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Wicked Embers

(Souls of Fire #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,298 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of Fireborn, presents the thrilling new Souls of Fire Novel featuring Emberly Pearson, a phoenix that can transform into a human—and is haunted by the ability to foresee death....

Crimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to sp
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Signet Select
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ

Most of Wicked Embers follows the plot that started in Fireborn so it definitely can't be read as standalone. Jackson Miller and Emberly are still after the missing research notes on Crimson Death. They need to confirm those notes are still out there, find them and stop the sindicati coming after them. Since there are two factions they need to find out which one is after them. So for the most of the book you follow Em and Jackson looking for various players connected to Crimson Death research
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Keri Arthur used to be one of my MUST read authors; her RILEY JENSON GUARDIAN novels are still, to this day, some of my all time favourite werewolf books. Then, I gave her DARK ANGELS a whirl, and my zeal for her writing took a bit of a dive. Being the ever dedicated fan-girl that I am, I snatched-up FIREBORN and enjoyed it. WICKED EMBERS on the other hand was freakishly similar to Arthur's other two series, so newcomers will probably enjoy it, while as seasoned stalkers
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm on the fence on if I'll be following this series. Unfortunately the idea behind the phenix does not line up with the reality that is this series. I'm not a fan of Sam & her unhealthy obsession with him is annoying. He's an asshole. Ember is pretty weak as a character & in some cases emotionally pathetic (with the ongoing whining).I do like Jackson but not enough to continue the series simply bc of him. All the other characters aren't developed enough to keep my interest. The next ins ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Not a bad story by any means; it just wasn't anything new. Emberly is a variation of Riley/Risa; and her sex life/need for sex runs along the same lines as the previous two series. And like the previous series, Em's sex life is hashed and rehashed like it was a separate character. Why does every h in Arthur's world have to be a slut to survive? Oh, and Sam is turning into long-suffering Quinn/Azriel; waiting by the side while Em/Risa/Riley have sex with other characters.

The case itself, about a
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I loved the first book and it’s true that I waited impatiently for the second volume to see what the author had in store for us once again. I think that I was a little less carried away this time but I had again a great time with the story and the characters.

As in the first volume, a premonitory dream will launch our heroine, and Jackson, on a new investigation. Indeed, it seems that a strange creature is in town, leaving corpses in her way. As it was eating
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Urban fantasy, action packed, suspenseful and fast.
Emberly is flaming hot and sharing her life with her two men Rory and Jackson. Rory he life mate and Jackson her man for those lusty moments she needs. The three work well together and have each other's backs when in danger. Emberly and Jackson are working a case in their PI business that just might slightly cross the line of where Sam said not to go. They are working a case where body parts are being eaten by huge beast, and still trying to fig
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2

A book for adrenaline junkies who have read (and remember) the first one. I loved the idea of a phoenix, but the story is a spin off. So, same world of Riley, similar settings. Good for fans, but not exactly new.
Still the vamp mafia is such a "fun" idea :)
Anyway, good, but not great. I never get the urge to read her books again.

Ms Arthur' stories remind me of one a friend of mine told me close to 25 years ago. She was in Melbourne (Australia), visiting a family member. They went to a disco
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Another fabulous series from the talented Ms. Arthur. Full disclosure, I did not read the first book in this series. I recommend reading this series in order. Still, I loved this book. Emberly is a fascinating woman who reminds me of Riley from RILEY JENSON GUARDIAN series. The bit of difference is Emberly fully accepts her poly-amorous side. Emberly the fire elemental phoenix is smart, sexy and stubborn. This is attractive in a heroine.

The world building in this story is similar to other Ms. A
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I am so on the fence about how I feel about WICKED EMBERS. I really like the characters, but like other reviews have stated, they are a lot like Arthur's previous characters and it's really hard not to compare them or be a little bit bored by them and the situations they find themselves in.

The actual storyline of WICKED EMBERS was entertaining. The book starts off not long after the events of FIREBORN. There is a new serial killer case that Ember is working to solve with the help of her dreams a
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than FIREBORN.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
3 stars = pretty good. Back for a second round of this sexy urban fantasy,I liked the fiery cast: Phonenix Ember, Rory, the mate she needs to survive (but Phoenix mates are cursed to not love each other), and Fire Fae Jackson, her lusty PI partner and current bed buddy. Other than the necessary sexy breaks - because both Fae and Phoenixes need lots of sex - this is mostly just a continuation of the hunt related to the red virus from the first book, and a deepening of impending darkness in the wo ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the 1st one of this series Fireborn (Souls of Fire, #1) by Keri Arthur and this one picked up straight after it.

However, if you've read any Riley Jensen you'll quickly recognise Melbourne, the badass h, battling supernatural creatures (usually vamps, but some monsters as well) under the human radar, the many love interests and the sex.

Despite the fact the h, Emberly Parson, is a phoenix, it really felt just same old, same old. Which is a shame cause we don't get many phoenix stories.

