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Ember (Darkest London 0.5)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
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 fiancée 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.

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ebook, First Edition, 64 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Forever Yours
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♡Karlyn P♡
This short story made me want to read Firelight over again! I read Firelight last month and it stayed fresh in my memory, but reading Ember has brought that book back to life for me. It was so good.

Ember's time line take place between the prologue and chapter 1 of Firelight. While not necessary to read prior to Firelight, it will give readers a better understanding of how Miranda ended up in the situation she did, and explain how Archer has struggled with his curse and ailment.

Ember also gives
May 26, 2015 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story really should be read as a companion to Firelight as they play off of each other rather well. I read it after the first book but think it would have been more helpful to read it first. It will be the preference of each individual reader to decide.

I liked learning the back stories of Miranda and the events that were pivotal in shaping her and her destiny. As for Archer, it filled in the spaces around the time he was away from London. It's exotic, sensual and eerie, all very fitting fo
If you are at all interested in reading Firelight I wouldn't suggest reading Embers first. Even though it is touted as a prequel, Ember reads for the most part like deleted scenes - you know the kind of scenes a good author writes to develop a character's back story, but then religates to the cutting room floor in order to make their finished work stronger. This is especially true for Miranda's part in Ember, her parts just flesh out things that are mentioned in passing for Miranda in Firelight. ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Ember is labeled as the prequel to Firelight, the first book in the Darkest London series, but as many others have said, it doesn’t read like a prequel. For me it’s more of a companion to Firelight, because most of this novella takes place after Archer and Miranda have already met. What Ember does is fill in the gaps, answers questions about what both were doing before the events that brought them together again in Firelight.

This is one of the better novellas I’ve read, and had me wanting to go
Feb 01, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Come back to me, Archer.

Though Ember is a prequel to Firelight, in my opinion it's probably better to read this after Firelight. This short story fills in some of the details of the lives of Archer and Miranda, set (mostly) after their first meeting. The narrative alternates between Miranda and Archer's stories.

Miranda's timeline is set solely during 1881 in London. We see Archer travelling the world starting in 1879 in Egypt through the following three years to Central Mexico and the USA, and f
3.5 stars

Ember is being marketed as a prequel to Kristen Callihan’s debut novel Firelight. Ember doesn’t really feel like a prequel per se, instead it is more of a companion book that fills in some of the gaps in Firelight. As many reviewers have already said, Ember is more like the bonus and deleted scenes from Firelight.

How should you read this series? Ember first or Firelight first? I think I had a richer reading experience because I read Firelight first, then Ember. I was already familiar w
Cathy (cathepsut)
Entertaining prequel to Firelight, the first book in the Darkest London series. It revolves around Miri and Archer, same as Firelight. I would recommend reading Firelight first, as the prequel is quite spoilerish and would give too much away of the revelations in Firelight. Nice addition though, if you want to find out more about the time between Miri's and Archers first meeting and their wedding.

Fairly well plotted, with alternating POVs. Some suspense, some sex. Pretty rudimentary world buildi
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This book should really be called #1.5 instead of .05. You'll be much better off if you read Firelight first before reading this book. Ember takes place shortly after Miranda and Archer initially meet and covers the years afterwards until they are reunited. Overall, I loved it. Except one thing.... I want more!
Jul 25, 2016 Stacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 "Curious" Stars!

Well... hmmmm. I really don't know about this one. This book feels like an unresolved mystery. But I think it's simply because it is written as an extended prologue. Therefore it has my curiosity peeked! I'm pretty sure I'll read book 1 Firelight. Happy reading!
Jun 19, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prequel to the first book in the Darkest London series, Miranda grew up with guilt from a tragic event that has her doing everything to make it up to her father. At the same time we get to see Archers quest for a cure, and to return to the woman hes claimed and payed for.
Wets your appetite, and I cant wait for my chance to start Firelight!
PNR and feelings, quick, short read.
Chase down Kristen Callihan's Firelight with the Ember novella. You won't be disappointed if you like deleted scenes or behind the scenes glimpses into nom-worthy titles, but Ember's allusions to scenes in Firelight mean more if one's read Firelight first, prequel or not.

For example, Firelight readers may have wondered about Miranda's relationship with Martin or the years between Miranda and Archer's reunion. Ember answers those questions, elaborates on certain motivations and turning points in
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.

Heather C
I just recently read Firelight and LOVED it soooooo much that I’m trying my best to clear my review schedule so I can move on to Moonglow as soon a possible. The other night I was looking for something quick to read while on the elliptical and remembered there was a prequel to Firelight


Now that I’ve said that I can move on…

One thing I loved about Firelight was that I had so many questions throughout the book that were slowl
Note: I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. That had no influence on my review/rating.
Ember is published as a prequel novella to Kristen Callihan's debut novel Firelight but to be honest I think you're probably better off reading it after the main story. I absolutely loved Firelight and I really enjoyed getting a bit more background information about the main characters in Ember.

We get to see what happened to each of them in the three years between their very first meeting and when they marry. It was interesting to see more about how Miranda met Billy and to see just what caused
Jen (Red Hot Books)
For those of us who just couldn't get enough of Archer and Miranda in Firelight, there is just a little bit more of their story to share. "Ember" is characterized a prequel novella, but I'd consider it more like a companion piece highlighting a string of events leading to Archer & Miranda's reunion.

