Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.
I haven't read the Nightshade series, but I've heard some awesome things about it, so I decided to give Rift a try. I'm so glad I read Rift because I loved both the historical setting and characters :)
I haven't read that many books with historical settings, but I've loved the ones that I have read. The setting for Rift was awesome, and I also loved the storyline. The main character, Ember, was an awesome heroine. She has to leave her home to go to Conatus because of a promise made that saved her life as a baby. Ember is a girl that doesn't want to submit to her father's will and just live the life her father wants for her. She loves swordplay and fighting and is perfectly content to just do that.
Rift was told in mainly Ember's point of views, but two other characters also had their point of views told (although I wouldn't normally expect that). Ember was setrong, but not unbelievably so. She still had her moments, which definitely made her a lot more relatable :) I actually did like both the guys in the book. I'm not upset with who Ember chose at the end of Rift, because each guy had their own traits that I loved in each of them.
The plot had a darker idea to it, with a mysterious evil occurring. There were disappearances and all these new creatures occurring. As the reader, by seeing the different point-of-views, you're able to figure out more of what is going on than what only Ember knows. The romance was part of the book, but was it wasn't the main theme. It really picked up at the end and I thought the amount of romance in Rift was perfect for it.
Although I did love Rift, I felt like it was missing something and there was a bit too much violence for me. Overall, though, it's a great book and I'm both excited for Rise and to read the Nightshade trilogy. I'm really curious to see exactly how the two series intertwine with one another. I'd give Rift 4 out of 5 flowers.