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(Nightshade Prequel #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  8,398 ratings  ·  699 reviews
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 wo
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Philomel
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Kasaundra Zurliene I recommend reading the books the way the author wrote them. Start out with Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, and then read Rift and Rise. The author …moreI recommend reading the books the way the author wrote them. Start out with Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, and then read Rift and Rise. The author has another one out called Snakeroot, but she has not finished the series yet so that book leaves you on a major cliffhanger. (less)

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Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 rig
Mar 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
Can't wait for this! Just requested an ARC (although I'm probably not going to get it). But I can still hope, right?

Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
August 7 2012 RIFT (Nightshade Prequel 1)
January 8 2013 RISE (Nightshade Prequel 2)

Wow! This was so much better than Bloodrose!
Colleen Houck
Loved this book! I was sort of expecting werewolves to come into play. They didn't but this is exceptional regardless. Loved Barrow. He's pretty darn dreamy. Love the weapons! Can't wait to move on to the next book! Warning, you're going to need the next one so you might as well just get it now.
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

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 onl
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rift is book 1 in the Nightshade Prequel , by Andrea Cremer who I truly liked in Nightshade series book 1.

A sword swinging and punching kick-ass gal main character is a huge win in my appreciation of Andrea Cremer. Oh, if only more authors would do this!

I loved Ember, who at birth was saved by a healer from Conatus, and subsequently was forced at the age of 16 to enter service to Conatus. She thwarted convention by doing this in face of her father’s interest in how he could gain through
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
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

When Ember was being born, her life was about to be finished when someone from the Conatus helped her mother and her newborn self to live. In exchange for their life, Ember would be in debt to serve them on her sixteenth birthday. There she meets Barrow and finds herself being attracted to him. Her childhood friend Allistair is also a guard and seeks to help her in any way he can. Together they battle the evil that is leashed upon the worl
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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 t
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Alice Liu
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, arc
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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 fanta
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: series
I'm sorry, but this was one of the worst books I've ever read. I absolutely hated it, was exasperated by it, and was relieved when I finally finished it. (Why did I stick through it, you ask? The answer: I hate not finishing books). The story would have been good, but the characters were so dense and vapid, and the plot was predictable. Overall, I couldn't find anything satisfactory or "breath-taking" about it. The good rating on this book makes me want to vent out all my hate on it, but I don't ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Actual Rating: 1.5 stars

To summarize, for the whole length of the book, I barely followed what was even happening because. It. Was. So. Boring. I have honestly never read a book where I hadn't given a single fuck about the plot, harsh as this sounds. But I simply couldn't, as much as I wanted to. Maybe this book is just not for me, or I'm really getting tired of the Nightshade books.

Ember, in short, was essentially a Calla Number Two, and the epitome of a cardboard protagonist. I felt no conne
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars... Reliable, effective, fast-paced, swoony historical fantasy... It may have been done many times before, but that doesn't make it any less fun to read! No wolfsbane-style love triangles or wolf scuba diving scenes in sight, thank god. No wolves at all, actually, and I think the book is better for it; this is better read as a standalone series than as a prequel to Nightshade, imo. I decided to read this because I've loved all of Andrea Cremer's historical fantasy short stories (in A Ty ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Amy Lignor
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
harlequin {Stephanie}
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
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:
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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)
Ariel Mathis
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, actual-book
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 to we ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Avery
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's no helping it. I've read the prequel so I have to read the Nightshade series now. ;)
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nightshade fans
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
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Andrea Cremer also known as Andrea Robertson, is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

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, A

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