Ember is absolutely not an ordinary girl. Her invisible wings and tendency to involuntarily burst into flames give that much away. When she was only a few days old, Lionel St. George found her with her parents, a pair of fire dragons who had been killed by hunters. He transformed her into a human to save her life. Now, twelve-year-old Ember lives with her adoptive father in London. Since it’s nearing summer and the sun only worsens the whole catching on fire issue, she travels to Antarctica to stay with her Aunt Myra. The lack of sun certainly helps, but trust trouble to find Ember anyway. When she learns of the Winterglass Hunt, an annual ice dragon hunt, she decides to join in order to sabotage it. Accompanied by her new friends Moss and Nisha, Ember sets off on a mission to save the dragons herself.
I was hooked as soon as I read the synopsis for this book. If a book has dragons, it’s immediately a must-read for me. Dragons rarely disappoint and this book is no different. Ember is smart and courageous, and while a bit lacking in the social skills department, is always determined to do the right thing. Everyone she meets is a complex character with their own motives. The setting was also very interesting to me. Ember and the Ice Dragons takes place in the Victorian era. I don’t often see books that involve fantasy in this way set in distinct historical periods. It’s more common for them to either take place in another world or some ambiguous time in the Middle Ages. It was extremely refreshing to read a book that takes place in a specific time period and to see how that was incorporated throughout the story.
Overall, I found the characters, setting, and story to all be very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for fantasy that’s a bit on the serious side and incorporates a little history into the story. Happy reading!
Yours in love and literature, Page.
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