From Breath and Ruin

From Breath and Ruin

by Carrie Ann Ryan

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In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.
Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.
Lyric has no idea that there's a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.
War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn't who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.
For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can't get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no matter the cost to prophecy.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161659229
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: Elements of Five , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 28,637
File size: 610 KB

About the Author

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and, young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn't stopped since.

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From Breath and Ruin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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Jayme_NE2008 More than 1 year ago
Lyric, Rhodes, and Easton. Holly cow. I can not pick who I want Lyric to end up with. I tried to recommend a three-some, but was reminded that this was a YA book. This is an awesome introduction into the YA genre for Carrie Ann and I cannot wait to see what else her imagination comes up with. The suspense is killing me and I hope the next couple months go by fast so that I can get the next installment of this book. I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an incredible imagination, Carrie Ann Ryan has created a new world full of interesting characters and fascinating people. Although the book is in the YA genre it certainly fits the bill for a great paranormal series beginning.
Jennifer_e911 More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying that I don't read YA books. I've not read Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings (Gasp!). It's just never been my thing. But when one of my favorite contemporary/paranormal romance authors decides to branch out, although I was hesitant, I decided I had to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it! This book starts with normal day to day thoughts of Lyric, a new high school graduate. She is just an average teenager, trying to figure out what direction her life is going to take from here. In the midst of her "life crisis", she meets a boy, and his sister, who aren't what they seem. They introduce her to a new world, a new life, with new adventures, and new dangers. Lyric finds that sometimes, what you think your life will be is totally different from what is really going to happen. And sometimes, your hopes lead you to even bigger things. This book was extremely well written, which is no less than what I expect from this author. Even though this book takes place in a totally different world, I felt like I was there, like I could actually picture what was going on, as it happened. The emotions and feelings of the characters were so real, I could not help but get chills as I was reading. This book was an amazing beginning to this series, and I will definitely be reading the next book when it comes out!
Meggle50 More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to a new series. Lyric is a girl just finishing high school and trying to figure out what she wants to do going forward. She feels that she might be letting her parents down as her friends have chosen a path and she has not. She has these dreams that come to her that feel real but she isn’t sure why. Soon her and her friends world is turned upside down with one hike in the mountain with Rhodes and his sister changes everything. Soon she learns her world isn’t the only one that exists and she maybe the savior for this other realm. She and her friends Emory and Braelynn journey there with Rhodes in order to save find his sister. I don’t want to give too much away. This was a great first book and I cannot wait to see what is in store for Lyric and all of her friends going forward. A truly great read and fantastic first book.
CoensK More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Carrie Ann Ryan to begin with and finding out she was writing a new series in YA had me jumping with joy to read it! I am so blown over with this story of Lyric and her journey to find out who she is. Lyric has always had dreams and they have only been getting worse, or rather more real in feeling. The journey that Lyric, along with Brealynn, Emory, Rhodes and Luken take is long, and has so many obstacles to get through. We are taken through an incredible new world, The Maison Realm, with lands so different and beautiful. I was pulled through this world and cried right along with Lyric. The path is Lyric and her friends travel shows just how fractured and broken the The Maison Realm is, and how they really do need something, or someone, to bring things back to how they should be. I can't wait to see what Lyric will bring in her story next!!
Claddagh64 More than 1 year ago
Carrie Ann Ryan created a perfect blend of Fantasy/Adventure, warring kingdoms and elemental magic. The world she creates is filled with vivid characters and settings that leave you looking forward to the next visit with Lyric. Overall I was wonderfully entertained by this story.
