Wednesday 11 March 2015


Title: Adamant
Series: Alliance
Author: Emma Adams
Release Date: 11th March 2015

BLURB supplied by the author
On an alternative 21st-century Earth in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse, the Inter-World Alliance exists to keep the peace between the worlds, and keep the monsters out.

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and is more interested in fighting than her day job as a cashier. She also risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she’s taken into custody by the Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor’s suspicious death.

For Kay Walker, whose family founded the organization, there has never been any doubt that his future is with the Alliance – even if it means dealing with sarcastic centaurs and dangerous monsters in the dark Passages between worlds. But when his supervisor is murdered, Kay discovers that a research project might have been the reason, and faces the choice of whether to ignore his instincts or risk becoming the next target, not to mention digging into the Alliance’s history and memories he’d rather keep buried. And there’s something not quite right about the strange, fierce girl he arrested as a suspect.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s of fworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth – and the Multiverse – from a deadly enemy.

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INITIAL THOUGHTSI joined the Emma L. Adams street team, and I have promoted some of Emma's other titles on my blog too, so I thought it was about I read at least one of her books! What do I expect from the book? Well the blurb makes me really interested in reading this one, I like a strong lead kick-butt female and that description seems to fit Ada well.


I received this book directly from the author as I am part of her street team "Emma's Alliance" in exchange for my honest review. The cover features a skyline view through clouds, which I think could be a scene from within the book. I won't name the specific place but when you read the book, there's a little hover boot action! So would the book cover make me want to pick the book up from a store shelf? Though the cover wouldn't immediately sell the book to me, it would make me pick it up to read the blurb, so I'd say yes the cover is doing it's job well enough.
The main character and one of the points of views that the book is told from is called Ada, though that is short for a rather longer and highly significant one (once you have read the book you will know what I mean). Ada came from a planet called Enzar, her now "guardian"/mother figure Nell Fletcher, smuggled her through. Enzar is still at war and The Alliance has closed it's "doors" and will not allow anyone in or out of Enzar. The Alliance refuse to help end the war or offer help or protection to either side of it. Ada was not quite one year old when Nell smuggled her through. Ada still lives with Nell, and her "adopted" borthers Jeth, (a tech wizard and) Alber. They make up their own little family and find it hard to trust anyone outside of this inner circle. Nell and Ada run a shelter were they hide the people they smuggle through the passages that the Alliance guard.
The other point of view voice is Kay, now I admit to at first thinking Kay was a female too but as I read on it became clear that Kay was in fact a male character and a newly qualified member of the Alliance guard. Kay has quite a well known and somewhat infamous surname, Walker. It is Kay's father that made the controversial and callous/cruel decision to basically cut off Enzar from the rest of the multi-verse. 
As I said earlier Ada doesn't trust easily, it is something that Nell has instilled in her from an early age. So the only other additional people Ada works with are Delta and Skyla. Delta helps Ada ferry people through the passages and Skyla works at the Alliance giving the people smugglers the necessary intelligence on the guard patrols of the Alliance.
The people that Ada & Nell rescue often need disguises, people from different areas needed different things to give them a disguise. For example, Ada has to disguise her true eye colour with contact lenses and hair colour too. Other "refugee's" need the stronger help of more magical substances. Nell is expecting more refugee's soon and they need more "Blood Rock" to use in a special formula to disguise them Ada need's to break into the Alliance Head Quarters to steal some blood rock, which has been done before so should go really well, except that whilst Ada is stealing what she desperately needs to help people. So I do not go on and on about the plot and give away too much . . . Ada ends up being being caught by the Alliance. There has also been a murder in the Alliance Head Quarters so Ada ends up being the prime suspect. 
I found the book to be well written, in a pace that kept me really interested all the way through the book. I loved the kick-butt character of Ada and the almost instant chemistry between her and Kay even though they are on opposing sides when it comes to the policy about Enzar. Ada reminded me of Riley in "The Demon Trapper's" series by Jana Oliver. I also loved the character of Kay, he is newly qualified and trying to prove himself worthy as a guard in the Alliance. Which is hard going as everyone presumes he will be like his father. The setting the scene’s and place’s of the book is done really well and I think there may be many more adventures within the multi verse for Ada and Kay.
So did I enjoy the book? I did really enjoy the book a lot. Would I recommend the book? Yes, I think this book is a great read, the beginning of a potentially brilliant and addictive series. Would I like to read another book in this series? Definitely yes!
Would I read other books by this author? I intend to, so yes!

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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the ight of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.


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