Welcome Fellow Readers! SO happy to bring you guys another review! I found this gem wandering the aisles of Barnes and Noble and it caught my eye. The synopsis intrigued me so I went ahead and bought it!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My First Thoughts:
I didn’t really have any ideas about this book before I started it because I hadn’t done any research on it beforehand which is kind of cool! It’s been a really long time since I’ve just gone into a bookstore just to see what I could find. I honestly had already forgotten the synopsis by the time I started reading which just made it that much more exciting!
Post-Reading Thoughts (Spoilers!):
Soooo this book is Amazing! The main character, Ember, is all sorts of awesome! She lives in a time where it’s only appropriate for girls to sew and basically just sit around the castle waiting to be married off to some stranger and she’s so not into that! She wants to be a warrior! She wants to kick butt and take names and not have to rely on any man to help her! She’s totally my kind of character!
Eira is extremely annoying, however, as well as Alistair, which is her friend from back home who is also training to be a knight. Both of them are just so easy to manipulate and are willing to do whatever it takes to get power. Alistair is always pining after Ember, even after she told him that she didn’t like him that way. Every time it switches to one of their perspectives I just feel like screaming! However I feel like those character traits were intentional and it does not change my opinion on how great this book is!
I couldn’t help to compare this book to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. In both books the strong female character falls for her brooding, dark, powerful mentor but trust me I’m not complaining!!! While the relationship doesn’t really form until the end of the book it’s still really cute. Barrow and Ember are perfect!
So Rift is the first book of the series and I’m not sure how many books there is going to be but the second book has already come out (review coming soon!) and there’s definitely going to be a third! Since this is my first time reviewing a series I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to go about it. Obviously not all the books are out yet but it’ll be weird if people read the review for the second book first, talk about spoilers! Oh well, I guess I’ll just go with it and see how it goes!
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars! This book really hooks you into the series and makes you want to come back for more!
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde