Raining Embers

Raining Embers

by Jessica Dall


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Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940215884
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Series: Order and Chaos , #1
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at the age of fifteen and has been hooked on writing ever since. In the past few years, she has published two novels, The Copper Witch and The Porcelain Child, along with a number of short stories that have appeared in both magazines and anthologies.

In college, Jessica interned at a publishing house, where her "writing hobby" slowly turned into a variety of writing careers. She currently works as both as an editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

When not busy editing, writing, or teaching, Jessica enjoys crafting and piano, and spending time with her friends and family. She can most often be found at her home in Maryland with a notebook and her much-loved, sometimes-neglected husband.

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Raining Embers (Order and Chaos, #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This story took place in a city called Latysia, which has an Ancient Roman/Greek feel to it, full of intrigue and on the brink of war. Palmer, one of the main characters, is a church ward currently studying in the University with a gift for star charts and predicting the future though he doesn’t believe in his visions. Brier, the second main character plays a more central role to the story. She is a privileged young woman who is plagued by an unfortunate problem which causes her to spend most of the summer months either drunk or in bed. She has just found out that she has been pledged to an arranged marriage above her position and is sceptical as to the motivations of their parents. Both Brier and Palmer are kidnapped one night from their home city of Latysia and wake up in a stone fortress high up in the mountains, held captive by a man and a woman with unusual powers. It’s in this stronghold that they learn that they both have powers of their own, as they are the living embodiments of Chaos and Order. Brier, as the force of Chaos, is a destructive force and is training to learn how to use her powers properly so that she doesn’t accidentally cause harm and Palmer, as the embodiment of Order, is omniscient and is able to help calm and channel chaos. While they are held in the stronghold, one of their captors’ brother arrives with a young girl with strange powers of her own. One night, Brier, Palmer and the young girl, Rosette, manage to escape from the mountain and hide themselves in a small village where they start to make a home for themselves. Eventually, they are forced to go back to their home city and Brier is in mortal danger as someone attempt to harness her powers as a weapon to win a civil war and only the powers of the mysterious little girl can save her. What I found appealing about this story was that the most active characters were all female and that the male characters played quite passive, emotive roles for a change – it was just subtle enough that it didn’t feel like a point was being made. As a YA novel, I felt that this was particularly good as the main protagonist wasn’t the only strong female character though it felt that maybe the men were being undersold a little bit at times. I enjoyed the concept of Chaos and Order being complementary forces in this book and that they could be incarnated in humans, though there were also other powers in this world that weren’t fully explained yet which will be interesting to read about in the next instalment of this series. I’m particularly curious to see if the author will be continuing along the Greek Mythology thread, as I have particularly enjoyed this idea in books I’ve read this year. The pacing of this book was excellent, we get to know the characters and their backgrounds before the main journey begins and each stage is fully laid out so that it doesn’t feel rushed. I particularly enjoyed the ending of this book, with the final battle bringing the characters together. Of all the characters, Rosette is my favourite. She is a 6 year old girl with the power of wilfully causing sickness and disease to people, but she is a sweet girl who feels things very deeply. Her powers are tied to the powers of Chaos by their nature, which is something that comes in handy at the end of the book (I’m not giving the game away here!). Read the rest of the review at Whispering Stories Book Blog
Navarre_Nurse More than 1 year ago
Here is a review by Tina: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1467333772 I was given the opportunity to read this book for free on Net Galley, I'm so glad I was because I fell in love with the characters and really enjoyed the build up of the story line. An excellent fantasy fiction book, and a great start to a new series. I look forward to the next books so I can see what's going to happen. The time setting is perfect for her story line and couldn't put it down. You won't be disappointed if you get this book.
