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Rift (Nightshade Series #4)

Rift (Nightshade Series #4)

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by Andrea Cremer

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Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness


Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Desiree Solso
The Scottish Lowlands in 1404 A.D. brought about a time of change for Ember. Destined to be the wife of a Scottish Lord one day and the next she was on the path to become one of the secret knights of the Templar at Conatus. A path filled with danger and turmoil, but Ember was ready to begin her new life despite her parents' misgivings. Determined to earn her place among the knights, Ember gives her all when training with her guide Barrow. Barrow, one of the most feared warriors at Conatus, is willing to train Ember, but then later becomes unsure if he should continue as he starts to develop romantic feelings for her. Suddenly, mysterious creatures, led by an unknown force begin to attack nearby towns. The knights, along with Ember, travel to battle the new and mysterious creatures. Not all of the knights' return and Ember is gravely wounded when the remaining forces return to Conatus. As Ember recovers, both Barrow and Alistair (Ember's childhood friend) believe they should be the one to help her in her recovery. Barrow surprises himself over his reaction to someone else caring for Ember, further complicating their relationship. The story ends as the knights embark on a dangerous journey to battle the unknown. Filled with mystery, intrigue, deception and romance, Rift is sure to appeal to many readers. This book would be a good fit for teens and young adults that enjoy reading historical fiction novels with a fantasy twist. Reviewer: Desiree Solso
VOYA - Liz Sundermann
Although this is a prequel to Andrea Cremer's Nightshade books, it requires no knowledge of the series. Ember Morrow was born to a Scottish land owner at the dawn of the fifteenth century. Because they saved her mother's life during childbirth, the Order of Conatus will take custody of Ember on her sixteenth birthday. This suits Ember, who has no desire to be married off to a minor noble. Conatus is known to be an odd order, much like the disbanded Knights Templar; they are outwardly loyal to the Pope, but everyone knows that there are unusual goings-on in their stronghold. Ember enters an elite circle and learns that the order's main purpose is fighting demonic entities and those who call them to our world. Although she must face unspeakable horrors, she remains determined and seems to be on a path of excellence. But there is a traitor in Conatus, and her loyal group is suddenly divided; Ember must choose which side is right and how she will respond. This is an exciting tale about a fiercely brave young woman who does not compromise her ideals. The time period and setting are carefully constructed. Readers who crave romance will get some memorably smoldering (yet never crass) moments, and those tired of the trope will sigh with relief when Ember neatly side-steps what seems to be a burgeoning love triangle. There is a remarkable balance between deep soul searching, suspense, and pure action. This is an excellent addition to any young adult fiction collection. Reviewer: Liz Sundermann
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In 1404, Ember, 16, should have been the wife of a rich landowner, but she has been promised to Conatus, a group of monklike warriors shrouded in mystery and housed and trained in Tearmunn, an estate in the Scottish Lowlands. Ember's birth was nearly fatal for her mother and, at his wits end, her father called upon Conatus for help. A midwife saved both the baby and her mother, but the cost was dear; Ember was promised to Conatus. When a brooding and handsome warrior named Barrow comes to collect her, Ember all too willingly joins the elite guard. The bulk of the book details her initiation, training, and gradual understanding of the magic that is at work at Tearmunn. Alternating chapters give insight into Cian and Eira, sister warriors who are part of the circle of leaders of Conatus. Readers slowly grow to understand that Eira is beckoned to the dark side and, in Cremer's world, this is evil indeed. They will need to be patient with the slow start of Rift, but those who persevere will be rewarded with a richly layered, supernatural romance both appealing and unique. Ember and Barrow's connection is steamy (but not explicit). Ember is a realistic heroine whose warrior skills make her a formidable protagonist, and Cremer deftly weaves in an antagonist in the form of the well-intentioned Eira. Ties to the "Nightshade" trilogy (Philomel) are loose, and this prequel is refreshingly able to stand alone.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This prequel to the popular Nightshade trilogy takes readers to Scotland in 1404, where the Searchers and Keepers conflict begins. Readers won't find any hint of paranormal wolves here. Sixteen-year-old Ember, from a noble family, yearns to become a warrior instead of a wife. Her friend Alistair, who secretly has taught her swordplay, happily accompanies her when she joins Conatus, a successor group to the Knights Templar that protects the world from evil supernatural forces such as hobgoblins. Conatus accepts women as warriors, continuing the overall series' theme of personal freedom, and Ember eagerly chooses that role. She falls for Barrow, her mentor, but Alistair also declares his love for her. Meanwhile, serious outbreaks of wraiths occur, and the group captures a sorcerer who leads one of Conatus' leaders to Bosque Mar, a strange entity who offers the group revenge against the Abbot who has threatened Conatus. While Ember secretly yearns for Barrow and fights for Conatus, a staged wraith attack convinces some to join with Bosque Mar. Although she gets dates right, the author doesn't bother too much with historical accuracy, using the setting mainly to provide a fantasy atmosphere. However, the highly readable prose style that captured so many fans for her trilogy is very much in evidence. The resolution leaves plenty of room for more entries. Exciting stuff, yet again. (Fantasy suspense. 12 & up)
From the Publisher
“A bit different from Nightshade, this is a book for historical and paranormal romance lovers alike. ...A great new book that will leave you breathless.” – Romantic Times
“A richly layered, supernatural romance both appealing and unique.” – School Library Journal

