Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Short Story Review - Ember: Prequel to Firelight (Darkest London series) by Kristen Callihan (4/5 stars)

Reading level: Adult
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Size: 278 KB
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: Prequel to Darkest London Series
Source: eARC through NetGalley.com
Rating: 4/5 stars

I got an advanced reading copy of this story to review through NetGalley(dot)com. This was an excellent prequel to Firelight and I really enjoyed it. If you read Firelight and liked it I highly recommend reading this, as it gives some good background on Miranda and Archer. If you haven't read Firelight this is a good shorter sample of Callihan's work that you can read to see if you want to read Firelight.

This book explains in more detail how Miranda's family lost their fortune and the life Miranda lived after that happened but before she was sent off to Lord Archer. It also explains some of the questing that Lord Archer did in far off lands to try and cure his condition.

Firelight has got to be one of the most wonderful fantasy romances I have ever read. Miranda and Archer have such wonderful chemistry together. You see a little of that in this story. Although this story is more just filling in some of the background we missed out on in Firelight.

This was well-written and had excellent description. On top of that Callihan is excellent at making believable and engaging characters that you can't help but love. Even in this short story we meet some new characters and they are enjoyable to read about and meet.

Overall this is definitely a worthwhile read if you have read Firelight, it is also a worthwhile introduction to Callihan's writing style. I can't wait to see what she comes up with forMoonglow the second Darkest London book.

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