer, Mordekai, sees the falling star, he and his apprentice, Nikara, leave Mezrah for the city of Taramon to search for the two seekers mentioned in the prophecy. Soon princess Kyla and her friend, Jethro, are off on a dangerous quest to bring back the light to their world. During this quest they face trolls, poisonous dragonflies and lots of trouble with the soldiers of king Ashan of Mezrah.

Unknown is one of those books I simply could not put down before I had devoured the very last word. Although the author takes the necessary time to develop the background, world and plot of this new series, I can honestly say that she keeps the story moving forward all the time. Moments of suspense and action are balanced by some laugh out loud incidents as well as descriptions of the characters having fun.
The gentle touch of romance blends in with and enhances the story and is not at all in your face or overdone.

The characters, and especially so the main characters, are well crafted, believable and the kind that truly grows on the reader. They have to deal with authority, rebellion and moral conflict and living in a kind of medieval setting does not make that any different from what young people deal with today. As for king Ashan and his diplomat, Safeer; they are thoroughly nasty and easy to dislike. Sadly, in the best of situations, there are also the deceitful and those who are not what they seem to be.

This beautiful story about an old fashioned world and numerous magical people and creatures bears a lovely message about having faith in the unknown. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages and happily give this brilliant book five stars.


Unknown by Melissa Pearl has 20 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, released in November 2012.


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