ARC Review: Emberhawk by Jamie Foley

Synopsis

“The elementals have decided they’re gods, and humans are nothing but fuel for their fire.

A starving trapper.

Merciless drought withers Kira’s ranch, leaving her family hungry—and desperate enough to cross the border into the forbidden forest to trap wild game.  But the forest is infested with tree-scorpions and giant cats that wield elemental invisibility, and they’re hungry, too. When Kira mistakes one elemental creature for another, she ends up with the last thing she wants in her trap: an enemy soldier.

An invisible spy.

Ryon can’t afford to be a prisoner of war. If the Malaano Empire extracts his secrets, the rumors of war will be confirmed—and the tribes stand little chance against the Empire unless they can put aside generations of bad blood for the sake of a Tribal Alliance.  When Ryon’s escape leaves Kira injured and her livelihood in flames, Ryon must choose between aiding her… or returning to his chieftess with vital information. But can he survive the trek when an elemental pursues him for his rejected heritage?

A sacrificial princess.

Imperial Princess Vylia is given a powerful ancient stone as her wavesinger trials approach. But is the stone’s whispering voice from the water goddess, or a masquerading elemental the creator god imprisoned millennia ago?  When Vylia’s diplomatic mission to the tribal lands erupts in fiery revenge, she, Kira, and Ryon must work together to survive—or become pawns in the battle of the gods.”

Review

I spotted this book on Netgalley and from the description my interest was immediately piqued.  Emberhawk is an light and enjoyable read, with a cast of interesting and diverse characters, magical creatures and a good storyline which flowed along nicely and keeps you engaged.  The story is told from the three POVs of Ryon, Kira and Vylia.

I really loved the setting, it is vibrant and exciting, from barren homeland to forest adventure, and I enjoyed learning about the cultural and religious issues in this world.  There are some wonderful creatures, from little branch runners to the evil D’hakka, spider-like tree dwelling scorpions, who are not to be messed with.  

Ryon and Kira’s characterisations are likeable and engaging and I adore the sweet little slow burn romance.  The banter between the two is amusing and there are some really loveable moments.  However, Felix is definitely my favourite character, an elemental god in the form of a fox.  He is witty and humorous and he made me chuckle with some of his fabulous little one-liners.  


“Felix chuckled.  Because I wanted to see him do the cuckoo dance, of course.  But you were entertaining as well”.

….

”My name is Felix.  Do I look like a spirit to you?”

Vylia’s character seemed a bit detached from everything else going on in the story and I’ll admit to skim reading some of her chapters.  She does not have a pivotal part to play in this story and I have the feeling she is being set up for more to come in subsequent novels.  I’m fairly certain there will be a sequel, there has to be.  

A thoroughly enjoyable and fun read. This is a beautifully drawn fantasy world which is easy to follow and perfect for younger YA readers.  I hope in any subsequent books we will see the development of Vylia’s character and the intersection of all three main characters which is missing from this book.  It’s all in there though……a thrilling forest adventure, elemental gods, magical creatures, action-packed scenes and a romance, all this and more and with a final explosive battle scene.  

Thank you to Netgalley for an ebook copy of Emberhawk in exchange for an honest review.

⭐️⭐️⭐️
3 stars

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