Saturday, 5 March 2011
Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman
Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together - until her future goes up in flames.
Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by a vengeful elemental god, who sees peace as a breach of faith. Set on retribution, she enlists the help of Ash, son of a seer. Together they will pit themselves against elementals of fire and ice in a last attempt to end the conflicts that have scarred their past. They must look to the present, as old furies are waking to violence and are eager to reclaim their people.
Release Date 01/05/11
I've never read anything by Pamela Freeman before, and I really love the world she's created here. And, after looking at her website, it seems that her Castings Trilogy books are set in the same world so I may have to give them a read as well.
The world she's created is large and filled with lots of different groups of people. The Travellers are still hated and despised by some of Acton's People, who invaded the Traveller's land to begin with. The land is split into domains which are ruled over by Warlords. The Gods speak to certain people and magic is widely known of. Stonecasting is a well used way to tell the future.
It's a very different world from which we live in and Pamela has written it well. The hatred felt from some of Acton's People toward the Travellers is well known by some, I'm sure. The characters are likeable, and there are loads of them to choose from as well, so many that I'd have trouble picking a favourite. Very well written and a really good read, I definitely recommend it.
Book Depository: Ember and Ash
Amazon UK: Ember and Ash