Age Group: Young Adult
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.
Rating: Good, Entertaing Read!
Andrea Cremer is the amazing author of the Nightshade series, so when I heard she was writing a prequel series I couldn’t help but be interested. I instantly requested Rift at my library when it came out and devoured the book. Although it was not my favorite book by Andrea Cremer it was still an enjoyable read.
I felt like Rift was a bit slower paced than the Nightshade series, but it definitely did not lack in action! There was always something new, mysterious, exciting, and thrilling going on throughout the book no matter what. I was a bit confused by the history in Rift about Conatus, The Circle, and Bosque Mar. But, hopefully everything will clear up in the next books.
My favorite part of Rift has got to be the characters. Fans of Calla will for sure welcome Andrea Cremer’s new character, Ember. She’s another feisty, brave, strong, and stubborn heroine. She’s extremely quick on her feet and Barrow even told her that she has speed and instinct on her side. Ember is not only a fearless fighter, but she has a loving, kind heart. She truly wants to fight off the evil in the world. She wants to save the weak and those in trouble. Ember has the purest of intentions and a fighting spirit to go with them.
The boys. Yes, Rift does sound like it has a love triangle, but don’t worry it’s not really one. Alistair is Ember’s best friend who’s been by her side throughout her childhood. He became one of the knights of The Guard a year before and is a brave fool who’s light-hearted with a good sense of humor. And, he actually really loves Ember, but… You’ll just have to find out for yourselves! 😉 Then, there’s Barrow. He’s Ember’s highly skilled mentor in The Guard who seems rough on the outside, but is pretty soft on the inside. He sometimes has trouble expressing his true emotions, but they sometimes slide out around Ember. Personally, I’m rooting for Barrow! But, who knows what’ll happen?
THE ENDING! I felt like it was way too abrupt. The plot of the story began to pick up pace, then BAM! The book’s over and I’m sitting wondering what just happened. No, seriously, I’m going to have to wait until the next book comes out to find out what happens! And, that really kills! It left too many questions unanswered and I NEED MORE!
Overall, Rift was a decent read that I’d definitely recommend to fans of Cremer’s Nightshade series. It’s really interesting to try to figure out the history behind the elements of the Nightshade series and I really enjoyed how it all tied together. If you enjoy heroines who don’t take anything from anyone and know how to fight, you’ll want to pick up Rift. And, for those of you sick of the love triangles in YA, give Rift a try!