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Embers (Abiassa's Fire) Paperback – October 16, 2015
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About the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award–winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs―a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog. Ronie's degree in Psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
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What I liked:
The world building is amazing. There are so many details but the reader isn't overwhelmed with them. You can tell that the author has only scratched the surface with what she knows about this world. No backstory dumps. No excessive explanation.
The characters: Heagan, Thiel, Drracien. Although my two favorites are probably Thurig and Tili. They don't enter until later in the story, which is a shame.
The theme: Good vs. Evil with an emphasis on obedience. I can't help but see parallels to the messiah's coming in a Revelation-like prophecy.
Raqine - I so totally want one. Cool creatures.
What I didn't like:
There was so much going on that I had a hard time getting grounded in the world. I think the author was trying to keep the mystery aspect going to keep up reader engagement, but it almost worked against her. At 30% into the book, I almost gave up reading it because I had spent a lot of time confused and was having trouble keeping some of the characters straight. Even at the end of the book, there were questions left unanswered. I can only presume they will be cleared up through the rest of the series.
And I didn't like that the parts written from the bad guy's perspective were in third person present while the rest of the book was written in third person past tense. That's a preference thing.
Still, I'm giving the book 4 stars because I did enjoy it and I'm glad I didn't put it down. I look forward to reading the rest of the series to get those lingering questions answered.
Kendig did not disappoint in this genre; she threw me right into the story – into another world – and kept my attention all along. Fast-pacing and heart racing, “Embers” had me nearly constantly on the edge of my seat.
No dull moment will annoy your reading experience. From start to finish, it is a most satisfying read.
When writing a fantasy novel, many things have to be taken into account. First of all, you are building this entirely new world and having to bring your reader into it without losing them in the buildup. That’s not an easy task. The other difficult part is with Fantasy you can go all out and be crazy with the names of your characters, places, and objects. With Embers I thought the world was set up well. I had and still have a few things that are a bit confusing to me, but am hoping they will be cleared up with the next book. The names bothered me. They were so difficult that I often glanced at who was talking without trying to say the names in order to save myself some time with sounding it all out every single time. Luckily, one of our main characters, Haegan, isn’t too difficult to say and was smack in the center of almost everything that was going on. He grew throughout the story beautifully. His transformation is still happening and I foresee great things for him in the following book. I really thought Kaelyria would play a more prominent role. They went back and forth a smidge at the beginning and then she basically dropped from the story till the end. I would have liked to see her story play out more. There is a very prolific theme of good vs. evil throughout. While this isn’t the usual for Ronie Kendig, straying from her military thrillers, I think she did an excellent job. The end tied up many of the holes but left several to lead into book two with ease. I think lovers of fantasy will really enjoy this book.