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Rise: A Nightshade Novel Hardcover – January 8, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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Cremer returns to Nightshade’s prequel world with this fast-paced sequel to Rift (2012). Her trademarks—romantic sensuality, swift pace, and powerful magic accessible to humans—are here in full force. Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow, who was training to be a Knight of Conatus, now juggles her attraction to handsome trainer Barrow with her need to gently dissuade ardent Alistair, a childhood friend who has long lusted after Ember. Lady Eira, who gained control of the Conatus compound Tearmunn by her pursuit of dark magic, now allows the nether world’s Lord Bosque Mar to seduce her. Readers who enjoyed the feisty warrior maidens of Rift may be dismayed that these women now rely primarily on their ability to manipulate men by conceding to seduction or pretending to be in love. Werewolf fans, however, will rejoice at Alistair’s grisly experiments, which result in Nightshade’s wolf shapeshifters. As the two series begin to bind together, they create a backstory for the Nightshade books that will please series fans. There’s at least one more title coming, judging from the cliff-hanger ending. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Plans for this fifth title in the New York Times best-selling Nightshade series include an impressive national consumer advertising campaign, and a presence at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Comic-Con International. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton
Praise for Andrea Cremer's Nightshade Series
“A book for well-read hopeless romantics who like their heroines conflicted, their love interest smoldering and their passions triangulated and torrid, yet unfulfilled.”—The Los Angeles Times
“Will keep you reading intently.” —EntertainmentWeekly.com
“A clever young adult saga that leaves readers on the edge of their seats.”—The Associated Press
“Sexy and intoxicating, filled with action, suspense, and definitely romance . . .you will be dying for more!”—The Romantic Times
“An imaginative…paranormal-suspense story. The book’s underlying themes of individualism and freedom…lift it to a higher level.—Kirkus Reviews
“Sexy and thrilling.”—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
“Nightshade is a glittering, dark gem.”—Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Eternal
“Cremer’s trademark quick pace, romantic sensuality, and strong female characters will have fans clamoring for the next title.” –Booklist
“A richly layered, supernatural romance both appealing and unique.” – School Library Journal
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I also loved the relationship between Ember and Barrow. It was beautiful and so romantic. I enjoyed reading the scenes where they were together, just the two of them. Ember and Barrow balance each other out, and are perfect together. I was always rooting for Barrow, even in Rift, and I am happy with how their relationship worked out in the end. However, I still strongly dislike Alister, which is how it's suppose to be (at least that's what I assume Ms. Cremer was going for).
But, like I said in the beginning, I just couldn't get over the ending. There was just no feeling of a conclusion. I knew originally this was only supposed to be a duology, but I need and want another book. Granted, I know that Bosque Marr doesn't get defeated until the last book in the Nightshade series, but there could easily be another book. Even though you find out how the two groups came to be in the Nightshade series, I still would like to see the original formation of them. Also, I want to know what happened to some of the characters. Did Ember and Barrow get married? What about Agnes? There's a whole slew of characters that I want more information on. A couple more chapters, or even a epilogue could have done wonders, and I would have been much happier.
This was still a fabulous book, and I highly recommend it. If you loved the Nightshade series, and loved Rift, then you will enjoy this book, but don't expect an ending. It's left open, which in a way is a good thing. Nevertheless, pick this book up if you want a good read that will take you on a fun adventure.
This book focuses on the aftermath of what happens after the group decides to leave the keep and Lady Eira. So much happens in this book and there is so much room for more. I loved seeing the relationship progress between Ember and Barrow. Honestly, Alistair is somewhat of a nutjob and his obsession with Ember was crazy. He actually moves from obsessing only about Ember to a "project" that will have a huge impact on the war between the Conatus guards and Lady Eira.
I won't go into everything that happens as a whole lot does truly go down. There is a lot of intrigue, magic, danger and some romantic tension.
I will definitely hop into the Nightshade series to read more but also hope that there is some back story included so that I can understand what happened between the wedding and Calla's world.
Besides the ending, I have been waiting a very long time, since Rift, for this book and I was in no way let down. Beautifully written and well exicuted, I would recommened this book to every Nightshade fan out there.