Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.
With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.
Ember Morrow lives in a world where she is meant to look and act like a proper lady. Even though that is what her family expects of her, she just wants to feel the cool, heavy weight of a sword in her hand. Her wishes become true when a debt is called upon her father, and Ember is taken away to serve Conatus.
After much grief from her family, Ember becomes an initiate of the Conatus guard. She soon has to throw away all the properness she has been taught and get down and dirty with training. But there is so much that Ember does not know about the world she lives in. Join Ember in a journey through fear, triumph and love.
I am a HUGE fan of Andrea Cremer. I devoured her Nightshade series within like a week, and even though she ruined the series, I have sworn to always read anything she writes. I actually received an ARC copy of Rift from another blogger, and I was glued to my couch until I finished it. It was just so good. I loved the plot and the characters. Most of all, though, I really enjoyed gaining more of the background information that comes before the Nightshade series. For those of you who are familiar with the Nightshade series, you’ll be interested to learn that you will gain more information about Cian, Eira and Bosque Mar.
This book does start out a little slow. I would say that it took me about 70ish pages to really start getting into it. Keep in mind, though, that this book is a little over 400 pages. Once it started to get good, it got REALLY good. I actually think that I might have even liked this book better than the Nightshade series.
The character of Barrow was absolutely gorgeous. As readers, we tend to fall in love with multiple male characters. Barrow is the kind of character that sticks in your memory and gets shoved to the top of your list. I fell in love with him from the instant he was introduced, smirking at Ember, and I never wavered. I could have done with a few more scenes that included the romance of Barrow and Ember, but I understand why that didn’t happen. Trust me when I say that we are going to see a LOT more of those two in the second book!
There is nothing really too negative that I can say about this book because I loved it. This was SUCH an amazing book! I’m already dying to get my hands on the second book because I know it’s going to be just perfect. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as it is an amazing read!
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Rating: [rating: 4.5]
Teaser Quote: “It gaped at her, swaggering forward. She didn’t know if it was trying to speak. Its mouth opened and closed, and sloppy, gibbering sounds emerged. It leaned over her and she couldn’t move. A maggot dropped from the rotting flesh of its jaw and squirmed over Ember’s cheek.”