Thursday, January 5, 2012
The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson
Goodreads Description: 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 Thoughts: I liked this book even more than I liked the first book of the series, The Key of Kilenya! Jacob is really coming into his own and learning to deal with his powers. I loved that he could use his powers to try to get the graffiti off of the school desks, to the amazement of the kids sitting close to him.
I'm glad that we got to know Jacob's brother, Matt, a little more in this book. It was fun seeing these boys interact with each other, and to see Matt's reaction to the world of Eklaron. Jacob really had a hard time trying to balance everything in his life, and I'm glad that he had Matt there to help and support him. I felt a little bad that Jacob wasn't able to share his adventures with his "human" friends, especially Tani. That would have been so hard for me to keep something like that secret!
There weren't too many new characters in the story. I would have like to see more of Akeno, but am glad that he was healing. Hopefully we'll see more of him in the next book. Even though this book is called the Ember Gods, they didn't really factor into the story very heavily. I like how Andrea puts little tidbits in the story to make you wonder what will happen next. Like, what is with Shirley Christensen and her mom? I also loved the Bald Henries - really not what I expected them to look like. Made me chuckle.
There was a great twist towards the end of the book that I really did not see coming! I'm really looking forward to seeing how all that plays out! What is it, you wonder? Hmmm, you'll just have to read the books and see.
I've really enjoyed these books and am passing them on to my kids to read too.
To learn more about the author: http://www.kilenyaseries.com/
To purchase this book on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91099