Emberhawk Review

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About the Book

The elementals have decided they’re gods, and humans are nothing but fuel for their fire.

A starving trapper.

Merciless drought withers Kira’s ranch, leaving her family hungry—and desperate enough to cross the border into the forbidden forest to trap wild game.

But the forest is infested with tree-scorpions and giant cats that wield elemental invisibility, and they’re hungry, too. When Kira mistakes one elemental creature for another, she ends up with the last thing she wants in her trap: an enemy soldier.

An invisible spy.

Ryon can’t afford to be a prisoner of war. If the Malaano Empire extracts his secrets, the rumors of war will be confirmed—and the tribes stand little chance against the Empire unless they can put aside generations of bad blood for the sake of a Tribal Alliance.

When Ryon’s escape leaves Kira injured and her livelihood in flames, Ryon must choose between aiding her… or returning to his chieftess with vital information. But can he survive the trek when an elemental pursues him for his rejected heritage?

A sacrificial princess.

Imperial Princess Vylia is given a powerful ancient stone as her wavesinger trials approach. But is the stone’s whispering voice from the water goddess, or a masquerading elemental the creator god imprisoned millennia ago?

When Vylia’s diplomatic mission to the tribal lands erupts in fiery revenge, she, Kira, and Ryon must work together to survive—or become pawns in the battle of the gods.

Review

Oh my goodness this book! Not only is the cover beyond gorgeous, but the story is just so amazing and unique! I’m a sucker for elemental based magic, so I knew that I would absolutely love this one as soon as I saw it! Plus, pssstttttt, it’s got a gorgeous map inside! EEEEEE!!!!! Internal and external squeals when I saw that! I don’t know why but I just always find that extra touch of a well thought out map to make all the difference in my reading! I want to be able to see that the landscape makes sense and follow along on the characters’ journeys.

And speaking of characters, there are quite a few of them in this story! But I think Foley did an amazing job at alternative the characters and filling in the story between them all. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are two MCs who are amazing, but the other side characters are what make the story. Since this is the first book in this new series there is a lot of world building and I think that all of the intricacies of all of the characters helped in pulling out the minute details for the world building.

And (*dreamy*) sigh, the world building made me so happy! There is a skill that authors must have when writing a book that is heavy on the world building, and Foley definitely does! She perfectly balanced the world building info dump with being crisp and to the point. It is a tight line to walk and I was so pleased with how perfectly Foley did this. I never found myself bored even if a lot of things weren’t happening and I was just “learning.” Like I said, it takes skill to do this! Plus she was able to create such a unique magic system as well as unique cultures for all of the characters! Plus there’s beasties riddled throughout and Felix is a cutie patootie!

About the Author

Jamie loves strategy games, home-grown berries, and Texas winters. She’s terrified of plot holes and red wasps.

Her husband is her manly cowboy astronaut muse. They live between Austin and the cattle ranch, where their hyperactive spawnling and wolfpack can run free.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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