Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blog Tour/Book Review: The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson

The Ember Gods
(Key of Kilenya, #2)
By Andrea Pearson
Received for Review
Young Adult Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.40

Before I get into my review, here is the summary from Goodreads:  

Jacob Clark has just returned from the world of Eklaron, where he frustrated the evil plans of the Lorkon and returned the magical Key of Kilenya to its rightful owners. His quest is far from over, though--Aloren is trapped in Maivoryl City by the Ember Gods, and Jacob can't return to save her until he receives the potion that will protect his team from the corrosive influence of the Lorkon.

Balancing between this new world and his own proves tricky. Not only has he started his first year of high school, but his magical abilities are bringing him too much attention. He feels pulled by both sides, hoping he'll figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the sequel to Key of Kilenya which I also reviewed on the blog. To view that review, click this link.  I received this novel to review as part of the blog tours Tristi Pinkston sets up.

The first novel was an enjoyable read and I was really excited to see how Pearson would add to the story in the sequel. 

The first novel left a ton of questions unanswered and made me really curious to read the sequel. This novel did the same. It answered a lot of the questions I had from the first one, but also left several more unanswered. This left me satisfied enough to be pleased with the novel, and curious enough to want to read the next one.  

Generally, the second novel in a series is slow and not as good as the original. And while there may have been moments where the pace slowed down, I never felt like The Ember Gods was a slow read. 

This novel is very imaginative, entertaining, and well-written. I loved the characters in this novel just like I did in the first one. I really liked that in this novel we got to learn more about Jake’s brother, Matt. He was a central character in the story and I liked learning more about him. 

I also loved learning more about Sweet Pea (and yes that’s his real name) Ebony, and of course the land of Eklaron itself.  

The Ember Gods doesn’t feel like it is being written by an adult woman; it truly does feel like it’s being told from the perspective of a young boy. This novel has great characterization and great voice.  

In Summary: An imaginative, exciting read that fans of young adult fantasy will love. This story is original, creative, and well-written. Definitely recommended. 

Warnings/Side-notes: This book is very clean. Minor violence, but overall this book is very clean. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to even the most sensitive of readers.  

The Wrap-up: A novel that I enjoyed reading. I will definitely be keeping my eye on Pearson. Her writing is fresh, and her ideas are really intriguing. Like I mentioned, I’ll be excited to see what happens next. 


Danica Page

Up Next: The Fairy Tale Trap by Emily Casey


  1. Danica! Thanks so much for your review! I loved reading your take on things - your reviews are refreshing. I really had a lot of fun writing Ember Gods, and can't wait until August Fortress is ready. :-)

  2. You are most welcome! I'm glad that you like reading my take on things and find my reviews refreshing. I'm glad you had fun writing this one and I also can't wait until August Fortress is ready!


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