Friday 10 February 2012

Review: Ember - Kristen Callihan

UK Cover
After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancée learns of her descent into danger--and of the strange, new powers she's discovered --saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most-his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?

Darkest London Series:
Ember (Prequel Novella)
Moonglow (2012)
Winterblaze (2013)

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Ember is published as a prequel novella to Kristen Callihan's debut novel Firelight but to be honest I think you're probably better off reading it after the main story.  I absolutely loved Firelight and I really enjoyed getting a bit more background information about the main characters in Ember.

We get to see what happened to each of them in the three years between their very first meeting and when they marry.  It was interesting to see more about how Miranda met Billy and to see just what caused her fiance to run out on her. I also enjoyed finding out more about what Archer had been doing to try and find a cure for his curse.

I do think that we are given a little too much information in this one about Archer's curse and that would probably have taken away some of the impact that the revelation in Firelight had if I'd read this story first.  Ember does work really well as an extra to the series though so it is something I would recommend for Firelight fans.  If you haven't come across this series yet then I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a paranormal twist and a Gothic feel to it.  Kristen Callihan is an author to watch out for!

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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  1. Excellent review. I will have to check this out. x

  2. @ Susan - I would recommend reading Firelight first but it is a fantastic read so I'm sure you'll enjoy it! Once you've read Firelight this is a fab extra :o)



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