Book Review: Ember Rising!

“A harrowing adventure inside enemy territory. Heather and Picket are plunged into the darkness of Morbin’s shadow, fighting to bear the flame of the cause and light the way for rabbitkind’s upright insurrection.

Hope for a Healing

Work for the Mending

Fight for the Rising” (from Goodreads)

*zips lips against spoilers* *realizes I won’t be able to speak at all* *unzips lips*

I’ll just have to try to keep the spoilers out because OH MY WORD I went into this blind and was repeatedly gobsmacked by the twists and turns and reveals. O.o. 😀

The first 60% of the book was sooo slow, but it was worth sitting through all that development and “calm before the storm” for the brilliance that was the last several chapters. 😀 

Picket (sassmaster extraordinaire) and Heather were both amazing in this one. Everywhere and with everyone they met they were for the cause no matter how bad things got. And my personal favorite, Jo, just gets better and better. *sighs happily*

There was some new tech in this one, wow! Lots of people working hard with small steps and small faithfulnesses. I really liked the “ordinary” characters since they remind me that things as simple as stitches and songs can be used by God.

Same of my favorite side characters in this were Wheezie, Whit, and Emerson. And Helmer was so great too. 😉 And the scenes of rest and renewal were really sweet. (I need to hear those songs…) The battle scenes in this just might have the Battle of the Five Armies beat, though we’re still waiting for confirmation on that…

I was floooored by that last betrayal though. O.o. 

Just a note, the preylords’ methods of rule are very remniscent of the Nazis with some things as conceptually disturbing as SPOILER ALERT! carrying off and killing young ones en masse and giving one vile rabbit free rein to torture as he pleased. Also, some of the religious expressions in this could be slightly confusing for younger readers, and one character having “Truth” as part of his name made me slightly uncomfortable. 😉

Best quotes: “Who are you?” Daggler asked, stepping forward with an inquisitive expression. “I’m General Sunshine, and this is Private Misgivings,” Picket said, smirking.

“I believe you’re right, Picket,” he said, smiling through fresh tears. “I have only one desire in these painful days, to see my work matter for the mending. I know I help invent things that destroy, but they are aimed at the darkness. And I hope that, when they have blown a hole in that darkness, the light pours in.”

Altogether, this book is one to love. I was thrilled and satisfied. And the end has me contentedly speculating. 😉

Bear the flame. ❤

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Ember Rising!

  1. This book is sitting on my bedroom shelf…. I started it ‘blushes’ last year sometime and couldn’t get into it. Now I need to pick it back up! Great review, Kate! I’m going to re start this book tonight. 😀

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  2. Wow how cool!!! Quick question: what age groups would you recommend this series for? (I haven’t read ’em yet, but now you’ve got my wheels working… 😉 🙂 ) Also, what’s the minimum age group? Do you think they’re alright for new 12-year-olds?

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    1. It’s a super cool series, for sure! 😀 I’m in my early twenties and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit, but I’m not sure about a good minimum age. If the 12 year old isn’t very sensitive to animal death/violence, then they should be okay. 😉

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