Friday, December 4, 2015

Raining Embers by Jessica Dall (Order & Chaos, #1)

Raining Embers
by Jessica Dall

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Order and Chaos - Book 1
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
ISBN-13: 2940152699012
Genre: Fantasy | Coming of Age
Print Length: 276 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.

Raining Embers by Jessica Dall (Order & Chaos, #1)

Raining Embers (Order and Chaos, #1)Two children who grew up on opposite ends of economic spectrum each suffer from a form of disability. Palmer has an unusual hearing problem, so avoiding drawing attention to it and the suffering it causes, he takes the easiest paths in life. Brier becomes so ill because of her sense of smell and her reaction to different scents; she is bed-ridden for long periods, as she awaits her arranged marriage to another wealthy family. The night they were both kidnapped would be the night their paths would cross and destiny would change their lives forever. Is it true their “disabilities” are actually powers that have been hiding inside them? Have they met before in another life? Are they destined through the ages to keep finding each other and to take control of their powers when their world needs them most? Will their powers make them targets by enemies or those who fear what they can do? War is coming, are they the cause, the answer to peace or are they to become victims of circumstance and fate’s own plans?

Enjoy the pace of a wonderful buildup of the world Palmer and Brier live in in this character-driven plot. Watch as each character becomes more filled out, more lifelike and see how their new circumstances change the people they are as they must grow up quickly in a world that is growing darker and more dangerous by the minute.

From the striking cover to the last page, Jessica Dall’s Raining Embers is rich with intrigue, a variety of characters, a little romance and the dialogue of two young people who are bound to carve out a place together in a strange new world.

Jessica Dall’s characters are what makes this read so fascinating, is not the action or a rapid-fire pace. As things come to a head, the pace will pick up, but never so much as to leave the reader questioning what is happening or being exhausted from keeping up. Meet characters you may loathe, characters you may find difficult to like and characters you can’t help but want to know better. Ms. Dall has a slightly different spin on fantasy and reincarnation to sit back and enjoy.

I received this copy as part of a blog tour for Jessica Dall.

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