Title: The Lantern’s Ember
Author: Colleen Houck
Date of Publication: September 11th, 2018
Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
I haven’t read any of Colleen’s books before so this is my first by the author. The book had a very cool concept, but I was left feeling confused and, sadly, a bit bored.
Can I just say I love the cover! Skulls are just awesome in general, but anyway, I liked the different POV’s. But some vampire dude got thrown in early on and was with Ember for a big chunk of the book before she reunites with Jack. I felt like it would have been better if it had been Ember and Jack doing the majority of the traveling together in the beginning.
Next, I was weirded out because this Jack guy, who is I guess super old, had been watching Ember since she was small so that’s kind of strange… However, the writing was awesome and the story had an alluring atmosphere but I suppose I wanted more from the characters? I’m not even quite sure myself! I do think this could be a cool Tim Burtonish film, though.
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