SarahJaneBailey More than 1 year ago
Book 1 of Elements of Five From Breath and Ruin by Carrie Anne Ryan. I’ve got to admit I struggled getting into this book as a ebook but then started the audiobook and couldn’t turn it off. I devoured the first 16 chapters in no time. Lyric is a just about to go to college kid that still hasn’t figured out what she wants to do with her life but everyone around her seems to have there life sorted. Lyric has been having horrible nightmares that feel like they are trying to tell her something but she just misses the mark. Lyric bumps into her old school friend that suggests they go on a walk in mountains but after an accident Lyric becomes aware of other worldly beings and that her crush Rhodes and his sister Rosamond aren’t what she thought and there telling Lyric she is the lost Spirit Priestess that could unite the other Kingdoms. A lot goes on in this book with fighting other wielders people and trying to get to Rosamond but losing people on way but also trying to introduce a new world sand series is difficult. I did feel at time like Lyric was becoming annoying with always explaining she didn’t know what was going on or that she didn’t know how to use her magic or be useful but the ending of this book got very interesting and developed really quickly. I was a little disappointed with ending with Lyric but absolutely gutted over her bff Braelynn but hopefully that becomes very interesting in next book. Differently a winner but get the feeling next books in series are better.
Coffee_Books_Life More than 1 year ago
From Breath to Ruin opens a new world of layered complexities, magic and mayhem. First I must say that world building in a paranormal story/series is a must for me. The scene and atmosphere in a paranormal is just as important as the characters and creatures that we discover within story. Ms. Ryan crafted this exciting new world with style, mystery and a touch that is all her own. A world that as I read, became familiar and more of a mystery all in one. In my opinion that is an excellent sign of world building. Lyric thought she was a normal eighteen year old young lady. Normal everyday worries like boys and school. Feeling the pressures of making the right choice. Trying to find the place where she fit in. Until an accident, has Lyric seeing things differently. Realizing that her nightmares are in fact reality. Shaking the very foundation of everything she knows. From Breath and Ruin is a multi layered, coming of age and magical story. I’m not a huge fan of YA novels, however I’ve been a loyal fan of Ms. Ryan for many years now. While I was hesitate to read From Breath to Ruin because of the YA factor and I’m glad to say, but shouldn’t be surprised, I did enjoy the read more than I believed I would. The world building is spot on, the characters developed more depth throughout the story and the magical elements were just that magical. A nice beginning to what is looking to be a series that is going to bring many surprises.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
A thrilling emotional roller-coaster that has all the best kind of twists and turns that will leave you breathless and begging for more...... This was so hard to put down once I started reading (dishes went undone, laundry was set aside and forgotten.... LOL) A very turbulent and beautifully magical, dangerously thrilling world and the battle for survival has just begun.. looking forward to more.
Tam More than 1 year ago
Wow....just Wow!!! I've not read YA since the last Harry Potter Book. Carrie Ann Ryan has written a great book & has created a fantastic word with intriguing characters & I can't wait for the next book!
Nomore More than 1 year ago
As per usual Another great book series! This was a new genre for me and I’m so glad I took the chance to read it. This book is a gem and I fell in love with all of the characters so easily. These kids where on a wild breath taking adventure and I can’t wait for the next installment!
moonfox1234 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing start to this YA read. I thought the story line was expertly written, complex and very well developed. I felt that Lyric was a wonderful character. She was immensely likable and very relatable. I thought that the world building was stellar because it gave me an immersive "you are there" feel. I loved the blend of magic, prophecy, friendship, war, emotional turmoil and drama. With the battle lines between light and dark drawn and Lyric's life and reality shaken to the core, this book will snare your interest and leave you anxious for the next book in this intriguing series.
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This is a brand new series in the YA genre for an author that normally writes PNR and Contemporaries. I am always a little iffy about reading YA books because they seem to either be absolutely great or I hate them no matter how much I try to feel differently. But I love the way this author writes and all her other books are great so I figured, why not? And I am so beyond glad that I did! Lyric is a character that I found easy to love and want to know more about. The side characters keep you wanting to know more about their different relationships and how they all came about and how they will evolve with time. I would absolutely make sure that you pay attention because there are a lot of details involved with this first story and they help build the whole world and the bigger story, but if you aren't paying attention you may miss some things (I did LOL) and have to go back and reread part of it so that it makes sense to you. For me, this book is the best start to this series. And with the way it goes and how much I didn't want it to end? It reminded me of how I felt while reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games! I can't wait to see where the other books in this series takes us!
