Circle the Square #1
Publisher: Sam Burns
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Series
Today is the day the world ends.
Fine, tomorrow is the day the world ends, but is that actually better? My name is Blaze Keyes, and I’m a seer. Since I was a kid, I’ve known that the world was going to end on my twenty-fifth birthday.
But the day before the apocalypse, the most unexpected guy falls into my lap—or maybe I’d like to fall into his. Elethen is tall, handsome, a type of mage that disappeared from earth a century ago . . . and an elf. Also, he says he fell through a portal from another world, and I sort of believe him.
If I can’t save earth, maybe I can at least get Elethen home safe. Or if we can get my infuriating brother to work with us, maybe we can save everyone on both of our worlds. Maybe the world dies tomorrow, but damn it, I’m not going out without a fight.
The Elemental Ruins is the first of two books featuring a deadly portal between two very different worlds, a confused elven Robin Hood, an unemployed mage trying to deal with the end of everything he knows, his snarky criminal brother, and a few surprises along the way. It will conclude on April 13th with book two, The Elemental Ruins.
I love books with portals that take place in more than one world. I liked how both worlds weren’t ours, and each was missing something the other has. The characters caught me immediately and I had to keep reading to make sure that Blaze and River’s vision of no tomorrow doesn’t eventuate.
I loved the twins, Blaze and River, and how their name reflects each other’s ability. Very clever. They also have very different personalities. I loved Blaze. He’s a good guy and someone who wants to make a difference. He and Elethen are good for other, with both needing someone who accepts them for who they are. I liked how Elethen has always kept a part of himself hidden, thinking anyone who knows will be repulsed by who he truly is. His and Blaze’s magic is very cool, and I love their connection.
River’s an interesting character. Like his brother, yet not. A criminal yet one of the good guys who will do whatever it takes to keep his brother and loved ones safe. I’m looking forward to reading his story in book 2.
I like how there are different layers of bad guys in this, and how the good guys are actually the criminal syndicate who work with River. There are plenty of bad guys, with Blaze’s ex, and his ex-police partner on top of the list of those who are truly obnoxious.
I loved the storyline, and worldbuilding that goes with it. Both Halana and the twins’ version of Earth are interesting. I particularly loved the mix of magic and technology on Earth
And that twist at the end? Nicely done.
5 out of 5 stars.