*I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Summary (From Goodreads):
Two children escape the darkness of their underground dwellings, to find adventure, magic and terrible danger await anyone who ventures above ground.
Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It’s death to even look upon them, the stories say.
Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women — who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun — capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn’t the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help.
Trapped up above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens’ plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself.
I didn’t really read the blurb or anything going into this so I had no idea what it was about. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I wasn’t really bowled over.My favourite thing was the world it was set in: there was so much folk-lore and history dropped about (not info-dumpy at all) and I just wanted to know more about it
The book started off strong for me. It was easy to get into and I found it fascinating just to see the way they prepared for and got used to spending long periods of time in absolute darkness. It’s such an interesting idea. I enjoyed Yulla’s narration and found her to be a very realistic and likeable character. Her relationship with her sister was my favourite – as someone with three sisters, it felt very real: bickering and teasing but with a lot of love underneath it all.
I started to lose interest a little when Yulla came above ground. It’s a shame, because this should have been the really interesting, exciting part, but I found it a little action heavy and hard to follow, and had to force myself to get through some bits.
I thought the actual Fire Children were really fun to read about, especially seeing the way Ember and Yulla interacted with each other, as he’s basically a demi-god to her. But the romance side of their relationship felt a little weird and quite sudden: not really insta-love as such, it just moved from awkwardness to kissing pretty quick.
This is an enjoyable fantasy read with a brilliant, beautiful setting in a world I’d really like to read more of. The adventure side of it fell a little short for me, but I think others will really enjoy it.
I enjoyed – give it a read
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