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About the Book
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: The Wings of War #1
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.
About the Author
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.
My Review of Embers
I have read other books by Karen Ann Hopkins, but with Embers she is straying outside her normal genre into a whole new world. That does not always work for some authors, but for Karen she has managed to take the topic of Angels and make it her own. I am just glad this is only the first novel in the Wings of War series, because Embers defiantly left me wanting more.
Embers growth as a character and her discovery that she may not be as human as she always thought is what really drew me in. The concept of angels and their mix offspring having special powers has been used too many times to count. Karen Ann Hopkins takes this subject and adds her own twists and mythology on top. This is what really makes Embers so enjoyable and refreshing to read.
Obviously, with most angelical themed books, it is centered on the battle of good vs evil, but in Embers it is not always as black and white. This concept mixed with the oncoming end of days is what really solidifies this book as unique and well worth the read. Also Ember’s fire ability is amazing and something that I could have superpower I would want.
The Wings of War Series is off to a fantastic start in Embers, and I cannot wait until the next installment is released. I guess I will have to occupy my time catching up on more of Karen Ann Hopkins work, because I think this book has really made me an even bigger fan. I love her Amish settings in her other novels, but Embers setting and paranormal feel really just has its hooks in me right now.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**