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Evelyn is one girl amidst hundreds of sword wielding, demon fighting, magic casting… boys. More

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About Tess Williams

At five years old, Tess was walking down a gravel path and saw that one of the rocks had been kicked away into the grass, all alone. She was instantly upset, cradled the poor rock in her hands and returned it to it’s family of fellow rocks. She told me a story then, of how the rock had come to be all alone, complete with romance, intrigue, and betrayal. She was never without a book. And had read the complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy four times before the age of thirteen.
It is with this kind of imagination, passion, and love for stories, that Tess now wrote her young adult fantasy novels. She began writing her first novel, Ember, at age sixteen and didn't stop.

Tess Williams passed away on May 3, 2014.

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nigil reviewed on July 30, 2019

A great story.
Not as much of the girl-must-choose-between-the-boys drama as I had expected, thankfully. While it still fits that cliché, the introduction pretty much gives warning enough, in case this is not your type of story.

The girl has a lot of spunk, and she makes for a believable and lovable heroine, flaws included. A strong female lead, but in an honest way (not the outmatching-boys-after-5-days-training type).
The introduction of the world is minimal. Having magic and fighting bad guys must suffice as the surrounding setting.
That setting seems to be human-vs-other, good vs evil, without historical or broader explanation.
I like that it's exploring the world in the story, not starting with a monologue; but the world still seemed somewhat bare even at the end.
I also like that it doesn't try to fit into some existing place or setting; but it's a curious mesh of horse-carriages, blacksmiths and teen nightclubs.
And of course an Order of boys fighting the bad guys, quite the fantastical place.

The real care is in the character interactions, and here the story shines and will draw you in until the end.

Sadly our girl is not really fleshed out in the beginning, oscillating strangely between behaviour of a little kid and a more mature personality and it was obvious the author had yet to find their stride.
But as the story fleshes out, her personality settles as well.
Also, after first brushing off a strange abduction-attempt as a non-event apparently, every time after the guy's name is merely mentioned,
she suddenly falls apart at the seams - that felt really misplaced, and you'll just have to assume there is some part of the story missing there.

The second half of the book was apparently overlooked by the editor, because it increases in typos, and missing words in unfinished sentences. It's a bit annoying, but not extremely so.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Good Read reviewed on April 3, 2013

Excellent book.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Brea Nicole Bond reviewed on Nov. 1, 2012

4.5/5 stars...could be a solid 5 if not for frequent and often distracting typos. Aside from requiring a copy editor, "Ember" is an engrossing story with a diverse and colorful ensemble of characters. Only the "bad guys" seem one-sided and overly simplistic, though the author hints at more dimension in the subsequent novels of this series. She also does a fabulous job in slowly revealing details about the fantasy setting and its history--without losing touch with the present problems of the trio of lead characters, who read more like modern-day teenagers than those of typical high fantasy. The effect is a quick-paced, witty, and very entertaining novel. I look forward to following the rest of the series!
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Dane007 reviewed on Aug. 13, 2012

Good book. Just waiting for the next one
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Amaranth louise reviewed on Aug. 5, 2012

Awesome Book!! Loved it, and wish the sequel was available right now!!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
paige p reviewed on July 31, 2012

It was a fun book, I laughed a lot. It just needed a few changes in the spelling and wording then it would be perfect can't wait for the next one!!!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

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