The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made...
With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D'ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost.
But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.
EMBERS IN A DARK FROST introduces a world where humans have no place. Deira is a half-breed -human and Anu- which means that she is shunned and treated as a lesser person. Indeed, Kelly Keaton has written of the ultimate outcast, not just because a physical feature marks out Deira as different. Her heritage is seen as weakness to her kind and she lives as a servant.
Knowing that Keaton is the author of other books that I have enjoyed immensely, I approached this book with a little trepidation. But, the feeling left me almost immediately. The world that Keaton has created in EMBERS IN A DARK FROST is complex and unlike anything I have read in a long while. Most of the fantasy I read does not involve a solely non-human world. It was intriguing and captured my attention from the start.
Though there is much to learn about the world, I never felt that I was being left behind. Keaton deftly navigates the reader through Deira's journey, the other important characters and avoids massive info dumps that can take a reader out of the story. Just enough is revealed at crucial moments, while also keeping me on my toes about what else this world might throw out next. EMBERS IN A DARK FROST is a good story, one with great pacing, well-written characters, and an author that clearly knows what she is doing.
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About The Author:
Kelly loves ancient history, fantasy, and mythology. She dreams of one day attaining magical powers, discovering the secret to immortality, ridding her home of pet hair, and being crowned Mardi-Gras queen.
As Kelly Gay, she writes the popular adult urban fantasy series, Charlie Madigan, for Pocket Books. While she calls Raleigh, NC, home, she can also be found chatting about books and life on Facebook and Twitter.
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This book was provided by the author via Good Choice Reading Promotions, with no other compensation except for the expectation of an honest review
14 December, 2012
Blog Tour: Embers In A Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton Book Review
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I'm a writer, aspiring to that higher plane of becoming a published author. I love books in all their forms, be it electronic or print (though obviously, there is nothing like the texture of a book in my hands!). I want to share that love and meet others who feel the same.