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Truth burns.

Unemployment, despair, anger-visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit's unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya-who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern-suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil's Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya-with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team-can stop it.

Anya's accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she's risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she's ever faced.


A sizzling debut from a red-hot new author . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 25mm | 179g
  • Pocket Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1439167656
  • 9781439167656
  • 357,027

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"Bickle has something great in Anya. Embers has everything: demons, ghosts, dragons, love, sex, police, and murder."
-M.L.N. Hanover, bestselling author of Darker Angels "Gritty but never grim, Embers is a truly urban fantasy, where the soul of a city haunts every page. I can't wait for more of Anya and the unforgettable Sparky!"
-Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Bad to the Bone and Shade
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About Laura Bickle

Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in sociology-criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs. Her work has been included in the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio's Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016. More information about Laura's work can be found at LauraBickle.com.
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1,656 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 20% (333)
4 32% (525)
3 33% (551)
2 11% (184)
1 4% (63)

Our customer reviews

"...Holy hellbenders (hee; if you've read this already, you'll see what I did there) - there are not enough words to describe how much I adored this book. Embers has a little bit of everything I really love in a story: it's an urban fantasy, but in the scenes where Anya is on the clock as an investigator, we get elements of a good crime novel. The mythology in this book is excellent, and besides our Lantern, there are other supernatural beings as well: ghosts, demons, and elementals (Anya's familiar, the salamander Sparky, is one). There's a bit of romance woven into Embers as well (and a hint of a love triangle), though that really isn't the focus of the book. And Drake Ferrer? I would love to see more of him somehow. Rowr..." For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger! herebebookwyrms dot blogspot dot comshow more
by Colleen
I like this book. As a reader of very little urban fantasy, I found this was a nice blend of the "fantasic" and the "forensic" making it a crime novel with a difference. Very easy to read and with a heroine strong and vulnerable enough to make you care constantly about her. Worth the read!show more
by Peter Aldin
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