My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of Raining Embers in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT
The story follows two main characters who come from very different walks of life. Brier lives in luxury in a male domain, but can hold her own and drink most of them under the table, and Palmer is an acolyte living in a small cell, set on finishing his study and leaving Latysia as soon as he can.
Their stories slowly unfold until they are brought together under strange circumstances. Both taken against their will, they wake up in a strange place (that I struggled to pronounce!) and told by their captors that they are the reincarnation of Order and Chaos.
I like Brier for her subtle humour and Palmer for his quietly dependable nature, but my favourite character is Cerise, who is one of the captors. I would have liked to see her personality explored at a deeper level and find out why she is the way she is. I also liked Rosette, the young child who has a few secrets of her own. She is another character that I would like to see developed.
Dall has painstakingly crafted her world and its laws and religion, making this a realistic fantasy land. The battle scenes are well thought out and beautifully crafted with an added twist that could have changed the entire direction of this novel.
I did feel that it started quite slowly, and it took me a while to get into the story, but the reason I gave Raining Embers four stars instead of three was down to the final battle and the gripping conclusion.
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.
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