The Ember Gods (Kilenya Series, 2)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Even though he has the magical Key of Kilenya, Jacob Clark’s quest in the world of Eklaron has barely begun. Aloren is trapped in Maivoryl City by the Ember Gods, and he’s just starting his first year of high school. Balancing between his two lives has become nearly impossible. He feels pulled by both sides, hoping he’ll figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466024144
About Andrea Pearson

Andrea, a Brigham Young University graduate, is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast (hiking, fishing, boating, biking, spending time in the Rocky Mountains, and taking walks). She spent a year and a half serving the Spanish speaking community in Toronto, Canada, and is fluent in 2 ½ languages. She plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea is always in the mood for a good movie with close friends and family (especially her husband and mom), with a large glass of milk and a bowl of overly buttered popcorn nearby. She also enjoys oil painting, making earrings, squeezing every bit of oxygen out of Ziploc bags, and she hopes to someday travel to Italy and Alaska.

Andrea has published three books.

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Review by: Lon Pearson on Feb. 15, 2012 :
While I helped in the editing process, I probably should not write a review. But Smashwords keeps telling me that I owe them a review for my having bought the book from them, so I'll accede to their wishes.

The journal pages at the beginning of each chapter of the "Key of Kilenya" are ommited in "The Ember Gods"; yet there are links that tie us into Jacob and the underlying history of both volumes. By the end of the novel, we will understand much better Jacob's history as well as how his family ties into the people of Eklaron.

For Valentine's Day (I was hoping to obtain the books for Christmas but was not able to) I gave a copy of the "Key" to each of the families of my five children. It was a gift with a stipulation that if they read (and enjoy) this first novel, I will give them the follow up ("The Ember Gods". Both novels really have elements of motivation to continue reading for both my teen-age grandsons, as well as to my granddaughters. Before we left Denver, headed for Missouri three days ago midst a heavy mid-west snow storm, my twelve-year-old granddaughter reported to me that she had started the first novel (The Key of Kilenya) and that she loved it. I told her that she will like even more The Ember Gods, because it will have more motivation for a teenager to read and because girls will enter into the fiction.

Jacob is torn between his own desire to make the basketball team as a sophomore (I have four or five grandsons in this predicament) and to help the citizens of Eklaron, which he got to know, to work with, and to trust in "Key" with an overwhelming problem that they face. A mysterious key was stolen from them in the first novel; in the second, it serves him well to be transported magically from place to place, if he learns to use it wisely and correctly.

Both are novels which will appeal to both boys and girls; and I find that many adults will love it too. I have read both "Key" and "The Ember Gods" in great detail three times, and will read them both again as I help the author, Andrea Pearson, in the copy-editing process.

Also available starting on Valentines in Kindle format, from Amazon.com, is a spin-off short story by Andrea: "Samara." I'm sure that soon it will also be available from Smashwoords. --Lon Pearson
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mary Ann Dennis on Jan. 05, 2012 :
The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson
Book #2 in The Key of Kilenya Series

At the end of book one, fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark returns from Eklaron. He frustrated the evil plans of the Lorkin and returns the Key of Kilenya to its rightful owners, but for some reason, the key only works for Jacob.

When he escaped the Lorkin, he had to leave his friend, Aloren behind in order to save another friend, Akeno, who is seriously wounded. Jacob is haunted by this decision and vows to return for Aloren.

The Ember Gods begins with the beginning of a new school year for Jacob. He now has to balance the demands of high school, trying out for the basketball team, friends and family, and the responsibility he feels to the Makalo and the world of Eklaron being pulled between both worlds.

Jacob learns patience and obedience the hard way (don't we all?), and learns the consequences of not listening to the adults who care for him, and his inner voice. If he had listened he not only would've saved himself and his brother, Matt some severe consequences, but he would've had more information and more protection that would've made his mission go much easier. Isn't that what we all do? We strain against obedience only to find out our lives didn't have to be so difficult if we'd have only listened. Jacob learns more about himself and his new-found abilities and learns to trust the wisdom of others.

There are several things I liked about this book: first, I really liked the development of the relationship between Jacob and his older brother, and I look forward to finding out more. Second, I enjoyed the pacing of this book more than the first. I was able to keep up with the new information. Third, there are a couple of surprises that made total sense and explained some of my questions from book one, while leaving a couple of questions for book three, August Fortress, to answer. Fourth, the action is never-ending in both worlds. Fifth, the journal entries become everything. I wonder if Mr. Coolidge turns out to be a problem in book three. He knows too much.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for a fun read and life lessons taught. I'm looking forward to August Fortress.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna K. Weaver on Dec. 17, 2011 :
Poor Jacob. He thought things were challenging in book 1, The Key of Kilenya.

There's only a break of a couple of weeks between the end of Key and The Ember Gods, but he's got even more to deal with. Still carrying the burden the friend left behind at the end of Key, he's got to juggle things he didn't in his last story. He'd been pulled into that world and was able to focus all his attentions on it.

Now he must learn patience. Others have to put thing in order for a rescue mission. He has to balance his responsibilities in Eklaron as the only one able to use the power of the Key, while in the "real life" school has started. Amidst homework, self-defense training, trying to be noticed by the basketball coach, searches for potion ingredients, the unwanted attention of a girl, and staying out of the way of the creepy, power-seeking Lorkon, Jacob's getting less and less sleep. And it's taking its toll.

And don't forget the secrets Jacob didn't know were being kept from him.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Karl Pearson on Dec. 10, 2011 : (no rating)
Wow this is a good follow-up of The Key of Kilenya. I am waiting for book 3 in this planned 6 book series. The characters, and creatures in this series are something I can't believe. The imagination necessary to come up with them is incredible. Anyone who wants a very good read MUST read this series. The Ember Gods has a great solution for the cliff hanger left in book one, and creates more curiosity of what is coming next. I CAN NOT WAIT!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Suzzette Prevost on Nov. 29, 2011 :
Loved this book! Well written story and great characters. I am looking forward to the third book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dwight on Nov. 29, 2011 :
Amazing Amazing book!! Pearson weaves a tantalizing, powerful story with parts that keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end, leaving you thirsting fore more. I HIGHLY recommend this book and cant wait to read the third book!! Kudos to you Pearson!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jaclyn Weist on Sep. 27, 2011 :
This is the second book in the Kilenya series.  I was excited to read this book after I finished Andrea's first book The Key of Kilenya. I was glad I was able to continue the series.  The book starts right up and goes from where the last book left off. I got pulled in instantly and enjoyed reentering the world of Eklaron.  The creatures and the world is different from what I've read before and I loved it!  Here is the synopsis:

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 be able to figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time.

Jacob spent a lot of time comparing himself to his brother Matt in the first book so I'm glad we got to see more of him in the second book.  I enjoyed seeing the strengths and weaknesses of both and how well they worked together.  It was fun having Matt witness all of the different abilities Jacob had and instead of being jealous, he worked right along with him.

There are many twists and turns in this book to keep you hooked.  Jacob has so much going on his life but he is still able to keep it together.  He even shows compassion when he could easily have gotten revenge on a high school rival.

I loved the ending of the story.  You have foreshadowing along the way, but you have no idea what's going to happen until you read the end. I loved it! I can't wait to see what is in store for Jacob in the next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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