Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins | Review

November 24, 2014 Book Reviews 4 ★★★½

Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins | ReviewEmbers by Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Wings of War #1
Published by Independent on October 21st 2014
Pages: 357
Format: ebook
Source: Author

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

Aside from Vampires, one of my favourite types of supernatural stories is always about Angels and Demons. The classic story of Good versus Evil is such a draw for me. I adored Karen Ann Hopkins Amish series so when I heard she was doing something a little different and writing about Angel mythology I knew I had to get on that pronto!

Ember is a teenage girl who somehow managed to survive the tragic car accident that killed her parents. Living under the guardianship of her aunt and creepy uncle, a fateful incident with him proves that Ember isn’t all that she seems. For her safety her brother sends her to live with Ila, a family friend in the mountain ranges of Tennessee. There, Ember learns the truth. She’s a Watcher, a descendent of Angels and Man whose purpose in life is to keep the earth safe from the demons. As Ember embraces the powers of her ancestors, she comes across her sworn enemies in the form of handsome, alluring Sawyer. It’s a tale as old as time, can love cross the divide or is it doomed to the fires of hell?

Embers was a really interesting take on the Angel/Demon genre and I loved the mythology of the Watchers and how they drew their powers from the elements. Ember was a great character; strong although at times she was a little too frosty for my liking which was ironic considering her power was fire. Her relationship with Ila was fascinating and I enjoyed their partnership as well as the love they both shared for animals. The development of the different types of demons was also a hit and I adored the character of Ivan. I really hope we get to learn more about him in later books, he was such a sweetheart.

Embers was certainly action packed and tense as the story developed and I never felt any lull in the pacing. It was interesting to get the perspective of the demons especially through the POV of Sawyer, Ember’s love interest.

I did enjoy the romance overall although there was a strong case of instalove going on which disappointed me a little but it was clear that the attraction between the two sizzling and I liked the bond that developed between them. The description of live in Tennessee was great and I loved Karen’s strong sense of place that made it easier to visualise everything.

Embers is a strong introduction to a new series and held my interest throughout until an ending that will leave you frantically checking the publication date for book two! Great story!



4 Responses to “Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins | Review”

  1. Mawa Mahima

    Oh, great review! I used to jam in the paranormal (angel/demon) genre ALL the time. Then it got too much…but this book is really making me want to jump back in again! 😀

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Great review hun! I still haven’t read Karen’s other series, but you know I’ve been wanting to after how much you loved it! I’m definitely interested in this one, but bummer on the insta-love aspect. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me though, so I’ll still have to give this one a shot! And it’s set in Tennessee? Wahooo!

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