This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.
OPINION: 5 STARS
Intense, fun, and heartbreaking, Embers and Echoes mixes all my favorite things into one stellar book. From amazing characters to a twisty and mindblowing plot to fabulous and gorgeous writing, Knight most definitely continues to wow me. Holding nothing back, and letting readers know that, truly, no character is safe, Embers and Echoes continues an already wowing series with the same level of talent.
Ashline is awesome, a girl who is fierce, determined, but also a little bit broken. Not completely unaffected by things, but willing to fight back no matter what, she is that right blend of healthy fear and take on the world. Witty and quick with the comebacks, she will keep readers both entertained and entranced. The events of book one have definitely had an effect on her, and it shows easily, but Knight does a remarkable job of not only building her beyond that, but letting it strengthen her as well.
Wes is a new character to this book, but a memorable and awesome one. Presenting Ash with not only new challenges but opportunities as well, and a charm and wit to him that made me fall for him, he has a big role in this book, yet never takes the light away from Ash. Along with Wes comes a girl named Aurora, who is both intriguing and alluring. The friendship Ash forms with these two is potent, and has its own playout that is both stunning and wrenching. Then, of course, there’s Colt, a guy who most certainly will leave readers even more twisted than in book one. Sure, he's basically a jerk, yet I admittedly admire his determination and loyalty, not to mention Knight gives quite a few looks into not only his past but Ash's as well, giving great reasons for his behaviors. As with Ash, Knight has a knack for building all of his characters, making each one stand out in their own way, and developing them throughout the book and series.
The plot of this one had me hooked, and blew me away. There are so many little things that seem to mean nothing but are big later, and other things that are more obvious yet Knight weaves them in so well the inherent predictability of them is irrelevant. Though this is a hefty book, it reads quick, due to how well Knight draws his reader in and his ability to give them something more or new whenever things might start to feel slow. Playing heavily on the various mythologies he has woven together, yet moving beyond that as well, the big scope of this one as well as the smaller points all combine to make this an amazing read. Add in the flowing, distinctive writing and the jaw to the floor ending, and Embers and Echoes definitely doesn’t suffer from ‘middle book syndrome.’
Source: ARC borrowed from friend
Reading Level: 14 and up
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28, 2012