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Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1)

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Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the w...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Philomel
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Feb 08, 2014 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Okay, I finished that in a total time of like ZERO DAYS.

Honestly, I don't know why I ever second-guess my decisions to read any of Cremer's books. Every time I end up reading them I'm done in a day and I enjoy every second of it. They're just so addicting. And good. Despite the not-so-perfect quality and the lack of realistic characters and unoriginal (sometimes predictable (view spoiler)) plotlines.

Anyone looking f...more
I've heard good things about this. And although I HAVE IN NO WAY FORGIVEN MISS CREMER I am willing to give this a shot.

If this however turns out anything like bloodrose in which she kills of one of the main and awesome charachters- that really does signal the end of her in my world.

In this im hoping for a charachter exactly like Ren and where the heroin falls madly in love with him and they live happily ever after- yeah yeah, probably not how it's going to go, but I can dream righ...more
Hayden Casey
Jul 10, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as want-plz
Can't wait for this! Just requested an ARC (although I'm probably not going to get it). But I can still hope, right?

Jana (The Book Goddess)
Also on: http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.c...

Most of you know how much I HATED the ending of the Nightshade series, Bloodrose. So now you're wondering why the hell I'm reading another one of Andrea's novels AND why I'm even bothering with the prequel. My answer - I loved the world Andrea's created in Nightshade, and I was more than interested to see how it all began in this prequel. In the end, the Nightshade series is still better, but this was a very enjoyable and unputdownable read.

What I...more
August 7 2012 RIFT (Nightshade Prequel 1)
January 8 2013 RISE (Nightshade Prequel 2)

Wow! This was so much better than Bloodrose!
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I’ve followed Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade Series from the beginning, so when I first hear about Rift – the prequel to Nightshade, I knew I wanted to read it. I adore everything about Andrea’s work, her style of writing, her unique storyline’s and I love that she’s not afraid to take risks with her stories too. And if I had to sum Rift up into one word, it would be FANTASTIC!

Ember Morrows is a sixteen-year old girl who is suffocated by her father’s rules to be married off at a young age. So when...more
He drew a shuddering breath. “I thought myself strong, but discover I am weak as the next man. Perhaps weaker.” “And if I wish to give what you ask,” she whispered. “What then?” He bent down, brushing his lips over her forehead, the bridge of her nose.

After the horrifying ending of Andrea Cremer's Bloodrose, I have been a bit terrified to even read another one of her books. Come release day of RIFT I didn't realize how excited I was for it. I thought I"d give her one more chance since she is on...more

Strong protagonist, action, and romance combine for solid read, 3.5 stars

In Rift, the prequel to Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, readers get a glimpse into the origins of the Keepers and the Witches War of the 15th century. The daughter of a noble, Ember Morrow must leave her family after her 16th birthday to serve the mysterious order of Conatus. Though most fear the knights, Ember readily embraces the life of battle and purpose the order provides. Once training begins, she finds not only h...more
Andrea Cremer is in a tricky position with RIFT. Those who read the original trilogy know exactly where things are going. But new readers, like protagonist Ember, are new to this world. Cremer must try to satisfy both sets of readers.

Ember is a noblewoman pledged to Conatus since one of their healers saved her and her mother during a difficult birth. She's perfectly happy to join the monastic order, but her father would prefer to marry her off in order to forge an alliance. But Conatus is not an...more
Alice Liu
For anyone who is worried that Rift is a derivative piece of work meant to capitalize on the success of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series...No Worries! Rift stands alone as a book and the first in a what is hopefully a new series. Though it goes back into the deep history of the Keepers, Keepers aren't even mentioned. Instead it follows the adventures of Ember, a girl in the early fifteenth century Scottish Lowlands who struggles against the expectations of her class and sex to become a warrior...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Well-rounded characters, a realistic history and culture, and writing like no other, Rift is a must-read for 2012.

Opening Sentence: Ember brought her sword down without warning and her aim was true.

