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Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman
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Dec 02, 11

Read in November, 2011

This tale really feels like it is part of a larger world. It's a good introduction to that world - one where gods are less than Powers, where rolling die can reveal the future, where each element and abstract concept is manifest - but it can all get a little much at times.

This is not a swashbuckling adventure story (the summary make that pretty clear, but it should be stated again for the record). This is a somewhat mild walk through a magical land. People die or become misplaced along the way, find themselves, and carry on the legacy of the world. Despite all the rushing around and the ticking clock, it gives the impression of a sedentary journey. This is definitely a story about the party's travel, not the destination.

The ironic thing is that I liked everything about this book .. except for the titular characters Ember and Ash. I couldn't understand why they liked each other, why the romance kept trying to bloom, or why I should even care. Eventually I just gave up an accepted it as something declared by fiat - which made the climaxxx all the more unpalatable.

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Jackie It is part of a larger world; it's a sequel to The Castings Trilogy.


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