October 27, 2021

Stealing Embers (Fallen Legacies Book 1) by Julie Hall

Stealing Embers (Fallen Legacies Book 1) by Julie Hall
Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Format: eBook (Kindle Unlimited)

After succumbing to peer pressure on Bookstagram and picking up Stealing Embers by Julie Hall, I decided to see what all the fuss is about. All the hype for this book is well deserved because Julie Hall is a very talented author. 

At the start of the book, Emberly is a street-smart kid who has been surviving on her own for most of her life. She has strange abilities that have always marked her as “different”. But one day, when she is attacked and saved by a group of people claiming themselves to be the descendants of fallen angels things get much more dangerous and complicated for her. Emberly has to unravel the secret of her powers, her heritage, and her newfound status as a Nephilim all while dealing with normal high schooler problems like the broody and attractive Steel (who she can’t get rid of no matter how hard she tries). 

The Nephilim concept is one of the most interesting to me in paranormal books because there’s more freedom to be unique and innovative than other mythical creatures. In comparison, werewolves always have to have some association with the moon and vampires always have to have some association with blood. No Nephilim story is exactly alike, and that rule holds true with the start of the Fallen Legacies series. 

Stealing Embers is definitely a series opener, as the focus is placed more on characters and world-building than large amounts of the plot. Thankfully, I was never left feeling like this book was a type of “prologue” to the rest of the series. There are some spots where I could see any religious readers becoming uncomfortable with some of the theological references/aspects of the book, but it didn’t affect my ability to enjoy the story. 

I can’t wait to continue reading the Fallen Legacies books to figure out more about Emberly’s mysterious powers and her relationship with Steel. Onwards to Forging Darkness

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