Lexee9 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!!! It was such a fantastic read! It pulled me in from beginning to end! The world that we are introduced is very different and really cool. There are a lot of details in this story but you need them because the Maison Realm is so different from Earth. I loved how we were introduced to it. There is still so much to learn about this and exactly what's going on in the Realm and what has caused all their problems. You get bits and pieces of it but you know you don't have the full story. And neither does the heroine, Lyric. We learn as Lyric does and I like that. It really fits this book and story so well. There are definitely twists that you don't see coming. This story is full of intrigue and action and magic. There is a lot going on but the reader doesn't feel overwhelmed. This is a young adult/new adult fantasy and there isn't anything in it that keeps a young adult from reading it. As long as they can comprehend the complexities that are the story. This is only the beginning of the series and the ending of the book feels that way. You don't get left on a cliffhanger with a life or death situation but things are definitely left unresolved. I can't wait for the next book! I'm super excited to see where we get to go next and to see how Lyric continues to evolve and mature. She has a lot of pressure on her and has had a lot thrown on her in a short amount of time. This book left me feeling good and really excited for what comes next. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
C_Beddow More than 1 year ago
Carrie Ann Ryan has created a world that you can't get enough of. Lyric is a recent high school graduate that has no idea what she wants to do. She just feels out of place and has been having very wierd dreams. Learning they are true scares the crap out of her, but she knows she needs to do something about them. The characters in this book are wonderful (with one exception) and you want the best for them. A great start to the series. I got this book from the author for an honest review. This one isn't even published yet and I want the next one now!
Ana94 More than 1 year ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Carrie Ann Ryan is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
Kristi Metcalf More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book From one of my favorite contemporary and paranormal authors comes a new series and it’s YA. Carrie Ann Ryan leads us into a world of elemental magic, a world looking for it’s savior in the form of the Spirit Priestess. Lyric, love that name btw, is a recent high school graduate trying to figure out her path in the world. She knows she’s going to college, but for what? Her friends Braelynn and Emory know what they want to do in life, but not her she is just a ordinary bisexual girl from Colorado. Well ordinary but the dreams she’s been having since she was a kid. Rhodes is the hot dude from down the road, along with his sister Rosamond they show Lyric that the world is not what it seems. Ok if you have seen the cartoon or read the Manga The Last Air Bender you can kinda get the feel of the realm of Maison. There are people that can use the four elements or more than one of them. There is also a caste system with Queens, Kings, Lords, Ladies, and the lower class. Ryan has done a excellent job bringing this new world of hers to life, it’s totally different for her but not really if that makes any sense at all. The characters, other than having magic, are real as well as the Maison Realm. It’s exciting to see Lyric, who thinks she’s nothing special just a average girl, find new things about herself and how strong she really is. Couple things though, Emory is also Lyric’s ex as well as her friend, however, she seems like a real witch to me. She’s not nice at all and seems to cause trouble and fights with everyone. Two, I don’t think that Rhodes is what he seems to be besides a hot dude that show Lyric that humans are not alone and magic is real. Oh, Oh, Oh and there is another guy Easton. He’s suppose to be one of the bad guys but I get the feeling that there is more than just the attractiveness of a bad boy about him. I can not wait until book 2, to find out more about this world and to see what kind of path that Lyric takes to become the person that she is meant to be.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
From Breath and Ruin is a YA fantasy coming of age story. It starts out really slow but develops the world and characters along the way. I almost put it down as I really didn’t like Lyric but as our group moves along we get to see glimpses of the woman Lyric could become. I will be reading the next installment to see how she evolves. The character I really liked, Braelynn, has already evolved and I can’t wait to see how she handles it. Overall a good beginning.