KBookLover More than 1 year ago
Orginally posted on A Bookworm's confessions - http://reviewsbykatelin.blogspot.com/2015/12/raining-embers-by-jessica-dall.html I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I went into it with an open mind and I found it really enjoyable. I like the premise of Order and Chaos living through human hosts. We have two main characters, Briar and Palmer. Both have grown up with some form of a physical disability. Palmer has a hearing problem; he can only hear one thing at a time. Briar is plagued with the smell of rot in her nose, especially during summer. After they are kidnapped, we find out there are reasons behind these disabilities; they are the manifestations of Chaos and Kosmos. Each has their own special abilities and they have been kidnapped so they can learn to use those powers. The beginning was very slow. I wasn't really sure where the book was going. Briar is the spoiled rich girl living in the palace who likes to get drunk, apparently to help with the rot smell. Palmer is a poor little orphan who just wants to graduate from the Church and leave. There wasn't much world building. We aren't given much of a history. We don't know why the upper class has two last names. We don't really know anything about how the government and the Church functions. Basically, you just have to focus on the characters and not the world they live in. Once Briar and Palmer are kidnapped, their disabilities disappear and suddenly they're living in a mansion learning to control their power. Then a secret is discovered and Briar and Palmer are on the run with a little girl, Rosette, who has her own special ability. Palmer was hard to connect with. Briar seemed more fleshed out and had a wider range of emotion. I don't know if this is because of who they are as Order and Chaos but I found myself enjoying the parts from Briar's point of view more than Palmer's. There was some romance between them in the end but it wasn't a major component of the plot. Overall this book was really good and I would recommend it for people who like fantasy. I'm not sure if this falls under YA or New Adult. Either way, I liked the plot and I am looking forward to the next one.
MyLibraryCardWoreOut More than 1 year ago
So Jessica Dall contacted me asking me to read her book for her and get a review done as her book is brand-spanking-new and I’m really glad that she did. It was a fantastic book and I am curious as to how the other books in the Order and Chaos series are going to be now. I will start off by saying that it is an e-book which can be purchased from here for $2.99 and was quite worth it in my opinion. So the story followed two teens and how their abilities were essentially that of order and chaos. My one confusion was ages as I kept viewing the two protagonists more as like 15 year old kids but then they would mention that they were closer to 19 or 20 years old and I kept getting so confused at moments, but that was probably more of a personal thing. I always felt, during the story, that how they reacted to certain situations, was that more of a younger child than of an adult, but that’s not a complaint. More of just a personal feeling while reading. There was nice character development as well. You got quite attached to the two protagonists, Brier and Palmer and it was nice to see how they developed as characters as well as they developed with each other. This book definitely did have a romance aspect to it, though it was definitely not the main theme. It was just a nice way to make the story interesting and engaging and adding a new dynamic to the story. My only one complaint about the book was the aspect of Palmer’s hearing. It was stated that he had a hearing issue, only being able to hear one thing at a time if he concentrated on it, but as the story continued to progress, I got the feeling that that issue went away, and I think that was due to the expanding of his abilities which was kind of interesting, but that was my only one complaint/confusion. Where the hearing issue went and why it was significant in the first place. But, once again, that is more of a me complaint as I’m sometimes extremely picky with stories. The ending of the book was quite good as well. It was fast paced although a lot was crammed into the last 100 pages. It was about 200 pages of set up and then the last 100 pages was a lot of stuff happening in a very short period of time. Now this is a writing style, and a lot of YA books do it, and it’s extremely common, so I’m once again not saying it is bad, but I’ve always been into books where the action scenes are a little more dragged out, or the build up to the action scene doesn’t take place in only about a chapter or so. Although I do know a lot of people who like the fast build ups because instant-gratification is a thing now a days. The quick ending was nice though because you did have quite a few questions towards the end and you got a lot of them answered really fast which is always nice because you can breathe and go ‘Ohhhhhh! I get it now!”. I also really do love the cover. The mixture of the light blue/teal with the yellow and fire design is a really nice combination, it really caught my attention. It was the first thing that I noticed before I started to read the book and I love that quality about it. It wasn’t a difficult read at all, only about 280 pages or so and didn’t take me that long to read. Only reason it took me a ‘while’ was because I was busy and had to keep stopping but I was easily able to get through the last 100 page or so in an hour or two, so it wasn’t difficult. It was typical YA writing so it fits perfectly into the genre. Overall I really did enjoy the book!
