Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Review for Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer

RiftPosted by Donna
Release Date:  August 7th, 2012
Finished Date: July 21st, 2012
Publishers: Atom
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 455
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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.

The Review: I’ve followed Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade Series from the beginning, so when I first hear about Rift – the prequel to Nightshade, I knew I wanted to read it. I adore everything about Andrea’s work, her style of writing, her unique storyline’s and I love that she’s not afraid to take risks with her stories too. And if I sum Rift up into one word it would be, FANTASTIC! 
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Ember Morrows is a sixteen-year old girl who is suffocated by her father’s rules to be married off at a young age. So when she’s called to fulfil a family obligation to join the Conatus Guard, she is more than thrilled to be away from her father’s strict rules. Once there, Ember is trained as a guard to help fight the evil in the world, but when one of her leaders starts dabbling in dark magic Ember must choose which side she’s on.
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While diving into Rift I have to admit, I knew it would be good but I didn’t know what to expect. With story pre-dating Nightshade, it’s based in the early fifteenth century so it did take a few chapters to get into this new world and the style of writing, but once I got past them first few chapters it became a great read. I really enjoyed that this was a historical paranormal read but there are only a hint of paranormal through-out the book, mainly because to start with, the story focuses on Ember’s journey and her discovery of this new world. It was quite slow paced but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. The real excitement comes near the end because we start it see the paranormal aspect in full force and with the return of Bosque Mar; well you can only imagine what he’s been getting up too. 
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The characters of completely different to those who are in Nightshade and as much as I loved them characters, it was nice for Andrea to create a whole new set of characters that were just as unique and made them stand out on their own. 
Ember is a strong, determined and a courageous young girl, she wants to throw herself into the firing line and help stop the evil of the world. She isn’t what her father wants her to be and her boyish qualities are frown upon by him. But with the guard, she can be who she wants to be and take charge of her future. 
Barrow is the strong silence type, broody and always tries to do right, he helps Ember become the guard she needs to be. He fights his attraction to her for many reasons but love over rules all, and he’s soon falling for her. I loved that he was willing to protect Ember from the start, even though she is capable of looking after herself, he still wants to be there for her. Their relationship isn’t a key role in this book, it’s not until the end that we see it so I’m hoping with Rise; book two, we will see more of it. 
The secondary characters were also great. There are many laughs with them which brings the humour into the story.  Some of them like Sorcha and Lucasz quick became my favourites. 
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Andrea Cremer has done a fantastic job creating a whole new setting for Rift and not only that but writing this book really shows the talent’s she has as an author. Rift is not a book without detail and Andrea really captures the setting well. I can't wait to see what she with next. 
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A big thank you to Atom for giving me the opportunity to review this book. 

10 comments:

Braiden Asciak said...

Can’t wait to read Rift. I think I will love it considering how much I adored Andrea because of Bloodrose. And I really love the world as well and everything that came with it.  

Brodie said...

This is the first review I've read so far and you have me even MORE excited than I was! I'm hoping to read this very, very soon provided I hurry up with my next two reads. Ember sounds like brilliant heroine and I'm really excited to see her grow into one badass fighter. I love that we're stepping back in history to gain a different perspective on the world Andrea has created and it sounds like it definitely lives up to expectations. Cannot WAIT to read this! Fantastic review!

Erin W. said...

I adored this book!!!!!! Words can't describe how awesome it was! Anyway great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well!

Carly Chambers said...

Aww, Donna, you have me thinking about picking up this book sooner that I was intending to lol, fab review, glad you enjoyed it! Although I haven't read the Nightshade trilogy, I'm going to give this a blast first & see how I go. :)

Kelly Fox said...

Thanks for that review. I appreciate you saying it took some pages to really get into this new world and century. Now, I can't wait to read it either.

Iffath said...

Ooh, a prequel! I read Nightshade, loved it, but still haven't got around to read Wolfsbane! Must do that asap, especially because you made this sound so awesome! 

DonnasReviews said...

Thanks Brodie. It really was a good read. And Barrow, *sigh* wait until you meet him! Lol

Carina said...

So far I've only read Nightshade even though I also have a copy of Wolfsbane at home, but everytime I see a review for this series, I want to continue it immediately.  This sounds like a really interesting prequel series, so I might have to take a closer look at this one, too. Thanks for sharing, my dear!

Gaby said...

I have this book (ARC) but haven't gotten to it yet. I am so glad you liked it :)

Brent Morris said...

great review