Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: Raining Embers (Book #1) by Jessica Dall

Genre: Fantasy
Published: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Pages: 280
Source: Sage's Blog Tours / Author
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.

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About the Author:

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at the age of fifteen and has been hooked on writing ever since. In the past few years, she has published two novels, The Copper Witch and The Porcelain Child, along with a number of short stories that have appeared in both magazines and anthologies.

In college, Jessica interned at a publishing house, where her “writing hobby” slowly turned into a variety of writing careers. She currently works as both as an editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

When not busy editing, writing, or teaching, Jessica enjoys crafting and piano, and spending time with her friends and family. She can most often be found at her home in Maryland with a notebook and her much-loved, sometimes-neglected husband.

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I received this book from Sage's Blog Tours for the book tour, all reviews and opinions are my own. If you would like to check out the rest of the blog tour click here for the official schedule. 

The plot is what hooked me from the beginning, I mean who wouldn't want to read about Order and Chaos. I really enjoy books with gods in them so this one was right up my alley. The beginning of the story was a bit slow for me which I expect in the fantasy genre since you are building a whole world basically from scratch. So I could have overlooked that but the characters seemed a bit flat at least in the beginning. As the story progresses the two main characters loosen up a bit and show a bit more emotion and of course the action gets really good near the end.

The relationship between Brier and Palmer was confusing, at times it seemed that Briar was playing with Palmer and at others seemed like she really liked him. I understand for some of their time together it was under duress but when they were in the clear and had time together they could have talked about it a bit more, also for Palmer who is supposed to be omniscient sure has no clue when it comes to Brier or anything happening with women. Like I expressed above they do loosen up a bit and you do see some emotions between them and I think Rosette did a lot just by being there which kept them together and made them seem closer.

Rosette is one of my favorite characters, she brings people together without trying to hard. She also has some wicked powers that I would like to know more about. Is she the embodiment of another god or are her powers just randomly given to her. I can't really say to much about her and the ending because spoilers but she is so wicked and awesome when helping Brier. I am glad she is part of the group and a help even though she is a little kid.

I hope to see more of Rosette and her family with Brier and Palmer in the books to come. I think this series could turn into something fantastic. Though the first book didn't leave off on a cliff hanger it is the first book in a series, so I am intrigued on what is going to happen next.

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