Rating: 3.5 STARS
We start the story off in a cave with a group of archaeologists who happen to be excavating what they call a live cave. We meet Seamus, who plays an extremely important role in this story. One of the members of his team, Jack, discovers a beautiful, very pregnant woman entombed in a crystal tomb. Seamus immediately feels like he must do whatever he can to protect this angel from any harm that may come her way. Unfortunately while they are trying to clean up around the tomb one of the members of his team cracks the crystal tomb releasing the beautiful angel inside Deirdre, who immediately gives birth to our main character; Kateraina, Unfortunately, Deirdre dies soon after the birth but not before imparting knowledge about a book and a prophecy that Kateraina is meant to fulfill and the ones who are coming that will stop at nothing to get the babe. So Seamus vows that no harm will come to the girl as long as he can help it and keeps this promise but at the cost of his team, who die valiantly trying to save the baby.
It doesn't take long for Seamus to see that Kateraina isn't a normal baby, but instead one who can control fire at will. He does his best trying to raise her on the run from the ones who are after her and on her 19th birthday he decides to fill her in on everything that happened when she was born. Fast Forward a few years and we meet Dinan, a Nightwalker who is extremely angry he's been assigned to babysitting duty in the lower dungeons. Dinan sees something isn't right when one night he walks into Raina's dream and sees her standing tortured over an empty world she destroyed. Wondering what the nightmare means and drawn to Raina in a way he doesn't fully understand they set off on the journey and discover things Raina never would have thought possible. Now I don't want to tell you much more of the plot because I don't want to give the whole story away.
I don't know how to tell you how I felt about this book. The storyline was incredible I absolutely LOVED the premise. The way the story was told however, kind of got to me. I think it was more the development than anything. It just seemed like it had kind of a slow, gradual build up and then BAM we hit the action and it doesn't last very long and its over and leaves me feeling a little unfulfilled. It also had a cliffhanger which always leaves me feeling a little unbalanced. Despite those issues, I would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for a New Adult book and I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
(ARC provided for honest review.)
*** You can find our review of "The Ember" book two in this series here.