Author: Andrea Cremer
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Rift, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Rift offers Nightshade fans the opportunity to witness the defection that causes the War of All Against All, in the front row, and the bonus is that it's loosely tied, so it can stand alone!
Rift begins with Ember Morrow chafing against the conventional life offered to a woman of her station: weaving and other household chores until she is married off to one of her father's friends of noble bearing. But that all changes when her best friend Alistair comes to fetch her to serve the mysterious order of Conatus. Thrust into a world full of romance, intrigue, danger and secrets, Ember finds she must make a terrifying choice.
What I liked:
-Eira and Bosque Mar
-Ember and her fierce independence, as well as the way she grows throughout the novel
-Barrow and most of the other knights in the Order
-The choice the initiates are offered
-The terrifying creatures at Mar's employ
What I didn't like:
-Alistair and his actions
-Eira's slow abandon of her convictions
-The cliffhanger ending
-Agnes's secret--I wonder if we'll see the reason for it in Rise?
-Barrow's hot and cold behavior
If any of you loved Nightshade, you should check Rift out, it was awesome and kept me on the edge of my seat! (The second novel, Rise, just came out and I'm going to be reviewing that next!)