Ember (Darkest London #0.5)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Ember by Kristen Callihan
Pub­lisher: Forever
Pages: Kindle Edition, 92 pages
Series: Darkest London
Pub­li­ca­tion date: January 31st 2012

Prequel to Firelight.

After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancé learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she's discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?

As far as novellas go, Ember is one of the better ones out there. But despite it being the prequel to Firelight, I wouldn't recommend reading it in that specific order, becase frankly, Ember isn't nearly as captivating. Most especially if you're meeting Miranda and Archer for the first time. If I'd read this before Firelight, I might have never gotten around to the latter because Miranda comes across as meek and impressionable and Archer as slightly insane and obsessed in this one.

Nonetheless, Ember is a great read for getting to know Miranda and Archer better if you loved them in Firelight. The background information on these two is very interesting because most of it wasn't really explained that well once they become a married couple.

If possible, Ember should be read somewhere in the middle of Firelight, when you've fallen firmly in love with the story and characters and would appreciate getting to know Miranda and Archer's behavior and past better.


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