The Review:

Andrea Cremer is back with Rift, the prequel to the Nightshade series. This time, she goes to the beginning of where it all started. Before the division of Guardians, Keepers, and the Searchers, there were the sisters Cian and Eira. In...more
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4.5 stars!! <33

Magic, Sword Fighting, Romance and Breathtaking Landscapes!

As a fan of of the Nightshade series, I was really excited for Andrea Cremer's new novel Rift. No need to mention that the fact that this is a prequel to one of my favorite paranormal series (even though the ending killed me) increased my excitement to a whole new level. Now, after turning the last page of Rift , I have to say that Andrea Cremer did it again! Rift is ubberly fa...more
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This is definitely my very favourite of Andrea Cremer’s books. With the Nightshade series, there were elements I liked and I liked the world it took place in but I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle or the way it was resolved. And the love triangle was such a central theme in the books it detracted a bit from my enjoyment of them.

Not so in this case. Rift still has the wonderful world building and the action and the strong female characters without...more
Title: Rift (Nightshade Prequel #1)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Date of Release: August 7th, 2012
Number of Pages: 448
Source: Publisher at BEA
Summary from Goodreads:

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, an...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book rocked my socks off! Amazing plot line with dynamic characters, Ms. Cremer wrote the book of my dreams.

The reason why I adore this book is because of the elements. There is a girl, different yet has a destiny that is waiting for her. Pair her up with a secret society with a hottie for a mentor and you got yourself one hell of a story! Seriously this book is like WOW! I loved that one thing this plot has is a great timeline. Plotted in the past, it leads the character to a time where wo...more
Rift sprints from the gate as though the evil contained in its pages is nipping at its heels, immediately enveloping us in its dark and richly atmospheric world and continuing to coat us in layer after layer of complexity until we are so thoroughly ensconced in the life of the Guard that we dread the next page because it brings us one step closer to reaching the end. The time period is integral to the success of the story, the absolute control Ember’s father feels he has over her life instantane...more

In exchange for saving their baby daughter's life, Ember Morrow was promised to the Conatus Guard at age sixteen. Ember knows little about Conatus apart from them being an order of knights sanctioned by the church, everything else about them is a mystery. Ember has always wanted adventure rather than marriage and has waited for the day to be taken to Conatus away from her stifling family. Her old friend, Alaister and his fellow knight, Barrow inform Ember's parents that they must follow...more
Set at a time when the Church holds much influence and authority, the story starts off with Ember being called to serve as a guard in Conatus. Without much fighting experience, Ember quickly learns that combating requires much more skills than just physical strength. Although Ember enjoys her training, she finds herself attracted to her mentor, Barrow. As the villagers accuse the people in Conatus practicing dark magic, the clerics, craftsmen and warriors in Conatus must work together to diffuse...more
Joy (joyous reads)
I’ve about given up on Nightshade series after reading the first book. When Bloodrose finally came out, and after the numerous cries of horror from some of my Goodreads friends, I’m afraid I’ve lost all faith in the series. Even so, I’ve been known to buy books with the asinine intention of completing a series so it looks pretty on the shelves rather than ACTUALLY reading them. So needless to say, I have the trilogy sitting happily, albeit, ignored, on my bookshelf. When Rift showed up on my rad...more
I received this ARC (for review) at the RT Booklover's Convention via the Goody Room!

So yeah, I went a little spastic when I saw Rift in the Goody Room at RT a few months ago! Needless to say it was the first book I grabbed! And it was wicked awesome! Granted I couldn't remember the history of this upcoming story that we got bits and pieces of in the Nightshade trilogy. I was a little lost, but then I told myself to just stop trying to remember something that I obviously wasn't going to remembe...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
It was a huge surprise when I received an advanced copy of this novel. I haven't read Cremer's Nightshade series, so I was glad to discover that Rift is a prequel and it isn't necessary to read the previous stories prior to beginning this series. So I dove right in, not sure what to expect, and now find myself eager to read the next installment.

A brave, strong-willed heroine, a sweet romance, and a group of warriors who secretly battle dark supernatural foes are all a part of what make Rift an e...more
This is a prequel coming in Fall 2012.
Very exciting... it's going to be called...
Looking forward to it!

