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And yet I do want to read the next installment in the series when it arrives. I believe the author has talent; it took creativity for the long-term story premise and the main city. I hope that some of the facets and imagery associated with the characters in the beginning are re-visited because we don't yet have answers to the "why" for all of them (Tash's deafness etc). This book does work well as a set-up for future novels, so I know there will be SOMEthing we haven't yet seen the end of. . .
Gripping with a blend between the modern (writing) and the fairy-tale (the world, the character’s speech), this unique tale is sure to be a thriller. What is more epic than the all-out chaos of the ending (and I do mean Chaos) is the dynamic character building which gives the series a strong foundation. Some complain that it’s not enough initial action for them, yet to me, the underlying tension of what is to come and the build up to the conclusion require the deeper moments as we watch the characters grow, exploring their own minds and powers. Essentially a coming of age story, the emotions and curve of the characters bring the heart into the adventure so that by the time the bodies start falling, we are deeply involved and we simply care.
Addictive and unique, Raining Embers is a fiery introduction to a new series that is sure to engage both the imagination and the heart. Not quite like anything I have read before, the theocratic land of Latysia makes us both believe and fear for the future. The supernatural discoveries of the main characters and the beings they truly represent contrast nicely with the innocence of growing children, searching for their place in a world of lies. Highly recommended.
They are supposed to be two incarnations of pre-titanic gods, but there is little primal about them.
So the story followed two teens and how their abilities were essentially that of order and chaos. My one confusion was ages as I kept viewing the two protagonists more as like 15 year old kids but then they would mention that they were closer to 19 or 20 years old and I kept getting so confused at moments, but that was probably more of a personal thing. I always felt, during the story, that how they reacted to certain situations, was that more of a younger child than of an adult, but that’s not a complaint. More of just a personal feeling while reading.
There was nice character development as well. You got quite attached to the two protagonists, Brier and Palmer and it was nice to see how they developed as characters as well as they developed with each other. This book definitely did have a romance aspect to it, though it was definitely not the main theme. It was just a nice way to make the story interesting and engaging and adding a new dynamic to the story.
My only one complaint about the book was the aspect of Palmer’s hearing. It was stated that he had a hearing issue, only being able to hear one thing at a time if he concentrated on it, but as the story continued to progress, I got the feeling that that issue went away, and I think that was due to the expanding of his abilities which was kind of interesting, but that was my only one complaint/confusion. Where the hearing issue went and why it was significant in the first place. But, once again, that is more of a me complaint as I’m sometimes extremely picky with stories.
The ending of the book was quite good as well. It was fast paced although a lot was crammed into the last 100 pages. It was about 200 pages of set up and then the last 100 pages was a lot of stuff happening in a very short period of time. Now this is a writing style, and a lot of YA books do it, and it’s extremely common, so I’m once again not saying it is bad, but I’ve always been into books where the action scenes are a little more dragged out, or the build up to the action scene doesn’t take place in only about a chapter or so. Although I do know a lot of people who like the fast build ups because instant-gratification is a thing now a days. The quick ending was nice though because you did have quite a few questions towards the end and you got a lot of them answered really fast which is always nice because you can breathe and go ‘Ohhhhhh! I get it now!”.
I also really do love the cover. The mixture of the light blue/teal with the yellow and fire design is a really nice combination, it really caught my attention. It was the first thing that I noticed before I started to read the book and I love that quality about it.
It wasn’t a difficult read at all, only about 280 pages or so and didn’t take me that long to read. Only reason it took me a ‘while’ was because I was busy and had to keep stopping but I was easily able to get through the last 100 page or so in an hour or two, so it wasn’t difficult. It was typical YA writing so it fits perfectly into the genre.
Overall I really did enjoy the book. It was unique, giving Order and Chaos bodies and abilities and making them become part of the world. I’m certainly intrigued as to how this series is going to be taken and would definitely be interested in reading the follow up book(s).
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