A series of novels by Sharon Shinn.

In the kingdom of Welce, everything is ruled by the Five Elements, even down to the days of the year and the personalities of the people. The Five Primes help keep the realm in balance, but politics interferes in everything.

The Five Elements and Families:
** ''Coru''--Water and Blood--Lalindar Family
** ''Elay''--Air and Spirit--Dochenza Family
** ''Hunti''--Wood and Bone--Serlast Family
** ''Sweela''--Fire and Mind--Ardelay Family
** ''Torz''--Earth and Flesh--Frothen Family

The first novel, ''Troubled Waters'', follows ''coru'' Zoe Ardelay. Her father Navarr, brother to the ''Sweela'' Prime, was exiled from the capital city of Chialto ten years before. The day of his funeral, Darien Serlast, King Vernon's favorite advisor, arrives to collect Zoe. He claims she is to be the King's fifth bride, but something about his story just doesn't add up. Upon entering the capital, Zoe slips away and loses herself in the heart of the city, hoping to find herself again. What she discovers draws her back into the world of scheming and politics she thought she had left behind forever, but it is the only way to uncover the truth behind her father's banishment and the secrets that Darien Serlast would do anything to keep.

The second novel, ''Royal Airs'' is the story of ''elay'' Princess Josetta. Five years after Zoe turned the country upside down, Josetta is freer than she ever was before. But a mystery is dropped at her feet when she crosses paths with Rafe Adova, a man who appears to lack the Elemental Blessings every Welchin is born with. With rival foreign royals arriving in Chialto, Josetta and Rafe soon discover the secrets of his past go much deeper, and if they don't find a solution, war may erupt between two powerful kingdoms, with Welce as the battlefield.

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!! Elemental Blessings contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Compare Zoe, Darien, Vernon, and Natalie to Josetta, Elidon, Seterre, Alys, and Corene.
* [[spoiler:ArrangedMarriage]]: Vernon and Elidon arrange this with the Viceroy of Soeche-Tas for twelve-year-old Corene. Zoe was [[{{Understatement}} not]] [[{{BerserkButton}} amused.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Zoe and Darien in ''Troubled Waters''. By ''Royal Airs'', they're married with a daughter.
** Although they still bicker. Of course, they knew that going into the relationship.
* BerserkButton: Go ahead, threaten anyone under Zoe's care. I dare you.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Alys ''tries'' to hide her bitchiness. At this point, no one's buying it.
** Josetta's mother Seterre is a less nasty, more juvenile version.
* BodyguardCrush: It looked like Foley had one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kayle Dochenza
* TheChessmaster: Darien Serlast
* CloudCuckooLander: Kayle Dochenza. It's implied that all ''elay'' people are this to a certain degree.
* DumbMuscle: Taro Frothen ''looks'' like he's this.
* ElementalPowers / PersonalityPowers
** BlowYouAway: Kayle Dochenza, the ''Elay'' Prime.
** DishingOutDirt: Taro Frothen, the ''Torz'' Prime.
** GreenThumb: Mirti Serlast, the ''Hunti'' Prime.
** MakingASplash: Christara Lalindar, the late ''Coru'' Prime. Later [[spoiler:Zoe]].
** PlayingWithFire: Nelson Ardelay, the ''Sweela'' Prime.
* FieryRedhead: Alys, full stop. Played with in her daughter, Corene.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Corene and Josetta, respectively.
* TheGoodChancellor: Darien Serlast. [[spoiler: So good there's a very real chance he'll end up king.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Alys, King Vernon's third wife.
* GreenEyedMonster: Alys is a bitch to everyone, but this deserves special mention as 75%+ of her vitriol towards Zoe stems from the fact that she still considers Darien Serlast her territory.
* [[spoiler:HiddenBackupPrince]]: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]]
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Darien's attraction to Zoe. Highlighted by the fact that he's ''hunti'' (unyielding), and she's ''coru'' (contrary).
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Foley and Josetta eventually settle into something like this.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The people trying to kill Josetta in ''Troubled Waters'' invoke this to cover their trail.
* [[spoiler:NotBloodSiblings]]: [[spoiler:In a completely nonsexual example, Josetta, Corene, and Natalie don't share a single drop of blood.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Taro Frothen, although it's less ''acting'' stupid, and more ''looking'' stupid and not bothering to correct anyone who buys it.
* PapaWolf: Darien Serlast to Josetta and Corene in ''Royal Airs''. [[spoiler:Of course, he actually ''is'' Corene's father.]]
* PeoplePuppet: There's compelling evidence that the ''Coru'' Prime has this power, and it's implied that the other Primes do as well.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: Since King Vernon lacks a male heir, eldest-daughter Josetta has been raised to be this, even though she hates it and has no natural talent for it.
* PrinceCharmless: Prince Ghyaneth of Berringey. Oh so much.
* ProfessionalGambler: Rafe Adova when we first meet him.
* TheProfessor: Kayle Dochenza
* RebelliousPrincess: Both Josetta and her younger sister Corene, albeit in different ways.
* RedOniBlueOni: Zoe and Darien, respectively.
* RoyalBrat: Corene and Natalie both have shades of this, the former in the first book and the latter in the second.
** Alys is perfectly straight, adult, royal-by-marriage example.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Josetta is inspired to send aid to Chialto's slums by Zoe in ''Troubled Waters'', and has established and personally runs her own homeless shelter in ''Royal Airs''. She's even looking to expand.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Rafe might as well have Josetta-shaped blinders on for all the attention he pays other women.
** People ''thought'' Josetta's guard Foley also suffered from this. Subverted in ''Royal Airs''.
* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them are illegitimate]], but choosing the ''right'' one is giving the Primes an ungodly number of migraines. [[spoiler:Then, when they finally get a legitimate heir, she winds up having a mental disorder that renders her incapable of functioning in society, starting the whole mess all over again.]]
* SugaryMalice: Alys, again.
* TranquilFury: Zoe's anger has degrees. She's perfectly capable of giving you a verbal smackdown if she thinks you deserve one, but if you're stupid enough to go so far as to press her BerserkButton, her rage goes from firey-hot to icy-cold, and she will calmly and serenely [[spoiler:completely flood your city. Or boil your blood. Or rupture an aneurysm in your brain. Whatever strikes her fancy.]]
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Elidon, King Vernon's chief wife, has shades of this.