“Cremer’s trademark quick pace, romantic sensuality, and strong female characters will have fans clamoring for the next title.” - Booklist

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Nightshade Series , #4
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.44(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


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From the Publisher
“A bit different from Nightshade, this is a book for historical and paranormal romance lovers alike. ...A great new book that will leave you breathless.” – Romantic Times

“A richly layered, supernatural romance both appealing and unique.” – School Library Journal

“Cremer’s trademark quick pace, romantic sensuality, and strong female characters will have fans clamoring for the next title.” - Booklist

Meet the Author

Andrea Cremer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy and is the writer in residence at Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two dogs.

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Rift: A Nightshade Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is out of this world ! I loove it its got funny parts sad parts scary parts romantic parts and parts the make you blush! Its a perfect series,i would recommend it to any one . It was a lil confusing at first because of the names but with my handy book search i could find names in the other nightshade books so i could figure out who was who,who .and about barrow ,i read him first (jk) hes mine lol (wasnt kidding ) same goes for ren.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. A thrilling mix of action, historical world-building and steamy romance.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea's Nightshade series, but I was thrilled when I heard she was writing a prequel series. Guys, Rift was amazing. I sped through that book like you wouldn't believe. It is entirely reminiscent of some of my old favourite fantasy books - some aspects were a bit Tamora Pierce-esque even. The world is totally rich and vibrant, brimming over with details to capture your attention and heart. There's a very good amount of action, and just enough romance to make your heart pound but not enough to overpower the rest of the story. Reasons to Read: 1.An intoxicating fantasy world: There is so much going on here - from slight "political tensions" between this semi-secret organization and the Church (the ruling authority for the time period, mostly), to magic and knights, and unknown evil just beginning to come to light... it was such a fascinating place for a book. I just felt utterly immersed in it and enjoyed every minute, getting to know this somewhat familiar history. There were so many familiar and new monsters, and I'm always a big fan of the training centre/school idea as a setting for stories! 2.Fairly atypical romance: I'm sure I wasn't the only one expecting another Shay v Ren style love triangle in Rift - and I was SO happy to see that the romance does NOT appear to be headed that way after reading Rift! I just don't think my heart could handle another Bloodrose . And I think Andrea did a really good job involving some fairly atypical dynamics in terms of the relationships and romance here - plus I appreciatd that it didn't overpower the rest of the story or take away from anything else going on. The romance is strong and giddy and pained all at the same time, but still blends in nicely with the rest. 3.Dark secrets and mysteries: I really loved all the dark and twisted secrets and unexpected scenes - I felt like I was kept on my toes for the whole time. I mean, seeing as I have read the Nightshade books I know how things eventually turn out down the road, but there are still so many things I need to put together. And it's so different to learn about it in Nightshade as a thing of the past, than it is to experience it with characters who lived through it. Now, I have to clarify that I really did love this book. And I'm DYING for Rise already. But there were a few things that left me feeling a less satisfied than I had hoped for. First of all, the beginning did start off slower than I would have liked. It took me a little while to get into the story and to feel like things were really moving along. And I was somewhat confused by the people and terms being thrown around casually, but after about 50 pages I was hooked and by page 100 I felt caught up and couldn't stop reading. Second of all, I liked Ember- but I didn't love her. She just didn't stand out as a heroine for me. I felt like I have read a number of characters very similar to her, and Ember just felt a little bland because of this because I didn't find anything that really made her stand out to me as a memorable heroine - YET. I have high hopes for her in the next book. And as usual, Andrea Cremer's action scenes are exciting, heart pounding and well-written. The romance is swoon-worthy (of course). And I loved this book filled with action and intrigue and danger. ARC received from Penguin Canada for Razorbill blog tour; no other compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book aready on page 93 and it rocks youneed to reas this pronto
BlackAmethyst More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be kinda good, but it was actually really amazing. It's definitely up there with some of my favorite prequels. Can't wait till the next book. :)
