This is probably one of the best books I’ve read in awhile, and I am excited to tell you why.
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.
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Release Date: November 3, 2015
About the Author
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. 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.
So, why was this the best book I have read in awhile? Was it the plot? The action? The characters?
The plot was unique and entertaining, as was the action. I loved that it didn’t take place in just one spot but took me to different settings and various groups of people. It kept it diverse and interesting.
But that isn’t what took it from a 4 stars to 5 stars for me. (Yes, sorry for the spoiler. I am giving it 5 stars. But you already figured that, right?)
It was the characters. The story is told from a dual perspective (Order and Chaos), and generally when I am reading a story with more than one perspective, I gravitate toward one and wish that the whole story was told from only that perspective.
Not with this one.
I didn’t have to warm up to Palmer or Brier. I instantly felt a connection with both of them and appreciated both of their points of view. I loved that Brier was one of the boys, always needing a drink to drown her problems. She was real. It wasn’t forced. It came natural. I felt the same about Palmer. Even though his personality was quite different than Brier’s, I felt the same connection with him, just in a different way. He did what was needed to survive, even if it meant going into an occupation he didn’t believe in.
Maybe that is what I liked best about Brier and Palmer. They were survivors. And they were able to help each other learn to trust, love, and discover who they were meant to be. As individuals, as well as together.
And it wasn’t just Brier and Palmer. I really enjoyed every supporting character they encountered along the way. Every one of them was believable.
As was mentioned before…I give Raining Embers 4 out of 5 Stars
Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)
An occasional swear word, but nothing major
Some fighting, especially at the end, but nothing graphic
An innuendo here or there
Raining Embers is available both digitally and in paperback. You can purchase it at Amazon.com by clicking on the image below, or you can purchase it at Barnes and Noble HERE. Happy Reading!