Author: Andrea Cremer
Genre: Supernatural FictionPublisher: Philomel Books
Locating the Author ~
Book Website: www.nightshadebook.com
From the Cover ~
Ember Morrow was promised to the knights of Conatus at birth, her life traded for her mother's. So when the horsemen come for her, soon after her sixteenth birthday, Ember's not surprised. What does surprise her, though, is the magic the knights wield, the demons they hunt, and the feelings she has for Barrow Hess, the powerful man she serves. When the knights realize that one among them is dabbling in dark magic, danger heightens and Ember must choose whether to follow the path to darkness or to escape the order and pledge her life to destroying her fellow knights.
With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this breathtaking prequel to the Nightshade series delves into the history of Bosque Mar and the origin of the rift between the Keepers and the Searchers.
Ever since I read Grave Mercy by Robin LeFever (excellent book by the way), I have been infatuated with stories set in historical times. There is something about the knighthood that just screams romance to me. Maybe it's all the chivalrous, strong men that lure me in. So, when I started reading this book and it talked about the Knights Templar, I immediately recognized the greatness of this book. I have already read the Nightshade series, which I loved and highly recommend, even if you don't like stories about wolves, because the Nightshade series is so much more than just wolves. It has time weaving, romance, historical wonders and loads of action packed adventures. Rift is a completely new story line that incorporates one character from the Nightshade series by telling how he came to be the man he is in Nightshade. It's fascinating really to learn how Bosque Mar came to be. Of course, Rift is just the beginning of his story and I can't wait to read Rise.
Ember Morrow is a sixteen year old royal who was promised at birth to Conatus, the leader of the knight court, in return for her mother's life. Though her family does not approve of the agreement, Ember is excited to take part in the oath of the knights and leave her family. She craves adventure and secretly practices using the sword behind her father's back. I won't tell you much more about the story because you can read that on the cover. However, I recommend you read Rift to find out more.
I truly loved this book. Andrea puts together a beautifully written story with characters you will surely love to read about. It was well paced and constantly kept my attention.