S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.
A year ago, I picked up a series that I really was interested in, but as you likely know by now, I’ve been so terrible about reading that I didn’t manage to finish. In fact, I quickly discovered that I was reading the second book in the series somehow (prolly due to a misclicking in my Kindle app!). Anyhow, despite all this, the initial scenes from the second book remained fresh in my memory, so it kept me thinking about the first. This first book is called Ember of a New World.
When I decided on my reading goal for 2018, the first two books in this series were included (with a possibility of the third!). Now, I grew up with an interest in First Nation stories, ‘cos my mother loved them very much so and shared them with me often. I also was interested in dinosaurs, ‘cos I was a kid and I hallucinated Tyrannosaurs and raptors and just generally thought history was a pretty neat thing. This series takes that interest further back in time than the former but not so much the latter!
Tom Watson practices what they preach in their novels, quite literally, I might add! I follow them on Twitter, and I often get to look at astral shots and Neolithic-style pottery and clothing and any number of Sailor Moon .gifs! Aside from that last thing, they seem to spend much of their time studying the methods of their characters, learning by doing. This, by the way, makes for some damn good hype for the stories, as well as helps an author better understand what they are writing about. It lends itself to better writing!
As to the tale itself: Ember is a girl, about to become a woman. At the ceremony, a sign is seen and she is gifted a great destiny by her tribe’s gods–to go to the end of the world to the northwest. A daunting task at any time period or age, Ember must accomplish this as a young Neolithic woman on her own. The book follows her story as she first travels by boat, runs into trouble, only to run into more trouble, and so the snowball rolls down the hill. She accomplishes much in her time in the wild world. I’d rather not spoil very much of the actual tale itself with this one.
As far as quality of the book goes, it has a slight repetitive nature in telling of some of the practices of the people of the book, but I feel this is necessary for the reader to really understand what hardships and trials even simple tasks were. It also has several erroneous words that a new edition would polish up, but they’re mostly homonyms, so they’re easily deciphered. Otherwise, the books is a nicely-wrapped package waiting to be unfolded. If I’m not mistaken, a fourth book is in the works. This one is followed by Ember of Life. If you’re interested in early people’s stories, coming-of-age, strong female protagonists, LGBT-friendly material, this is it.
Interested in Ember of a New World? It can be purchased here.