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The Ember Days

Written by Rose Edwards

Key Stage 4 Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on The Ember Days

Sophisticated in style, complex in construction, and exhilarating in delivery, Rose Edwards’ The Ember Days is a thrilling fantasy for readers who like plenty of meat on the bones of their stories. Sequel to The Harm Tree, a LoveReading4Kids Debut of the Month, timeless themes of trust, betrayal, guilt and survival smoulder through a story that’s altogether mythic in scope.

Living in exile in a remote area of the Southern Kingdom, Torny and Ebba find themselves faced with a succession of dangerous situations and ordeals in the aftermath of bloody political battles - a distant cry from the sanctuary they’d longed for. The landscape is scarred; scattered with false hopes, lost souls, and the struggle of two young female protagonists seeking some kind of peace in a world that’s anything but peaceful. With snappy, modern dialogue interspersed with pacey action scenes, and lively details evoking the author’s highly developed world, this is a satisfying sequel if ever there was one.

Joanne Owen

The Ember Days Synopsis

The long awaited sequel to The Harm Tree.

Exiled from a broken land, two friends try to escape the darkness they left behind them. Together again, Torny and Ebba reach Vellsberg, an outpost of the Southern Empire, hoping for a safe haven. Instead, they find families driven by ambition, a strange young woman who doesn't seem to belong, and the bloody consequences of the Empire's attempt to control the north. When Vellsberg is attacked, Torny and Ebba entrust themselves to Aisulu, a lone rider from beyond the eastern edges of the Southern Empire.

Betrayed and pursued, they flee through a land succumbing to a strange plague. Invisible flames afflict the penitent, and whispers of a new Martyr and his False Disciple follow at their heels. Unwilling to face the things they've done to survive, Torny and Ebba find themselves torn apart again.

After all, what hope is there, when once you have been monstrous? What peace can there be, when you have betrayed your own?

The Ember Days Press Reviews

“A country on the brink of war, and two best friends turned enemies in a world where nothing is as it seems, Edwards has created a rich, compelling epic that will leave even the most hungry fantasy reader sated.” Melinda Salisbury

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979158
Publication date: 7th October 2021
Author: Rose Edwards
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Fantasy / Magical

About Rose Edwards

Rose Edwards writes young adult and literary fiction and has been writing since she was nine. She studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of York before completing a Masters in Chinese studies at SOAS. After working as an English teacher, she learned how important a good book can be. She left teaching to study Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, graduating with Distinction. She is inspired by lives that go against the grain and encapsulate periods of change, and she is dedicated to representing girl heroes whose lives, backgrounds and motivations are complex and varied. She is currently ...

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