Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rift by Andrea Cremer

Published: August 2012
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 431
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: 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.

With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

Wow.  Where do I even begin with this book?  Rift is the prequel to the Nightshade trilogy.  Initially I was hesitant to read Nightshade but once I began, I was sucked into the story.  There is something about Andrea Cremer's writing that draws you in and compels you to continue reading until the end.  She is one of my top storytellers and can weave a world like no other.  I am not a big into fantasy.  Supernatural, horror, paranormal, but I've always shied away from reading something that delves into fantasy.  Ms. Cremer's series will throw me back into this genre.  

Ember Morrow is yet another strong female protagonist who volunteers to enter a career typically suited for the male gender.  She rises to the challenge and demonstrates her wit and skill while juggling her feelings for her mentor.  What makes this plot more intriguing is how the author slowly establishes a subtle fissure in the beliefs of the leaders.  Rift just barely touches the surface of what this series is to become.  Look for a book with intrigue, action, romance and plenty of lies and betrayal.  I heartily enjoyed it and you will too if you liked Kristin Cashore's Graceling or enjoy reading stories about the Templar knights. Ms. Cremer crafts a mighty fine storyline.  I'm expecting this series to be epic.

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