*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ Raining Embers
Series ~ Order and Chaos, #1
Author ~ Jessica Dall
Publisher ~ Red Adept Publishing
Published ~ October 2015
Genre ~ Fantasy
Pages ~ 280
My Rating ~ 4 bites
Palmer Tash and Brier Chastain-Bochard are different from other inhabitants of Latysia. They don’t know why or how, but they keep the knowledge to themselves because being different is not a good thing in their world. Living very different lives they have only crossed paths once before someone kidnaps them both taking them far from everything they’ve ever known. Now they must accept that they are the reincarnations of Order and Chaos and learn to control their growing powers or risk catastrophic destruction. But can they trust what they are being told? More importantly, with so much yet to learn can they trust themselves?
I had a hard time getting into this story. There are a lot of confusing names, weird happenings and not much exposition for me to grip tightly and hang onto for the ride. I felt a bit like Alice, tumbling down into a strange world with no guidebook and, I won’t lie, it frustrated me. However, at around 12% the story settled into a steady pace and things started to smooth out, so I hunkered down for the journey to discovery. Told from both Palmer’s and Brier’s POVs, the author gives a decent well-rounded perspective of what each is going through. There are some characters I really don’t like, some I trust not at all and others are interesting. And then there’s Nico. I’m not sure how I feel about him. I also want to know more about Rosie. I facepalmed at some of Palmer’s and Brier’s choices, but in the end I want to know more about who/what they are and what’s going to happen in Latysia now. When I closed the book I had a song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S6:E7 Once More, with Feeling) running through my mind: Where Do We Go From Here?
Jessica Dall finished her first novel at the age of fifteen and has been hooked on writing ever since. In the past few years, she has published two novels, The Copper Witch and The Porcelain Child, along with a number of short stories that have appeared in both magazines and anthologies.About the Author
In college, Jessica interned at a publishing house, where her “writing hobby” slowly turned into a variety of writing careers. She currently works as both as an editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.
When not busy editing, writing, or teaching, Jessica enjoys crafting and piano, and spending time with her friends and family. She can most often be found at her home in Maryland with a notebook and her much-loved, sometimes-neglected husband.