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Ronie Kendig’s Embers

He’s coming for them. And the kingdom.
Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does it comes with a terrible price: Haegan’s disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This decision causes their father, the King, to unleash his wrath against Haegan.
Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.

Review

I really enjoy Ronie Kendig’s military fiction, and so when she decided to make a foray into fantasy, of course I had to read it! I’ll be honest and tell you it took me a while to get into this book, but once it picked up, I was fully committed. My thoughts:

What I Liked:

The World. It’s a very thought-out world with more than one country and more than one king. There are prejudices and cultures that are unique to each specific group.

Haegan. He must learn to survive and adapt in this world now that he is healed and through his eyes we find out everything that is going on.

Friendship. Haegan falls into a group of interesting characters. Their friendship was fascinating to watch and I am curious as to what they will all accomplish together.  There are also hints of romance, but I’m trying not to get too comfortable there, because there are hints of separation as well.

Prophecies. What’s a fantasy novel without prophecies?

Spiritually, the novel is an allegory, but it’s quite a bit different from the Bible. Haegan is still kind of learning about it and so are the readers.

What I didn’t like:

I did feel like it had too many points of views, and I found myself skimming when certain people came up.

Also, it took me a long time to understand the power/magic system as well as why there was a war going on….I’m still  not sure I could explain the system to you now.

Romantic scale: 6

Overall, a very good first novel in a fantasy series!

 

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