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Palmer Tash and Brier Chastain-Bochard are different from other inhabitants of Latysia. They don’t know why or how, but they keep the knowledge to themselves because being different is not a good thing in their world. Living very different lives they have only crossed paths once before someone kidnaps them both taking them far from everything they’ve ever known. Now they must accept that they are the reincarnations of Order and Chaos and learn to control their growing powers or risk catastrophic destruction. But can they trust what they are being told? More importantly, with so much yet to learn can they trust themselves? I had a hard time getting into this story. There are a lot of confusing names, weird happenings and not much exposition for me to grip tightly and hang onto for the ride. I felt a bit like Alice, tumbling down into a strange world with no guidebook and, I won’t lie, it frustrated me. However, at around 12% the story settled into a steady pace and things started to smooth out, so I hunkered down for the journey to discovery. Told from both Palmer’s and Brier’s POVs, the author gives a decent well-rounded perspective of what each is going through. There are some characters I really don’t like, some I trust not at all and others are interesting. And then there’s Nico. I’m not sure how I feel about him. I also want to know more about Rosie. I facepalmed at some of Palmer’s and Brier’s choices, but in the end I want to know more about who/what they are and what’s going to happen in Latysia now. When I closed the book I had a song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S6:E7 Once More, with Feeling) running through my mind: Where Do We Go From Here?
RaquelGabrielle More than 1 year ago
The plot is what hooked me from the beginning, I mean who wouldn't want to read about Order and Chaos. I really enjoy books with gods in them so this one was right up my alley. The beginning of the story was a bit slow for me which I expect in the fantasy genre since you are building a whole world basically from scratch. So I could have overlooked that but the characters seemed a bit flat at least in the beginning. As the story progresses the two main characters loosen up a bit and show a bit more emotion and of course the action gets really good near the end. The relationship between Brier and Palmer was confusing, at times it seemed that Briar was playing with Palmer and at others seemed like she really liked him. I understand for some of their time together it was under duress but when they were in the clear and had time together they could have talked about it a bit more, also for Palmer who is supposed to be omniscient sure has no clue when it comes to Brier or anything happening with women. Like I expressed above they do loosen up a bit and you do see some emotions between them and I think Rosette did a lot just by being there which kept them together and made them seem closer. Rosette is one of my favorite characters, she brings people together without trying to hard. She also has some wicked powers that I would like to know more about. Is she the embodiment of another god or are her powers just randomly given to her. I can't really say to much about her and the ending because spoilers but she is so wicked and awesome when helping Brier. I am glad she is part of the group and a help even though she is a little kid.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Raining Embers by Jessica Dall Setting up a new world for a fantasy novel always takes time as well as introducing the main characters. What I saw in Latysia, was an old world setting much like earth. Palmer Tash was a ward of the church after becoming an orphan during the last reclamation war. He is an acolyte who is disillusioned with the church and is biding his time until graduation from the university part of his education. The Seers and Professors see a lot of potential in him. Tash is straight-laced and disciplined, whereas Brier is from a privileged family living in the palace. She spends her days getting drunk with friends, which helps with the rotting smell that seems to plague her days. I was immediately drawn into the story, I seem to have an affinity for creation myths and this one takes the reader to the beginning of time. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Order and Chaos. Having been thrown together Tash and Brier had to accept each other and learn to cooperate to survive. Here it is easy to see an undercurrent of a budding romance. Brier is betrothed to a man from home and Tash is all about following the rules so there are obstacles to overcome. Chaos is a powerful force and Brier seems to be coming to terms with the power. I felt like Tash is having a few difficulties dealing with his powers and got tired of his answer always being, ”I don’t know.” I do understand free will can change the course of fate, so perhaps there were too many branches to follow to determine the best outcome? It will be interesting to watch him grow more into his powers. FYI: Raining Embers is the first book in the Order and Chaos series. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** December 5, 2015
