What a magical tale! I love stories that are based in Celtic myths and legends. Embers of a Dark Frost is steeped in the enchantment found in those tales. Deira is a wonderful character, bruised from her treatment at her family’s hands but not beaten. She is conflicted by the thought that she is supposed to save the world that has vilified her, her entire life. I love that she didn’t just suddenly feel this need to be on board with Balen’s plan. Balen is a good guy but he doesn’t truly get how she has been treated her whole life. His secrets make Deira vulnerable to Nox and his machinations. Nox, the villain, came across as very sympathetic to me. This, I think is the mark of a good writer, that you can see the good side of the bad guy. While I felt like the ending happened a bit abruptly, I can’t wait for the sequel. If you love fantasy settings, a budding romance, and a reluctant heroine, I would urge you to try Ms. Keaton’s ethereal Embers of a Dark Frost.
Deira has been treated horribly her whole life. A Halfling who has to hide her flame red hair as it is a visible sign of her mixed parentage. Memories of her mother and father sustain her spirit, while thoughts of escaping her grandfather’s castle gave her hope. When the Sydhars, the Fire Breathers, arrive to talk alliance, Deira can’t resist seeing the legendary people up close. When she encounters Balen, the King of the Sydhars, he commands she go with him in exchange for an alliance with her grandfather’s people. Their world is dying and the threat of attack from Nox, who commands the dead, drives her grandfather to just hand her over. Her family couldn’t get rid of her fast enough. Balen treats her with kindness and care, actions so foreign to her. But why does he want a Halfling? What isn’t he telling her?
Does her parentage hold the key to bringing their world back to life?
The Fire Breathers have come. The Underworld calls. A choice must be made…
With her feared half blood and flame-colored hair, DEIRA D'ANU is a constant reminder of human betrayal and the war that claimed the light from Innis Fail. Now, darkness and frost creep across the land, strengthening the Lord of the Underworld. War is imminent—an allegiance with the Fire Breathers is vital. When their champion, Balen, sees Deira, he believes she is the key to finding the light and stopping the dark frost.
But the Underworld calls to Deira, tempting her to turn her back on a world that never cared and betray the champion willing to sacrifice everything to keep her safe and save his world from darkness.
Embers in a Dark Frost is a full length 'New Adult' fantasy novel, and Part One in the Fire and Frost series. Part Two is coming in 2013. The novel is heroine driven, inspired by Celtic mythology, and includes a secondary romantic/sensual storyline. It is not YA or straight romance. It is intended for a mature audience.