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(Nightshade Prequel #2)

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The sequel to Rift and the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel Nightshade.

Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the  couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the comma
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2013)
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I can't believe this was only a duology. I want more! I need more! Well, I don't really need more but I do want more. Even though the Nightshade series provides you with a enough information to truly understand and appreciate the series, the prequel gives you the opportunity to find out more and exactly how it all came to be? Well, that's what Rift and Rise does. It's the foundation of the story and the whole series in my opinion and it's something I'm so glad I read.

Before starting Rise I wasn
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
*Genre* YA, Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0

*Full review shortly*

I'm kind of disappointed in this book truth be told. I know that it's only a two part prequel to the Nightshade series but I'm feeling that there should be at least one more book to fully explain and explore the Searchers, Guardians, etc.

I seriously loathe Alistair and his actions throughout this book, and I guess that's because of the writing ability of Cremer who loves to get under our skin (IE Ren and the ending of the Nightshade series)
Colleen Houck
Loved this book. Really felt the danger. As usual I have a ton of sticky notes. Such great writing and imagery. If you like werewolves or historical knights in shining armor stories then this is for you.
Aug 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Nightshade Prequel, #3 anyone ? I really hope so, although I still have not read 'Rift' yet and 'Rise' is not even out yet :D
Though I really enjoyed the first one in this prequel series, I'm now a bit worried about book two. The teaser chapters (available through MTV's Hollywood Crush site) suggest that this one is going to bring the unnecessary romance and sex drama like WOAH.

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Fantastic sequel to the prequel. Andrea is an extremely talented writer and really knows her time period. I love Ember and Barrow and Alistair becomes the perfect villain, hardened by unrequited love. We see the origins of the Guardians and Searchers we became so familiar with in the Nightshade trilogy. We see sacrifice and Bosque's evil nature unfolding on every page. And he is the worst kind, infiltrating all that was once good just with a spark of his evil. It is a true play on the wars human ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Make no mistake I heart ANdrea Cremer and her NIghtshade trilogy and her Rift book, but what the hell happened?! This book was so boring and bland. Nothing Happened!!! It kills me to give this book 2 stars since I Love the previous book so much!!!!
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An emotional and riveting conclusion to a wonderfully built series.

Opening Sentence: Alistair could remember screaming only once before, at least since he’d become a man.

The Review:

Andrea Cremer knows how to create a world filled with amazement and wonder. One of the reasons why I love her work is mostly due to the lore and culture of her worlds. They are so detailed and realistic, enough so that I always find myself getting lost in them. A

Disappointing. I enjoyed the first book in the series but I found this one positively boring. The plot wasn't engrossing at all. For the majority of the book nothing really happened apart from 1. Ember and Barrow running away and hiding 2. Ember wanting to have sex with Barrow, and Barrow turning her down for various reasons (oh and by the end of the book they still hadn't had sex even though one of the arcs was how sexually frustrated they were) 3. Ember whining about her love for Barro
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A sequel rich in lore, embedded with deception, magic, danger and fueled by love, RIFT is a must have it, must read book! There's something to be said about an Andrea Cremer story, and that's that I LOVE her writing! I didn't think I'd love this series as much as I loved the Nightshade series, but Andrea proved me wrong with RIFT. Now with RISE all I can say is the same thing I did with RIFT, this is Andrea's best book yet! I am hopelessly in love with the way she creates her world, her incredib ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rise renders me speechless.

No, the story didn’t upset me. I like Cremer’s writing style. But with all the scheming and conniving going on, I felt saddened by the deception, lies and betrayals that happened in the book. To me, reading the story was like entering into the fog – I knew the fog would soon pass but while I was in it, I felt taken over by the gloom.

So, what’s the gloom? The gloom is something that I felt and I bet if you read the story, you’d feel it too, but if you run a search for t
Addie R.
More like 4.5/5 stars

Wow. What an epic conclusion to this prequel. It gives so much background and insight to the Nightshade series, a series which I've come to loved. Ember was such a fierce and strong MC to read about. I loved how determined and persistence she was to defend those she loved and for what she believed was right.

The only problem I had with this series was the writing style. While Cremer's writing made the story very captivating and addicting, the sort of historical style to it k
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Most of you know by know how much I love Andrea Cremer. All of her book have been off the charts AMAZING!

What I loved most about this book is the great plot. Once again, the reader is thrown for a ride of a life time with plenty of plot twist to knock you off your seat. Ember is thrown into some hard decisions in which she must play roles in order to accomplish her mission. I like that Ember is really good at this. She is very flexible in changing who and what needs to be done. She is not afraid
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless! Rift was an incredible tale weaved in pure excitement, adventure and of course in magic! I'm incredibly disappointed there will not be another in this prequel series because I found myself attached like a obsessed addict to this book and to the story. I can't convey all if the emotions running through my head right now. All I can say is I hope Cremer graces us with her amazing story telling in maybe another Nightshade series. I would absolutely love to see how everything plate ou ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just read the first chapter of 'Rise'.
Now this... is going to be good.

