Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel, 431 Pages (August 7th, 2012)
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Synopsis: Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.
Review: 5 Stars - Rift by Andrea Cremer is a prequel to her Nightshade series and tells how Keepers originated. In a world filled with magic, good and bad, it’s a thrillingly adventurous story rich in history set back in a time when fathers married off their daughters to men & nobles from faraway places in the hopes of gaining them land and wealth. Our female protagonist Ember is different and wants something more for her life than being married off.
With a debt called in to her parents to claim Ember for a promise made long ago, she’s thrilled for the chance to leave and be on her way - far away from her father and maybe get a chance to fulfill what she wants for herself. She’s strong, loyal and fights hard for what she believes in. She questions things as they come along and works through them to the best of her abilities. While reading I had a chance to watch her grow. Ember had a lot to learn in a short amount of time, all the while dealing with the many changes that she was now facing in the world. All that she thought she knew has changed in the blink of an eye.
And then we have Barrow… oh, Barrow he’s such strength in the story. Strong and loyal as Ember is and a good support he takes fighting for what he believes in to a whole new level. He took Ember under his wing and taught her so much about the new world she was now living in and fighting for.
In my eyes Barrow and Ember fit together really well and complemented each other time and time again. I enjoyed the interaction between these two and looked forward to their moments together.
Overall Rift was a book that I just couldn’t put down. I was riveted to the world that was rich in lore and characters that I couldn’t get enough of. The writing was just the right pace and I often couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! This is one of the best books I’ve read this year I am beyond excited and eager to read the next book in the prequel to Cremers’ previous trilogy.
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