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Rift by Andrea Cremer

Monday, June 11, 2012

 Synopsis: 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.

Review: Rift by Andrea Cremer is a fantastic prequel to the Nightshade Trilogy! I really enjoyed the magic and the detail taken into the historic setting. Rift transports you back to a dark and mysterious time filled with adventure as you witness the rise of the Keepers. Cremer’s story is filled with rich descriptions, an enchanted setting and a courageous young heroine who is admirable right off the bat. I loved Ember, she’s the perfect feminist protagonist. I thought it was great that although Barrow was there to help train her, she didn’t come off as weak without him. Ember is fierce enough to stand on her own. It was entertaining see where this story went and I think fans of the Nightshade series will be pleasantly surprised with it. Although this is a prequel and being such usually means a lot of filler, Rift is definitely not that. It’s unique and enchanting. Cremer does a wonderful job keeping things fresh and on our toes. Her writing style is lovely and easy to follow. Despite the fact that Rift wasn’t set in modern times, the dialogue is engaging and I couldn’t help but anticipate the scenes between Ember and Barrow. Alistair was a nice touch to the story and I was relieved to see that Cremer wasn’t trying to create too much of a love triangle. I think my only complaint about RIFT would be, I wish the romance between the two could’ve been fleshed out a little more, but even so the scenes that were there, were fantastic! I can’t wait until the next part of the sequel as we journey on from the order with Ember and Barrow. I highly recommend this story for all fans of the Nightshade series and if you’re not a fan already pick up RIFT. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Andrea Cremer’s characters and her writing!

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Releases:  8/7/12
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