Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.
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Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased; no memory of Joclyn remains, but Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. Meanwhile the black-eyed monster that possesses him attempts to kill her over and over again.
If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.
Ilyan, the man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only person she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and all the while, she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.
Ilyan is there. Always there.
Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.
And then, there is her father.
The man who has never been there is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be:
While the main friendships in Kiss of Fire were between Ryland and Joclyn, with a little bit of Joclyn and Wyn sprinkled in; friendships in Eyes of Ember have become a bit more complicated.
For starters let’s look at Ryland and Joclyn. In Kiss of Fire theirs was a friendship that molded into a love that ended when Ryland lost his mind. In Eyes of Ember Ryland’s loss of his memories has turned him into a very powerful trained killer, a killer that only wishes to hunt and Kill Joclyn. But it’s complicated, because Joclyn still holds on to the desperate hope that Ryland has retained his memories of her, placing a wall between her ability to defend herself, and hindering her friendship with the young Ryland that still lives inside of her mind.
The next friendship would be between Joclyn and Wyn. This is a friendship that is also strained. The infantile friendship that was created in Kiss of Fire is now put to the test as Joclyn is left in hiding in a mysterious city and Wyn is secluded in Prague; half a world away. And, to make things worse something in Prague has begun to happen, placing everyone at risk. How is that for scary foreboding?
The last of the three main friendships is between. Joclyn and Ilyan. A tall, menacing man who once stalked Joclyn is now the only person able to keep her safe. He keeps her in hiding while he trains her, and prepares her to kill the one person she still desperately loves. While Ilyan may seem standoffish, his past and layers make him someone who is not only powerful but endlessly intriguing. In Eyes of Ember, you really get to see the friendship between Ilyan and Jos grow, as well as get to know Ilyan on a very deep level.
The friendships in Eyes of Ember are as complex and dark as the book. They are each deep and dangerous in their own way, while still blending together to create something complex.
The complexity of these relationships really give Eyes of Ember a much deeper feel than Kiss of Fire, and I hope it is this complexity that really draws the readers in.