I liked this book, but it was a bit too confusing at times.
I understand that it's fantasy as well as historical fiction, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did the Nightshade trilogy. I also thought that the (view spoiler)...more
Amy Lignor
Okay…everyone’s waiting for this one and very soon, come August, you’ll have it! So…let’s give you a little heads-up on what you’re about to delve into. Shall we?

The Nightshade trilogy by this author took readers into a paranormal world. Oddly enough, it was unlike ALL the other paranormal series’ out there. Which, number one, is extremely difficult to do seeing as that there are a TON of them. But with this book, fans AND non-fans of the series will have something to talk about because the auth...more

Rift was surprisingly good, and I'm looking forward to the next book, Rise.

I seriously didn't like Alistair, though. He kept mistreating Ember, and the way he betrayed the Guard by easily crossing over to Eira's side really infuriated me.

Barrow was kind of what I expected him to be; tall, dark, and handsome, that sorta stuff. All mysterious-y and whatnot. He was a pretty good guy, and didn't push Ember when it came to anything.

Eira's...change made me feel disheartened. She was a pretty good per...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first book in the nightshade series. I still have yet to finish the final two nightshade books. I hated Shay so much I did not want to continue.

Worrying that this book would be burdened with the same lackluster? annoying?, Can't find the right insult, hero I proceeded with caution when picking this book up.

Came across a few things that bugged me. Still really enjoyed most of the characters/world/story so it's getting 4 stars.

Some things that impressed me:...more
Rift was AMAZING!! The story takes place in 15th cenury Scotland and our main character, Ember Morrow, is strong & fierce. Her best friend, Alistair, Ember's childhood friend, has been in love with Ember for quite some time now. When she leaves to join up with the Conatus, (a group who saved her mother's life while giving birth to Ember in exchange for Ember's service at age 16) she falls in love with Barrow Hess. Who happens to be her instructor. Ember reminds me of a tom-boy. Not wanting t...more
I'm infamous around my library for judging books by the cover. My librarians know me by name. I'm there a lot and I read a lot of books.

So really, when I pulled this off the shelf because the title looked cool (and yes, that was my lone motivation for reading this when I first saw it) and checked it out because of the epic-looking girl-and-sword combo, it didn't cross my mind that this would be as awesome as it was.

I tend to lean more toward dystopia and sci-fi. Magic and lore are really hard fo...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Wow, this book was pretty intense and awesome! I loved how Ember was this awesome warrior woman and was proud of her strength. The supernatural element and the secret church connection were fascinating, and I loved the whole idea of the order.

There's a little bit of a love triangle going on, but not really in a bad way... it wasn't Ember flailing around not knowing who to choose -- it was a slow growing affection between two people, as well as the presence of another guy who has been in love wit...more
Very exciting prequel to the Nightshade series. Of course, with a very strong female MC who knows how to fight and take care of herself

Full review can be found on my blog: (un)Conventional Bookviews.

Rift is the first book in the prequel series concerning the Nightshade universe. I was completely engrossed in this story, I loved Ember, as I usually love strong female protagonists. I also really liked to understand more about what happened during the Nightshade novels, the mythology, the hunger fo...more
This book was about a girl named Amber Morrow who was forced to a group named the Conatus. When Amber was a baby still in her mother's womb, her mother got infected with this disease that was going to kill them both. amber's father called upon the Conatus to help him. It was a mysterious group that no one knew anything about. After the doctor cured amber and her mother, Amber became debt. Amber's father had to either pay them back or give up his daughter when she turned sixteen.
I enjoyed this...more
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barrow or allister 5 7 Jan 09, 2014 06:02PM  
How old is Barrow? 5 42 Nov 07, 2013 05:26PM  
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Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at...more
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“Ember pulled his face to hers, kissing him again before she said, “Your strength gives me courage.” He smiled gently. “No, Ember, that is all your strength and none of mine.” She balked, but he kissed her, murmuring against her lips, “And that is why I love you.” 28 likes
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