Thursday, 12 March 2015
Kim's Review : Imdalind Series - 1. Kiss of Fire, 2. Eyes of Ember, 3. Scorched Treachery 4. Soul of Flame
I was introduced to the Imdalind Series courtesy a free download of "Kiss of Fire" on kindle. It was so amazing, that after finishing Book 1 by Rebecca Ethington, I promptly bought Eyes of Ember (Book 2), Scorched Treachery (Book 3) and Soul of Flame (Book 4) in the digital form because I couldn't wait for the paperbacks to reach me.
Burnt Devotion (Book 5) is due on March 22nd - already pre-ordered and Dawn of Ash (Book 6) is due in June 2015.
If you are the type who cannot teeter on the edge of suspense while waiting between books, then I heavily recommend that you wait until they are all out. I read the first 4 books in 2 days flat and can't wait for the next 2.
The Imdalind Series is fantastic. The first time I got a feeling was when I read Harry Potter, the next was Hunger Games, the Immortals of Meluha, then Samit Basu's Gameworld Trilogy, and now this one. The feeling I got was that these books would be phenomenally popular (I had read them much before they exploded on the scene) Samit Basu's Gameworld Trilogy is still waiting for its big break, but once it is "discovered" by the right people, there will be no stopping it.
The Imdalind series is in the same league and will soon become a phenomenon. Mark my words.
The series is much better written than "Twilight" and will connect instantly with most Young Adults. All the standard plot staples are very much present.
A teenage girl who feels alienated from the world around her, except for one special friendship. The discovery that she is special with paranormal abilities. Early loss of parental figures. The discovery and training of her powers. An impossible love triangle. A terrible persecutor who is bent on destroying the world. While these might seem like staple plot lines, they are woven together beautifully.
Well etched characters, well thought through plots (though I do have a few minor issues that haven't been explained yet, like if Ryland knew he was being watched through cameras, why did he take Joclyn to his room where he knew they would be watched. If they didn't realise who Joclyn really was, why was Cail watching her apartment for over a year) and an engrossing style of story telling.
The first 2 books are from Joclyn's perspective. But in Book 3, Rebecca switches to tell us the tale from Wyn and Ilyan's perspectives. So a part of the story is a repeat of Books 1 & 2, but with more insight and information from a different point of view. (so its not pointless, unlike Four - A Divergent Collection). Book 4 goes back to Joclyn's perspective and while its all set in one location, the story does move forward. I however did feel that book 4 is the weakest of the lot and could have been made shorter, maybe combined it with book 5, but since book 5 isn't released yet, we'll just have to wait and see.
Pick these up as soon as you can. As far as I know, the author is self publishing, so its quite hard to get your hands on paperbacks, but the e-versions are quite easy to download. Kiss of Fire is currently a free download on flipkart too.
Rating : 4.5 / 5