Review: Ember and Stone by Megan O’Russell

About the book:

Ena never hoped for a peaceful life. She never dreamt she’d become a killer either.

After her home is reduced to ash, Ena is swallowed by a world of secrets and magic. Legends warned of dark shadows hiding in the mountains. They didn’t warn of the dangers of falling in love with a myth.

When a stranger with sorcery in his blood gives Ena a glimpse of a life she didn’t know she longed for, a beautiful future seems within reach.

But hope demands a heavy price.

Slay a monster, or risk returning to the world that nearly destroyed her. To survive the battle ahead, Ena must become the assassin her enemies never meant to create.

Review by Katy Haye:

Ember and Stone was a breath of fresh air. I adored it. The world-building is incredibly strong, creating an utterly believable world where the injustice and oppression that’s built up over years is reaching breaking point. It was gloriously messy and real.

The true delight, however, was Ena. A young woman burning with fury at the injustice she’s witnessed and experienced since she was a tiny child, she strode onto the page and commanded attention. Smart and determined as well as angry, it was an absolute pleasure to follow her journey.

Also worth mentioning was the hugely understated romance that tried to blink to life at several points in the story. Ena was realistically conflicted about falling in love and I adored her attempts to stamp out her feelings, and everything she did to protect her bruised heart before it could be seriously lost or damaged.

This is the first in a series of four and I can’t wait to see how it all works out.

And if this review hasn’t convinced you to give the series a try, check out this free prequel story. It’s what got me hooked. Grab your copy at: You won’t regret it!

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