The Elements by Teresa L. Perin

Posted November 5, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Elements by Teresa L. PerinThe Elements by Teresa L. Perin
Series: Aeviternus Adventures #1
Published by Outskirts Press on September 18th 2013
Genres: Adult fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 315
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Jillian has just finished her first year of college and figures she’ll have a nice quiet summer back home on the family’s goat farm. Those plans are forgotten, however, when she and her cat and goat are transported to the kingdom of Aeviternus, in an alternate world. She wants desperately to find a way back home and sets off in search of the one magician skilled enough to return her to her own world. She discovers the primal elements in this realm and encounters many different creatures along the way. She is befriended by twin clerics, but then she ends up in the hands of a sexual sadist and learns about the dark side of this land, it looks like she may be doomed. Her cleric friends rush to rescue her with the aide of two magicians. Will Jillian be able to get home? Will she find love in this brutal world? Or will she fall victim to evil? An erotic fantasy, The Elements is the first book in the Aeviternus Adventures series. It’s non-stop action and adventure across the kingdom.

Main Points

Writing Style 
The style is simple enough. Not too overdone or descriptive, and paced well enough to make me want to keep reading, which is what I like in a fantasy novel. Some words seemed a bit oddly placed but it did not affect the style too much.
Content
I found the plot really interesting, if not too original. It wasn’t too complicated. It transitioned from scene to scene really well and the settings were well done. The whole thing was kind of simple but endearingly so. I definitely wanted to read the rest in the series (that hasn’t been completed yet). What I thought was really interesting was the romance developing between Jillian and her love interest (don’t want to give too much away). His background was unique and I really liked how it affected the story.
Seemed to have all the plot elements of a typical hero’s journey.
Some scenes were a bit explicit (hence the content rating) but several were essential to the story.
Characters
Jillian: She wasn’t the strongest heroine, but nevertheless knew how to get the job done. I didn’t completely connect with her (she seemed kind of typical) and things seemed to happen TO her rather than her DO anything, but towards the end she became more of a heroine.

Taog: A very surprisingly nice boy who saves her on more than one occasion. Their relationship is a little typical and abrupt but it works out. Like I said, his background makes him different from other love interests even if their relationship doesn’t.

Millie and Bob (her goat and cat): The perfect sidekicks. I particularly liked Bob’s witty sarcasm (and the fact that he was a cat).
Yoichi (the bad guy): Sufficiently scary View Spoiler ». Also very good at evading capture and escaping.
Ending
Satisfying ending. I will probably read the rest of the series, even if they wouldn’t be at the top of my to-read pile.

Bottom Line

I quite enjoyed this one. The plot and characters were well done, if a bit typical. The setting was unique and the whole story was an interesting take on the possibility of alternate worlds. Will I read the rest of the series? Most likely. Would I read more by this author? Yes, if I didn’t already have a huge to-be-read pile. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.

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