Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Raining Embers (Order and Chaos #1)

25784271Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.

*May Contain Spoilers*
Jessica Dall incarnates concepts, or gods, in her novel, Raining Embers, a fantasy adventure of self-discovery. Palmer and Brier are young adults who each have no idea who they really are. With odd quirks and abilities, the two are certainly misfits, but when they are brought together and trained... the two become whole.
Brier is the embodiment of "Chaos," nothingness. The real Brier died at the age of five in a horrible fire and Chaos took over her body, continuing her life as if nothing happened. She's incredibly powerful and with proper focus and training, she can destroy anything. She's kidnapped by the Goebel family to be used as a weapon. Brier is a character who survives. She's tough, caring, and beyond understanding. Readers will watch as Brier learns of her power to destroy and instead of letting it consume her, she fights to stay level and try to do what's right. Though when  once-trusted people are trying to control and contain Chaos, it can't possibly end well.
Palmer is the embodiment of "Kosmos," everything. He has the power to become omniscient, to hear and know everything. The real Palmer died at the age of six, when he drowned in the river escaping the fire that killed Brier. It doesn't seem to be a coincidence that Brier is fire and Palmer is water, as water puts out flames, Palmer learns that he can help Brier control her destructive abilities. He balances out Brier. Palmer is an intelligent character who doesn't often think of the world around him. He came to ignore his powers once he realized that they weren't normal. When he embraces them, Palmer can see visions, hear anything, and communicate with Brier telepathically. Readers will like Palmer as he is the protector.
The plot of Raining Embers is journey-esque. Palmer and Brier are forced to acknowledge their powers after they are kidnapped and trained by the Goebel's. Along this journey they meet Rosette, a very little girl who has the power to make anyone sick in anyway she wants. The three characters join together and escape the Goebel's. As they make their way back home, Palmer has a vision that they're headed for war and darkness. The adventure of these three is entertaining, heart warming, and intriguing. Readers will enjoy the detailed account of Chaos and Kosmos, and hope that the characters don't lose themselves to their abilities.
Rating: 4/5 Cups

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