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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The locks are failing.
The keys are calling.
The Titans are waking.

Crowned before her time, nineteen-year-old Natylia is thrust into an unpleasant reality—her people don’t want her, her family doesn’t need her and, despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to shake an incorrigible suitor. But when rumors begin to swirl throughout her kingdom the young queen shifts her focus a
Paperback, 422 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Archangel Publishing
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Jesikah Sundin
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Oh man . . . this book was all kinds of fun.

I was immediately drawn into Natylia's plight (aka Nat) as she struggles to make sense of the crumbling world around her politically, with family, and in friendships. I could completely relate to her social anxiety and introversion, which endeared her to me further. Most especially, I appreciated the undercurrent theme of bravery, which is as multi-faceted as a cut crystal. Once again, I could easily connect to her fear of being
Kathy - Books & Munches
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first. Have you ever read a slow-paced fantasy novel with a focus more on the main character's growth and emotions? Because, before Imber, I honestly hadn't. Throughout most of the story, Imber's focused more on the emotional side of things than the adventure and plot. The uniqueness of it is something I absolutely lived for throughout my entire reading experience.

You're pulled into Natylia's POV and see her struggles, her emotions, her dreams and hopes. You experience how she grows
rowanthorn ✨
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good fantasy (who doesn't!?) and a journey/quest storyline, and OH MY does Imber deliver.


Imber is a wonderful debut and such a strong start to the Thanatos series. The writing flows really well and kept up a good pace throughout, making equal time for action but also for descriptions of the land and the worldbuilding! The worldbuilding was so well done; it is interesting and mysterious. The story hinges around the mythology of the world so it's obviously necessary that it be fleshed ou
Becky Moynihan
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Move over, Legolas, because Jyn is in town! Seriously though, read the book for the snarky elf comments. Read as he snarks his way through tragedy, mayhem, and adventures full of pitfalls and big scary creatures. Oh, and he's not the main character, by the way. He just happens to be a scene-stealer. Silly elf. ...more
Florence Hughes
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story had me hooked right from the first few pages. The characters were so amazing and felt so real. I’m just so sad that this book is finished. I may have to re-read it! I absolutely loved the story, from the friendship between Natylia and Jyn to the slowly realized romance between Natylia and Camion. I was rooting for them from the time Camion was introduced.

Please tell me I can start reading the next instalment in this amazing story soon! I can’t wait!
Grace K
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, indies
Imber has it all: adventure, heartbreak, vivid characters, and a swoon-worthy romance. Not to mention the writing is beautiful.

I was sent an ARC of Imber by the author, Tyffany Hackett, who knows that I typically enjoy YA Fantasy reads. This book now sits on my shelf next to my other fantasy favorites, like Sarah J. Maas and Scott Westerfeld. If you're looking for a sweet, fun, and gripping fantasy adventure story, this book is for you.

The story follows Natylia, a girl who takes her mother's thr
Taylor Fenner
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 of 5 Stars! Review Originally Posted On: Taylor Fenner's Bookish World

I've been excited to read Imber since I first heard about it and it was well worth the wait!

19-year-old Natylia is about to ascend the throne of Thrais after petitioning the Council to let her take over for her sick mother who may not live the five years until Natylia is supposed to take over. Unfortunately, the people of Thrais think Natylia is stealing the throne from her mother, their beloved Queen - and they're not h
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-hard-copy
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Blaire Hammond
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review*

Let's kick this off by saying, simply, WOW. This book got a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars from me. My favourite genre is and has always been fantasy, which means, as someone who thus reads a lot of it, it now takes a lot more work to grab my attention when reading fantasy. But this book did it. It was a high fantasy adventure full of action and anticipation and excitement. I tru
Dahlia Burroughs
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"They didn’t owe me anything. I owed them the world, and if I could find a way, the word they would have..."

Tyffany Hackett contacted me late April and asked if I would like to read her book in exchange for an honest review. As she was part of Jenna Moreci’s Street Team for TSC - and an all-round lovely human being! - I said yes without hesitation. I even forgot to ask what Imber was about. Thankfully, she had me covered. Once I read the blurb I knew I HAD to read the book.

Imber is about ninetee
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come! 💕
Jess (starlitlibrary)
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I reread this just to be sure about my review. Honestly, I scream a lot and by now all people who read my reviews should know. I simply cannot contain myself. So...let's juts say this is going to be semi-screamy review. If that makes sense. Also, beware of spilled tea and trails of salt.

Let's dive in, shall we?

I AM IN LOVE. Imber is such a wonderful and impressive start to a trilogy and yep, it has become one of my favorites. I said it.
The people who know me personally, will probably be sh
C.E. Clayton
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s not very often you stumble across an epic fantasy that undertakes changing so many “accepted” norms and turning them on their heads as “Imber” does. From the get-go this entire story is in first person, and just in the main character’s POV! That so rarely happens in fantasy that from the onset I found myself grinning. It may seem small, but it’s something Hackett does very well and is so different from the other fantasy books I read that I wanted to mention it up front. But anyway, “Imber” ...more
Michael Chrobak
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There can be so much noise in this world of independent authors and self-published books, so many new titles being shoved into the market every day, that finding a truly enjoyable, well-written novel can be like discovering a secret known only to a select few. Imber is one of those books, and I couldn't have enjoyed reading it more. The characters are perfectly crafted with personalities and idiosyncrasies that make them loveable from the first time they step into the story, and the depth at whi ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*** Alright, I read this book early - and am not counting on my Goodreads read list yet... I want to read the fancy print version to count... but I also needed to share my initial thoughts as far as a quick review... so here are my initial thoughts for review... more to come after my reread soon...

