Aug 25, 2012

"Ember" by Kristen Callihan (ARC)

Title: Ember

Author: Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London #0.5

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Imprint: Forever

Publication date: February 1st, 2012

ISBN: 9781455516551

(Novella read from an e-copy acquired through NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.) 

My rating: 4 of 5 


This ebook-exclusive short story/novella is a prequel to Firelight.

After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancé learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she's discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?


My Thoughts on the Novella:

Yeah, this novella is a prequel to Firelight, a book that I loved. But, although when it comes to prequels like this one, I usually read the novel first, and the prequel after, this time I read the prequel first, and I wasn't wrong that I did that.
Here, we see when Archer meets Miranda for the first time, and we follow both of their stories through the years. Although I haven't read Firelight, I loved this story so much. I was intrigued by both Miranda & Archer as characters, and this prequel made me already like them before I started Firelight, and I was intrigued to read the book right away, which I did.  
Some might think that because of the some "spoilers" about Archer's past, and the way Miranda became the woman she is in Firelight, they'd recommend Ember to be read after Firelight, but I actually think that if you've already read Firelight, there isn't a reason for you to read Ember, although a nice addition, it doesn't bring anything new, but it's a good taste of what you'll get in Firelight & Callihan's writing, and it will definitely leave you wanting for more, and eager to read Archer's & Miranda's story, so still I highly recommend it.  


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