Ember: A Prequel to Firelight

Kristen Callihan
Ember: A Prequel to Firelight
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Release Date
February 2012
Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

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 fiancée 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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 23, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
90 people found the following review helpful
EMBER, the prequel to Firelight, is a short, sweet read for fans who want to revisit beloved characters. For non-fans like me, it certainly made me more intrigued to read Firelight, which promises to be fascinating.

EMBER tells of Miranda's past, how her gift destroyed the world as she knew it when she was just ten. Now twenty, guilt forced her to theft, for she felt that she owed her father. One night, when she was accosted by two youths who would've done her harm, she was rescued by this mysterious stranger (Archer) whom she couldn't stop thinking about, despite the fact that she was practically engaged to her childhood friend.

As for Archer, he didn't feel he was whole enough to claim Miranda, so he went the world over in search for a cure. In this short story, it wasn't stated what it was that befell Archer such that he needed a cure, only that his face is hideous. Still, the pain he suffered makes one really feel for him, and his loneliness, his aching yearning for Miranda moved me to tears.

With bold, vivid strokes, Kristen Callihan engaged my senses and drew me into her world of dark historical fantasy (paranormal), where her characters possessed strange, terrible powers that could result in horrifying consequences. Yet, there was also that balm of hope, wherein their salvation might be found in each other. For sure, I can't wait to read Firelight!
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