Liked it better than Rift, but not as much as Nightshade.
What can I say... Ren kind of makes this series. (view spoiler)
Definitely a good back story to how the Witches War began, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I'm not really the biggest fan of books that take place in the past, so perhaps that stunted my enjoyment. Either way, it was a good
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Wow. Andrea Cremer sure likes to let you guess what happens next. A course it is not her fault because you cannot put 600 years into 1 book but still. That's a really ''nice'' way to keep the readers in wait.
This book overall was okay just like Rift but after the 200 page it was kind of boring besides the end. In this book they could at least put an epilogue,right? But in this series I will always be wondering what happens next.
Hopefully Snakeroot will give us some answers. This was my yellow
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Damn now I'm tempted to actually read the Nightshade books. Doubt I will though I still don't like wolves lol
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just really wasn't feeling this book. The first book was enjoyable, but this one didn't do it for me. Ember's character wasn't as strong and I kept finding myself being easily annoyed by her. If you are curious about what happens next after Rift, you should read this book. Hopefully others will have better luck with it than I did!
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

Andrea Cremer knows how to create a world filled with amazement and wonder. One of the reasons why I love her work is mostly due to the lore and culture of her worlds. They are so detailed and realistic, enough so that I always find myself getting lost in them. A favorite series of mine is the Nightshade Prequel. Rise is the second and final book in the prequel series, and it is fantastic.

In an emotional journey, Rise begins shortly after the end of Rift. Ember
Cassie C
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this a 5 star rating, but I just couldn't...because of the ending. I loved this book a great deal. The story picks up right where we left off in Rift; Ember is on the run with Barrow, and Eira is taking control with Bosque at her side. The entire world that Ms. Cremer has created in this series is fantastic and I would read it over and over again. It is very well crafted and inventive, and just when you think you figure things out, there's a twist that takes you by surprise. (vi ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fall-2012, arc, nycc12
This book. Just wow. I'm actively not even sure what I can say about this book because it was just so action packed and amazing that words are actually failing me right now. If you know me, it is hard for words to fail me, but they seem to be doing a good job right now. Also, you probably shouldn't read this review if you haven't read the first book.

20 Minutes later...

Okay, I'm better now. I spent the last 100 pages of the book just screaming and yelling that "YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" (My Dartmouth b
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Andrea Cremer is one author I dearly love. She is not afraid to take risks (e.g., Bloodrose), and although many have still not accepted the damage Cremer has done to them, Cremer continues to bring out compelling stories despite that. Bloodrose was a favourite and it’s with hope that Cremer continues to deliver high levels of action, suspense, and superb storytelling. Rift and Rise were a fantastic prequel duology to the Nightshade trilogy, combining fantasy and historical elements seamlessly in ...more
I had fun reading this, but I didn't like it as much as i feel like I could have or wanted to.

I really love the idea of the mythology, but I still feel like I don't entirely understand it. One of my biggest issues with the Nightshade trilogy is that we never really got the best grip on on the background, and I brushed that off hoping it would be explained in the prequels, but I still feel like what got explained was incredibly rushed at the end, and since she did entirely create the mythology, I
Jessie Potts
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
What it's about: Rise is the second installment to the prequel series from the Nightshade world, and I recommend reading the first one, Rift, though these can be read before the Nightshade books. Rise jumps right into the action and throws readers into Ember and Barrow's world as they attempt to escape and save their Order. This book is dark, supernatural, and the connection between Ember and Barrow is not only strong but striking. Warning: The darkness will triumph. Otherwise, how will Nightsha ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For some reason, physical books always take me much longer to read than ebooks do. But I love physical copies of books so much, especially when they have beautiful covers like this one! And might I say, it looks quite lovely next to the other book in the series. Thank you, whoever designed them, for not changing the spines and letting them match so perfectly.

Rise took place exactly where Rift left off, and was in the POV of Eira, Ember, and Alistair. This book had a lot of up and down points fo
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Although I loved this duology, there were two things that disappointed me as I closed the book: the fact that it WAS a duology and that we wouldn't see more of these fascinating characters, and how this book focused a lot more on the romantic relationships.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for romance. But the thing I found refreshing about Rift was how it wasn't the prominent conflict. In Rise, romance definitely was front and center. I found the relationship between Bosque and Eira very intrigu
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
.... Is this how this series ends??
If it does I'm going to be so furious!! It CAN'T end like that! Not with what we had just barely seen! We just got Glimpses of Rhys! He was the first and we don't get to see more of him? How rude!! And Agnes!! How could Allister! Speaking of Allister that good for nothing selfish, infuriating prick!! He took her... Uhhh!! I don't really like spoilers so I won't say but holy mother f-ing shit!!! I loved loved loved this book! The ending and everything however w
Fox D'aoust
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I was anxiously waiting around to read this next installment. One day I went into the book store and was extremely happy that I found it sitting at the front of the store. I ignored all other books and purchased it immediately. I read it way too fast and enjoyed every minute of it. I think that there should be a third prequel to tie everything together because it seemed unfinished. Bosque Mar is apparently sexier in this book than he is in the Calla Trilogy. Alistairs' heart gets more corrupt ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I love this author's stories; however, this book was super slow and felt like a bridge between two novels. I felt like a lot of the story was building up to something that didn't happen in this book. I was also disappointed because most of the book takes place with the "bad" characters and it felt really dark. I wished that more of the main character, who you care about from the first book in the series, would have played into this novel. I'm glad that I have to wait for the 3rd book-maybe I'll ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Now, we all know that I'm a huge fan of anything by Andrea Cremer, so you probably already know how this review is going to go. You may remember from my review of Rift that I like this prequel series even more than the Nightshade series, and that's still true. Ember is my hero. If I could be any literary character, I'd be her. Y'know, if I got to be her but stay in my own life. Hers is way stressful. It's even more so in this book than the last. Things are not getting any better for poor Ember, ...more
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Andrea Cremer 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, Andrea was a history professor at

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Nightshade Prequel (2 books)
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