Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: Rift by Andrea Cremer

Title: Rift
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: August 7th 2012
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Quick Review: 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.

Detailed Review: From the very start of the first Nightshade series, I seriously loved Andrea Cremer's writing. It was intriguing to learn about the start of it all. If you haven't read the Nightshade series, don't worry! It doesn't apply to this. You can simply read one before the other or the other way around. The story is about a girl called Ember Morrow. From the cover you can already tell that this is going to be an interesting story...

Well, Ember is a girl who fights like a warrior (ish) and is friends with a boy called Alistair. He is somewhat a character who 'wants' to be desperately in love with Ember but she meets another character called Barrow Hess. He's a man who fights warriors easily with ease and fast fearsome moves. 

'As the warriors moved around them roared for blood, the men within the ring began to move. Barrow kept his sword low, watching his opponents. Gordon bellowed, rushing at Barrow, his halberd aimed to impale. Barrow sidestepped, letting Gordon's spring carry him past the point of attack. As Gordon blew past him, Barrow twisted and brought flat of his sword on Gordon's skull. The crack of steel on bone made Agnes shriek.' 

So... as you can see, Barrow can fight really well. I thought the book was really interesting due to her writing style - it's easy and fluid to understand so it's able to make the book, Rift a much more entertaining read than normal. 

EMBER; a girl full of surprises and easily (not so) foolish and completely in love with Barrow. She is a girl born to banish the darkness and be in the light. 

BARROW; the fearsome warrior, ready to protect someone he loves (Ember) and focused on tasks that set him against others in war. 

ALISTAIR; a boy yet still to learn, he is someone who wants Ember's affection and love - though lost her love from the very beginning of the story... 

All kinds of twists and turns will leave the reader completely intrigued and excited in this fast-paced novel that has written once again by the bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy, Andrea Cremer!

'Ember pulled his face to hers, kissing him again before she said, "Your strength gives me courage." He smiled gently. "No, Ember, that is all your strength and none of mine." She balked, but he kissed her, murmuring against her lips, "And that is why I love you." 

Brief Review: 'Absolutely entertaining, enlightening and seriously addictive. I found Rift to be quite the read of something so unusual to something so fresh and exciting - it's a new adventure, ready to be taken on with love and war.'

My Rating: 5/5   'Totally Amazing!' 

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