Alone in the darkness, memories threaten to overwhelm him. The truth of what has happened haunts him day and night. It would be easy to let go. To forget who he was and where he came from. Easier if he didnt exist anymore at all. Every moment is a reminder of what he had and what he has lost. But there is one thing worth living for, fighting for, breathing for. He made a promise. And he intends to honour it.
I’m sorry but this review will have spoilers. If you have not read 1-3 in this series yet I would recommend not reading this review yet. It would be very difficult to talk about this book without a few spoilers in it because the book in itself is a spoiler if you have not read Broken.
This is novella 3.5 in the Cage of Lies series. It’s about my favorite character who we thought died in Linked. Throughout Broken Coal’s family is very… well, broken. All of them. Alicia and Maya grieve together in a dangerous way. They are both driven by revenge. They both have lost the will to live or to move on with their lives. All of the others live day by day and try not talk about what happened to Coal for fear of sending Alicia or Maya over the edge. There’s a definite tension within the group.
At the end, Alicia helps Maya sneak away from the group to find Gregor so that she can kill him. In doing so, she comes across the not so dead Coal. Hurrah! Even though they are both captives at this point. Anyway, this is a review about Embers, not Broken. If you would like to read my review of Broken just scroll down my page a little 🙂
Anyway, Embers tells you the story of Coal. You know where he’s been, who he’s been with, and oh yeah! about how he survived being shot and almost drowning! Can I just say I am so glad Valenti wrote this novella? I have never wanted to read a novella more than this one. Coal and Kaloo are my spirit animals. I was literally jumping for joy at the end of Broken when I realized homeboy Coal was still alive. Yeah! *Fist pump*
This is a very short novella, it goes into how he was captured, the people who he interacted with in the city such as the doctor, Shank (his cellmate and unlikely friend), Gregor, Parker (his torturer), Lucretia (ugh even her name sucks, just like her personality!), etc. And how he and Maya are reunited. I loved seeing her perspective in Broken and then his in Embers. It made the moment so much sweeter.
I think this is my favorite novella ever. I was just happy when I realized Coal was alive! I haven’t been this elated since I though Glen was killed on The Walking Dead and then the next episode was like “Sike! You can’t kill Glen!” That’s exactly how awesome this felt. All feels right with the world again.
And again I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to see if Maya and Coal make out of the city together and find the rest of the gang (and Kaloo too!) and if they can rescue her parents! I’m also kind of curious as to Shank… Will they all bump into each other? Will they all still be on the same side???
I give this novella 5/5 stars.
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