Rift (Nightshade Series #4)

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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 loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow ...

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Overview


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.

Praise for RIFT

“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

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399256134
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Nightshade Series , #4
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 262,842
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Cremer

Andrea Cremer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her two dogs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Nightshade series rules!

    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.....

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Amazing

    I LOVED this book. A thrilling mix of action, historical world-building and steamy romance.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Cant wait 2 read!!!!

    Soundz good!!! I would like to read this soon!!!!!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    I thoroughly loved the Nightshade series... but I must say, the

    I thoroughly loved the Nightshade series... but I must say, the prequel
    novel really disappointed me. I didn't care much for it at all - it
    didn't suck me in like the author's other books. I felt some scenes were
    far-fetched and highly unrealistic (even in the world of fantasy/science
    fiction). The main character also got on my nerves quite a bit (she
    cries a lot). I also thought the author's writing style came off a bit
    more amateurish. The fact that the novel is written in third person also
    played a role. We kept switching characters - something I really hate. I
    prefer to read about through one person's voice, not two or three.
    Overall, I just didn't like it. Maybe when the next book comes out I'll
    give it another chance.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea's Nightshade series, but I was thril

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book aready on page 93 and it rocks youneed to reas this pronto

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

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    Wow!!

    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. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Highly Recommend if you loved the Nightshade series

    Very intriguing novel with many battles and with a strong heroine. Can't wait to see how it ties into the Nightshade series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    It is Very Highly Recommended

    I Loved it can't wait for the next one's I could not put any of the the books down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    Before Calla Tor, there was Ember Morrow and Rift is her story.

    Before Calla Tor, there was Ember Morrow and Rift is her story. Rift is
    an adventure, in life and love. It is a story of freedom, and choices. A
    discovery of magic and darkness. Ember is born of a time when a
    woman's place was the home. But she wants freedom, something she can
    have by joining the Conatus.Within the secretive society, Ember finds
    her true home. I will say that I did like Ember. She's fearless, makes
    smart decisions, and is loyal to her beliefs. I guess you could say
    Ember is a 15th century feminist, and I do admire that. She is so ready
    to join the cause of the Conatus, to fight evil and protect the people.
    The only problem was, as soon as she met Barrow, Ember lost most of her
    focus. She still fought well, but so much of her thoughts were consumed
    by her infatuation with Barrow. That is completely understandable, she's
    sixteen years old. I just felt that I was given a mixed message because
    Ember is so determined to give her life for her beliefs, but then she
    spends so much of the book obsessing over Barrow. I honestly didn't
    feel as if I knew most of the other characters in Rift particularly
    well. Barrow seems like an honorable man, determined to do his duty to
    the best of his ability. His steadfastness, kindness and the fact that
    he is Ember's mentor reminded me of Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire
    Academy series. Alistair was charming throughout the first half of the
    story. Later, he begins to act in a confusing, off-putting manner and I
    never felt that it was authentic. I just didn't feel his motivation. It
    was as if a flip switched in his brain. I always find Cremer's writing
    to be beautiful, well-paced with a beautiful flow. I continually find
    myself engrossed in her stories, even when I don't love what's
    happening. I started off thoroughly enjoying this story. The mood of the
    story is a bit dark and intriguing. I wanted to know what darkness was
    around the corner for Ember. Would love find her? But then... then a
    thought struck me during one dialogue-heavy scene: Why do Scottish
    characters, in Scotland, in the 15th century, sound like an episode of
    The Tudors? Just so you know, I've watched Brave and I know how Scottish
    folk speak. (I'm kidding, kind of.) But really, with the exception of a
    few words like "lass", "loch" and "aye"
    thrown in, this was flat-out, boring old Queen's English. When this
    realization hit, Rift lost most of it's luster for me. I spent the rest
    of the story focused almost solely on the sad that hit me over the
    non-existent Scottish dialect. Rift is an adventurous story with a
    strong heroine. It is an interesting look at the back history of the
    Nightshade sequel, the magical and religious influences that lead to the
    Searchers and the Keepers. If you love medieval fantasy, this book may
    be for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of RIFT

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Horrible

    Got the sample. Hated it. To slow for me. Just saying that everybody, before u buy it, read the sample.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Rise

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    4/5 stars

    4/5 stars

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    I loved the Nightshade series. It had drama, romance, and a plot

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Awesome

    Is so awesome

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    At first the book starts off slow. That is the only bad part.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Loved

    Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Different

    Good prequel so far, very different than " Nightshade". Ive enjoied this book a lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Annonymous

    Pretty good

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