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natzers More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I started reading Raining Embers without expecting anything much from it. Jessica Dall had emailed me and offered me a copy of the book for review, so I browsed the site, skimmed the sample pages casually and figured that it would probably be a generic 3-star read. Sure, I'd review it, I said. Raining Embers starts off painfully slow. Dall shifts between Palmer Tash's life as a poor Ward of the Church and Brier Chastain-Bochard's privileged decadence with something of a disconnect. They meet once. Strange things happen. Palmer sees visions, Brier faints. Then these two very disparate people are kidnapped - and find out from their kidnappers that they are the incarnations of Chaos and Order. The story only really takes off then as the things that have been shrouded in mystery are progressively revealed. You find yourself becoming engaged with this myth, navigating the push and pull of Palmer and Brier's relationship both as humans and as gods, gripped by their fears and worries. The world-building doesn't always feel fully fleshed out. Latysia seems to be based on an Italian culture, which I am personally unfamiliar with. The society has a very medieval, religious-based European feel, with the centrality of the Church, though it isn't quite the Christian church we are currently familiar with; there is a reliance on Seers, star-charting and visions. It isn't exactly Knights Templar because it's very not-British; Signoras and Signorinas are bandied about in greetings. Chaos & Order seems to be more Greek mythology, but this isn't exactly earth as we know it, so it doesn't matter. Whatever it is, it isn't enough to pull you out of the story. Rather, it makes you want to delve more into it to find out how this myth works in this world that Dall has created. I ended up really liking the book - it really would have been a 5-star one if it weren't for the beginning. Well, it is what it is - a promising start of a new series. *As stated earlier, I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for review purposes.
Victoria-A More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for writing a review. All opinions here are still my own though. This is the first book in the Order and Chaos series by Jessica Dall. The story focuses predominantly on two central characters in the book called Brier Chastain-Bochard and Palmer Tash. Brier and Palmer are kidnapped from the city one night and discover the things that make them different from other people actually come from very strong powers within them - one is Order, and the other is Chaos... I found the historical theme in the book really interesting, the sort of clothes they wore for instance it felt like I'd really stepped into another time while reading this. Even with the fantasy element I thought the characters were very believable, I liked the descriptions of all the places throughout the book as well. To create a whole world from nothing, as is usually so in a fantasy novel like this, isn't an easy thing to do while also making it seem real and believable but I think Jessica Dall did a really good job with bringing it all together in this book. I thought at one point towards the end of the book that we might be stepping slightly into Halloween movie territory with what was happening and the direction the story seemed to be going in but in the end I think what happened did work well as part of the story. Brier was probably my favourite character throughout the whole book but I found Cerise a very interesting character as well. I liked how Palmer was portrayed as a socially awkward protector too. When I started the book I wasn't sure where the story was going but thought it might be an interesting book to read, but the more I read the more I was gripped and wanted to read more. Overall I found it a very interesting and intriguing story to read.
HannahtheScribe More than 1 year ago
Raining Embers is beautifully, beautifully written. I appreciate how casual some books are nowadays, with the acceptable language evolving, but I also appreciate a book written like a classic. This book falls into the latter. Right from the start, the language is noticeably suited to the story’s universe, and it’s quite pleasant to read just in itself. Speaking of the universe, Raining Embers has an extremely strong sense of setting. You get a very clear picture in your head of what kind of time and place the story takes place in. Some of this is from the language of the book, some from direct statements, some from character observations and discussion of the plot. It’s something that I really appreciate. This strong language, and strong sense of setting, really draws you into the setting and makes you forget where you actually are! Which I think almost any good book does—it lets you escape reality for a while, and pulls you in like you’re watching a movie, or rather, living one. Raining Embers does this. And you don’t have to wait for this to happen. The book jumps directly into the story, into the action, into the magic. There’s no dallying around in the beginning, no, we are completely immersed right away, more so than is common even in many amazing books. This is one of my favorite parts of the book, but it leads me to a critique. The book’s jumping right into everything is great for a lot of reasons, but it’s also very confusing at the start. We’re hit with a lot of magic right away, magic that people like me, who don’t regularly read high-fantasy, won’t understand on our own. Perhaps for regular high-fantasy readers it’s a lot less confusing, or maybe it’s not, since I don’t have that perspective, but this is pretty much my just one complaint. However, I also love something related about the setting: casual magic. Or, magic that’s just there, and accepted, and known about, it seems, instead of magic that we supposedly don’t know about in the real world, or magic that the characters don’t know of in some form right away. This is getting rare in stories, it seems to me, and so I appreciate that it’s here. The book has other interesting premises, such as invisible disabilities—similar to one of my favorite topics, mental illness—actually being special powers. If only, right? Readers, especially neurodivergent or disabled ones, will relate to and love this part of the book. A book with a part of it catered to minorities like this is also rare, and also worth treasuring. The disabilities are also unique, such as Palmer’s ability to only hear one thing at a time. Speaking of which, we get to another one of my favorite things: characters. Character-driven stories tend to be my favorites, to read and to write. Characters are just my favorite part of many, many things. And this book features interesting and intelligent heroes and heroines, a nice change of pace from the Mary Sue-esque not-so-smart heroes and heroines roaming around so much fiction. So yes, overall, this book is highly recommended! I hope it becomes a popular book for many years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been meaning to pick up one of Jessica’s books for a really long time, so I was very happy when I got the chance to read an online ARC of Raining Embers a little bit before the release date, in exchange for a review. Now it’s time to discuss all of the things. First things first! Let’s talk about characters. Raining Embers follows the journey of two characters, Palmer and Brier, who are two very different people from very different backgrounds. While Palmer is a straightforward, rule-following type of person, Brier is more of a feisty I-do-what-I-want type. There’s such a great contrast between their characters, which makes for a lot of fun moments. I really like the way they balance each other out, and watching them learn to accommodate and eventually trust each other is really fun. I also love several of the minor characters, such as Cerise, who was snarky and mysterious and creepy, all in one. However, it was Rosette, the street-urchin child Palmer and Brier wind up traveling with, who I really fell in love with. She’s so adorable and fierce, and I love how Palmer and Brier become fill-in parents to her. The three of them are like a cute little family, and it’s completely adorable. Overall, all of the characters in Raining Embers are tons of fun, and I look forward to learning more about them as the series continues! Now let’s discuss some plot things. The premise of RAINING EMBERS– two people learning that they’re manifestations of Order and Chaos– really intrigued me from the moment I first read the synopsis. While the story did have a bit of a slow start, once it got going, I found myself enjoying it a lot. It was pretty straightforward and didn’t hold too many twists and turns, but the story still held my interest and had enough romance and adventure to keep me happy. There’s only one thing that really bothered me: the discussion of Brier and Palmer’s ‘disabilities.’ There’s a brief mention of Palmer ‘only being able to hear one thing at a time’ and a few mentions of Brier ‘smelling rot’ and drinking alcohol for some reason, but those things aren’t mentioned again throughout the rest of the story, and that confused me. Other than that, however, I have no issues with the plot. If you’re a fan of traditional fantasy storylines (running from villains! learning to use magical abilities! dramatic battle scenes!) then you will probably enjoy Raining Embers just as much as I did. Time to discuss another important aspect: writing. To be completely honest… I love Jessica’s writing style! Because I’m an unreasonable person, I frequently get frustrated with fantasy novels, as a lot of them are filled with endless amounts of description. Raining Embers, which has the perfect balance of description and dialogue, makes for a very pleasant change! The pacing is great and the story is just so easy to read. Overall, Raining Embers is a fun and fully engaging fantasy novel, filled with romance, adventure, and spunky, lovable characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast, character-driven fantasy read. 4/5 stars.