There are 6 books in the Elemental Origins Series by A.L Knorr, and I have read 5 of them. The final instalment is coming out in June or possibly sooner and I’ve even pre-ordered it. That alone should tell you just how great a series this is – I only read a full series if the books are really good, and if the standard is maintained as the series progresses.
The Elemental Origin Series is a young adult fantasy series which follows a group of best friends over one summer. Each of the girls, while on holiday, experiences a transformation which turns them into some form of elemental. The books can be read in any order, and texts between the girls read in one book from one girl’s perspective can be read in another book from a different girl’s perspective. It’s a clever device for utilising the best of series marketing while retaining the marketing benefits of having each book stand alone. Since they are all as good as each other, it doesn’t matter which book you read first, you will want to read the others.
So what makes this such a great series? Each story is unique, but shares the following elements:
- Highly relatable, well-drawn, gutsy female characters;
- Sexy male interest;
- Unexpected twists;
- Each book is set in a different country, so there is setting interest;
- Realistic dialogue, interactions and reactions;
- Good writing;
- Adventure stories which are hard to put down
- Well-paced building to an exciting climax;
- Clean reading suitable for the age group;
- Interesting stories not focused on teen angst and school life.
Editing: there are some unfortunate lapses in grammar and punctuation, but the stories are too good to let that stop you purchasing the books, but I do hope the author sells enough books to be able to afford a better editor for future books. And I have no doubt that there will be more books from this author because this series is bound to sell well, and readers will want more.
4 stars dues to the editing oversights.
Here’s the blurbs for the first 3 books:
Born of Water
A mysterious shipwreck could unlock ancient powers, or send her to a watery grave. Navigating life with a supernatural mother is complicated enough (everything you ever thought you knew about mermaids is wrong). Targa feels more at home on dry land than in the watery realm of her ancestors, but when she signs on for a mysterious salvage dive in the Baltic, she and the handsome local she’s come to care for suddenly find themselves in grave danger.
Born of Fire
Welcome to the world of the fire magi, where what doesn’t kill you (literally) makes you stronger.
Saxony counts herself lucky when she wins and au pair position in Italy. But when she finds new and dangerous powers thrust upon her she becomes of interest to the most powerful crime family in Venice. Can she dominate the fire inside before it kills her?
Born of Earth
The earth has a long memory. Visiting her family in Ireland and unearthing a terrifying secret, Georjayna learns that there is more to the power of nature than growing plants. Coming face to face with ancient fae and the ghosts of her ancestral past, she soon learns that she’s inherited supernatural abilities that can be channelled to heal or channelled to kill. Can she get her powers under control in time to rectify the wrongs of the past?
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