Ashley_Adkins More than 1 year ago
Very intriguing novel with many battles and with a strong heroine. Can't wait to see how it ties into the Nightshade series.
GeminiRoseDragon More than 1 year ago
I Loved it can't wait for the next one's I could not put any of the the books down
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Since I’m already a big fan of the Nightshade series, I was absolutely thrilled to start reading Rift. Even though I’m yet to read Bloodrose, and I’m kinda glad because I don’t want Nightshade to end, I was nervous that because I haven’t completed the Nightshade series I wouldn’t be able to understand/find a ton of spoilers in Rift. Luckily, even if you haven’t finished the series or even started it—you can definitely read Rift and find no spoilers and also get enchanted in an entirely new story. Out of all of Cremer’s novels, I almost think that Rift might just be my favorite. I know that in a lot of prequel stories, you end up just getting the same storyline and plot with new characters and I assumed that much from Rift. *Face palm* Do not assume that from Rift because you are going to find yourself immersed in a story that stands far, far away from the entire Nightshade series. This novel has new characters, new romances and takes place in the middle ages when men were still chivalrous and women were expected to get married to whoever their father’s saw fit and pop out the children. From the obvious badassery portrayed on the cover, I knew that I would enjoy reading Rift. Mainly because the story is told about how the Witches’ War began. Anyhow, Rift is basically the story of Ember Morrow whose life has been promised to Conatus to serve for as long as she’s required—and she becomes a warrior, surrounded by members of the Guard and finds herself being trained by Mr. Tall, dark and handsome: Barrow… The one member of the Guard who protects Ember like she’s more than just his apprentice. Honestly, the one thing that I found refreshing about Rift was that there are no werewolves. Everything is brand new and we are introduced to new creatures. The ones that are commonly found in European folklore were introduced into the story and were fought by Ember, Barrow and the rest of the Guard. Rift is told from the third person POV’s of Ember and Eira, both characters hold different codes and morals, and you could definitely question Eira’s. The story also introduces us to Bosque Mar’s origins and if you’re in love with him—you’ll probably imagine Barrow as Christian Bale *swoon, swoon, swoon*. Unlike the novels before it, Rift barely focuses on the romance portion of the novel, which I enjoyed because it leads to this epic build-up of ‘what comes next?’. I would recommend Rift to fans of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, as well as readers who enjoy Cassandra Claire’s Infernal Devices because of the backstory. Fans of the YA supernatural and YA romance will most likely find themselves falling hard for one of the most epic novels in the Nightshade series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little thrown through it because if u think about it shouldnt rift,rise come first. i think it would of made alittle more sence but other than that these books are AWESOME so glad i bought the first book and liked it
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Pads in laying down
TravelyLovesWorld More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The main character was bad ass but she wasn't so bad ass it was unbelievable. The whole storyline enthralled me. This is the first book I have ever read by Andrea Cremer and I will definitely be reading more. Love books like this.
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
4/5 stars
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
I loved the Nightshade series. It had drama, romance, and a plot that I really liked. So, it's not surprising that I liked Rift—however, that's about it. This wasn't an extraordinary book, nor was it a bad one. It fits comfortably in the middle as a three star.  I liked the writing and the dash of romance, the deceit, the suspenseful moments. It was just a little slow and it didn't carry that wow factor that I felt while reading Nightshade (which I have read maybe three times, which I have done with most of my favorite novels). Overall, Rift could have been better. It could have grabbed a hold of my attention more. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is so awesome
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Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
At first the book starts off slow. That is the only bad part. I didn't think I would enjoy it, but then the author gets you. I eventually became hooked and bought the sequel. The female characters are just as badass as their male counterparts. The Nightshade series hasn't disppointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
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Good prequel so far, very different than " Nightshade". Ive enjoied this book a lot
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Pretty good
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