Loved the cover and I'll probably read
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Fun urban fantasy with a unique world and premise. The mystery with the evil creature was awesome and spooky, but there was a whole second plot and they didn't combine at all in this book. Definitely continuing the series, but this felt a bit like second book syndrome.
Grace's Potato
... July? As in 4 months from now? As in 127 days from now?

but..... but..........

Why not now :'(
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Arthur once again, ignites our imaginations with Wicked Embers.

Emberly, Phoenix, with the help of her partner Jackson, Fire Fae, are on the hunt to cure the plague. Searching for answers has put them in the hot seat. Some want what they have, some want to hide it away, some want revenge and some are plotting for more power.

While Emberly and Jackson are searching for truths, Emberly starts having dreams about a strange beast that is devouring the dead but its activities are escalating. Its an evi
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

I love a strong but vulnerable heroine, especially a unique brand of character like Emberly being a Phoenix. She's incredibly powerful and yet not without limitations. She also had a huge weakness for saving others, which while not a bad thing moral wise, it's another story when it comes to her own safety. The risks she take for others is staggering, and I couldn't love her more for it. So much so that you can't help rooting for her even whe
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Wicked Embers picks up where book #1 left off in true and fantastic Urban Fantasy form.

Emberly and her beau Jackson are investigating a unique and dangerous case for their shared private investigation firm and trying not to step on the toes of her cop ex, Sam, while keeping those they care about, including Emberly's life mate Rory, safe.

Emberly's dream visions kick into
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Crimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.
But their mission is jeopardized by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investiga
Eva Millien
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A creature of ash and shadow on a murdering spree is jeopardizing Emberly and Jackson’s desperate search for the stolen research for a cure for the Crimson Death plague in this thrilling urban fantasy.

Emberly’s prophetic dreams are changing and every instinct is telling her that the creature’s murderous spree is only going to escalate but with warring factions of vampires and the Gray Cloak after her she’s doesn’t have a lot of time to breath much less look for the research and the reader can’t
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ★★★1/2☆

Review: This was a bit of a slow starter for me and starts pretty much where Fireborn left off. Emberly and her PI fire fae partner Jackson are still in search of the research notes missing from the first book and tracking down the few remaining characters that might lead to their discovery. (view spoiler)
I am a little bit torn -- at one hand, I felt like things were really going nowhere with the investigation towards the red plague virus, but at the same time, there WERE significant information that came to surface ((view spoiler)).

I guess the investigation felt rather repetitive and it frustrated me a bit: Em and Jackson would find clues, they would kick some o
Danielle (Danniegurl)
This took me several tries to get through. I adore Keri Arthur's writing, but this just didn't have it for me. It was too slow, the love aspect too lacking. There is barely a hint or nod to romance in this series so far. She is pining away for Sam as is her curse, Sam is a complete douche at times, and Jackson I don't think is long term, though I do like him. It however, has been made clear that Fae don't really love, they have bed buddies until they need to procreate I believe.

So this story bas
The Gypsy Emmy

After I finished book one, I could hardly wait for the second to be released. However, I was slightly disappointed.

Unfortunately, this book fell into what I like to call 'the second book bridge syndrome'. While it still had all of the authors signature flare, steamy romance, and kick butt characters; it literally was just a bridge from book one to three.

It tired up some of the questions left from book one and set the stage quite nicely for book three hence my nickname of 'the secon
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Wicked Embers was an ok read! It started out slowly with a dream and the pace didn't pick up until a third of the way into the story. They're still looking for the scientist's notes for the virus, nothing has been resolved. A new character has been added to the mix but I'm not sure why because it has nothing to do with the storyline.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this instalment...much more than book one. Liked the mix of action and urban fantasy and the use of the Phoenix as a main character is well done!
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Didn't care for the non-ending, but otherwise this was a fast, fun read.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Just finished Wicked Embers, book 2 in the souls of fire series and I'm just not blown away. The story is just eh and by the time I made it to the middle I kind of forgot what I had read in the beginning. The MC Emberly is supposedly this centuries old fire spirit that has full recollection of her many lives but she comes across as somewhat naive to me. The characters are just eh to me as well.
In this book Emberly and crew are still trying to track down the research scientists stolen notes whic
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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this is still an awesome series and I am still too tired to give a detailed review. The leader of the gray coats is after Emberly and we get the confirmation of why. The darkness is still a part of Sam and we find out what that is too. And who could the mole be?

Emberly Jackson and Rory also gain a few allies and get rid of an old enemy. Looking forward to how this story is going to continue to develop. I find myself wondering if there is a chance of Sam and Emberly having a happy ending despite
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3 - 3 1/2 stars

Wicked Embers is the second book in the Souls of Fire series, and the story carries on from the first. I still don't like Sam - if he has any feelings left for Em then he really doesn't have a good way of showing it. Later in the book it indicates that he may have more of an understanding of the Phoenix and why Em needs Rory to survive, but he is still pretty much a dick........although he also has some drama going on of his own that would contribute to his mood swings. Jackson an
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Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs

Other books in the series

Souls of Fire (4 books)
  • Fireborn (Souls of Fire, #1)
  • Flameout (Souls of Fire, #3)
  • Ashes Reborn (Souls of Fire #4)