I read a ton of fantasy... and as JRR Tolkien is my baseline for fantasy, I have a high standard. So I would totally put Imber in at 4.5 stars!

Tyffany Hackett has created a world that is mysterious and
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Maria Elena | _mkarys
This book is a great start to a series that is set up to be epic! I enjoyed the world building a lot and cannot wait to explore more of this world, but what I really loved most about this story were the characters, especially Natylia, who is a very real heroine, with her stubbornness but also her fears and anxiety that make her very relatable, and Jyn, her guard and friend who is—and I say this with no shame—the love of my life. The other characters made for a great supporting cast to Natylia, a ...more
Lexi Biondi
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing novel! Imber was warm and cute and sad and thrilling and I loved it so much. The characters are pure gold, I want to give each of them a hug (at least, most of them lol). The world building and mythology gripped me from the start. A literal journey, Natylia went through a lot and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her and the others! 🖤🖤🖤
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great YA Fantasy! Looking forward to the next one!
Elizabeth McLennan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I was up half the night reading it. I love the characters especially Jyn amd Meryn. Natylia is a great MC, yoy really empathise with what she is doing by ascending to the throne and also trying to balance what is in her heart.

I also really enjoyed the world building, it felt like i could step into Natylia world and be there. The mythology behind the story of the keys is great and definetly left me wanting to know more. I really like Tyffany's writing s
Cait | GoodeyReads


Which is saying something. I constantly felt like picking this book up and continuing the story. It had the right kind of magic for me to really enjoy. The pacing was good throughout and the flow was steady with waves of action and lighter moments.

Nataylia was a great main character. I love that she was strong and brave, but had her faults. She felt more real and like an actual human. Not a pretty much perfect Princess turned Queen who’s hard to love. Her motives
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book feels a lot like a first draft: the author had some ideas and wrote a book, but then she forgot to go through it again and see how well it translated to the page. You have logic fail after logic fail, serious pacing issues, things that are set-up but don’t get a payoff while others don’t get any foreshadowing, character development inconsistencies, and a world-building in need of some love. The book needed a beta reader
Danielle Michael
Great start to a series! The characters were my favorite part of this book. I instantly connected with our protagonist Nat. Her emotions were so well written and realistic. I felt her pain and grief (and even cried with her at times). I love reading strong friendships and this book delivered. You can really tell that Jyn, Meryn and Cam care for Nat like family. While the romance was subtle, it melted my insides and I can’t wait to read more between the two of them. Once the adventure kicked in I ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book, but I need a clear head for a review.... so review to come! :)
Allisa White
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyffany Hackett's debut novel is a wonderful fantasy novel with rich characters and detail. It's a little slower paced than I'm used to, but as it does seem to be more on the epic side of fantasy, that isn't surprising. What did surprise me is that the action mentioned in the blurb doesn't happen until about 50% of the way in. Even so, the first 50% of the book did a great job of setting up the rest of the novel, and the novel did a great job of setting up the rest of the series.

One of Hackett's
Zai Bell
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Indie book of the year. The strongest component of this book is the characters, who I miss now that I have finished book one. (Good news, there are MORE BOOKS with them).
A.J. Torres
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Imber is book 1 in the Thanatos Trilogy and is a New Adult High/Epic Fantasy novel.

Book Cover: 4* - The cover is really cool. I thought it was pretty atmospheric. I wasn't sure what the cover was depicting originally, until I read the book and now I know. The cover helps give you an idea what the protagonist will be traveling to, which is a pretty thrilling place I tell ya.

Summary/Tagline: 5* - The locks are failing. The Keys are calling. The Titans are waking. I thought this was an awesome tagl
Camryn Daytona
This review was originally posted on Camryn DaytonaImber by Tyffany Hackett is a book that I found thanks to Faecrate.

It's indie, available through kindle unlimited, and part of a Trilogy (book 2 is out, book 3 doesn't have a release date yet).


As usual, I'll start with the things I didn't like, so I can end it on a positive note.
What is an elf?

Jyn is supposed to be an elf, that's one of the things that drew me to this book. Based off the description alone, I wanted to know more ab

Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review! Imber is the first novel in the Thanatos trilogy and overall, I thought it was good. The story follows Natylia who is 19 years old and petitions the Council to ascend the throne 5 years early because her sick mother (the queen) might not live that long. There is some animosity from the public, who believe Natylia is stealing the throne from her very beloved mother.

Natylia ovehears talk about some magical scepters with the power to awa
Nadya Jackson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

When I started Imber it was a bit overwhelming being thrown face-first into a very descriptive and a bit too realistic anxiety attack of my future Queen. Accepting that this was just where we were and pushing away my own anxiety I grabbed onto Natylia and let her pull me into her queendom of Thrais. Riddled with assassins and murder and terrible dance partners, Natylia isn't just a damsel in distress she is a damsel who is dis
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Tyffany Hackett is the award-winning author of 'The Thanatos Trilogy', a Young Adult Fantasy. She also co-author's the upcoming New Adult Urban Fantasy series 'The Genesis Crystal Saga' with author Becky Moynihan.

Currently residing in New York's Southern Tier, she spends her days chasing after her rambunctious toddler and her nights trying to make the words go. In her down time you can find her ki

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