{Bieke Reviews} Raining Embers by Jessica Dall

Posted November 3, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} Raining Embers by Jessica Dall

Raining Embers


by Jessica Dall
Series: Order and Chaos #1
Published on November 3rd 2015
by Red Adept Publishing LLC
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Now here’s a review I’m happy to write! I went into Raining Embers not really expecting much of it and upon finishing it, I can say that I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. Though, yes, I did have a few problems, but most of that wasn’t the book’s fault at all. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Raining Embers is set in the world (land?) of Latysia and tells the story of Palmer and Brier. Palmer has an unusual problem with his hearing, while Brier often has to take to her bed for long periods of time for problems with her scent. Both are from very different circles but their lives intertwine when they are kidnapped on the same night and discover that their disabilities are budding powers. And that’s not all, they are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, these two have to take on the roles they were destined for and learn how to control their powers.

I’m going to get the negative out of the way first, alright? Because I hate being negative so I want to get it over with. I had two problems with this book. And both actually are more for me personally and not really the book’s fault. First off, this book started out a bit slow and it took quite a while for me to click with the characters & thus also the romance. Part of that was because problem number two. I felt like there wasn’t enough information about this world. And I’m really honest here when I say that’s probably just me! When I read a fantasy book, I want to know everything about that world. Even if that means having info dumps here and there throughout the book. As long as they’re interesting, I don’t care. I just need to know all of it. I wanted more details on how things worked in this world and with their powers. of course, there is potential for that in book 2. Like I said, things started slow for me, but once I got to the second half, things kicked into gear a bit more.

Now for the positives! This world and story has a lot of potential. Depending on where the story goes from here, this series could be amazing. The writing is good and it can only get better as the series goes on. I was also a bit surprised as to who turned out to be Chaos between Brier and Palmer, which I won’t spoil for you. Also, while this book looked like it’d be about 3.5 stars, the last 50 or so pages kicked it up to 4. And yes, I did struggle to click with the characters at first, but I did like them from the start. I’m also very curious where Rosette will go from this point. She’s a pretty big character that appears later in the story and I’m very fascinated and interested as to who or what she is exactly. The romance wasn’t that great, but it didn’t play that big of a role, so I didn’t mind that.

Raining Embers really managed to surprise me, in a good way. The series has a lot of potential to be great and I’m very eager to see where it goes from here. I do really recommend it to fans of YA Fantasy and urge you to give it a try. It’s a great start to a new series that could turn out to be pretty darn epic.

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