Most of those events are referenced in Firelight, which make them familiar, though enjoyable to read in more detail. We get a closer look at Miranda's failed engagement and how she met Billy, as w
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
I absolutely LOVED Firelight. Firelight had so many things happening & briefly touched on things that needed more info.

This book just had to be. It explained all the small things that were briefly touched on in Firelight, so I think in order to get the full effect of this story, it is still important to read firelight first. I appreciated this book much better that way.

You get to find out about the warehouse fire; what happened with Archer in Egypt; Miranda & Martin'r relationship &
Although technically a prequel to FL, Ember will probably be most enjoyed by those who are already fans of the first book: the two main characters of the story never meet (except in a supernatural dream), so as an introduction, it might feel like too much of a teaser. It's a quick read, abut 65 pages of fast-moving story in my ebook edition.

Ember describes the events after Ash and Miranda's first meeting in the prologue of Firelight, and what led to Ash returning to claim Miranda as his bride. S
Ellen W-S
This prequel was well written from the point of view of Archer and Miranda and gave insight into these characters between the time they meet in the alley up to Archer's decision to return to London and claim his "unwitting" bride. This insight could have been incorporated into Firelight and I would have been much less confused. I do enjoy your writing Ms. Callahan! Keep writing, I like your intrigue, action and pace.
Jul 22, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads, 2016
Great intro to this series!

I'm not always the biggest fan of novellas, but I really enjoyed this one. I was pulled into the story immediately. I loved the world the author has created. I am very intrigued by Archer and Miranda and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!
This was a great beginning of the series. I can't wait to read more about Archer and Miranda.
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: This prequel novella helps set the dark tone to Firelight, but the events within may be better understood after reading the novel.

Opening Sentence: “This is the story of a beast, so great and fearsome that he was reviled by all. And of a merchant’s daughter, brave and beautiful, whose love for the beast redeemed his soul.”

The Review:

First of all I have to say that I read Ember after reading Firelight. After seeing some of the reviews on Ama
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish

This companion novella to Firelight fills in that three year time lapse at the beginning nicely. Readers who enjoyed the first book in the Darkest London series, and couldn't get enough of Miranda and Archer will find this informative. There were many things left unexplained about Miranda and Archer's time apart in Firelight like (view spoiler). I definitely wond
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Uhm… well now, this wasn’t bad. Not great but also not bad. Callihan is as good as ever, her descriptions being amazing. Fascinating. Totally fascinating.

I mean, we get Archer wearing a "gallibaya". Which is spelled "galabeya" b-t-dub (just saying). Just imagine it. Nah, really imagine it. Let me help you.

Not bad, eh?

Sure hope he doesn’t get a rash in that thing. There be ugly rashes out there…

Plus a kufiya! Wilson! Image please!!

Archer the Arabian Prince. Yum!

No? Am I exaggerating again? Nah, w
Feb 07, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

This was a super quick read by Kristen Callihan and it introduces us the reader, to Miranda and Archer the hero and heroine of her upcoming novel Firelight. I haven't read Firelight yet, but I assume that this takes place directly before the events of Firelight begin. I thought that this was a nice introduction to both Archer and Miranda. I am now super curious to see how and where things end up with the two of them.

Already I am finding myself
Brilliant! This short story was so enthralling, I began looking for Firelight right after I finished it.

Never mind the references to the Beauty and the Beast story (which is an old favourite of mine) that sparked off my curiosity right away, the writing alone would have been enough to keep me reading for its entire length and more. It was just so detailed and mysterious, and I had that awesome and rare feeling that everything in the book was exactly as it should have been.

The main characters was
Holy wow! This novella makes me want to read Firelight all over again. Because.... OMG! Archer! Miranda! THE THINGS! Seriously, the amount of emotion packed into the pages is phenomenal. I'm a huge fan of bridge novellas as it is and this one knocked it out of the park!

This gives us a peek into what happened in both Miranda's and Archer's lives between when Archer "saved" Miranda in the alley and when he returned to claim her three years later. While Archer's story is riveting (because... whoa.)
Alexia Chantel
Feb 20, 2012 Alexia Chantel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a book that you loved what do you wish for? Just a little bit more, a new view on some of the characters, a look at events to fill in the blanks, or even a little sneak peek at the next book. Ember has all of that.

Ember is a well-written short that is a great companion to Firelight. It is listed as 0.5 for the Darkest London series, but truly works best as 1.5. You get to see detail on some of the scenes the characters “remember” in book one. You also end up gaining an appreciation
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Sep 14, 2014 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: WAIT!! Read the first in this series before this Prequal. Doesn't make sense .. does it?

Overall Rating = 3 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 3 / 3 / 3 = 3 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3 Stars
Character / Secondary Character Development = 2 / 3 = 2.5 Stars
“Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars
Story / Background Story Development = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars
“Did I like the Damned Thing” = 2 Stars
Ending = 2 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars -- [$0.99 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = N/A
88 pages

Well ... shite? I read Jilly Boo's review after I was about 50% through with this one. G
Feb 20, 2012 Tarra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-2012
The events in Ember (mostly) take place during the three year period between the prologue of Firelight and the meat of the story. If I had not read the fantastic Firelight first, I'm not sure I would have based on Ember alone. I enjoyed Ember because a bit more of Firelight's story was fleshed out, a few more questions answered. But these would not make any sense to someone who hasn't read the full novel. Also, I think there were too many hints as to Archer's condition that would take away from ...more
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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best boo ...more
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Darkest London (7 books)
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  • Moonglow (Darkest London, #2)
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