Khrista1029 More than 1 year ago
From Breath and Ruin is Carrie's first YA book but honestly you wont notice, there is a love element and a hint of a love triangle going on in this first book of 4. This story starts off at a slow burn then ramps up to a fast paced book you will find hard to put down. Lyric is an 18 year old who just graduated high school and like most 18 years old she doesn't know what to do with the rest of her life. Lyric is getting pressure from her parents to declare a major or a path of study when she starts college in the fall but she is at a loss. Plagued by nightmares for the majority of her life she dreams of monsters and all things that go bump in the night. Lyric grew up not quite feeling like she fit in with most kids and has the same best friend all her life, she cant help but feel like her whole life is going to change like something is coming for her that she doesn't quite understand. Rhodes has been sent to the Earth Realm to find the Spirit Priestess, a woman who was foretold to save the Maison Realm, his home, with his sister Rosamund, who is a powerful seer. The Maison Realm is a Realm with element wielders, there are 5 elements, Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit. The Realm was torn appart 500 years ago and separated into warring kingdoms. The Maison Realm is dying and unless the Rhodes and Rosamund can find the Spirit Priestess, a woman who can wield all 5 elements, and bring her home the Maison Realm will be no more. Lyric thinks she is loosing her mind, all of this seems way out of what someone would consider sane. Lyric, her best friend Braelynn and Emory her ex-girlfriend and friend, set out with Rhodes to the Maison Realm and that is where her life really changes, everything she thought she knew was upended. Lyric has to battle her self doubt and fight to survive in this strange land.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
From Breath and Ruin is Book 1 in a new YA series by Carrie Ann Ryan. I don't typically read a lot of YA (it seems a bit creepy to be reading about characters that are my kids' ages LOL) but I love everything else this author has written so I thought "why not?". The back story is a tad bit on the complex side so I found that I really had to read closely and a bit slower than I normally do in order to stay focused and engaged. At about the halfway mark, however, I caught the groove and it was smooth sailing after that. Overall I enjoyed the strange new world that Lyric and her friends found themselves within. Lots of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see how it all plays out. Looking forward to Book 2.
BookAddictLive More than 1 year ago
Wow what a start to an exciting and enthralling world created by Carrie Ann Ryan. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I enjoy YA fantasy especially when its been done well. We follow Lyric's journey and two of her friends when they follow Rhodes into the Maison Realm to save Rhodes sister who was captured while saving Lyric. We follow Lyric’s journey through the realms, and the different characters and fighting they have to do. Even though Lyric know she has dreamed of the realms and some the people it’s hard for her to believe in herself. This is a must read to all fan of YA Fantasy this is only book one and the author has promised more to come. Get into the journey w
Jenn2018 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I love the world Carrie has created! It's full of magic, other worlds and realms, the girl who can't find her place - not knowing who she really is, or what she is capable of and what she means to thousands in the other realms. As Lyric is drawn into the war between the realms, she begins to find herself, even as sh doubts she the answer to the Prophecy. She learns not only are things not as they seem. neither are her friends. This is pulse pounding beginning to the series that left me breathless and wanting more!!!I absolutely loved it!!
ACody89 More than 1 year ago
Before reading this I didn't think I was much of a fantasy fan and was a little leary about reading this. I LOVED the Dante's Circle series, so I'm not really sure where this doubt came from. All of those doubts melted away after the first two chapters. I was instantly hooked and incredibly curious. I had to know what this was all about. What did these dreams mean and what did all of these people have to do with anything. I don't know if was my curiosity, or if the writing was just that good, but I just HAD to go on. One of the beautiful and amazing things about Carrie Ann's writing is the amount of detail she uses. From the scenery to the characters themselves, she has the PERFECT amount of detail. Throughout the whole story I could truly picture everything that Lyric saw. In addition to the detail, she always use the perfect amount of emotions. I was constantly feeling something, it was almost as if I were one with Lyric. There's just something about Carrie Ann's writing that is so special. You almost feel as if you are in the world she's writing about, like you're watching a movie, not reading a book. Now, it's talk about these amazing characters. I ADORE Braelynn and Lyric, but I HATED Emory from the beginning. She was such a damn downer. Then we also have Rhodes and Rosamond, I knew they were special and I loved the connection they had with Lyric. I am soooo big on supporting characters, I think that Braelynn and the addition of Luken, made for such great supporting characters. We got to see just enough of them to keep it interesting, and we really got to have a special connection with them because of their connection with Lyric and Rhodes. Add to all of this these minor love stories, the mysteriousness of this new world and the battles these amazing characters are facing, it equals one hell of an amazing tale. I'm so glad that I didn't let me "thoughts" deter me from reading this book. I loved every single minute of it. It's such a fantastically written story, and I really hope others enjoy it also!