Chasing Embers

Chasing EmbersChasing Embers by James Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Chasing Embers bends and blends fairytales and legends around the world with modern day to create a tale unlike anything I’ve ever read.

James Bennet really knows how to write and he has unique writing style (although perhaps a bit cheesy, and purple-y prose).

However, this tale included extremely disturbing content-most fairy tales do- but this bordered on perversion to me. (view spoiler) Granted, it served to make the villains all the more villainous but it was really too much for me. Hence, 3 Stars.

The premise of the story itself, the writing, the cover, the concept all deserve 5 stars.

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I mean, the story is just GINORMOUS. It takes place over the course of thousands of years, on multiple continents, in a wide array of accurately described places, weaving accurate historical events into this incredible work of re-imagined, intertwined folk tales.

Instead of a knight in shining armor saving the damsel from the dragon, the dragon tries save the damsel from the knight hell bent on revenge only to discover this modern day, independent damsel doesn’t seem to need saving at all.

Hm, how about that.

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While I thought this was a very interesting idea, because of the disturbing content, I can't give a resounding recommendation for this book.

If James Bennett however, came out with something of the same caliber but just a little less dark, I'd probably snatch it up immediately.







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