My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen.
I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender.
Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me, but it's the only way to survive.
Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?
Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental
What I liked: I enjoy story lines based on the Fae. While this is not exactly a Fae book, it is very similar. Basically, Elementals are just as heartless and conniving as the Fae. As a half-bastard, Larkspur was once loved but is now basically excluded from all things royal. The overriding reason for this is her lack of any real power. To survive in her world, you need power.
Unknown to Larkspur, she has plenty of power but for some reason she just can't use it without excruciating pain. Thank goodness, Ms Mayer explains the reasons for this in the beginning of Recurve, or else it would have driven me crazy. Lark is a sympathetic character and I thought at first she came across as almost too weak but she hardens up as the story progresses. I enjoyed how Ms Mayer plotted the story and worked the personal relationships into the whole of the book.
This is more Urban Fantasy than anything but the Elemental politics and deviousness of the bad guys is fantastic. Everything isn't instantly solved for Lark, she still has a long road to follow and I have a feeling it going to long and fraught with any number of problems.
The writing is very good and the story and the characters are moving forward and growing. They are also not all that they seem. Some of the bad guys took me very much by surprise, which I enjoy in the books I read.
What I didn't like: Recurve has the dreaded cliff hanger ending. I really see no other way Ms Mayer could have found a good stopping point.
Overall, I would recommend Recurve to UF fans. I highly enjoyed it!!