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Product Details

  • Series: Wildefire
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442450304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442450301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-When Ashline Wilde, 16, reincarnation of the volcano goddess Pele, learns that her younger sister has been abducted by a dangerous Miami-based cult, she heads to Florida to rescue her. Ash discovers that the Four Seasons are power-hungry deities, and that the group's leader hopes to use the child's powers to open a portal into the netherworld where their older sister is trapped. To complicate matters, Aztec god Wes and former flame, the trickster Colt, are vying for Ash's affection. Each one has his own agenda. When buried memories from her past incarnations resurface, Ash learns of her volatile history with both boys-and with her sisters. She must reconcile her past if she's to have a future. This thrilling follow-up to Wildefire (S & S, 2011) reads like the script for an action movie. Despite the mythological angle, however, the haphazard mishmash of deities makes the story feel more X-Men than Clash of the Titans. Violence; underage drinking; and steamy sexual innuendo between characters make this title better suited to older teens. Exciting plot twists, interesting characters, and snappy dialogue will keep them hooked, and a cliff-hanger ending will leave them burning for the final installment.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer. He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnight.com.

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Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city. For more information on Karsten or to watch his video blog, visit karstenknight.com.

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I can't wait for the third book in the series to come out!
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I was totally invested in the characters throughout the book, and when some of the good ones died, it hit me strongly.
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Full of actions, mysteries, suspense, wit and even drama, this book will put you at the edge of your seat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fiktshun on August 28, 2012
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Ashline Wilde wanted nothing more than to leave Blackwood Academy behind and to escape the memories of everything that happened that May. But as she learned when she arrived at Blackwood, you can't always run from your past.

It will follow you. And ignoring it can have devastating consequences. Consequences she's still reeling from.

But when her end of year plans take a drastic turn, she decides to face what she'd been trying to avoid and heads to Miami to track down the sister she knows only from visions. Her six-year-old sister Rose.

With barely any information to go on, she only knows that she has to try. Because her latest visions reveal that Rose could be in even more danger than she was before. And returning to Scarsdale without her is not a future Ash is willing to accept.

Being a volcano goddess may have its perks, a fiery temper not always being one of them, but it also means that things can turn deadly. Fast.

So when the search for her sister lands her in the path of a group of gods and goddess that have a bloodthirsty agenda, Ash must decide whether saving her sister is enough or whether she will have to become a hero for all of humanity.

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Embers & Echoes is the dynamic, riveting, wildly entertaining and action-packed follow-up to Karsten Knight's powerhouse debut novel Wildefire. This sequel, that brings together gods and goddesses from around the globe, not only packs a punch, but has an easy flow that will make the pages fly.

The author doesn't just continue this incredibly unique story. He broadens the setting, lengthens the timeline, enlarges the cast of characters and expands the world.
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"The looks that you and Wes have been exchanging the last twenty-four hours have been so hot that I'm surprised you don't need sunglasses to keep from getting pregnant." -- Aurora

"You make a decision whether you want to spend your life staring at dark horizons... or whether you want to spend it catching every sunrise that you can." -- Wes

Leaving her last relationship literally melted in the ground and swearing off future entanglements with supernatural boys, Ash has to make her plans for summer vacation. But, she doesn't get any time to be the usual carefree high school student. With a lead on where to find her kidnapped little sister and how to rescue her older sister from Hell, there's no rest for this reincarnated Polynesian volcano goddess.

"MIA" is her destination -- The airport code for Miami is appreciated by Ash's sense of humor. There, she will become embroiled with more gods and goddesses. Some will become her friends. Some will become her enemies. Some she never wanted to see again.

Internally, Ash must face that her sisters might not want to be found. Her little sister never knew her, and Ash was the one who put her older sister in Hell. From so many angles, still grieving over friends lost in the gods' battles at Blackwood Academy in the first Wildfire novel and watching horrors exploding around her, Ash wonders if she is on the right course.

And whose team are the other gods playing for? Colt gives Ash back some of the memories that all gods have taken from them from lifetime-to-lifetime. But what do they mean, and will they show her what she needs to know in time?

With all that, Ash still has to remember to call home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Van @ Short and Sweet reviews on September 3, 2012
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Embers and Echoes, the sequel to Wildefire was an amazing-emotional rollercoaster! I read Wildefire last year and really enjoyed it. Karsten left readers with a shocking cliff hanger...so I knew I had to read the sequel ASAP. Embers and Echoes starts off exactly where the last book ended, with Ashline and Colt emerging from the motorcycle accident, and where readers learn the revelations about Colt's true identity (don't want to spoil the series for those who haven't read it yet). Ashline has a dream of Rose, her younger sister, and follows the clues to Miami. Once she arrives in Miami, she saves another young man who happens to be a deity just like Ash. As Ash and her new friends search for her sister Rose, it leads them to the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons has Rose, and she's part of their master plan to reveal themselves to the human population. Not only does Ash have to save her sister but stop the Four Season before they wreck havoc on the streets of Miami.

If you read Wildefire, you'll definitely get everything you enjoyed in the first book and more! Like the first book, Embers and Echoes is broken up into three parts and there are chapters of Ashline dreaming of her past lives and dreams that are seen through Rose's eyes. Readers get a new playground as they leave the academy in California, and explore Miami. Knight had no problem getting rid of characters in this book, as the list of casualties piled up. I was pretty shocked to see certain characters go and others were kind of expected LOL. This was a very quick read, regardless of it being almost 500 pages (480 pages). The book is full of action, suspense, crazy twist and shocking betrayals! A must read for everyone, and if you haven't read the first book...what are you waiting for?! Go buy it now!
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