Title: Raining Embers (Order and Chaos Book 1)
Author: Jessica Dall
Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
How I got the book: From the author in exchange for an honest review
Summary (from Amazon):
Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.
Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.
When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.
My Review (may contain spoilers!):
Palmer and Brier go on a long quest as they figure out who they truly are and come to the realization that not everything is quite what they thought.
The description throughout the novel was great. I really got the sense I was in a different world. Being a fantasy novel, that was certainly a plus. The characters themselves were fun and likeable. They each went through their own development throughout the novel. I was happy with how they were developed, as well.
I did feel like Palmer and Brier (and Rosette) were on the run throughout most of the novel and we didn’t always have a clear understanding as to why. The running got a bit repetitive and felt like it was just too much build-up to the final chapters.
I enjoyed the last few chapter as that’s when the action really plays its role in the story. The ending itself was satisfying, but I didn’t feel as though there was much of a cliff-hanger. This being the first book in a series, I don’t really know what Palmer and Brier are going to do next.
Will I get the next book when it comes out? Probably. The overall story was well thought-out and unique and I really enjoyed my journey with the characters.
Raining Embers by Jessica Dall gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“An end. A beginning. Everything and nothing. Together.” –Jessica Dall, Raining Embers
About the Author (from her website):
While in college, Jessica worked as an intern at a small press, quickly rising through the ranks to Acquisitions Editor, where she remained until they unfortunately shut their doors in 2011. Since that time, she has kept her editing skills sharp, spending three years as a freelance editor before joining the team at Red Adept Editing in 2014, helping authors make their manuscripts the best that they can be.
In 2012, Jessica also added Creative Writing Teacher to her list of literary careers, joining the teaching staff of Writopia Lab in Washington, DC, helping children and teens better their writing and start literary careers of their own.
Jessica is always happy to hear from authors, readers, or anyone else with something interesting (or uninteresting) to say. She can be contacted using jessicadall.com’s contact form, or through her social media accounts:
Raining Embers (Order and Chaos Book 1) will be available on November 3, 2015.
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