Embers

EmbersEmbers by Ronie Kendig
Series: Abiassa’s Fire
Genres: Fantasy
Published by Enclave Publishing on October 16, 2015
Pages: 432
Also by this author: Falcon

 

It was meant to be a gift, but to Haegan it feels more like a curse. A quadriplegic since being poisoned ten years earlier, his sister, Kaelyria convinces him to receive her fire wielding gift and flee to the healing waters of the Great Falls. Using a forbidden technique, her powers are transferred to him, temporarily restoring his body. But in return, Kaelyria must endure Haegan’s disability. With one month to find a way to restore Kaelyria, secure permanent healing for himself, and avoid his father’s wrath, Haegan flees his home. Being isolated for most of his life, he quickly discovers he is ill equipped for the outside world. When he meets Thiel and three other companions, he’s not sure if he’s found friends or tolerant companions. However, as he travels with them, one thing becomes clear, at every turn—he seems to be cursed. What once seemed like a chance at freedom, now feels like a death sentence for him and those he loves. With an incredible cast of characters in the midst of an epic journey, Embers is an amazing story not to be missed.

Embers has been near the top of my most anticipated books of 2015 for sometime now.

Embers has been near the top of my most anticipated books of 2015 for sometime now. I absolutely love Ronie’s style of fast action, deep characters, and complex plots. To have these taken to a speculative novel—a fantasy no less—is a dream combination for this reader.

I am truly in love with characters in Embers. There isn’t a single one I didn’t want to spend more time with. Whether it was watching Haegan stumble his way through each mishap or Sir Gwogh trying to head off impending disasters, these characters are deep. Their thoughts about themselves are raw and real. Many readers will easily be able to relate to Haegan’s self-doubts and feelings of worthlessness and inferiority. Others will understand the shame felt by both Haegan and Thiel. Not to mention King Zireli and King Thurig’s feelings of failure at being unable to protect those they love. The characters are written so that their psychological struggles feel authentic and grab the reader’s heart. There is no over the top dramatic flare, but rather pure, raw, emotional struggles.

I am truly in love with characters in Embers. There isn’t a single one I didn’t want to spend more time with.

The storyline for Embers is amazing. It’s quite complex and with the unusual names does require a little extra concentration at times. However, there is a nice depth to this story that combined with the characters makes it virtually impossible to put down. In addition to the main plot, there is a romantic storyline, but the romance is not heavy or overpowering. This part of the story develops slowly and naturally, leading to some fun and endearing scenes. Since this is the first book in the series, there are a few subplots that feel incomplete or perhaps underdeveloped. I suspect these will be fleshed out in later books.

Embers has the same great suspense and wonderful fast pace found in Ronie’s military thrillers, but with a touch of elegance that’s usually not a strong trait in her novels. However, the fantasy setting really allows for this gentle touch and the whimsical elements to shine. These bring an already strong plot to life, while transporting the reader to a whole different world. The setting! I should have mentioned that by now. The world of Primar is fantastic. It’s alive with imaginative creatures and a beautiful landscape. This is a place that readers can easily visualize and feel apart of.

Embers is an epic adventure with amazing characters, a great setting, excellent plot, and all sorts of other things I love in a novel.

As a fantasy novel, the spiritual content is not explicitly spelled out in Christian terminology. However, it is not difficult to pick up on Christian themes and elements that are relevant and right on. The internal struggles that Haegan faces and how those affect him and the ones around him are very real. Some of the best parts are in how Abiassa isn’t so different from God. To go too deeply into this part, would present some spoilers, so I’ll leave it for the reader to discover. J

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and I was not disappointed. Embers is an epic adventure with amazing characters, a great setting, excellent plot, and all sorts of other things I love in a novel. The ending is not particularly tidy, which means a terribly long wait before finding out what happens next.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *