Review by Lit Amri - Reader's Favorite
Chantal Mortimer’s Embers of the Sun starts off as puzzling as protagonist Tessa Howard. Even though she sees Sam Archer as the unfathomable one, Tessa herself is a riddle to readers. There’s more to her than meets the eye, and it seems only Sam knows about it. Generally, I favor a fast paced story, yet the surreal cloud around the plot more than made up for it.
The intrigue of Embers of the Sun kept me engaged from start to finish. There’s also an element of humor that threads through the witty dialogue, which I always appreciate in
Mortimer’s prose is unhurried, faultless and engaging. Personally, I think her writing style is wide ranging and a great read that one can easily enjoy. I look forward to Mortimer’s other work.
Review by Minky Cockshell
I read the book in 3 days as I just couldn't put it down, I loved it! Wasn't sure what to expect, Daniel said it was set in modern times but with a fantasy twist and it was also weird knowing who had written the book.
I loved the "Australian-ness" of it in the locations, you don't often read things set here and i found all the descriptions really vivid and could picture it all even though I'm not from Sunny QLD.
I loved all the characters and thought they were really well developed and I loved the story line.
Hope there will be more in the future!! Also is this book a stand alone or will it have a sequel? Well Done!!
Review by Kym Tidy
From the beginning of Embers of the Sun I immediately got a sense that everything was not as it appeared. It all felt kind of surreal, there was a mysterious feeling about Embers that drew me in.... But to go into any more detail about the story would risk revealing too much.
The author's overall writing style was well constructed, compelling and engaging and is probably more suited to a younger reading audience, although sophisticated enough perhaps to appeal to a wider demographic. Story wise I enjoyed Embers very much. It has a very strong and unique plotline, the pacing is even and builds nicely to its' dramatic, and suprising conclusion.
Chantal's depiction of events and locations is imaginative and evocative, and the character description in general is excellent. The admirably un-rushed narrative spends as much time on the detail as it does on the theatrical.
Embers of the Sun is dramatic, thought provoking and witty with compelling dialogue, and without giving too much away, it will keep you guessing right up to the final page. Which all contribute to making Embers of the Sun a highly recommended read.
Review on iTunes
Couldn't put it down! Trying to figure out the mystery, and where the story was going, kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. There are clues littered everywhere but the twist still took me by surprise and then just when I thought I had everything worked out, just a few simple words at the very end of the book, threw that all out the window.
Great pacing, really good characters, unexpected humour and a very thought provoking premise of fate, this book is well worth the read for what it gives back.