Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Raining Embers by Jessica Dall


Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.

About the Author:

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at the age of fifteen and has been hooked on writing ever since. In the past few years, she has published two novels, The Copper Witch and The Porcelain Child, along with a number of short stories that have appeared in both magazines and anthologies.

In college, Jessica interned at a publishing house, where her “writing hobby” slowly turned into a variety of writing careers. She currently works as both as an editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

When not busy editing, writing, or teaching, Jessica enjoys crafting and piano, and spending time with her friends and family. She can most often be found at her home in Maryland with a notebook and her much-loved, sometimes-neglected husband.

Review by Rochelle:

The basic story of Raining Embers was pretty good, which is why I kept reading it, but I had difficulty figuring out when it took place. I’m a lapsed Mensan. I can’t afford my dues, but my IQ is still high enough to qualify, so figuring out when a book takes place should be easy. After all, I had almost two hundred pages in which to do so.

I realize Ms. Dall has built a separate world here. Latysia doesn’t exist except in Raining Embers. But even fictitious worlds need to exist in time and space and this one doesn’t seem to have a specific time period. My brain wanted to compare it to actual Earth times, since the people speak a real language.

At first I thought it was around the time of ancient Rome. The people live in a mild climate, believe in many Gods, and turn to Seers for guidance. But they speak Italian, not Latin. So maybe it takes place a bit later? They live by candlelight and use fireplaces for heat. But they still bury their dead in catacombs. And the final monkey-wrench? “Just saying.” I don’t think either the ancient Romans or medieval Italians used that phrase, and that’s one of my pet peeves in historical-era novels.

Its saving grace is that it stands on its own, and does not have a cliff-hanger ending. I think I might have given it thorns if that had been the case.

I couldn’t truly enjoy Raining Embers. Trying to figure out when it took place was a major distraction.

Author Website:
Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  187 Pages
Print:  $11.99
Digital:  $5.99

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