Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. - Edgar Allan Poe
i find author Laura Bickle's debut novel unique - from its worldbuilding to its cast of characters. i loved how she was inspired by the element of fire and played with it in coming up with this narrative.
Anya's character is quite complex and she appears to be saddled with a lot of baggage. though she is involved in what she does and relates well with people, Anya still maintains a wall around her. this emotional barrier makes her both strong and frail that sometimes she makes mistakes with her choices. one such decision takes her on a course that could either lead to her destruction or redemption.
i was fascinated by this book's concept especially with one of its characters - Anya's salamander familiar. Sparky sounds so lovable and dangerous at the same time. Sparky and Anya share more than a partnership. he keeps Anya sane and on her toes. without him, Anya would be most vulnerable and lost. their mutual affection downplays the horror that Anya has to deal with everyday.
overall, i liked how the story went though i found the events that led to the conclusion a bit abrupt. i was really looking forward to the final confrontation between Anya and Sirrush. i was expecting more action, tension and drama and did not expect things to play out that way.
still, i am giving this book my vote and i welcome Ms. Bickle as a refreshing voice and talent in the world of dark urban fantasy.
*Embers (Anya Kalinczyk #1) is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. for more information about Laura Bickle and her work, please visit http://www.salamanderstales.com/, her blogs at http://www.salamanderstales.blogspot.com/ and http://delphisdaughters.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Facebook.
my personal rating is:
Embers contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 and under.
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