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Nocturnal Embers - an anthology Paperback – December 18, 2012
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What ties those characters, and this anthology together is a place. Nocturnal Embers is a bar catering to supernatural clientele. Its counterpoint, housed in the same building, is called the Nocturnal Flame. In some stories, the bar is as vital a character as any, in others it is mentioned merely in passing. Some characters appear in more than one tale, though most do not.
Like any anthology, there will undoubtedly be some stories you prefer to others. However, the overall quality of the writing and storytelling is high. Themes range from action-packed romance, as in Cate Peace's page-turner "Lured," to revenge, as in Zack Rewey's frighteningly good "Hunting Evangeline."
Keep in mind this anthology is in the horror genre, as well as fantasy. So, if you're going to get squeamish about blood, death, or lust, this probably isn't the book for you. If you can handle those things, get ready for an exciting read. Dive in, be afraid, have fun!
Very adeptly placed in the genre of Supernatural Dark Fantasy and rated 16+, I agree wholeheartedly. This book is an Anthology, which if you are unfamiliar to the term means collection of short stories. I personally am more accustomed to devoting myself to one author at a time and getting lost in their creation. It was a nice surprise for me to enjoy this sampling of many talents!
What I loved about this book was the common denominator Nocturnal Embers, a nightclub for the vast array of supernatural beings depicted in each tale. This place was simple, yet I felt it added just the right edgy flare, while giving the reader a focal point to connect with as we move from one story to the next each with a fresh set of circumstances and characters. In addition, I thought the brief glimpse into each author just prior to their story was a nice touch.
Whether you have an affection for Witches, Shapeshifters, Vampires or Fae you are sure to find something that will tickle your fancy. I was especially fond of "Hunting Evangeline" by Zack Rewey and " Banished" by Jessica Fortunato, though you'll find all the narrations are skillfully written.
Comparatively, what I didn't love was being that this was a compilation of so many stories and characters I am left with no one to root for! No one stood out well enough to really love (or hate for that matter) because their time on the page was too brief. In fact the only character's name that I can remember without looking back is Evangeline! Now it is my personal preference to become emotionally involved, you may find that it is more pleasurable to take a glimpse and move on.
All in all, the writing styles were creative and at times captivating. I advise keeping your eyes open for more from this talented bunch.