Sunday 8 December 2013

The Disappearance of Ember Crow

The Disappearance of Ember Crow (The Tribe: Book 2) by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
PB RRP $19.95
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

‘Ember is missing’ are the words that extract Ashala from the wolf pack she escaped to and draw her back to the Tribe. The rebellion continues in its attempt to overthrow the Citizenship Accords that make those born with ability an Illegal in a world after the cataclysmic Reckoning.  Ashala is focused on finding her best friend Ember after receiving a memory stone brought to her by a dog, containing Ember’s memories with a cryptic and unsatisfactory message. She seeks help from her spirit grandfather, the Serpent in the lake, and sets out with her love Connor to find Ember and answers.

Shattering revelations of an incredible magnitude shift the entire story. It is sent off in an unexpected direction when clues left in the previous book are picked up and expanded on. Explosive secrets withheld by Ember are exposed as her place in the Tribe is threatened, and the Balance severely tested. But friendship, faith, forgiveness and unity are strong weapons against acts of the past and threats to the Tribe’s future.

The second book in this spectacular series is even better than the first. The language retains the lyrical prose and stunning descriptions of the first book. Get settled in a comfortable chair or against pillows for there’ll be no breaks during this riveting read. Look out for Book 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider out soon, followed by Book 4: The Execution of Neville Rose. Ambelin is touring December 2013.

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