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A series of novels by Creator/SharonShinn.

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.

The third novel, ''Jeweled Fire'', follows ''sweela'' Princess Corene as she runs away to the neighboring country of Malinqua, where the empress is gathering foreign princesses as potential marriage candidates for her three nephews. As the nephews vie for the throne, the appearance of a new, long-lost grandson of the empress complicates the succession. And as Corene and her faithful guard discover, there may be a darker reason she and the other girls were brought to court...

The fourth novel, ''Unquiet Land'', is slated to be published in fall 2016 and will star the ''torz'' woman Leah, a character who was introduced in the previous book.
!! Elemental Blessings contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Compare Zoe, Darien, Vernon, and Natalie to Josetta, Elidon, Seterre, Alys, and Corene.
* ArrangedMarriage: Vernon and Elidon arrange this with the Viceroy of Soeche-Tas for [[spoiler:twelve-year-old Corene.]] Zoe was [[{{Understatement}} not]] [[{{BerserkButton}} amused.]]
* AttemptedRape: Corene has been terrified of Dominic Wollimer since he tried to force his way into bed with her.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Zoe and Darien in ''Troubled Waters''. By ''Royal Airs'', they're married with a daughter. They still bicker, but of course, they knew that would happen going into the relationship.
* BerserkButton: Go ahead, threaten anyone under Zoe's care. We dare you.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Alys ''tries'' to hide her bitchiness. By the second book, no one's buying it.
** Josetta's mother Seterre is a less nasty, more juvenile version.
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler:Melissande]] casually brings this up near the end of the book in which she appears. Her outrageous flirtations with men and women apparently caused a scandal back home; oddly enough ''not'' because she's bisexual, but because she's unmarried.
* BodyguardCrush: It initially appears that Foley has one on his charge, Josetta. Ultimately subverted: ''Josetta'' was interested in him, but he refused. So is [[spoiler:Corene, who ends up being more successful.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kayle Dochenza. If all elay people are {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s to an extent, Kayle as the elay prime takes it up a notch. People's first reaction to him tends to be "he's certainly a madman." However, he's also a brilliant inventor, responsible for bringing both cars ("elaymotives") and airplanes to Welce.
* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:Lorian, Filomara's steward]] turns out to have a body count of at least three.
* TheChessmaster: Darien Serlast "knows everything"--or so he makes everybody think. Even [[spoiler:before Vernon dies,]] Darien is pulling most of the strings.
* 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. Bonus points for them both being sweela, making them "fiery" in more than one sense.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Corene and Josetta, respectively.
* ForcedOutOfTheCloset: Jiramondi didn't come out by choice; he was revealed when Filomara's steward caught him in a compromising position.
* TheGoodChancellor: Darien Serlast. So good that by the end of ''Royal Airs'', [[spoiler:he's king in all but name, soon to receive the name too.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Alys, King Vernon's cruel and manipulative third wife.
* GreenEyedMonster: Alys is unpleasant 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.
* HiddenBackupPrince: [[spoiler: Rafe Adova, twice over.]] Naturally this makes [[spoiler:Steff, his brother]] one too.
* 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.
* NotBloodSiblings: In a completely nonsexual example, [[spoiler: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 from ''Royal Airs'' onward. [[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. Corene ''does'' discover an interest in diplomacy, despite her dislike of court intrigue.
%% * 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.
* SettledForGay: [[spoiler:Jiramondi and Melissande]] agree to marry out of convenience (he gets to live somewhere more accepting, she gets control over who she marries and a degree of respectability), knowing that they're both actually going to be seeing other people.
* 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. Nope, he's just a very devoted bodyguard.
* SuccessionCrisis: A lot of Welce's political problems stem from this. There ''are'' heirs [[spoiler:even if three out of four of them aren't actually the king's children]], 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, much less ruling it, starting the whole mess all over again.]]
** Berringey has a uniquely bloody approach to avoiding these. Once the king has an heir, his siblings, cousins and their children are expected to commit suicide or be murdered.
** Malinqua is suffering a succession crisis of its own, as the empress's direct descendants are all dead [[spoiler:until her grandson shows up]] and none of her nephews have been officially named heir. Each nephew has a "flaw" that makes the choice a fraught one: Garameno is in a wheelchair, causing people to look down on him as not a "whole" man; Jiramondi is gay, making him an "abomination" to homophobic Malinquan society; and Greggorio is charming but none too bright.
%% * 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.