Series: Nightshade Prequel #1
Published by Philomel
Pub Date: August 7th 2012
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Being a huge fan of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, it was an automatic “Hell yes!!” when it came to reading this book. The unique and magical world and lore she’s created had so much room for backstory. Rift satisfied my very interested mind.
Set in the 1400s, Rift is the story of why and how the wolves in Nightshade came to be. There are scary monsters The Guard protects the world from, including zombies, goblins, and evil sorcerers. There aren’t many women called to serve in The Guard in this time period, but Ember feels it in the depths of her soul. She’s meant to be a warrior. Her spirit burns to be one.
What I loved about Ember was how she fought with herself all the time. She doesn’t want to be girly. She doesn’t want to pout or throw fits like a child, but no one has ever tested everything in her like Barrow has. She admires him, and she wants the same admiration and respect returned. Barrow, Barrow, Barrow. He was a walking contradiction. Fierce warrior, gentle soul. And even though the romance took a little while to kick in, I didn’t find myself minding too much. But once it did…oh, man. Ms. Cremer sure knows how to write’em. I was swooning at Barrow’s feet.
I was really nervous about the ending because we really don’t know Ember’s role quite yet. We know she’s important, and that something major will come in the next book, Rise, which of course, I’m dying to read NOW!
Even though this book is part of the Nightshade world, being that it’s a prequel, I think people will find it refreshing. I think maybe they’ll like it even more than the Nightshade trilogy. I love the Nightshade trilogy, but I think I loved this one more. I think Ember is more likeable than Calla, and that will appeal to some people who were turned off by her. In other words, if you were on the fence, jump off and join me on the Rift love train!