Friday, June 24, 2011

Ember And Ash, Book Review

The old ones will have their revenge.
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames.
Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past. They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.

Ember And Ash by Pamela Freeman
ebook, 528 pages
Published at May 2011 by Orbit

Ember and Ash is a big book. Like really big. I can't say i was tired with it though. I read so many YAs and this one is pure fantasy. The more adult-like. It felt good reading it.

The multiple POVs in the book give the story a different way to enjoy it. You don't just follow the protagonists but people less important and from different tribes, ideas, etc. Result of that is to get a better idea of how the world thinks and acts without being confusing. It's so full of adventure and less battles and stuff, that you travel through the whole world actually.
I also liked how the gods was actually the nature elements (Water, Fire, Air, Earth, Ice,etc), how they communicated with people and how they had their own part in the book too. Neither everything was god's fault neither human's.

As for Ember and Ash. Wow! They relationship is so tense. They are like brothers but with time they start feeling different for each other. But they always care, and don't afraid to do sacrifices for each other even if it hurts them or it's for the greater good. They are also so different and strong characters. You feel the power in them. They leave their mark to their world and the story and their chapters were definetelly my favorite.

Another cool thing i noticed was how the chapter's were named after the place the person we follow is and not in numbers or titles. It was cool, and with the map you could see anytime where you were.

Ember and Ash is something new in fantasy. I enjoyed every part of it, and its characters with their little secrets. And the world, had some interesting stories and history that i would love for more books in it with the same or new characters.

Thanks the publishers and Netgalley for a digital copy of the book.


  1. I stopped by from the blog hop

  2. 500+ pages in digital form?? I don't know how you managed it....The book sounds interesting though....

  3. By the way, how old are the characters??

  4. @Nina: took me some days to read it. Even at the e-reader. It was BIG!
    Oh...they are about 20 years old if i remember right.


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