Threats of Sky and Sea
by Jennifer Ellision
Bree Perdit had a pretty good life. She helped her father run an inn in a tiny town at the northern end of the kingdom of Egria. She chopped wood, watered ale, served patrons, and helped keep the bills paid. To her, it was the perfect life.
When Bree accidentally overhears the conversation of Elemental Adepts in the forest outside her inn, she suddenly finds herself embroiled in politics she never knew existed. She also finds out her father isn't who she thought he was.
Now Bree must survive court intrigues, political battles, and a king who is determined to conquer an island nation that controls the sea. All he needs is the secret Bree's father has carried for years. A secret even Bree will find impossible to believe.
Final thoughts: I was drawn into this one and kept reading, but part of the reason I did was simply because I was waiting and waiting for the very obvious secret to be revealed. The "secret" was so obvious from very early in the book that it was difficult for me to understand how none of the characters could figure it out earlier. I almost screamed at the book; it was so frustrating. The romance between Bree and Caden seemed impossible, as well, since the author didn't really develop it so much as just declare late in the book that it was so.