This book feels a little rushed and is too fast paced. The history of the dragon, how it came to be, how it got to where it is, is only half explained...moreThis book feels a little rushed and is too fast paced. The history of the dragon, how it came to be, how it got to where it is, is only half explained. The whole book feels a little incomplete. The heroine, Cora, is both accepting the dragons too easily, and is accepted by the dragons too easily. Especially after the age old "no girlfriends and no wives" rule in the Brotherhood. Again, it goes back to being too fast paced.
The characters have a lot of potential, but fall a little flat as the author didn't take time to flesh them out properly. They simply lack a lot of back story. A lot of unanswered questions about their backgrounds, or things were too easily explained away.
The plot is also a little thin, and it all happens too fast. There is no time to digest anything before the whole thing is over. But again, it has a lot of potential as the base is laid down for a killer story. I wish the author had taken the time out to deepen the characters, given them more of a background, and held back a little on the plot and drawn it out. I learned literally nothing about the bad guys, that could have been played out differently. They could have been given a much bigger role, which would have made the final battle in the story into something epic.
I really love this series. I don't want it to ever end. Bugger is that we're running out of dragons here! Ember's Kiss is more a coming of age story t...moreI really love this series. I don't want it to ever end. Bugger is that we're running out of dragons here! Ember's Kiss is more a coming of age story than any of the others in the series have been. Brandon, our hero, goes from hating his dragon self and contemplating suicide, to accepting who and what he is.
Even though I'm still heartbroken that Rafferty's book was so bad and we don't get to see him in this one at all, I really did love Brendan and Liz' story. He's struggling with what he is, 'helpfully' guided along by Chen, the villain. Liz' arrival in Hawai'i and in his life, turns everything upside down for Brendan. He falls in love, and he fights for not only his life, but Liz' life as well. Finally accepting his dragon self, he accepts the help from some of the other dragons as well.
What made this one a real treat to read, was that Liz is a witch, or a firedaughter. Ms Cooke got most of the magical stuff 'right', though she implemented Wicca - which is a rather new thing (think 1960's kind of new), and would not have been around for Liz' grandmother, or her grandmother's grandmother. Witchcraft is as old as time itself, but Wicca is a new age thing - sadly the research wasn't done well enough on this for the book.
I'm real happy that Ms Cooke has planned three novellas for the series to come out at the beginning of 2013, and I sincerely hope there'll be more full fledged novels as well. I'm far from done with this series, and I hope Ms Cooke isn't tired of writing these dragons. (less)