I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Unknown (The Elements Trilogy Book 1) is written by Melissa Pearl, and it was one of those books that I simply couldn’t put down. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I read such an enjoyable story that had fantastic flow. Melissa created amazing characters and a wonderful story line with great landscapes to set the scene.
Unknown is a story about dark and light. The darkness has been taking over the world after the God of Light (Oron) defeated the Ruler of Darkness Kohlac. Initially there was a time of prosperity and peace, but at the time of the book, a ruler by the name of Ashan has been bringing poverty, hopelessness, and darkness back into the world.
Few remember the prophecy (that is not allowed to be spoken of) which states “Do not be afraid. I have not abandoned you. A time will come when darkness can no longer rule. Look for a diamond glowing in the north; though it falls it will not fail, for from its ashes two seekers will arise. Through earth, water, wind and fire I will be found. Even the smallest flame can shine in the black of night and the darkness cannot extinguish it. Even the smallest flame can ignite a fire that will burn with fury from one generation to the next.” The book revolves around this prophecy and in the attempt to try to decipher and to follow it.
The main characters that tell the story are: Mordekai, a seer whose life is forfeit for repeating the prophesy and in trying to help it go into motion. Kyla, the princess of Tamaron, and a fiery spirited 16 year old girl. Jethro, the best friend of Kyla growing up who was born on the same day. Ashan the bringer of hopelessness and servitude. Athra, the betrothed of princess Kyla and her polar opposite. There are a few other points of view to help give the story the all-encompassing view of what is going on in different places.
I loved the characters (I know I already said that), Melissa did an excellent job giving us characters to love and hope for, ones to hate and others to try to understand. We get to follow along on a journey that will change them all. The story has the feel of an spic saga and left me at a cliffhanger craving more of the unfinished tale.
I loved this book and give it a 5/5 stars. I highly recommend it and if you are into fantasy, sweeping sagas, empowering heroines, trials in life, young adult, romance, you will enjoy this start to a series that Melissa has begun.